The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

The Last Belle

A bit longer than usual at 19 minutes, but well worth the time.

The film was created using ‘old-school’ technology: 35,000 hand-drawn and hand-painted pieces of artwork, shot directly onto 35mm film with a rostrum camera, to achieve a traditional ‘cartoon’ feel. via

Directed by Neil Boyle, music by Stuart Hancock & The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra


An oft-told vignette of man’s demise, but this charming animation tells it well through a simple, but rich, anime style.

A small robot awakes many years after a mysterious mass-extinction. Driven only by the fragmented recordings of his creator, he wanders the ruins searching for answers.

Created by David James Armsby.

Twin Island

Yes, I have children. Yes, I love them. And yes, they could really screw thing up. Here is one such story…

Twin Island West and Twin Island East are two sister islands ruled by two Kings, where everyone and everything is submitted to the cult of Symmetry. Accordingly, everything there goes two by two – everything. But one day, the Queen of Twin Island West gives birth to one unique baby, to the King’s great despair!

From the students at Supinfocom at Taipei National University of the Arts.

The Royal Nightmare


The Underground Movie

A fun little excursion to the earth’s core without having to deal with Doug McClure.

Everyone has wondered what it would be like to dig right through to the other side of the Earth. […] Dubbed “Old Chucknose” and equipped with amazing gadgetry, it bores through every layer of the Earth’s crust and center.

Via the National Film Board of Canada and directed by Les Drew in 1972.

So You Want to be a Goblin

It’s a rough life for a goblin (or kobold, gnoll, or orc, for that matter) who’s at the bottom of the heap. Good quests for low-level monsters are hard to come by as well. But like Fippy Darkpaw, you have to try. Again and again if necessary, but try you must.

From the folks at The Animation School in South Africa.

Deepness of the Fry

I’ve had this conversation with myself a few times at least. As the narrator says, it is rather comforting to know I’m not the only one who has. Aside from the winding philosophy, the animation uses an incredible number of styles to tell it’s tale and it would be riveting for that alone.

Deepness of the Fry is an absurd existential crisis disguised as a collage film. Living in a world where everything’s already been said, felt, and done before, can anyone truly be unique? And is thinking about this too much really a good idea?

Another great film from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark.

Leaving Home – A Tragicomedy

As a parent, I quite understand that there is a time when the kids need to leave the nest. I also am well familiar with the worry and loneliness when they do. I was a mess for a while after my son moved out and, with him off working in far-away Birmingham UK, and even after he’s been out on his own for a few years now, the concern and wistfulness just won’t move out with him.

The time has come that a young adult man has to leave his parental home and stand on his own two feet, or so his father believes. The boy sets out to the world, but somehow it is impossible for him to leave. In this light, absurd and comical little drama, the boy’s journey is obstructed by the weirdest of reasons. Or is there something else holding him back?

One good lesson from this delightful animation is that learning how to spread jam on one’s toast is a definite confidence builder and serves adulthood well.

Animated by Joost Lieuwma.

The Patient – Tool

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