The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Free To Roam – Giangrande

Forest Dreams

 

Surrealistic and, appropriately, dreamy with a colorful, vibrant edge. Animated by artists Victoria Samoilova and Yaroslav Primachenko.

“We wanted to tell a story that happens on a misty night, when the world falls asleep. A story, which would be somehow dark, mystical and mysterious but at the same time would feel friendly and vibrant.”

Indomation

Through hand-built sets, custom-painted action figures and over 90 hours of painstaking animation, “Indomation” is a whimsical tribute to the filmmakers and artists who brought us the Jurassic franchise – a series of films that has inspired countless artists and storytellers, myself included, from across the globe.

A man falls asleep while watching a Jurassic Park movie and wakes up to an escapee from the movie. Fun stop-motion animation done in a style that reminds that great little flicks can indeed be done on a shoestring.

Animated by Mason Drumm.

Creature From the Lake

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

Ghost

A great tune by Delta Heavy and brilliant Friday night music video.

An alternate title to the video could be Clippy’s Revenge as it skewers not only the parade of personal digital assistants, but computer and web culture itself. Admittedly, I experienced a bit of nostalgia seeing the old W95/98 screen savers go by.

Directed by Chris Bristow and produced by BlinkInk.

Wind Along the Coast

I’ve spent a lot of time on the Pacific coast over the years and, no matter the weather, there is always wind. This short spends a day on a uniquely whimsical, and very blowy, shoreline populated with odd characters and creatures. My impression is of Shel Silverstein art animated by Sally Cruikshank. There are lots of fun details in this little film, so keep a sharp eye.

Music is the jazz classic Sea Journey by Chick Corea and done by Daniil Kramer and Alexei Kuznetsov. Animated by Ivan Maximov.

The Diary of Tortov Roddle

Tortov Roddle quietly adventures from one unique destination to another.

This beautifully whimsical animation was originally created in pieces, 6 of them for this short. Part of this animation was set to Pink Floyd’s The Narrow Way off their Ummagumma album.

Animated by Kunio Katou, who also did House of Small Cubes.

Shock Therapy

Maca and Roni – Cleaning

This little toon reminds me a lot of Pixar’s Minions – probably why I like it so much! Maca and Roni are henchme… uh, henchpeop… er, assistants of one Doctor Albert. I suspect that, without their laboratory garb they would be a cat and a penguin, so one must give the good (or is he bad? hmmm…) Doctor credit for equal opportunity employment.

When Dr. Albert returns from vacation, Maca and Roni need to do a bit of cleaning. Fast!

Film by Kyungmin Woo (who also did Johnny Express)

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