"Immortal Machine" | Dystopian Animated Short Film (2021)

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    Created by David James Armsby.
    "You think you understand? All the lies? All the needless atrocities?...
    No. There is reason, and I want to show you..."
    Deep in the heart of Autodale lives their Mayor. As old as the town itself, a once great inventor, now a gangly and decaying but undying thing which the townsfolk have long forgotten, but continue to echo his machine-obsessed beliefs.
    This film follows Autodale's Exceptional Woman as she journey's deep down the rabbit hole of the Mayor's Immortal Machine.

    This film was one of the most challenging and taxing projects of my life. The film covers a subject matter that is extremely difficult to pull off from an artistic and technical standpoint. Nothing about the setting, characters or structure of this film was easy to do. That's actually the reason I've put off tackling the heart of Autodale and the Matriarch for so long. I knew to pull it off successfully would require a tremendous amount of time, effort and artistic know-how which I didn't feel confident I could do.
    It wasn't until after finishing my previous and longest animated short film, "Friendly Shadow", that I finally felt that I was at the skill level required for this gigantic project.
    I'm not in love with all of it, but overall I think it definitely succeeded. This film is extremely ambitious and grand and I'm extremely proud of the result. I really hope you guys like it too! :D

    Voice Actors:
    Adrienne Cox - "Exceptional Woman", "Hive", "The Matriarch".
    David Armsby - "The Mayor"
    Original Music composed by Rayshaun Thompson and Cameron Moody.
    PART 1: usfilm.info/fire/odCHsH2EhKd-x7o/video.html
    PART 2: usfilm.info/fire/YdWJb52ritOC05k/video.html
    PART 3: usfilm.info/fire/aciQgmKQg6aJlNQ/video.html
    This is the seventh film in the Autodale Animated Series. Here's the full playlist!:


    Published on Month ago


    1. imnoturgod

      dang autodale be looking like damn citadel with the combine and everything

    2. La caja de Pandora

      Holy shit, Walter White has come a long way...

    3. Aaliyah

      3:18 “hey vsauce Micheal here”

    4. Colby

      Absolutely gorgeous.

    5. smiley satanson

      i still dont get it

    6. idoitsandwich

      Please make this into a game!!!!

    7. SCP Foundation

      So everything has to be perfect and the people that are called ugly are basically smart and they are said to the goddess so this this blows my mind oh my god this dream from the dream SMP live here ? Also this is perfect This is the most interesting thing that has come out of 2021 for the most part

    8. thanosshould snaprn

      Idk if this is some kinda series or what but whew this is getting hella interesting

    9. Jade Techna

      3:30 Remember the film “Mother of Nature”? This “thing” kinda looks like it with the sticks in the shoulder’s and all 3:36 And you can kinda see some horn/ear like things on the head like Mother Nature in the film But it looks like a skull instead- Just a similarity tho

    10. Samuel Lopez

      Jesus is coming

    11. Barbora Krátká

      In what program do you create your story?

    12. Kobe One

      10:36 The leaves floated down, compared to the usual reversed gravity.

    13. Aux Navy

      2:40 Rule 34 pls

    14. Lord Cypher

      This has a very WH40k vibe with the sacrifices needed to keep humanity alive. Both keep a literal god/goddess alive which in turn protects humanity from Chaos/Disease.

    15. Geoff Zuo

      You know, this just feels like abzu, and I loved that game

    16. ThePatrioticDog

      Netflix you now

    17. Jackson Brown

      The liquid keeping her alive seems to trigger all the sorrow fed from those who gave their limited lives to. She cries out from the injection. Does she know this is a futile solution?

    18. galdrick millard

      S'il vous plaît faites des sous-titres en français ☹️

    19. Bilal Aslam

      I think the best part of this series is there are no "good" or "bad" guys, and no insidious ideology that they are justifying the atrocities in the name of. Rather, the Mayor is choosing the only viable option to prevent the end of human existence itself - he recognizes there are no good choices, that the outside world is too corrupted, diseased, and broken to ever fix. All he can do is continue to sustain what is left of human's miserable existence by creating a reality where individuals can live as happily deluded as possible. But in the end, the Mayor knows that it is all for nought, and even he will succumb to fate.

    20. Haywire - Hatred

      The best film to date :D

    21. Arrigo !

      this serie was great

    22. 2Hostage2

      A strong story :O Nice ^^

    23. Maurice Vivet

      Can you add a French subtitle please

    24. korvasxeno

      what happened to the little girl who got healed?

    25. Savannah Chapman

      So are all the hive members people who saw through the lies? Or is the middle girl the first to do that and those in the hive are from before the city was finalized? Also, are all hive members female? I saw some that looked male but only heard female voices, especially the duo that are wrapped together.

      1. BlackCover95

        •No, just the first one was the one to see through it all. •The others were specifically collected by her, assimilated to be a giant think tank. •There are indeed make Hive members (the Friendly Shadow used to be in the Hive), but they all share the Exceptional Woman’s voice.

    26. Chocoboy

      is...is the mother of nature dead? are there more then one of her? dave said that the world of the great rat and terrible hound and the world of autodale are the same, and in that story, the rat has a sculpture of the mother of nature, so is the mother of nature dead, or did she do this?

      1. Chocoboy

        @BlackCover95 i posted this literally 2 hours befote David said against it.

      2. BlackCover95

        “Mother of Nature” is not canon. Proof: usfilm.info/fire/aciQgmKQg6aJlNQ/video.html

    27. P E A R B E A R

      The wailing of the matriarch sends shivers down my spine

    28. Emily L

      so... it's not as black and white as it seems.

    29. Jacciswacc

      “Don’t be happy about your achievements, be happy that you lived to see them.”

    30. Surtu

      The fascinating bit is that the goddess isn't really being kept alive by him to protect the people, the people are being kept alive by him and in a tightly controlled system to use as fuel to try and keep alive the goddess. So they're told lies so at least the ones that haven't been harvested yet are happy, but none of it means anything its all just to hide that they're fuel. Simultaneously the goddess clearly doesn't want this at all and it even causes her pain; she wants to heal them. But she doesn't hate him despite what he's doing and how it hurts her. So complex.

    31. xxRIVERxx Mountain

      omg its so amazing I've waited so long for the next animation to come out ITS JUST SO AMAZING

    32. Katy-Cat Weeaboo

      Am I the only one drawing a connection between The Withering Goddess and The Mother of Nature?

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    35. SkullBunny Xx

      “Immortal Machine” or as I call it, Benny if he was a rotting corpse, talks to girl

    36. Мануела Кръстева

      OK, i hate this.

    37. Francesca DeLallo

      Do you think the boy from the husband and wife we saw in Model Citizen is the dad that died in Friendly Shadow? The little girl seems oddly similar to the one we see waving, the only thing I can see wrong with this is the fact that the wife has a pixie cut, and they have two sons- one which I am pretty sure is older that the girl, which would have made them standing with them. I don't know. I like to think everything is all related, so really it is just my head cannon. Also, I think the man was killed off by the robots or " Handyman" . I am pretty sure the Handyman found out the daughter was hanging out with the "Freaks", so they tried to kill her, but instead the dad, or the man, saw his daughter about to die and intervened. Ultimately, causing his death and making it possible for his daughter to run away. We see Friendly Shadow find the girl and her friend but we don't really know what happened to him? Did the hive rewire him or kill him off???

      1. BlackCover95

        It can’t be the same. Robinson Jr’s wife is seen tuning in to the radio show at the end of “Friendly Shadow”.

    38. TheAdvertisement

      Is it just me or does the Mayor look a lot like how the Goddess used to look?

    39. Jasmine

      the story of auto-dale is made so well, its kind of creepy

    40. mknz

      man I just watched all of these, and... WOW, they are incredible. the animation, the story... everything's so unsettling but the animation is really pretty (haha) and clean and I can't stop watching

    41. Mander Nugget

      Me after changing my name to something I feel that's more comfortable but forgetting it frequently 0:05

    42. hillosmillos

      It's so disturbing that Mayor was actually made with human skin. They somehow collected them (I don't want to think how) and attached them all together. The bad part is the place is huge and it looks like it was all covered with fresh human skin and limbs. I also don't want to imagine what Mayor did to her to turn a human to that disgusting head creature thing.

    43. OCULU games & craft

      Out of all the shapes it has to be 10:25 really

    44. Egirhor

      I wonder how the mayor figured out that he must feed the matriarch with human jam in order to keep her alive.

      1. Kitsune Scribe

        Equivalent Exchange?

    45. Life with Eva

      OMG I JUST FINISHED READING THE 'UGLIES' BOOK SERIES AND REALLY WANTED IT TO BE A MOVIE!!!! I JUST REALIZED HOW CLOSE THIS IS! PRETTIES AND UGLIES OMGGGGGGGG There are some missing factors, but this is the closest I think I will get. Reply if you've read 'Uglies' 😏

    46. Spicy Pacifist

      So, he found basically a goddess of life. After she helped her daughter, she 'died', so he did what he could to bring her back to life and keep her alive, by slowly replacing her skin of bark to flesh so she could accept blood to continue living. By the looks of it, she seems at least content with being alive, even leaning into the mayor's touch. But the sounds she made when blood was injected say otherwise. Perhaps her body still isn't used to the flesh and blood, so it always hurts her. Or, perhaps he hurts her on purpose in order to get like, a burst of healing, or something like that. Also...wonder if we'll see anything with that little girl again. I'm sure being the first touched by the goddess became some kind of honor.

    47. HDRpointer

      Daaaamn, this explains everything, although makes 1000 times more questions.

    48. BEATBOXthemovie

      they all need to know the truth about everything

    49. Ok Dario

      I don't really get what the woman does and why she is seen trapped with other faces. Are they supposed to help Autodale function?

    50. canary 002

      What's happening here is the earth is evolving and the mayor desperately trying to stick to the old ways instead of surrendering to nature and fighting against her instead he arrogantly thinks hes saving her. The freaks are proof of his arrogance. What hes doing isnt necessary, but hes done too much ri keep this going so he cant in his mind give it up. The people of ato dale aslo represent us .

    51. Natalie Kolbe

      Yo those walls reminds me of the walls from attack on titan lmao

    52. BuriXon 120702

      it's amazing.. i love that

    53. Joanne Wilson

      This is happening right now. People are waking up to this pandemic and pulling the curtain back and finding out what really lurks behind.

    54. Biggie Cheese

      This is super great but I kinda miss when these were more of a social commentary

    55. Eddwardo Chesterfield

      The shape of the tower is picking at me.

    56. João Marcelo

      I understand that the creator of Autodale maintained this bizarre utopia to keep the citizens of the city free from the disease, but the question is, what guarantees that this disease still exists and that it wasn't eradicated years, or perhaps centuries ago?

    57. Dank Duck Studios

      It’s almost over

    58. someone¿•-•¿

      Sometimes lies are the only thing that can bring you happiness...


      In friendly shadow the girl and the little freak walked right out of Autodale, I don't think the goddess is necessary anymore, autodale's machine can stop and the people can live freely. The mayor wont free them.

    60. Ticci - Toby

      So uhh, what do they do with the waste of the goddess? If she uses energy to protect autodale from disease, wouldn't her waste be likewise to radioactive?

    61. Ace

      So they need the blood of the “uglies” to keep that goddess alive?

    62. ANON#1

      This is the best show that I've ever watched. The fact that it's an indie project is incredible

    63. Gol d

      I really wanne see HIVE arguing with echtother like Angry hive: shut up funny hive ur soo anoying Funny hive :hahaa you need 🥛

    64. Neo Confederate Guy

      I want an episode where the citizens start an uprising/Revolution for their freedom

    65. sema kaya

      Türkçede yapın5 lütfen

    66. Åsta Helgheim Grung

      dude i hope this is a nother guy voicing him

    67. Gary Hay

      The wilting goddess is Mother Nature from the other film Deadsound had made!

    68. Altan Cengiz

      Wait a min the emperor is a half monster?

    69. Venus Montage

      founding titan, walls, and the 'outside' that is sick

    70. imaginative girl

      i just have 1 word to say wow what a animation

    71. sea turtle シ

      ósea que ya se termino????? nooooooo yo quería mas F, pero me encanto estuvo muy bien echo todo :3

    72. Syddie animations

      can someone please tell me what program he uses???

    73. Gaming Puperz

      I can't tell if they are forcing her to make energy... or she is grateful that they are keeping her alive. Is the blood supposed to make her scream or something so she makes energy? I am confused

    74. Sage Ervin

      This story is so good but there is one major plot hole. In the episode “Model Citizens”, the tv program says “your boy or girl”, implying that each couple only has one child. If this is the case, the population will dwindle pretty quickly which kind of destroys the purpose of keeping the human population alive. I don’t know, does anyone have an explanation?

      1. Sage Ervin

        @BlackCover95 Thank you. I must have missed that

      2. BlackCover95

        There are families with more than one child, canonically. It’s been shown in several episodes-including the first one!

    75. João Vitor Farina Braga

      Man not gonna like but that tower came directly from the little mermaid poster

    76. Juan Pablo Navas

      Oh my god, this was uploaded the same day that was my birthday... Thank you i think :3

    77. Kehinde Omotoso

      It is disturbingly interesting

    78. Noah T T

      Truly beautiful I am excited to see how this world evolves

    79. R Lulli

      is that Neo from final matrix ? like Jesus sacrifices self for all?

    80. Ember Yakisoba

      Guys we are forgetting about the guy in “don’t feed the freaks” what happened to him will he be the one to reveal the truth, was he not important, or did he become a “freak”?

    81. Jarvalicious

      Let's be real, if electricity was generated with blood, there'd be a country like this.

    82. Marvelous Chester

      Man, these guys remind me of the adeptus mechanicus from warhammer, except, not AS insane. Fantastic animation! Keep it up buddy.

    83. Blue River

      I literally had my jaw dropped the WHOLE TIME - *DAMN* this is INCREDIBLE

    84. Altria Pendragon

      Aot flashback

    85. Nurm

      Me: "incredibox dystopia sounds"

    86. Sligh

      ugh stunning

    87. lightning storm

      the necessary evil... Truly Humanity Evil, Always impressed me

    88. Brett Harris

      The only thing I have a question about was I assumed there were two goddesses until your making-of videos. Why does she look completely different from when we first see her to "now"?

    89. daniel :3

      Me watched his videos now he have new ones Me:yes yes i will not be bored anymore

    90. Nick Theo

      well done for the series

    91. Nick Theo

      that scenario hits hard

    92. Kelly Trindles

      This could be made into a fabulous book series

    93. The Byrd's Nest

      I dont get it.

    94. Tyler Bliss

      I’ve been watching all of them and I just wanna day bravo 👏🏻

    95. French Vanilla

      i need a part 8 to keep going pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee, when will the next one come out

    96. Pakistan Ball

      I personally believe that Autodale will not fall from Revolution but simply because eventually it cannot work. The propoganda will loose effect as people grow rather indifferent to it, the exceptional would eventually grow, with likely many doing so secretly. Or the gene pool grows stagnant. I think honestly it is a system doomed to fail, it is both organic in its society and inorganic. It seems to never progress. Relying on facades and brainwashing while ironically keeping their citizens happy and fed. It seems to me that Autodale would fall from Decay, withering as mentioned before not revolution. The system eventually snuffs itself out, their solution can’t last forever, the hive will have too many conflicting voices to act effectively at point. The mayor himself is already distant and seems depressed. The machine can kill forever but it will break as they are already under extreme duress from the outside forces.

    97. Kai Craft

      But don’t you think the weather is gone

    98. sqiido

      ok but the old handymen look adorable

    99. nisa202

      The mayor is one of the first characters to speak with so much character. The deadpan voices always added to the creepiness factor so this one feels less creepy. I wonder if that was on purpose?

    100. Charlie Forbes

      What conservatives feel like when they complain about twitter suspending them for wanting to create an ethno-state.