A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything

Geek Culture

You know that feeling when you see something that somebody much younger than you has done, that blows you away with its creativity and execution, and you realize that you couldn’t make something that awesome now, let alone when you were that age? That feeling, gentle reader, is called “humility,” and, if you’re at all like me, you’ll be experiencing it shortly after starting the video below.

This truly awesome stop-motion animation was created by a 17-year-old boy named Jamie Bell, who goes by “DispleasedEskimo” on YouTube. He created it, for an art class, over the span of only three weeks, using about 2100 sheets of paper and a number of ballpoint pens. Set to the Galop from Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld — a piece of music better known for its association with can-can dancing — the video displays a very funny history of life on Earth, with a few extraterrestrial bits. Watch carefully for some very geeky bits inserted here and there.

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