The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Super Fridge – Maca and Roni

Yet another adventure from the hapless assistants of Doctor Albert. In this short tale the pair are afflicted with a broken air conditioner in a sweltering lab. Fortunately, as Dr Albert is a brilliant scientist there must be something laying around that can help…

Animated by Kyungmin Woo.

Dilla

The only thing better than a proper comeuppance, is the unexpected opportunity to serve that proper comeuppance.

Directed by Mike Klim, Stanley Moore, Dominic Pallotta, and Mikey Sauls. The soundtrack was composed by Andy Brick and performed by the Filmharmonic of Prague. All of that took place with the help of Ringling College of Art + Design (a favorite around here.)

Vikram Madan – Seattle Artist

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Lil’ Grim Reaper. Who knew Death Itself could be so cute?

I don’t recall where on the internets I came across the Lil’ Grim Reaper, but I recognized it immediately when I read an article on local Seattle artist Vikram Madan. I also recognized one of his Mini-Murals I’d seen on the back of a street sign here in Seattle.

To describe his work as whimsical is correct, however would be off by a magnitude or three. Mr Madan’s work makes you want to invite the monster under the bed and the skeletons in your closet out for a spot of tea and a heart to heart chat.

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Happy Dancing Robots. Probably my favorite of Mr Madan’s work.

Granted, some of the character models do remind me a bit of the “Love is…” comics of the 1970s, but the situations and stylish rendering absolves all. And Mr Madan really pushes the limits of his style, including in materials and venues.

One of those venues is Public Art. Park murals, utility boxes, poles and pianos. Even the edge of the stairs to a dance studio. Mr Madan has brightened up a lot of things and places around the greater-Seattle area.

Attack of the Space Needles. Fell in love with it and picked up this print. I will never look at the Needle the same way again, and I see it almost every day.

I have a love for street art. In planning for my upcoming trip to the UK this summer, I’ve got a full day in Bristol (home of Banksy) and a half-day scouting London’s street art. Mr Madan’s public art is a great addition to Seattle’s flourishing art culture.

Mr Madan’s public stuff is close enough to me that I can just stop by when I’m in the area and cover them all pretty easily after a fashion. I’m looking forward to it.

To learn more about Seattle artist Vikram Madan, check out the great article by Lisa Edge over at RealChange, or stop off at Mr Madan’s website. If you do that, I warn you, expect to spend some time. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Bathtime in Clerkenwell

Take a Ride – Don Felder

The vignette B-17 from the 1981 Heavy Metal movie. My favorite movie, and magazine (where the vignettes were adapted from). I posted a video with this song a few months back (So Beautiful and So Deadly) but this is the scene the song actually comes from. Wherever and whatever, posting a scene from HM is never out of place for a FNMV.

Globosome

Visually stunning, this expansive animation follows a plucky little life-form..

In the vastness of space, there’s a a small speck of rock inhabited by the most peculiar lifeforms: Dark little “Globosomes” that start to replicate fast and begin to show signs of intelligence. The film tells the story of the rise and fall of these little creatures. This film is inspired by the special times we’re living in on our own planet. We’re ourselves at the crossroads: Rise to our true calling and explore the universe or perish from the face of a dirty planet. Surely we have culture, science and art but what does remains of these achievements, if you look at our world from a global perspective.

Written and animated by Sascha Geddert at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

The Girl and the Cat

If this short teaches us anything it is that, parents never let you do anything fun and, cats are bad news but mean well.

A young girl is separated from her mother at a Singaporean night market and meets a cat who brings her deep into the underbelly of the bazaar where fantasy meets reality.

Written by Ervin Han and animated at Robot Playground Media.

Econo-Bot

A poignant twist on the post-human story. Good animation and character design, great telling of a story.

A robot, far past expiration, roams a rural countryside waiting for his battery to die. After miles on an old service road, he discovers an old country house, boarded up and full of secrets

Directed and animated by Cailin Tamplin

The Smoke Seller (El Vendedor de humo)

The Dark Side

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