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Hertzfeldt's work is sometimes elusive in its simplicity, but it can be profound as well; with his humor, darkness, philosophical yearning, and insistence on drawing every line himself, he may be the only legitimate successor to Charles M. Schulz.
This isn't adult-friendly - it is decidedly adult-oriented - but still not the type of things that most adults would want to see. It's a profound, beautiful statement on mortality, and it is not friendly.
And though the animation, sound, and special effects were all done by one man slaving away at his home, It's Such a Beautiful Day is realized with remarkable inventiveness and technical sophistication.
A truly moving meditation on identity, family and (as the title of his previous short immodestly put it) the meaning of life, Hertzfeldt's magnum opus is more cosmically satisfying than The Tree of Life.
The film could have devolved into another variation of Godard's galaxy in a coffee cup, but It's Such a Beautiful Day retains the biting humor and fecund observation of the everyday that allows it to stretch as far into the domestic/cosmic as it can.