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hr. 59 min.

Plot Summary
This animated documentary charts the life of painter and biologist Ernst Haeckel, who, in the 19th century, makes a number of fascinating discoveries about what lurks below the sea. Haeckel uncovers thousands of distinct underwater species, and depicts his scientific findings in his spectacular art. He simultaneously inspires the imagination of his followers and advances the cause of science. The creatures he paints are, to many people, glorious proof of a supreme being.

Cast: Marian Seldes

Director: David Lebrun

Genres: Documentary, Animated

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Release Date: January 1st, 2004| hr. 59 min.

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  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Flashing by like images in a flip book, these protean forms appear to dance a cosmic quadrille set to the music of the spheres. show more

  • 80
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    Broad and pleasantly idealistic, and the evident ardor for 150-year-old graphics (especially Dore's Ancient Mariner masterstrokes) is hard to argue with. But is it a movie or the best-designed episode of "Nova" ever? show more

  • 80
    Scott Foundas Variety

    A stimulating scientific inquiry that may cause audiences to look at (and think about) the world around them in dramatically different terms. show more

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