Elephants Dream is the story of two strange characters exploring a capricious and seemingly infinite machine. The elder, Proog, acts as a tour-guide and protector, happily showing off the sights and dangers of the machine to his initially curious but increasingly skeptical protege Emo. As their journey unfolds we discover signs that the machine is not all Proog thinks it is, and his guiding takes on a more desperate aspect.

Elephants Dream is a story about communication and fiction, made purposefully open-ended as the world’s first 3D animated “Open movie”. The film itself is released under the Creative Commons license, along with the production files used to make it (roughly 7 Gigabytes of data). The software used to make the movie is the free/open source animation suite Blender, along with other open source software, thus allowing the movie to be remade, remixed and re-purposed.

2006, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Vimeo, streaming video

Watch Elephants Dream in a flash plugin here.

Download mirrors

Germany, video.blendertestbuilds.de
Lithuania, Atviras kodas Lietuvai
USA, Archive.org

Production Files

All production files from the movie are released as open content and are included on the Elephants Dream DVD set. The files are also available for download:

Split across the DVDs Disc 1 (Germany) and Disc 2 (Germany)

Uncompressed audio tracks and original png files: media.xiph.org/ED/