We love watching Theo Jansen's kinetic sculpture strandbeests walk about in real life, and it's not hard to imagine them as real, sentient creatures. David Lance agrees, bringing Jansen-like robots to CG life in his beautiful short film The Future Forms of Life, in which prancing robots promenade through a city, and occasionally run amok.

What Lance's film hits home is how animalistic Jansen's sculptures are. The first sequence resembles a marching antelope, while the later one calls to mind the mating rituals of certain species of spider, only to go bat-like in the end. Lance makes the power of these machines slightly chilling, but undeniably lovely to watch.

[via Kuriositas]