Endangered Animals Sing Emotional “I Dreamed a Dream” in Powerful Animation

I Dreamed a Dream Zombie Studio Cute Endangered Animals Video Les Mis Animals Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

On a mission to “inform, engage and inspire audiences about the importance of protecting global biodiversity,” the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) produces interactive events with an environmental focus. With its annual festival, the organization showcases powerful work by the best independent filmmakers, with “Dream” by Zombie Studio serving as a perfect and poignant example.

In this animation, animals sing an emotional rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables. The video opens with the creatures existing happily in their habitats: a blue whale breaches, a brown pelican skims the water, a rhinoceros runs with her calf, and a pair of baby harp seals play in the snow.

Suddenly, however, the video takes a sinister turn as frightening men invade each environment. Tragically, the animals are no match for their guns, clubs, harpoons, and pollution, and the video comes to a heartbreaking conclusion as the seal pup sings: “Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.”

Zombie House created the video as a promotional film for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in 2016. Though it's now a few years old, the award-winning piece has strongly resonated, serving as a much-needed reminder that we still can't “let the dream go extinct.”

In “Dream”—a harrowing video by Zombie Studio—critically endangered animals poignantly sing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables.

Go behind the scenes of this powerful animation.

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h/t: [Laughing Squid]

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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