The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Last Day of War

The animation style feels like it’s straight out of the pages of a Heavy Metal mag. It has a style rather reminiscent of Moebius or Bilal with a gritty, saturated, feel that conveys both bleak horrors and dawning hopes. Beautifully done with a well told story. By Dima Fedotov

It has been twenty years since the last Great War broke out. All people are dead, but automatons continue [to] obediently follow orders. On the computerized base, machines fuel and charge the weapons of [the] last surviving bomber as it prepares to drop bombs on a long dead enemy city.

Suburban Harmony

Blind Spot

Tout Conte Fait – ESMA

The royal couple can’t seem to get their Princess daughter married off so they come up with a plan…

From the talented students at ESMA (École Supérieure des Métiers Artistique), Toulouse, France.

Directed by Sandy Bienvenut, Alexandra Condoure, Vincent Dromart, Nicolas Quinssac, and Mathieu Ringot.

Tempovision

Paint – The Animation School

Tom – Omry Fisher

Ma’agalim by Jane Bordeaux

A wooden doll watches as her world changes slightly each time she passes by until the mechanism breaks and sends her on a new path.

Beautiful animation style and well executed. The tune flows along with the video and sets a perfect tone for this parable on life. Music is by the Jane Bordeaux Band and they describe their style as Americana Hebrew Folk Country music.

Animated by Yoav Shtibelman, Toby Pedersen and Ron Polischuk. Directed by Uri Lotan.

Number One

We have made it to Friday! Congratulations everyone! I did my part and am glad to have made it here with you. In celebration I bring (back) to you one of the coolest music videos ever made.

Yes, this is kind of a re-post (with better resolution). I’ve been thinking of resurrecting and re-editing a select few of the old posts on this blog – videos from up to 2012 or so, maybe expand an article or two. There are a few early videos that are so good that they well deserve a reprise. This is one of them.

I love this video and when I first posted it in 2011 I’d had it kicking around my computers for at least six or seven years already. I still have a copy. It doesn’t seem all that special now, but when it was made, 2001 to 2003 I figure, computer motion capture hadn’t gotten hold in Hollywood quite yet, animators were still struggling with hair, and animated/cgi character movement was a Big Thing in both films and MMORPGs.

The computer animation itself is excellent – especially for when it was made – but what really stands out is the direction; throughout the video you’ll see signature dance moves you’ll recognize immediately.

Playgroup is a British Electroclash band and the tune Number One was released in 2001.

Molly

Molly is a fish stuck in her bowl longing for the ocean that she can see through the window. Her unlikely friend, the cat, decides to fulfill her wish.

A sweet little film done in a soft, ‘Studio Ghibli’ style by students at Nanyang Polytechnic’s School of Interactive and Digital Media (nyp/sidm)

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