Balance

1989, Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein

Posted by John Martz, July 04, 2020

In Balance by twin brothers Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein, five individuals wearing numbered coats find themselves atop a platform floating in a blank void. The platform is in a delicate balance, responding to every movement. When one of the men fishes a mysterious mcguffin crate from beyond the edge of the platform, a battle between physics and greed plays out. It's the perfect Twlight Zone premise for animation, since all of the storytelling is done through the movements of the characters. Stop motion makes the danger feel all that more tangible.