The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981)

Pioneering the genre of science fiction comedy the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy started out as a radio programme, was adapted as a series of novels, computer games and made into a feature film. Douglas Adams' penchant for the absurd and fine observational humor has rightfully earned him a cult following.

A highlight of the TV series are the animation sequences by Rod Lord. Meant to depict the interface of an electronic book (the eponymous Hitchhiker's Guide) they were hand-animated and still set a stylistic benchmark for modern computer animations.

The central character of the story is Arthur Dent, who survives the destruction of the earth which was demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. As a side-effect this quite sensible act of transport development prematurely puts an end to the computation of the question to the answer of the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything - which is by the way: 42. Naturally this causes a lot of confusion and leads to a chase across space using the Heart of Gold an advanced space ship stolen by the president of the galaxy using the infinite improbability drive.

If this sounds confusing and improbable rest assured that this is not down to Douglas Adams' brilliant story, but to fundamental design flaws of our universe.