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E=MC ³

A dreamscape based on actual events, "E=MC ³" is Victor Stabin's bizarre tale of Albert Einstein's invention and patenting of the perpetual motion refrigerator that brings peace to the Middle East. The animation combines fantastic imagery with tongue-in-cheek storytelling and plenty of schtick.
This story had its genesis in the strange but true account of Einstein's work on a highly efficient refrigerator designed while in Berlin circa 1920s. This remarkable story combines Stabin's long-running love affair with public radio with a narrative that unfolds through an NPR-style radio interview - an interview conducted by a talking clam voiced by Dave Davies of NPR's "Fresh Air." Just Sayin.

  • Victor Stabin
    The Bonito is Finito
  • Victor Stabin
    The Bonito is Finito
  • Victor Stabin
    The Bonito is Finito
  • Dave Davies
    Key Cast
    "Dave Quahogowitz, Interviewer"
    NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’
  • Richard Hake
    Key Cast
    "Issac Walterson, Author of Einstein Biography"
    former WNYC news broadcaster
  • Jamie Floyd
    Key Cast
    "Definitions Spokesmodel"
    WNYC radio news reader ‘All Things Considered’
  • Andy Lanset
    Key Cast
    "Quodlibedical Quahog"
    The Bonito is Finito
  • Ben Arthur
    The Bonito is Finito
  • Tony Marino
    musician: bass, The Bonito is Finito
  • Kyle O'Brien
    musician: saxophone
  • Skyler Stabin
    musician: piano
  • Mary Malmquist
    Sound Effects
    The Bonito is Finito
  • Dennis Dougherty, Daedalus Productions
    Sound Production
    The Bonito is Finito
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 9 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Jim Thorpe International Film Festival
    Jim Thorpe
    United States
    April 24, 2021
Director Biography - Victor Stabin

Victor Stabin is a Brooklyn-born artist, "eco-surrealist", illustrator, author, and animator.

Stabin created illustrations for numerous publications, including Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Rolling Stone, and designed book covers for publishers Penguin Books, Random House, and others. His most noteworthy illustrations include painting nine stamps for the United States Postal Service, the cover for the KISS Unmasked album, and a mural for RCA/BMG's headquarters.

Stabin has created a suite of eco-surrealistic paintings and written and illustrated the book "Daedal Doodle: The ABC Book for the Ages." He has developed Daedal Doodle into a curriculum and teaching tool used in numerous schools across the northeast, an endeavor sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Stabin wrote a series of short stories about some of the unusual characters he developed in Daedal Doodle, weaving his love of listening to National Public Radio into each tale. The series NPR Unauthorized Cautionary Tales was born, and he has produced several animations based upon the short stories.

In Stabin's award-winning animated short, "The Bonito is Finito", a hybrid creature, a mackerel that's part fish/part plant, discovers he's swimming in a pharmaceutical cocktail of Prozac, Lipitor, Ambien, and Viagra.

His animation E=MC3 takes the viewer into an alternative universe filled with gorgeously rendered, anthropomorphized characters in out-of-this-world settings. This tale had its genesis in the strange but true story of Einstein's work on a highly efficient refrigerator in Berlin circa 1920's. This remarkable story fused with Stabin's long-running love affair with public radio and stunning imagination to produce a historical fiction that unfolds through an NPR-style radio interview. Fittingly, the story's characters will be voiced by well-known public radio announcers Dave Davies, Richard Hake, Andy Lanset, and Jami Floyd.

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Director Statement

Imagine a world where highly stylized, counterintuitive cartoon characters get driven by Mel Brookes and E.L. Doctorow to a Surrealistic Amusement Park where they rewrite the history of the 20th Century through the lens of radio interviews. Captured by the exquisite quality of the drawing and the stunning wackiness of the writing, famous radio personalities with precious little time to spare recognize the work as something strikingly different, different enough to lend their voices pro bono to make a unique vision a reality.
Animation's wide-angle palette is the gift to the imagination every visually narrative artist should allow themselves to explore. Hail to all brave followers of Winsor McCay.