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  • Published on Jan 28, 2019
  • In Rivers Solomon’s animated short story “St. Juju,” a young woman must choose between her secure enclave and the one she loves.
    Read River Solomon’s original story here: bit.ly/2MDa3cq
    “St. Juju” is part of Better Worlds, The Verge’s science fiction project about hope. bit.ly/2RjbsdN
    Directed by: Allen Laseter
    Creative Direction: The Verge
    Creative Director: William Joel
    Screenplay: Laura Hudson
    Narration: Andia Winslow
    Music: Wesley Slover
    Sound Design & Mixing: Trevor Richardson
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Comments • 108

  • The Verge
    The Verge  4 months ago +25

    Read River Solomon’s original story here: bit.ly/2MDa3cq

  • Darling Days
    Darling Days 4 months ago

    The tech world needs more LGBT representation, I enjoyed this

  • Руслан Мустафаев

    Reminds me of old Soviet cartoons

  • Daniel Sunmugavail
    Daniel Sunmugavail 4 months ago +1

    No way, main character is obsessed with "enid" the name of my hometown which was rumored to have been named after a railroad owner became obsessed with a native-american that he met in the town and would visit when he came through.
    Enid, Oklahoma, USA

  • oscar ramirez champa
    oscar ramirez champa 4 months ago

    Wall.e you are?

  • Unicorn Workhorse
    Unicorn Workhorse 4 months ago +1

    It ain't a sci-fi series without mega fungus

  • Nithin Ravi
    Nithin Ravi 4 months ago

    That music !!

  • Abhishek Yadav
    Abhishek Yadav 4 months ago

    Love It❤️

  • TheBestESLTutor
    TheBestESLTutor 4 months ago +1

    1. I want to be a hound mutant.
    2. Would kissing a hound mutant be like tasting aluminum foil or like a grocery bag?
    3. Is everything made of mushrooms in that world since they are so plentiful and the hound mutants are eating all the good materials.

  • zzcolby27
    zzcolby27 4 months ago

    Funny, she don't look like enid

  • Daniel Friis-Hasché
    Daniel Friis-Hasché 4 months ago

    Love the series

  • Austen Green
    Austen Green 4 months ago +3

    Omg I love this story, so powerful 😊😊

  • Praveen Rajput
    Praveen Rajput 4 months ago

    This one was nice

  • John C John
    John C John 4 months ago +1

    Hound mutants already feels like such a derogatory term.

  • Urvansh Mehta
    Urvansh Mehta 4 months ago

    By far the most visually appealing story. The music is gripping. So much. Grainy atmosphere and oh god what a story. Watched it over and over again.

  • x-verbolten-x
    x-verbolten-x 4 months ago

    i hate modern art

  • Thomas Wippler
    Thomas Wippler 4 months ago

    This seems heavily inspired by the ending of the legend of Korra. 🤔

  • Katzelle3
    Katzelle3 4 months ago

    It's her character. She's the trash man.

  • Andrei Simionescu
    Andrei Simionescu 4 months ago

    This was bad

  • walkin mn
    walkin mn 4 months ago

    This one's my favorite so far, the world created its interesting and the fragment you decided to base it on was exactly the way i like it

  • Georg Plaz
    Georg Plaz 4 months ago +1

    favourite episode so far!

  • Muhammad Faseeh
    Muhammad Faseeh 4 months ago

    Just about the best thing on TheXvid.

  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin 4 months ago

    Cancer

  • hans mohrmann
    hans mohrmann 4 months ago

    How the hell does this have anything to do with Technology? The Verge is, according to their own youtube page: "a team of journalists that examines how technology will change life in the future."
    Please Verge, just stick to the thing we all subscribed for: Technology.

    • Georg Plaz
      Georg Plaz 4 months ago +3

      Yes, The Verge, how dare you to evolve over time and bring in new interesting ideas! You should be immune to change!

  • Matt Gross
    Matt Gross 4 months ago

    Maybe you should create a different TheXvid channel for these cartoons and do tech stuff on this channel. Seems like you haven't had a Verge video since E3

  • Ilay Morlevi
    Ilay Morlevi 4 months ago +3

    Love the artistic grain! How can people dislike this?

  • josh mcgee
    josh mcgee 4 months ago +27

    this series about "optimistic futures" is turning out to not really be so optimistic

    • Biser Yordanov
      Biser Yordanov 4 months ago +8

      josh mcgee exactly my thought. But we seem to be a minority. Most people like it that way. And I like the storylines and the art styles as well but that was not what I expected from the theme.
      Telling a positive story in negative circumstances is easier that creating conflicts in good ones. (Conflicts are needed for a plot to happen) However it only shows that in the future there will be a lot of suffering and some lucky ones that will evade it. It’s not much different than any third-world-successes-story. What about stories in which the society and the planet are not suffering and the conflict is a bit more creative?

  • Rohan Purohit
    Rohan Purohit 4 months ago

    Saint junipero anyone ?

  • BziX_
    BziX_ 4 months ago +2

    What the ffff is this

  • David John
    David John 4 months ago

    Love these vids

  • Pedro Henrique
    Pedro Henrique 4 months ago +18

    i like the music
    i am neutral about visuals, dont know what to think about it exactly (i like the motion of everything but i dont like the way it looks, it feels broken i guess...)
    i dont like the story, too much talking, too short, not involving, doesnt have a clear begunning feels more like an ad to an eBook.
    feedback 6.5/10

  • John Ullom
    John Ullom 4 months ago +1

    Garbage.

  • jaketurt2
    jaketurt2 4 months ago +3

    The future is LGBT sis slay!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

    • ouchys
      ouchys 4 months ago

      word. my wig's status is currently snatched

  • Charles Eye
    Charles Eye 4 months ago

    Mushrooms are symbols of Patriarchal oppression.

  • Gary Lawrence
    Gary Lawrence 4 months ago

    Huh? Wuh?

  • hewwoimjules
    hewwoimjules 4 months ago +1

    why is there so much hate for better worlds so far??? its a really refreshing change of pace and i honestly thought itd be more popular considering how surprisingly good it is...
    edit--- spelling

    • Dany R
      Dany R 4 months ago

      Yeah, the video is great!! But it's just not what many of us were expecting to see😖

  • Nicolas Gonzalez
    Nicolas Gonzalez 4 months ago +1

    how u make me cry in only 2 min

  • tinyruin
    tinyruin 4 months ago +8

    Lovely animation. Seems to be about post-society on the surface, but I think it's very much about taking risks and growing up too. Leaving the comfort of your home to find your own way.

  • Carlos Eduardo Ruiz Carcache

    Love it! Do more things like this!

  • Henrique Oliveira
    Henrique Oliveira 4 months ago +1

    Great art work 🤙

  • Milonso
    Milonso 4 months ago

    Reminds me of Monty Python

  • Daniel Koo
    Daniel Koo 4 months ago +1

    How Niceee

  • TioKilo
    TioKilo 4 months ago +2

    This episode was okay. I liked the other two prior to this one more.

  • citta del sole
    citta del sole 4 months ago +5

    This art style is gorgeous

  • Mohammed Kamal
    Mohammed Kamal 4 months ago +1

    Can i email u my story and post it with my name ??

  • Adam Hill
    Adam Hill 4 months ago +3

    Beautiful art and animation

  • Krishant Singha
    Krishant Singha 4 months ago

    Subarashi!

  • s k
    s k 4 months ago +4

    ok, so? what happened to earth?

  • Will Collins
    Will Collins 4 months ago +13

    This is great guys keep it up! Interesting premise and equally interesting visuals to back it up.

  • Azzam Ali
    Azzam Ali 4 months ago

    I hope verge only can do it...
    Best moving modern art ever 😍

  • Daniel Noun
    Daniel Noun 4 months ago

    Would love to see the soundtrack released someday!

  • Jodavian
    Jodavian 4 months ago +4

    The main story was okish. The bottom deeper story is better yet. Up to now though my favorite one is the dog one.

  • RBuckminsterFuller
    RBuckminsterFuller 4 months ago +3

    Sci-fi at its best. Subverting expectations.

  • Guillaume Veillette
    Guillaume Veillette 4 months ago +1

    Beautiful.

  • issey
    issey 4 months ago

    YES Allen Laseter !

  • coolgamerboy
    coolgamerboy 4 months ago +1

    Music is great

  • Navaneeth M Nambiar
    Navaneeth M Nambiar 4 months ago +4

    We want more of this 👌
    Awesome series. Waiting for next one already 😍

  • Brilliant Ndhlovu
    Brilliant Ndhlovu 4 months ago +2

    Unverge-like

  • Jacob Schmitt
    Jacob Schmitt 4 months ago +5

    Beautiful ❤️

  • Hamza Chaudhry
    Hamza Chaudhry 4 months ago +33

    The other episodes were better

    • sorcerer art
      sorcerer art 3 months ago

      Hrishabh I don’t get it

    • Sean Lynch
      Sean Lynch 4 months ago +6

      Clever boy hmmmm

    • Hrishabh
      Hrishabh 4 months ago +17

      Oh boy I'm pretty sure you changed what you meant after verge liked your comment

  • Okiki Ojo
    Okiki Ojo 4 months ago +28

    I love the art style

  • Ajay Tej
    Ajay Tej 4 months ago +1

    this is a nice short film.

  • Evariste Galois
    Evariste Galois 4 months ago +97

    Not bad ... it would've been even more epic if the all powerful Shaggy was one of the characters

    • Roy
      Roy 4 months ago +8

      Evariste Galois “like sc0Ob, we goTtA gEt oFF ThiS PlAneT MaN”

  • Volodymyr Yelnyk
    Volodymyr Yelnyk 4 months ago +12

    Much worse than previous one in my opinion ...
    Video is too short for this kind of story

    • josh mcgee
      josh mcgee 4 months ago +2

      yeah it feels like the trailer to a story rather than a story in itself. There's just so much stuff and not enough time to cover it all

  • Ello Mello Pee
    Ello Mello Pee 4 months ago +12

    ❤ the music

  • Henrique Stein
    Henrique Stein 4 months ago +11

    THIS NEW SERIES IS AMAZING!! Just want to know how did u make the animation? Which program?

  • Siby George
    Siby George 4 months ago +5

    Not about the future and not a good animation

  • Deepak Bisht
    Deepak Bisht 4 months ago +8

    This is a great job by The Verge. Thanks for the new formats.❤️❤️❤️

  • Anish v Bhat
    Anish v Bhat 4 months ago +1

    Nice tune

  • Anish v Bhat
    Anish v Bhat 4 months ago

    Is it e book?

  • Luke Taylor
    Luke Taylor 4 months ago +79

    From the exquisite title cards (and typefaces) to the soft grain and musical choices, this Better World may just have my favorite animation style so far! In a little way I was reminded of one of my favorite films, La Planète Sauvage. The deeper story briefly touched on will have me headed to read the original text soon. Please pass on the appreciation to all involved, Verge.

    • FlauFly
      FlauFly 2 months ago +1

      I just looked at the comment section in order to find someone who find this style reminiscent to La Planète Sauvage. I really like it.

  • BABAJI
    BABAJI 4 months ago +1

    the story of liberation

  • Errl Shmirl
    Errl Shmirl 4 months ago +9

    ❤🍄

  • Biser Yordanov
    Biser Yordanov 4 months ago +29

    Now you totally lost your homophobic subscribers. Beside that I thought this series will be about better future and not dystopias. The shorts are very well made and tell great stories, but it’s all about post apocalyptic (or close to such) circumstances. Brighten up, please!

    • Ondra Komárek
      Ondra Komárek 4 months ago +2

      @J Tor Well, if we want them to open their minds even a little bit, we need to keep discussion alive, not just separate them. I think that was the idea of @jadoei13

    • J Tor
      J Tor 4 months ago +5

      @jadoei13 I think you didn't understand, I wasn't going to unsuscribe. All I said is that I don't think the video is wrong for having lesbian protagonists, in any case some people are wrong for being offended by something that is supposed to be a love story and unsuscribing because of that. Moreover, I don't think there is much room for talking with someone who describes themeselves as "homophobic".

    • jadoei13
      jadoei13 4 months ago +7

      @J Tor Actually it would be a lot better if we could just all keep talking, not give up the conversation. After all, all that's left after conversation is violence, so if only they would stay and talk, it would break the bubbles we all end up in from time to time. So next time you consider unsubscribing because you don't like certain ideas, maybe see how rational it is and whether it might be worth staying and talking to those who obviously believe in what they say, as long as it is based in reality and on common sense.

  • Troy Tang
    Troy Tang 4 months ago

    What???

  • 汪建成
    汪建成 4 months ago +3

    What the hell is it???

  • Tech blaze2 1
    Tech blaze2 1 4 months ago +11

    Omg, I love it

  • Diogenes crow
    Diogenes crow 4 months ago +11

    I like the idea of mutated humans who can metabolize an organic things,
    not crazy about the color palette for the animation.

  • Manojkumar K
    Manojkumar K 4 months ago +1

    Hello

  • Black Panther
    Black Panther 4 months ago +1

    I liked the other two alot but nah this one was not good

  • TheChuMag
    TheChuMag 4 months ago

    my comment is the 10th Yeah?

  • Big10 Cartel
    Big10 Cartel 4 months ago +4

    Ok should i be tripping..or should i be dead..

  • Shrimeshth Sharma
    Shrimeshth Sharma 4 months ago +13

    Sorry, but not according to expectation. Not happy with story and very old type of animation.

    • random viewer
      random viewer 4 months ago +13

      That's their artistic line, it's not an "old" type of animation

  • Greg Tully
    Greg Tully 4 months ago +2

    ?

  • Swish100
    Swish100 4 months ago +105

    What the hell is this

    • XX Watcher
      XX Watcher 4 months ago +1

      A vision for the future of the children of 99.999% of the world?
      “People were rounded up and forced to eat garbage because they’ve mutated.”
      Yay future!

    • Georg Plaz
      Georg Plaz 4 months ago +5

      A beautiful story

    • Artem Ilyumzhinov
      Artem Ilyumzhinov 4 months ago +10

      A script dictated by a smart toaster, visualised

    • Jodavian
      Jodavian 4 months ago +13

      Something new