Finally, the ending is not only different from the novella, but muddled. In the film, A Square and his family try to flee to the Northern portion of Flatland, where Chromatism is accepted, but he is detained when the Northern Armies strike. He then loses his eye, which becomes a part — or container — of Pointland, not unlike a dream he had of Pointland, or the earlier one he has of Lineland. It’s a nonsensical ending that tries too hard for the relevance of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is especially inapt because much of the film before it descends into an easy didacticism wholly antithetical to Kubrick’s great film.
The DVD comes with an autographed thank you from Ehlinger, but the disk itself has only the film and a brief trailer. Even though the film is low budget, couldn’t Ehlinger have included a commentary by himself and others? It would have at least made the DVD, if not the film, worth a bit more, on a level of interest. In this day and age, not doing so is a bit of a ripoff - small budget or not.
On a real world note, the slim case DVD package the DVD comes in also has a bad holder for the disk. The disk is far too small and the disk cannot stay in its holder. While a worthwhile effort, Flatland: The Film takes on too much, misses where the book succeeds, and its ending is just bad.
But, Ehlinger does show a flair and unique style. If he continues in animation, here’s hoping his next film is about the same quantum leap up from this one that Spaceland is from Flatland. If it is, then we’ll have a film truly worth all the praise this one has gotten.