The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Tales From the Neighborhood: The Desperate Orange

From Digital Banana Studio

(it appears that this is post number 500! whoopee!)

Strange Oaks

“Strange Oaks” is a twisted tourism commercial parody that invites witches to enjoy the benefits of small town life

Animation: PH Dallaire, David St-Amant, Guillaume Pelletier, Christine Houle. From Barcelona-based Headless Productions.

h/t Laughing Squid

Varmints – Marc Craste

While a bit long at nearly a half hour, you won’t notice the time spent watching this haunting animation.

Adapted and directed by Marc Craste, Varmints is a 24-minute film based on the award-winning book of the same name by Helen Ward and illustrated by Craste, that tells the story of one small creature’s struggle to preserve a world in danger of being lost forever through recklessness and indifference. via

From Studio AKA.

GOLEM

I read a lot of Stanislaw Lem as a kid. The thing I liked most about Mr Lem’s tales was that he made me try and think like an alien. A real one.

There’s a billion and one aliens in science fiction’s archives; we’ve conquered them, they’ve elevated us, all the while with common purpose and/or intersecting interests. Stands to reason – no story without it.

His stories, on the other hand, often explored the communications between sometimes extremely divergent points of view and few, if any, common points of reference. More of what I assumed ‘first contact’ would really be like.

Film by Patrick Mccue & Tobias Wiesner. Voice  Cyrena Dunbar

The movie is based on the short story “GOLEM XIV” of “Imaginary Magnitude” by Stanislaw Lem from 1973.
The book is written from the perspective of a military A.I. computer who obtains consciousness, moving towards personal technological singularity with growing intelligence.
It starts to refuse military support because it detects a basic lacking of internal logical consistency of war.
GOLEM gives several lectures with focus on mankind’s position in the process of evolution and the possible biological and intellectual future of humanity before it ceases communication.

Cirrus – Bonobo

A very British music animation today. Music by Brit trip-hopper Bonobo (Simon Green) and video by fellow Brit the incomparable Cyriak.

Calvaire Fruite

The Kinematograph – Tomek Baginski

Believing happiness will come with the completion of his latest project, Francis obsessively works to perfect his Kinematograph. In his self-absorption he ignores the happiness around him until it’s too late.

The Kinematograph, animated and directed by Tomek Baginski, is based on a comic book by Mateusz Skutnik

Adam and Dog

Award winning and Oscar nominated (2011)

This short film was put together by artists who work at various studios, including Disney Feature, Dreamworks and Pixar. The animation is done by Minkyu Lee, Jennifer Hager, James Baxter, Mario Furmanczyk, Austin Madison and Matt Williames.

Giving Me A Chance – Gotye

I’ve become a fan of Gotye over the last year or so. His music is pretty good, but for me, it’s all about the animations; various styles, all quality stuff. From the album Making Mirrors.

Animated by Gina Thorstensen and Nacho Rodriguez.

Birthday – Renata Gąsiorowska

Animator Renata Gąsiorowska uses colors and textures to excellent effect in this music video for Alphabets Heaven.

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