The Balance animation, which won 1989’s Academy Award for Best Animated Short, is a short-film directed and produced by twin brothers Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein, describing in a brilliant way the balance, or lack of, between people.
The film depicts five individuals living on a small platform floating in space. Whenever one of them moves, the others must do so as well to ensure that the platform does not tip over. The group works cooperatively to maintain a “balance” until one individual pulls a box onto the platform. Since all are curious as to what the box is, the individuals try to inspect the box and their actions disrupt the balance of the platform, and those on it. All but one of the individuals is pushed or falls off the edges of the platform. In the end, the lone individual must maintain a balance with the box, which is well out of reach.
Since the debut of this animation 23 years have passed, I was only 9 at the time, so I don’t really remember watching it then, but watching it today, I cannot avoid making a connection with the fragile reality of the world we live in, watch it below.
Sadly, all over the world, it seems to me that people don’t mind hurting others if that is the price they need to pay to look after themselves. But would it be much easier if all decide to walk together to the center of the platform and share the box?