Watch Google Maps come to life in poignant animation

The hills are alive.

(Credit: Patrick Jean)

Were you one of those kids who saw the silhouette of creatures in the clouds? You might enjoy director Patrick Jean‘s “Motorville,” in which a California city, loosely based on Los Angeles, comes alive and treks across the world in search of oil.

Why oil? Jean says the city needs “oil in order to feed its body, made of streets, highways, and freeways.” The director originally created the video for a television channel in the U.S., but the unnamed network supposedly declined the piece after seeing it, so Jean put it on Vimeo instead.

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