The Sweetness of Curiosity in 'OK Google'

Our tech overlords can have cute relationships with children.

The hand-drawn style of OK Google is a perfect emulation of its content. It is a short film driven by curiosity and childlike wonder, thus its look follows the same rules.

Brett Gaylor and Darren Pasemko’s documentary animation explores the relationship between a father, his young son, and the voice commands of Google. The boy wants to learn everything and, thanks to a burgeoning familiarity with technology, he can.

The film is cute, adorable, and moving in a way that a teacher can be moved by a particularly voracious student. There are undertones of privacy invading fear (Google saves a year of your voice commands??) but to this end, it becomes nostalgic rather than dystopic.

Jacob Oller writes everywhere (Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Playboy, FSR, Paste, etc.) about everything that matters (film, TV, video games, memes, life).