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Animated Short Film | Watch Animation Called Balance by Lauenstein 1989

Updated on January 27, 2016

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Please visit the YouTube Channel that hosts this film You will learn about the creators of a wonderful film and become introduced to the background of the film by reading this hub. Plus, my very own thoughts will provide more to think about when you finally watch the film.

Classic Short Film (Balance Lauenstein 1989)


The Time

Do you have time to watch short animated films? Sometimes I wonder what can be said in 7 minutes or 12 minutes or even 3 minutes. A lot. Your whole life can flash before your eyes. These animated symbolic films represent a philosophy of life. What is the most meaningful to you?

The Story Line

I love the way the creators lead us through the script line. I hear the voice in my head speaking to me. Ah ha! The author tells me how we 'balance' our lives. Not alone, but with others. Everyone works as a team to accomplish a task.

The Action

If one takes a step, the dynamic requires others to step in order to keep "balance." This works in a family, in a community and society and on national and international levels, too. We can think about our siblings and who is ahead or behind. Do we think as a group for the betterment of all? Do we care about the other more than the self?

Our Motivations

Are we now living in a society of greed? Who gets more and who gets none. Can we talk and open up dialogue in a way that everyone can SHARE? What kinds of facial expressions and body postures does the creator of this film show us that tells the attitudes?

The Setting

How does the colorization of this short film effect you? Immediately we can tell the 'platform' is our world in balance. Do we live on a flat earth or is this the only way to show a scale that tips where things can literally fall off the edges. Does anyone care?

Our Voice

Many animated films have no voices, only sound effects and background music. How does this change the audience view. Do you want to scream, call out, tell them there is another way to resolve this problem? The sound starts out quite eerily, computerized, mechanical and 'whooshy'. The platform is hovering in mid-air. What did you expect when the sides of treasure chest were being rubbed off to expose the music box? Was the music appropriately chosen for this piece?

Our Future

Did you know the outcome before the story began or were you hoping for a happy ending? Because i live my life with a glass half-full perspective, my level of hope for a positive outcome was high and this drama played out with a very disastrous and sad ending.

The Surprise

They all go fishing and someone gets a catch. What is the treasure? Were you thinking up ways they could all share in the enjoyment of life? Questioning what are the most enjoyable and pleasurable moments we all have, why could they not communicate with each other instead of losing the community spirit?


Could you tell the outcome from the very beginning of the film by the 'stance' of all group members? There did not appear to be any camaraderie, The individuals did not even start off facing each other.

A Numbers Game

Maybe life is all a numbers game, with each of us not even having a name? Do we all start life with the same equipment? Are there leaders and followers or is everyone out for themselves? You can see that there are more questions to life than answers. There was not a determined division of labor among the members. But, they all were very curious about the hidden nature of the gift that was given. Is life all a game we play, but have no rules? Were the rules understood between the members and they were unwilling to change them for everyone to profit?

Your Turn

The "classic" film sets the ball rolling in motion. Tell how you felt watching this extraordinary film.

Twin Brothers

The brothers must have learned how to get along together in life and teach us life lessons.
The brothers must have learned how to get along together in life and teach us life lessons.

Film Animator Biography

The German film producer and animator Wolfgang Lauenstein was born March 20, 1962. He entered the School of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany in 1985. While enrolled at the school Lauenstein, together with his twin brother Christoph, created the animated short film Balance. It received an Academy Award in the animated short film category in 1990. The two brothers worked together on a number of films.

A few of their films include: The Girlfriend (Die Freundin, 1980), The Sidetrip (Der Abstecher, 1984), Pithecanthropus Erectus (1986), Balance (1989). The brothers are known for their claymation technique, classical puppet animation and computer animation.

Maybe you did not know that they are the producers of commercials for Coca-Cola, Nike, Smarties, and MTV.

Wolfgang Lauenstein's Official Website | Lauenstein & Lauenstein Film Productions 

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Negar ~ Many thanks for taking a moment of your life to leave a lovely, yet sad, comment. Blessings, Debby

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      Negar 5 years ago

      I liked the ending; for it's being sadly true. Just like our lifes.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Shirley ~ Thanks so much for hopping over to Hubpages literary community. This is one of my favorites and hard to fine. You're the first person who actually saw it at a film festival and left a comment. All the best, Debby

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      Shirley 6 years ago

      We saw this years ago in Madison, WI at an animated film festival and then rented it from our public library (1991) and am so glad to have found it again....It is a classic!!!

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      Comic Book Artist 6 years ago

      Great stuff!

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      Audrey Hunt 7 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      This was such an interesting read. Thanks so much. Rated up!

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Really great short video. Says so much in so little time.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a wonderful introduction and review.