Image: Tim Searfoss/YouTube

A new animated short film called “The Working Man” features zany machines, angry bosses, and one very bad job.

Created by animator Tim Searfoss, the film is a madcap fable of alienated labor drawn in an expressive sketchy style. The unnamed working man mans a machine in an insane factory full of impossible mechanical flourishes and a labyrinthine infinity to it that reminds me of the futuristic hellscapes of Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack. And while there’s a simple plot at work, it drives home an important idea about the costs of mistreated labor and the ways in which misery, unlike wealth, tends to flow downward.

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I’ve not seen any of Searfoss’s work before, but I’m impressed: it blends a very ‘90s cartoon look with a wry, moody expressiveness. Also, he draws a very cute dog.

You can watch the short film below, and find more of Searfoss’s work here.

[YouTube]