I have to begrudgingly admit that I’d never heard of, or seen anything from or about this short film until yesterday, when Cedric left a comment on a Battlestar Galactica concept painting by Ralph McQuarrie I had uploaded to flickr
On the one hand, this is bad, because I truly love this sort of grandiose fantasy film-magic that has been so instrumental in shaping my interests and longings, and not having heard about this until now seems to indicate that I don’t know anything! But it’s also good, because it promises that despite having combed for years and years through the fantasy and science fiction genres, there are still blank spots on the map. And that is very comforting.
Quest is a short film by Elaine and Saul Bass (yes, that Saul Bass), which was released in 1983, based on the Ray Bradbury story Frost and Fire. And it is, thanks to the wonders of the internet, of course available online in part one and part two (or in a lower quality 16mm ‘print’).
Despite being a bit toe-curlingly dated in some parts, I actually found it to be very enjoyable. Not least because it falls into the ‘undiscovered wondrous worlds’ box o’ sci-fi, which is truly my favorite playground. You can almost see stories like Shadow of the Colossus, Forbidden Planet, TRON, The Neverending Story and even Cameron’s Xenogenesis echoed in its aesthetics and overall feel.
Unfortunately, other than an interview snippet about its music, and a suspiciously empty IMDb entry, information about it is rather scant. But isn’t that part of the fun? Now I can spend the next decade keeping an eye out for more information about it; and that is, after all, what I do…