DoodleBug is a short psychological thriller film by Christopher Nolan. It is about a man trying to kill a bug like creature. At the end of the film, we get to know that he was trying to kill a shorter version of himself a larger version of a man is trying to kill this man. Watch the film on YouTube

I read some articles on this short film. One of the interpretations was:

This means destiny. What ever you do to control it, Karma always surprises you.

Other people gave their interpretations in some posts too.

But what was Nolan trying to convey by this "act of trying to kill"?


After watching this short-film multiple times and going through various articles and Q/A like this one from Quora and from my own understanding, I deduced that the
short represents Past, Present and Future.

First we see a filthy man in a dirty house searching for a small bug or rodent like thing to kill and he shows signs of Misophonia or Phonophobia. Which looks like a sign of anxiousness and paranoia in the action of the character but the main part comes when we see what that bug is:

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It's miniature version of him. And we see that miniature version doing the same thing which the current version will be going to do next:

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And then we see that the current version going to face the same fate too:

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This whole scenario seems like running behind the past and ignoring the consequences of current actions. Our main character (Present) running behind the Miniaturize-self (Past) ends up crushes by the giant-self (Future).

Also the film name is Doodlebug which itself doesn't have any significance for the story but if we break it, Doodle means:

A figure or design drawn or written absent-mindedly.

Which show the state of our main character who is running after his bugself absent mindedly.

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