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.