Cosmic Zoom

This short animation transports us from the farthest conceivable point of the universe to the tiniest particle of existence, an atom of a living human cell. The art of animation and animation camera achieve this exhilarating journey with a freshness and clarity. Without words.

From the playlist : The 1960s: An Explosion of Creativity

Cosmic Zoom is a clever animated film showing the vastness of the galaxy and the intricacies of the human living organism. From an atom of a living human cell to the farthest conceivable point of the universe and all points in between!

— Albert Ohayon

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Eva Szasz
Eva Szasz
Robert Verrall
Joseph Koenig
Tony Ianzelo
animation camera
James Wilson
Wayne Trickett
Raymond Dumas
sound editing
Karl Duplessis
Roger Lamoureux
Pierre F. Brault


  • mykem07

    “i wonder how long it took for those drawings to be done” — mykem07, 7 Mar 2014

  • yourfriendelectric

    “hi "t". Ray and Charles Eames Power of Ten was made in 1977. Almost 10 years after this one. ” — yourfriendelectric, 26 Mar 2012

  • t

    “i am very intrigued. this was produced in 1968 - the same year as Charles and Ray Eames' Powers of Ten. both it seems were based on Kees Boeke's 1957 book Cosmic View. which film came first? was one the precursor of the other? ” — t, 7 Feb 2012

  • dccbryant

    “I last saw this when I was six back in the UK. I love this film and have used its reference many times. Only very recently did a Canadian friend mention it to me and I immediately came here to watch it. Long Live Canada! Your NFB rocked the UK in the 70's and still does now! ” — dccbryant, 6 Oct 2011

  • Robg

    “I saw this film as a young kid in London in the late 1970s I've been looking for it ever since. Until seeing it just now on your website, the only thing I remember about it is how much it scared the living daylights out of me! It was genuinely a contributing factor to a phobia I now have as an adult about anything that's on a massive scale. I still can't look at pictures of galaxies or stars to this day! Which I realise makes me sound like a complete lunatic. Man that music gave me nightmares. And that kid in the boat - sinister! ;-)” — Robg, 10 Aug 2011

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