St. Juju | Better Worlds

  • 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:
    “St. Juju” is part of Better Worlds, The Verge’s science fiction project about hope.
    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
    Executive Producers: Eleanor Donovan, Nilay Patel
    Supervising Producer: Sophie Erickson
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Comments • 108

  • The Verge
    The Verge  7 months ago +25

    Read River Solomon’s original story here:

    DXRLNG 7 months ago

    The tech world needs more LGBT representation, I enjoyed this

  • Руслан Мустафаев

    Reminds me of old Soviet cartoons

  • Daniel Sunmugavail
    Daniel Sunmugavail 7 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 7 months ago

    Wall.e you are?

  • Unicorn Workhorse
    Unicorn Workhorse 7 months ago +1

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

  • Nithin Ravi
    Nithin Ravi 7 months ago

    That music !!

  • Abhishek Yadav
    Abhishek Yadav 7 months ago

    Love It❤️

  • TheBestESLTutor
    TheBestESLTutor 7 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 7 months ago

    Funny, she don't look like enid

  • Daniel Friis-Hasché
    Daniel Friis-Hasché 7 months ago

    Love the series

  • Austen Green
    Austen Green 7 months ago +3

    Omg I love this story, so powerful 😊😊

  • Praveen Rajput
    Praveen Rajput 7 months ago

    This one was nice

  • John C John
    John C John 7 months ago +1

    Hound mutants already feels like such a derogatory term.

  • Urvansh Mehta
    Urvansh Mehta 7 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 7 months ago

    i hate modern art

  • Thomas Wippler
    Thomas Wippler 7 months ago

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

  • Katzelle3
    Katzelle3 7 months ago

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

  • Andrei Simionescu
    Andrei Simionescu 7 months ago

    This was bad

  • walkin mn
    walkin mn 7 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 7 months ago +1

    favourite episode so far!

  • Muhammad Faseeh
    Muhammad Faseeh 7 months ago

    Just about the best thing on TheXvid.

  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin 7 months ago


  • hans mohrmann
    hans mohrmann 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago +3

    Love the artistic grain! How can people dislike this?

  • josh mcgee
    josh mcgee 7 months ago +27

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

    • Biser Yordanov
      Biser Yordanov 7 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 7 months ago

    Saint junipero anyone ?

  • BziX_
    BziX_ 7 months ago +2

    What the ffff is this

  • David John
    David John 7 months ago

    Love these vids

  • Pedro Henrique
    Pedro Henrique 7 months ago +17

    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 7 months ago +1


  • jaketurt2
    jaketurt2 7 months ago +3

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

    • ouchys
      ouchys 7 months ago

      word. my wig's status is currently snatched

  • Charles Eye
    Charles Eye 7 months ago

    Mushrooms are symbols of Patriarchal oppression.

  • Gary Lawrence
    Gary Lawrence 7 months ago

    Huh? Wuh?

  • adressaskirt
    adressaskirt 7 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 7 months ago

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

  • Nicolas Gonzalez
    Nicolas Gonzalez 7 months ago +1

    how u make me cry in only 2 min

  • tinyruin
    tinyruin 7 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 7 months ago +1

    Great art work 🤙

  • Milonso
    Milonso 7 months ago

    Reminds me of Monty Python

  • Daniel Koo
    Daniel Koo 7 months ago +1

    How Niceee

  • TioKilo
    TioKilo 7 months ago +2

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

  • jel jel
    jel jel 7 months ago +5

    This art style is gorgeous

  • Mohammed Kamal
    Mohammed Kamal 7 months ago +1

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

  • Adam Hill
    Adam Hill 7 months ago +3

    Beautiful art and animation

  • Krishant Singha
    Krishant Singha 7 months ago


  • s k
    s k 7 months ago +4

    ok, so? what happened to earth?

  • Will Collins
    Will Collins 7 months ago +13

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

  • Azzam Ali
    Azzam Ali 7 months ago

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

  • Daniel Noun
    Daniel Noun 7 months ago

    Would love to see the soundtrack released someday!

  • David
    David 7 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 7 months ago +3

    Sci-fi at its best. Subverting expectations.

  • Guillaume Veillette
    Guillaume Veillette 7 months ago +1


  • issey
    issey 7 months ago

    YES Allen Laseter !

  • coolgamerboy
    coolgamerboy 7 months ago +1

    Music is great

  • Navaneeth M Nambiar
    Navaneeth M Nambiar 7 months ago +4

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

  • Brilliant Ndhlovu
    Brilliant Ndhlovu 7 months ago +2


  • Jacob Schmitt
    Jacob Schmitt 7 months ago +5

    Beautiful ❤️

  • Hamza Chaudhry
    Hamza Chaudhry 7 months ago +33

    The other episodes were better

    • sorcerer art
      sorcerer art 6 months ago

      Hrishabh I don’t get it

    • Sean Lynch
      Sean Lynch 7 months ago +6

      Clever boy hmmmm

    • Hrishabh
      Hrishabh 7 months ago +17

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