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.
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.
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.