The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

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)

Abiogenesis

I love the style of this film. It reminds me a little of Giger‘s art, a bit of Druillet, and a tad from The Mind’s Eye. The story puts a twist on the idea of exogenesis or panspermia in a very well done animation. The almost-continuous evolution of the mechanical bio-analogues through its life-cycle of adapting local materials and spreading that bio-actual over the planet is quite stunning and beautiful in its fluid complexity.

Animated by Richard Mans.

Time Machine – Alan Parsons Project

Alan Parsons was primarily an album engineer and music producer when he teamed up with Eric Woolfson in 1974. Best known for his engineering work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and a couple of Beatles albums, Parsons was becoming a bit exasperated with the musicians he generally worked with and wanted to create music his way. Woolfson, a composer and musician, had a large work based on Edgar Alan Poe’s stories that wasn’t easy to produce.

Thus came Tales of Mystery and Imagination in 1976.

As a fan of Poe, and a fan of long progressive rock story tracks ala Rush, it got my attention right away. When The Alan Parsons Project released I Robot in 1977 I was completely hooked. I blame I Robot for my enduring love of electronic music.

This is the video for the title track from The Time Machine, released in 1999, animated by Ben Liebrand.

Finally, after many requests the instrumental version of this track with video clip as it was originally intended. This 3D animation was made in 1999 as the official video-promo for Alan Parsons – Time Machine. Mere days before completion, in surfaced that the latest Austin Powers movie at that time would mention “Alan Parsons Project”. At the very last minute a version was made with quotes from the movie, reasoning that one would benefit the other. Now for the first time ever, I present you the clip as it was intended, without Mike Myers’ quotes. – Ben Liebrand

Dip N Dance

Sometimes life steps in to take the wind out of self-important sails, and sometimes it’s the domotics.

A fun animation that packs in a good bunch of classic and new music clips. A snippet of Caravan Palace’s Suzy really starts the current flowing in this short.

Directed by Hugo Cierzniak and produced at Delapost Paris.

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