Autodidact: self-taught


Children by Takuya Okada

by V. L. Craven


Children is a 3D CG animation by Takuya Okada about the programming of children to be well-behaved, silent, clones of one another. It’s not just the kids, though. Everything is a copy of everything else. There is zero individuality. It’s a nice little commentary on society’s encouragement of fitting in, of doing as you’re told. If you are the person they tell you to be you always get 100 percent. That rhymed. That’d be the perfect motto of some dystopian world.

The music is a funeral dirge, which is a nice touch, and the palette is grey-brown. Interestingly, the symbol for individuality is black. I rather enjoy that, since people who wear all black in our society are generally looked at as misfits and many filmmakers would have chosen to make the symbol a bright colour.

I couldn’t find other animations by Okada, which was disappointing, but my Google-fu is notoriously weak, so if you know of any, please leave a comment.

Within the first minute or so I thought, this is a twenty-first century ‘Another Brick in the Wall.’

And there are loads of covers of the song, but Marilyn Manson’s is a personal favourite.

2 Responses to “Children by Takuya Okada”

  1. Jacob Says:

    I know this is old, but I thought I’d leave a comment here. You can see a lot of Takuya Okada’s work on his YouTube channel:


  2. Autodidact Says:

    Thanks! I didn’t know he had a YouTube channel.

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