Plato’s Cave-mation

Josh Jones spotlights a few video adaptations of Plato’s famous allegory:

The ever-flickering lights, the ever-present screen, the stupefied spectators immune to a larger reality and in need of sudden enlightenment—Plato’s allegory of the cave from Book VII of The Republic is a marketing department’s dream: it sums up an entire brand in a stock-simple parable that almost anyone can follow, one that lends itself to compellingly brief visual interpretations…. [T]he award-winning three-dimensional renderings of the prisoners and their nonstop nickelodeon in the Claymation Cave Allegory [above] offers dramatic close-ups of the chained prisoner’s faces and the hypnotic movement of firelight over the cave’s rock walls.