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  • Published on Jan 14, 2019
  • It only takes one rocket to start an interplanetary revolution.
    This animated adaptation of Justina Ireland’s story “A Theory of Flight” imagines a future in which one woman recognizes the barriers in getting to space, and takes the issue into her own hand with an open-sourced rocket and kickstarts a revolution to open up the skies to everyone.
    Read Justina Ireland’s original story here: bit.ly/2RsSYY3
    “A Theory of Flight” is part of Better Worlds, The Verge’s science fiction project about a hopeful future: bit.ly/2RjbsdN
    Based on the story by Justina Ireland
    Directed by: All In Pixel
    Creative Direction: The Verge
    Creative Director: William Joel
    Illustration: All In Pixel, David Feliu, Luke Etcheverry, Evgeniy Yudin, Toni Sala.
    Animation: All In Pixel, David Feliu, Sebastian Garcia, Juan Nadalino, Luke Etcheverry, Evgeniy Yudin.
    Screenplay: Laura Hudson
    Narration: Andia Winslow
    Music and Sound Design: Ambrose Yu, Sonos Sanctus
    Executive Producers: Eleanor Donovan, Nilay Patel
    Supervising Producer: Sophie Erickson
    Production Manager: Meg Toth
    Editorial Director: Helen Havlak
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Comments • 492

  • The Verge
    The Verge  5 months ago +118

    Read Justina Ireland’s original story here: bit.ly/2RsSYY3

    • XX Watcher
      XX Watcher 5 months ago

      I anticipate being muted from this Vox Media channel too. Very healthy. Why are you bent on fostering positive associations with such questionable entities?

    • XX Watcher
      XX Watcher 5 months ago

      When not shilling for the US Army, shill for a defense contractor. How many in you audience is in the market for anything Boeing sells?

    • GODDEVA
      GODDEVA 5 months ago

      🙏❤️😍😘😻🌼💗💝❣️🌺🌹🌷

  • Christopher Ian Méndez Mondragón

    I wonder what happens at the end. At the credits you can see that they tracked the rockets and Europe activated it's shield

  • Space Faring Civilisation

    Loved the open source space ship idea but people having to flee planet earth and exploitation not very optimistic. Anyways going to watch the second one, still hopeful.

  • Thomas Jardine
    Thomas Jardine 3 months ago

    Seems like Earth has plenty of rocket scientist in the working class in 2090. Other than that and the irony of Boeing sponsoring this, great short I can't wait for more.

  • Roman BRuni
    Roman BRuni 4 months ago

    bellissimo ' theory of flight ' loved the dynamic narrative, fast paced imagery...

  • Sha shank
    Sha shank 4 months ago

    This cyberpunk theme just gets to my heart everytime i see pixelated animation !!

  • Evil1Russian
    Evil1Russian 4 months ago

    Who said that they are needed on Europe?

  • Gwenyth Wynne
    Gwenyth Wynne 4 months ago

    Creating a habitable, near utopian arcology on earth capable of supporting billions of humans in luxury would be trivial compared to making Europa livable for more than a tiny skeleton crew. The whole conceit is pretty foolish for a show by a science channel.

  • KARASIRA
    KARASIRA 4 months ago

    It's actually good, have been hearing about it on The Verge Podcast, and I was like "Enh, that's a hipe"

  • pegadirty
    pegadirty 4 months ago

    I thought this was supposed to be optimistic, then I see "Shield Activation? YES" at the end :'(

  • SLVO
    SLVO 4 months ago

    MORE PIXEL ANIMATIONS!!!!!!!!!

  • Metaforically Speaking
    Metaforically Speaking 4 months ago

    How pointless was this!?

  • samson stebbins
    samson stebbins 4 months ago

    This is by far the best episode in the series

  • zed625
    zed625 4 months ago

    Why would boeing sponsor this? I mean honestly, how does it help them? they're consumer base at the moment isn't liberal poor consumers, it's airliners and governments. And it's thought that they're trying to enter the consumer space with flying cars etc but still odd to accuse rich people of being evil when it's likely them who will fly these cars first

  • ANGELO
    ANGELO 4 months ago +1

    Wow this series is incredible

  • Pedro Henrique
    Pedro Henrique 4 months ago

    I like the music
    Love the visuals
    love the story, deep and involving
    feedback 9.7/10

  • Kai Nightmode
    Kai Nightmode 4 months ago

    Absolutely wonderful. Love the pixels and short story format.

  • Urvansh Mehta
    Urvansh Mehta 5 months ago

    The animation is perfect. Resution is best for 2018 phones. Music is 4.5/5 And narration is all starts, even the duration is perfect. Keep it up.

  • Jr Animator
    Jr Animator 5 months ago

    this is so underrated

  • Wilkine Brutus
    Wilkine Brutus 5 months ago

    Great art style and storytelling. Love it.

  • hellopeople001
    hellopeople001 5 months ago

    Yes! I've been waiting for dystopic pixel art films/shows for a long time now, thank you verge for making this :)

  • A Brand
    A Brand 5 months ago

    I like the story and art

  • Alberto Bertolin
    Alberto Bertolin 5 months ago

    Is boeing so tone deaf it doesn't realize the irony here?

  • Techno Coke
    Techno Coke 5 months ago

    Excellent. Must read the full story...

  • Alam Rasyidi
    Alam Rasyidi 5 months ago

    PLOT TWIST:
    the ships from the revolution were halted in Europa's orbit because the Europans are worried their moon will get overpopulated and the ships can't just land there because Europa has an energy shield (the credit of the video).

  • John C John
    John C John 5 months ago

    This is basically the movie Elysium.
    Am I the one who saw that?

  • KDrop
    KDrop 5 months ago

    Wow amazing art

  • Robert Vogrinec
    Robert Vogrinec 5 months ago

    This video fascinates me in so many ways... I want more!

  • SsangJit
    SsangJit 5 months ago

    sad that the future is still depicting people of color being repressed.

  • tastygoldfish
    tastygoldfish 5 months ago

    Don't care who it's ironcally sponsored by, looks amazing major kudos to the artists and creators involved.

  • Christopher Ian Méndez Mondragón

    At the end of the video you can see that Europa activates the shield O_o

  • Arekkusu the humble
    Arekkusu the humble 5 months ago

    Awesome

  • Jc z
    Jc z 5 months ago

    Movie made for iPhone XR

  • Jon Lynch
    Jon Lynch 5 months ago

    Well done! Beautiful and engaging. Can’t wait for more.

  • Get Low
    Get Low 5 months ago

    I believe I can fly

  • Sergey Yashchenko
    Sergey Yashchenko 5 months ago

    От себя не убежишь.

  • Woodrow Wiest
    Woodrow Wiest 5 months ago

    Love the sci-fi, keep it coming. I was sold on this series by it being a positive view into the future? Is this positive?

  • TekGeekHD
    TekGeekHD 5 months ago

    Is this Elysium? But also pretty cool!

  • StartCodonUST
    StartCodonUST 5 months ago

    I need the video game adaptation of this.

  • OrigMedia
    OrigMedia 5 months ago

    Still dystopian though.

  • Dustin Jefferies
    Dustin Jefferies 5 months ago

    Loved it. We need more science fiction like this. I find myself wanting a feature length film in this genre.

  • Imran Rasyid
    Imran Rasyid 5 months ago

    That grand life, off-world...

  • lucaum
    lucaum 5 months ago

    Yay, let her begin a revolution, wich is probably a socialist one, and then they will kill anyone who is against 😍😍😍

  • Kyle V. R
    Kyle V. R 5 months ago

    Amazing animation

  • Kaloyan Gangov
    Kaloyan Gangov 5 months ago

    This was sick, love the animation style, love the story.

  • Samuel Calame
    Samuel Calame 5 months ago

    This is awesome! Can’t wait for episode 2

  • Daniel Armas
    Daniel Armas 5 months ago

    Awesome. The video has an excellent art and the story is short but very lovely.

  • dystopian786
    dystopian786 5 months ago

    Awesome stuff.

  • Lohith Reddy
    Lohith Reddy 5 months ago +1

    Ohh the animation style aweeeeesome😍

  • Mohamad Anas
    Mohamad Anas 5 months ago +1

    Boring af

  • Andrey Lucas
    Andrey Lucas 5 months ago

    Why did the space elite accepted her kindly? Why didn't the earth army shoot down her spaceship during the flight?

  • Rohit Verma
    Rohit Verma 5 months ago +1

    Nice ripoff of Elysium

  • Alex Joseph
    Alex Joseph 5 months ago

    Take Boeings money and make more stuff like this!

  • Opal Star
    Opal Star 5 months ago

    More.... MORE!!!

  • Mitsuko Megumi
    Mitsuko Megumi 5 months ago

    "Open-source rocket"
    Yeah, I guess?

  • Joscha
    Joscha 5 months ago

    It's so funny how the picture go's all blurry if u set down the quality to low cause YT blurs it, no matter it is actually an video with a small amount of pixels.

  • Luke Ratzlaff
    Luke Ratzlaff 5 months ago

    Beautiful animation; thank you for your positive contribution to the internet

  • Abraham Samma
    Abraham Samma 5 months ago

    That sponsorship though

  • Guido FINGSCHEIDT
    Guido FINGSCHEIDT 5 months ago

    How cool was that. Reminded me of the old game Another World and Flashback. Nice done. Hope to see more.

  • RickyT
    RickyT 5 months ago

    I liked it, buut, I don't know, it doesn't seem very hopeful to me.. the world's went to s***t and there's the need for a revolution, another

  • Basile Buisson
    Basile Buisson 5 months ago

    amazing work::::!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Daniel Sunmugavail
    Daniel Sunmugavail 5 months ago

    Bravo! Bravo Verge, very happy to see this project come to life and see it's first adaptation! I can't wait to see more.

  • Andre Kweku
    Andre Kweku 5 months ago

    Soon we'll hear "The Verge will soon launch its streaming service ."

  • PTNLemay
    PTNLemay 5 months ago

    I like the flying cars. Very Bladerunner-esque.

  • simple guy
    simple guy 5 months ago

    The guy in the trailer for better worlds said everything is so dark these days and scifi should inspire us to dream up a better world. Now imagine a world of megacorporations exploiting the planet and the people while the clean utopia called Europa is the last hope. Nice!

  • Shachar Petrushka
    Shachar Petrushka 5 months ago +2

    THAT'S suppose to be A DIFFERENT SCI-FI?!?
    Cops shooting at civilians because of mega corporations without any checks just control everything.
    and that's suppose to be different and comparable to STAR-TREK?
    Not even close, try again.

  • Rayhan Nugraha
    Rayhan Nugraha 5 months ago

    IT'S FINALLY HERE!

  • Avinash Gautam
    Avinash Gautam 5 months ago

    I loved it 😀 excited to see more. Is there any way that we can submit our stories to you ?
    Much love to the team ♥️

  • Cyrus James-Khan
    Cyrus James-Khan 5 months ago

    Awesome short story and aesthetics

  • Mama
    Mama 5 months ago +1

    U got a subscriber for these...

  • Black Orfice
    Black Orfice 5 months ago

    That's an interesting dynamic. I definitely would be the person.
    Like Eugene V Debs said
    "While there is a lower class, I am in it, while there is a criminal element, I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free."

  • kyle wiley
    kyle wiley 5 months ago +1

    Did Boeing watch what thy sponsored

  • RavenTelevision
    RavenTelevision 5 months ago +1

    >Oppressive Mega Corporations
    >Presented by Boeing
    Oof

  • The Needy Techie
    The Needy Techie 5 months ago +1

    I love the art style and music. But it's too short and not much to take away from the video. I know it's hard to make these but instead of a series, you could have made one 15-20 min video with one subject.

  • Nick Chkheidze
    Nick Chkheidze 5 months ago

    Ah, Another ship to europa from planet Africa.

  • Nate Kwezi
    Nate Kwezi 5 months ago

    wow in the future we shall have bullet proof rockets!

  • mr k
    mr k 5 months ago

    So now everyone is on Europa destroying it? If the technology is present to live on Europa, the technology is present to save Earth! Ofcourse, you go out there to explore & maybe even form civilizations... but NOT because Earth has become inhabitable.

  • ChadoSama
    ChadoSama 5 months ago

    Space Justice Warriors

  • Robin Blong
    Robin Blong 5 months ago

    This reminds me of the cutscenes from the classic game flashback.

  • Abdullah Kassha
    Abdullah Kassha 5 months ago

    👍

  • Hanano
    Hanano 5 months ago

    This video needs more views

  • sidhu704
    sidhu704 5 months ago

    I love the animation, but the story and plot... doesn't seem very original. Guess we'll just have to wait and see. Props to the animation team tho, they did amazing !

  • Ayabonga Hlwele
    Ayabonga Hlwele 5 months ago

    Wow!

  • crazycutz
    crazycutz 5 months ago

    Presented by BOING.. those rich folks we all love and admire :D

  • Random Person
    Random Person 5 months ago

    So this is basically the migrant caravan but with rocket. Too bad the second wave will have to face the wall

  • KinglyDecay
    KinglyDecay 5 months ago +3

    Everybody dumping Earth to go overpopulate another world is the “happy ending”?

  • Ali Derakhshani
    Ali Derakhshani 5 months ago

    Verge is on right track with their new series and other channels like Verge Science. Nice job Verge people.

  • Aditya Pande
    Aditya Pande 5 months ago

    Man............I’m blown..........literally......

  • El Diablo
    El Diablo 5 months ago

    Not bad

  • tevž beškovnik
    tevž beškovnik 5 months ago

    This is one of the best pixel animations i ever saw

    • The Verge
      The Verge  5 months ago

      Thank you! All in Pixel did an amazing job on it. - Helen

  • Vibhor Kapil
    Vibhor Kapil 5 months ago

    Whatever this is, i’m lovin it

  • Meymey .mp3
    Meymey .mp3 5 months ago

    Wait that's it ?

  • iLLER J
    iLLER J 5 months ago +2

    I WANT MORE!!!!!! I WANT THIS TO BE A HUGE SERIES, OMG LOVE THE ART STYLE

  • shema yves
    shema yves 5 months ago

    I WANT MOREEEEEE

  • kp
    kp 5 months ago

    #love

  • What_are_we_doing ?
    What_are_we_doing ? 5 months ago

    Wtf did I just spend 3 minutes on????

  • Mr Oculus
    Mr Oculus 5 months ago +1

    This was epic. I Love it!

  • Katzelle3
    Katzelle3 5 months ago

    That's pretty similar to Elysium...

  • Indira Sheoran
    Indira Sheoran 5 months ago

    Woah! Just loved it

  • PeedOnMyRug
    PeedOnMyRug 5 months ago

    ok, I was skeptical but this really good