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The animated life of A R Wallace

8 minutes

The missing link in the history of natural selection – an adventure with puppets

Alfred Russel Wallace’s contributions to natural science and his theories provided the groundwork for our contemporary understanding of evolution. Yet, today, Wallace is all but forgotten, overshadowed by his contemporary Charles Darwin. In this director’s cut of The Animated Life of A R Wallace, the great scientist’s story is revived and his legacy restored, as colourful puppets re-enact his adventures. Amusing and informative, the film not only uncovers a missing link in the chain of scientific history, but provides a glimpse into a wild world of 19th-century science, where adventure and inquiry were intertwined.

Director: Flora Lichtman, Sharon Shattuck

Producer: Flora Lichtman, Sharon Shattuck

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