Emmet Casey's animated rendition of "The Big Trip Up Yonder" transports the listener into Kurt Vonnegut's dark and speculative world. The story is short, only 25 minutes long, and endlessly intriguing. Set in an overpopulated future, it details the life of a family whose many generations live crowded in a small apartment. The characters, whose deaths have been prevented thanks to an anti-aging remedy, are subjected to the dictatorial rule of the eldest member of the clan. The characters' endurance becomes questionable, making the listeners wonder what the world would be like if death was not our ultimate end. A wonderful story that will draw the listener into another world.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was known for blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction, and that is exactly what he does in this story. It was written in 1954 and first appeared in Galaxy Science Fiction. In the chronology of his works, it came between Player Piano and The Sirens of Titan.
The story takes place in a future in which the population has grown so huge, due to an anti-aging product, that generations are forced to live together in crowded apartments. The family in this story is ruled by a dictatorial grandfather, the owner of the apartment and oldest of the clan.