The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Glued

Since the advent of the PC, and even more so the creation of the game console, parenting has never been the same. This is a story of one parent’s ordeal…

Animated by Alon Tako, Guy Elnathan, Daniel Lichter, and Sivan Kotek, with music by Assaf Shlomi, from the Bezalel Academy of the Arts.

Speed of Light – Iron Maiden

A most excellent unscheduled weekend music video for this, a very metal weekend.

There’s quite a few Iron Maiden cartoons out there, but this is the best of the bunch in my opinion. I like Iron Maiden and have always loved their album covers featuring Eddie, so a well done animated music video with him creating mayhem on his way through a string of classic arcade and console games is, like, pretty killer, man.

Speed of Light, from the album A Book of Souls.

Rush

Back in high school I needed to record a news report for our school’s radio station and hunted down a reel of tape to use. As is good practice, I cued it up and gave it a listen in case it was something important.

Well, it was. It was side one of All the World’s a Stage by a band named Rush. I’d never heard of them before, but it grabbed me and I listened to it every day until I found out who it was and where I could buy the album. When I finally got the album and heard side two… I was blown away by this symphonic metal twenty-minute science fiction story. At that moment I became a lifelong Rush fan. I do love my glitch-hop and electro-swing, but no one will ever beat out this Canadian power trio for me.

2112 is my favorite Rush song and it is the title track on an album for the ages. Okay, technically this isn’t a full animation but an animation of the graphic novel set to the music it was inspired by. File it under RC’s Shiny Things.

Rush formed in 1968 in Toronto, Canada though didn’t release a studio album until their self-titled debut record in 1974. That was the only album drummer John Rutsey was on. From 1975’s Fly by Night disc foreward Neil Peart took over the drums joining Geddy Lee’s vocals and bass, and Alex Lifeson’s masterful guitar. He also took over quite a bit of songwriting and wrote long, narrative, songs set in fantasy worlds that I think really played into Lifeson’s virtuosity.

I listen to the albums they did in the 1970’s most often, and my best friend liked the 80’s stuff best, but there isn’t an album without at least one epic track on it.

While their musical style shifted a bit as new electronics were introduced (And Peart’s drum kit grew. It’s really quite impressive) they never bought in to the commercial side of things – think arena rockers and hair bands of the 80’s – and had some struggles for recognition by the industry as a result. While they got some Grammy nominations, they never won. It took until 2013 to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though Canada, being the good and polite folks that they are, inducted them into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

Since I’m already playing fast and loose with the definition of ‘animation’ tonight I might as well go for broke and include this beautifully done video – some animation (of large scale) and some excellent camera work.

Xanadu, from the album A Farewell to Kings.

Dust Buddies

Sputnik – Maxim Zhestkov

Down to Earth – Celldweller

An excellent entry in the unscheduled weekend music video, uh, list of music videos that weren’t scheduled but everybody knows I’ll post one anyways list. Yeah, that list.

Celldweller is one of those artists that dominates my entire playlist for days at a time. I’ve only got four of Klayton‘s albums but the album this song comes from is my favorite. End of an Empire is a story album that tells of the fall of a far future civilization and the competition between factions as it tears itself apart. (At least as far as I can discern.)

His music in distinctly electro, but includes aspects of heavy glitch and DnB, as well as metal and even orchestral elements. Klayton puts together some complex soundscapes that lends itself well to story-telling.

Down to Earth is directed and animated by Michi Lange.

Adult Hair – ESMA

A hairdresser is tasked with giving the wife of the local gendarme a stylish ‘do while staying on the right side of the straight-laced-and-arrowed law man.

From the talented folks at ESMA. Animation by Florian Boury, Gautier Froehly, Manon Hirat, Matthieu Paugam, Cindy Redon, and David Varsi.

Philippe Druillet

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Cover art for The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloan

Philippe Druillet [english link] spent his childhood in Catalonia on the Iberian peninsula of Spain, moving back to France when he was eight. Beginning his artistic career as a photographer, he didn’t start selling his drawings until he was 22 and soon took his most famous character Lone Sloan to the French comic magazine Pilote.

Pilote also introduced us to Uderzo and Goscinny‘s Asterix and several artists that I came to know from the pages of Heavy Metal magazine including Moebius and Bilal.

Like Moebius, Druillet is another of the founders of Les Humanoïdes Associés that subsequently published Métal Hurlant and it’s American sister mag, Heavy Metal. Also like Moebius, Druillet’s work showed up a lot in the early issues.

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Cover Art for Heavy Metal’s May 1978 Issue

His stories can be somewhat inscrutable; many of his panels might have no text or dialogue and then one will have a large text box full of tightly-packed words.

Story aside, what I’ve always loved about his stuff has been the mingling of eastern, art deco, and art noveau complexities all with a savage, martial demeanor. Rather than small-scene windows into the story, Mr Druillet’s art is wide-angle and complex often given to huge vistas and grand architecture. It’s also not uncommon for his characters to be biomechanoid in some fashion, and his architecture to be rather organic – something akin to HR Giger’s work.

Here are just a few of my more favorite illustrations of his:

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From Druillet’s illustration of Michael Moorcock’s Saga of Elric the Necromancer

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Too Darn Hot (RAC Mix)

It’s summertime and today it’s in the upper-60s here in Seattle. Sun breaks, clouds, an occasional shower – in other words, perfect weather.

A lot of other spots aren’t so lucky and are getting some serious heat. This weekend’s unscheduled music video is dedicated to the folks melting in their weather.

Too Darn Hot by Ella Fitzgerald and mixed by RAC. Remix Artist Collective is a now-solo project of André Allen Anjos whose remixed some classics.

Micah Lee of Attic Pictures edited the Mickey Mouse short Stayin’ Cool to match up pretty well.

Robocoq

While chicken with teeth sounds like a step forward it may not be the advancement we think it is. Fortunately there are fowl who are willing to cross more than just a road to make things right.

Created at the École Supérieure des Métiers de l’Image – ESMI – Bordeaux

(This is set in the year 2112 so I have to believe the animators are Rush fans)

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