Check out the Atlas Society’s animated Atlas Shrugged video

Have you seen the Atlas Society’s animated video highlighting Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged?

The video, which has received more than 600,000 viewings on You Tube, is billed as the “first-of-its-kind book trailer for Rand’s masterpiece novel.”

Those not satisfied by the low-budget film trilogy adapting Rand’s last novel may find this anime-style video more rewarding, or at least an interesting alternative that suggests how a different approach to adapting the classic to the screen might have worked.

Although many of the commenters on You Tube expressed the hope that the video is a step towards a full-length animated version of the novel, it’s apparently simply a promo trailer for the book itself, which is available from the Atlas Society.

That’s understandable – since Rand’s magnum opus is a 1,000-page-plus epic that presents formidable challenges for any film or TV version.

Just consider the themes, complexities, many major characters and multiple settings of the first work inducted in 1983 into the Prometheus Hall of Fame for Best Classic Fiction.

Novelist Ayn Rand (Creative Commons license)

So many, in fact, that Atlas Shrugged inspired not one but two different review-essay appreciations on the Prometheus Blog –  one by William H. Stoddard and another by Michael Grossberg – examining this influential novel from multiple perspectives.

The whole video lasts just over four minutes, but its strong visuals and concise dialogue do spark the imagination about the possibilities of a full-length new film version or TV series of the novel in animated format.

For more information about the Atlas Society, visit www.atlassociety.org

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Michael Grossberg

Michael Grossberg, who founded the LFS in 1982 to help sustain the Prometheus Awards, has been an arts critic, speaker and award-winning journalist for five decades. Michael has won Ohio SPJ awards for Best Critic in Ohio and Best Arts Reporting (seven times). He's written for Reason, Libertarian Review and Backstage weekly; helped lead the American Theatre Critics Association for two decades; and has contributed to six books, including critical essays for the annual Best Plays Theatre Yearbook and an afterword for J. Neil Schulman's novel The Rainbow Cadenza. Among books he recommends from a libertarian-futurist perspective: Matt Ridley's The Rational Optimist & How Innovation Works, David Boaz's The Libertarian Mind and Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.

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