"Above the city, we see a huge explosion, a fireball, a mushroom cloud. And one by one, the faces of the people below begin to change. First, the mouth opens in a silent scream. Eyes open wide just before they liquify and trickle down the cheeks. Then the face melts away, layer by layer, until only the shrieking skull is left. Finally, the skull itself shatters and breaks apart, leaving nothing. The expressionistic, no-frills style of the animation somehow amplifies the horror."
In Slate, Donald Fagen remembers when Ed Sullivan broadcast the anti-war film A Short Vision in 1956.