Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
A badger just wants to sleep, but the world won’t let him.
Animated by Sharon Colman and nominated for the 2006 Academy Award for short animation.
A classic by Led Zeppelin. This remastered recording is from the Complete BBS Sessions.
This is more image processing rather than animation, but whatever, it’s Led Zeppelin and your argument is invalid.
This award winning film (short-listed for an Oscar in 2010 also) is a unique watercolor style animation and a sweet story from French animator Joanna Lurie.
In the depths of a great forest clad in a great white mantle, curious creatures discover how beautiful and fascinating and white snow is as it whirls them giddily on their way to extraordinary encounters with the strange and wonderful. (via)
Whatever your interpretation of the story is, (and there are some variations out there on the intertubes) the curiosity, joy, and acceptance of the world around them shines through brilliantly.
Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.
This stop motion animation was written and directed by Christopher Kezelos.
The British short Extn.21 has won multiple awards, deservedly so I would say. Directed by Lizzie Oxby, it is…
…a short film about one man’s desire to be heard. The film uses an innovative blend of atmospheric stop-frame animation, live action performance (a live action head on a stop-frame puppet) and digital effects to create a dark world of uncertain reality.
From The Electric Light Orchestra.
ELO was pretty popular when I was in junior high and high school. I liked them okay, but I was more a Rush and Aerosmith kinda guy, so I only heard a few tracks on the radio – and the radio overplayed the hell out of ’em. (I’m looking at you Don’t Bring Me Down)
Now days, Jeff Lynne (guitarist) has reformed the band as Jeff Lynn’s ELO and is currently on tour with Dhani Harrison, son of the late George Harrison. If you check out the Concert For George you’ll see some excellent music from Jeff Lynne and Dhani (who is a spitting image of his father) who show up in the band along the way.
A few years gone by, and a song they didn’t play once an hour, lets me get some enjoyment out of this track. Well, that and some well done and fun animation.
In a stamping factory, employee 07 starts to notice that employee 08 is anxious to be off-the-clock and leaves behind clues to a life outside the factory.
By Mauricio Bartok and Gabriel D’orazio.
When you’re famous sometimes just doing your job can be tough.
The Grim Reaper, trying to harvest the soul of an aging star named Sean, is interrupted by a mysterious sorcerer…
By the students at ArtFX Ecole d’animation.