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Engaging the Ethics of the Future: The Aftertimes as Emotional, Material and Temporal Accumulation in the Spanish Animation Film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

Department of Languages and Literatures, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
Humanities 2022, 11(2), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/h11020048
Received: 8 February 2022 / Revised: 21 March 2022 / Accepted: 21 March 2022 / Published: 27 March 2022
In this essay I analyze the critically acclaimed movie, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, a dystopic animated film based on the graphic novel Psiconautas. It takes place on an island populated by anthropomorphic animals, most of them young, who live in a time after an industrial accident destroyed the livelihood of its inhabitants. Birdboy and some of his friends try to escape their reality either by taking drugs or by attempting to abandon the island, but they are hunted by police, by the gang of rats that inhabits the dump, and by their hallucinations. In the end, although they do not achieve their goals, Birdboy and his friend Dinky reunite in an inner paradise. Drawing on various theoretical approaches, such as Hannah Arendt’s notion of new beginnings and Timothy Morton’s sustained project of ecological critique, I study the ways Birdboy represents time and engages with the ethics of the future. Birdboy’s universe is marked by emotional, physical, and temporal accumulation. The interconnection of sentient and non-sentient beings on the island shows the impact of legacies and the difficulty of creating radical new beginnings. Birdboy’s story is ultimately a call for responsibility for the future rooted in the awareness that everything leaves a trace. View Full-Text
Keywords: futuristic films; socio-environmental justice; future studies; dystopia; speculative fiction; Spanish cinema; animation; Birdboy: The Forgotten Children; Psiconautas, los niños olvidados futuristic films; socio-environmental justice; future studies; dystopia; speculative fiction; Spanish cinema; animation; Birdboy: The Forgotten Children; Psiconautas, los niños olvidados
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Alvarez-Sancho, I. Engaging the Ethics of the Future: The Aftertimes as Emotional, Material and Temporal Accumulation in the Spanish Animation Film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children. Humanities 2022, 11, 48. https://doi.org/10.3390/h11020048

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Alvarez-Sancho I. Engaging the Ethics of the Future: The Aftertimes as Emotional, Material and Temporal Accumulation in the Spanish Animation Film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children. Humanities. 2022; 11(2):48. https://doi.org/10.3390/h11020048

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Alvarez-Sancho, Isabel. 2022. "Engaging the Ethics of the Future: The Aftertimes as Emotional, Material and Temporal Accumulation in the Spanish Animation Film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children" Humanities 11, no. 2: 48. https://doi.org/10.3390/h11020048

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