This Animation Of Philip Seymour Hoffman Might Give You Chills. Then The Feels Will Rain Down.

"There is no pleasure that I haven't made myself sick on." — Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dec. 17, 2012 If you're feeling blue, this might be the right thing to listen to.


Philip Seymour Hoffman was a brilliant Academy-Award-winning actor.

The movie that some critics claim jump-started the actor's Hollywood career was "Capote," where Hoffman played the famous American writer Truman Capote. Hoffman won an Oscar for Best Actor for the part.

He died on Feb. 2, 2014.

For years, Hoffman had suffered from drug addictions. In 2013, he checked himself into rehab for drug abuse, including heroin, alcohol, and prescription drugs.


Unfortunately, despite the treatment, he overdosed on a mixture of drugs. His death sent shock waves across the Internet and media.

A few months later, PBS turned one of Hoffman's old interviews into a cartoon.

The original conversation with English philosopher Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City was recorded live on Dec. 17, 2012. The topic? Quite simply, happiness.

It is a little hard not to feel a bit haunted by how eerie this animation is.

Seriously. He talks about happiness, life, and dying — and then, over a year later, his death was marked by the tragedy and sadness of drug abuse.

In the end, it's moving. Really, it is. It gets a little dark at times, but it's beautiful. Especially when he talks about his kids at 1:08.

OK, now I'm tearing up a little. Without much ado, take a look at PBS's animated version of Hoffman's words on happiness.

And if you're a really, really huge fan of Hoffman (or Critchley!), you can see the original, full conversation below.

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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