The Long Slow Flight of the Ashbot may span just four minutes, but its monologue takes place over millions of years. A robot, floating about in space, contemplates its place in the universe, but only when it receives enough starlight energy to think.
This film is part three in director Colin West McDonald's series The Robot Scriptures, focusing on the "origin, evolution, and exodus of artificial intelligence." This particular film was based on a piece by cartoonist Joel Priddy. We posted an earlier film from the series, We Were Not Made For This World, which explores the theme of "evolution." Naturally, Ashbot focuses on "exodus," although perhaps with a moment of homecoming at the end.
McDonald is currently working on the "origin" film, which is titled The Hand.