The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Best Friend

In a near future, a lonely man is addicted to a product called ‘’Best Friend” which offers him perfect virtual friends.

I was born at a time when phones had actual dials and mail required a stamp. (My imaginary friend says that I’m old. Being a mature being, I stuck my tongue out at them.) In that short space of time our technology has raced into realms I’d only read about in science fiction stories. In many cases, the stories were conservative in their estimations of the future and we’ve blown right past their predictions.

With the speed we’ve attained these new heights, we still have feet of clay when it comes to guarding ourselves from the often unintended consequences of new technology. It’s not that tech is the culprit, the issue lies with ourselves. As our civilization’s tools mature, so do we need to advance along with it. So far we’ve been lucky.

This film won the ‘Best Student Film’ at the 2019 Annie Awards, the animation equivalent of an Oscar. From Gobelins School of Images in Paris, France.



Room Service

This is less a story than a moment in time. You can feel the heaviness of the atmosphere and the weight of time passing as the denizens of the hotel mark the minutes of eternity.

Early 1950s. In the tropics. A luxurious hotel dives mysteriously in the darkness. All it’s clients sink into an oppressive atmosphere …

Made at Supinfocom Rubika in Valenciennes, France.

Smash and Grab

Makeshift Creations


Another extra day-late Friday night music video. While the snow is gone this week, I still have a fascination with Bendy animations. The style, the music, just the feel of these toons is great fun.

Animation by Flint 4K for an original song sung by SquigglyDigg and Swiblet, and written by Flint 4K and Maple. Composed by David Berube.

Takin’ a Ride

I admit, I’m loosely defining “animated music video” tonight for the simple reason that both the song and the super-clip compilation are from the 1981 movie ‘Heavy Metal’, one of my all time favorite movies. The entire soundtrack ain’t no slouch either.

Song is by Don Felder.

George and Rosemary

For this Valentine’s Day I offer up a wonderful little short film from the National Film Board of Canada about the awkwardness of a crush. It is also a timely reminder that crushes and romance happen at any age.

I love the animations that the NFB looses into the wild, and I love my own Valentine, Mrs Crow, who’s shared my nest for nigh on three decades now. And I am here to tell ya, indeed, romance is not only for the young.

The Story of Martin Luther


Time Out (Temps Mort)

Perhaps due to my own certain age, I tend to particularly enjoy the shorts when an older person outwits or non-plusses the Grim Reaper. It’s not an uncommon story, there are a few laying around the crow’s nest here already, and I love ’em.

This animation is also in French – with French subtitles. I don’t know French. There is a lot of dialogue, or at least monologue – in French. Which I don’t know.

And I don’t think it matters. The story is independent of the dialogue and is a fun bit of romp.

From the folks at ESMA.

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