A SHORT HISTORY (1956)
aka Scura istorie
Directed by Ion Popescu-Gopo
What it is: Animated short
The history of the world is told in three minutes.
It begins with the big bang, or, in this case, the big sneeze. Then we deal with dinosaurs, evolution, and the rise of man. Then... it's over. It's tempting to praise the movie for its ambition, but it's the wit that sells this one; after all, the real trick here is to find the time in this story for the humor. My favorite moment here is how man evolves; I won't give it away except that it involves an earthquake caused by a dinosaur chasing a bug.