I, Pencil: The Movie is an animated adaptation by the Competitive Enterprise Institute of the 1958 essay by Leonard E. Read. It’s such an obvious and simple thought to consider, yet one that rarely has been.
“I, Pencil” is a story told from the point of view of the pencil, detailing how unexpectedly complex the seemingly simple pencil is.
Just because it’s familiar, doesn’t mean it’s simple
It follows through to consider the vast numbers of people that contribute to its creation, and as such how not a single person has the knowledge or experience to make it themselves. An astounding claim, but one that certainly seems to hold true.
Extended commentary versions on the site here.