Click to Watch in HD > This Superb Stop-Motion Film Pleads Heartbreakingly for Wildlife Conservation

Watch There are things we just dont see—remote places under the sea, in the savannah or covered in snow, whose joys, dramas and tragedies we arent privy to. And yet we affect them. In Dream, a beautiful stop-animation video by DDB New York for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, four animals facing extinction tell their stories through the words of I Dreamed a Dream—a song youll recognize if youre a Les Misérables fan. The animals appear, majestic and undisturbed, in their natural habitats. The drama begins when a sinister group of men arrive, their battered ship piercing through the darkness. Theyre scary, twisted figures. Unlike the warm, living faces of the animals, their eyes transmit an eerily commercial luminosity that matches the lights of their cars and ships. It all goes downhill from there. The ending constricts the heart, and reminds us that our comforts come at a painfully parasitic cost. Since The Scarecrow, weve rarely seen a standalone piece of animated brand work this strong, though it clearly owes an inspirational debt to that Chipotle ad, which came out three years ago. Beautifully brought to life by production company Zombie Studio, the video includes guest vocalists Natalie Bergman (who plays the rhino), Ryan Merchant (the whale), Keenan OMeara (the pelican) and Tal Fisher Altman (the seal), whose wrenching close does lots of emotional heavy lifting. The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival takes place from Oct. 17-23 at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater in New York. You can buy a festival pass for $175, or individual Film Series tickets for $18 in advance or $25 at the door. The goal of the WCFF is to develop public awareness programs to teach people about global biodiversity protection. Dream, created pro-bono for the campaign, will run online, in social and at WCFF events before, during and after the festival. CREDITS Client: Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF) Christopher J. Gervais, F.R.G.S. - Founder and CEO

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