The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

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On Holiday For a Bit

I’m afraid posts will be a bit spotty for a while as myself and Mrs Crow will be on holiday in the UK over the next month.

steven fry

Stephen Fry with a Corgi. Is there anything more British than this?

We’ll be visiting my son, who is working in Birmingham, and have a real whirlwind of a schedule while we’re there. I’m hoping to find time between sightseeing and adjusting to a  horrendous time difference (+8 between Seattle and Birmingham) to post some pictures and commentary of our travels on either here or on my sister-blog And the Horse You Rode In On. (I’ll create a widget box in the right column to link here if I do that)

Worst case, however, is that regular posting should resume around the end of July or the beginning of August. If you need to keep yourself amused, the cat in the right column will take you to a random post, and the menus along the top can lead you to some fun collections to wile away the time.


The End

The Silence Beneath the Bark (le silence sous l’écorce)

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.

Illegal Move

On the Same Page

St James Infirmary

Directed by Lafayette-based visual artist James Tancill, the music video for the Preservation Hall / King Britt remix of St. James Infirmary by the Preservation Hall Hot 4 is an animated romp in the style of Max Fleischer (Betty Boop, etc.) that plays out like a storybook caper set against a backdrop of beloved New Orleans characters and institutions both old and new. Audiences familiar with the iconography of New Orleans music and culture will thrill as characters and beloved landmarks from the past and present find new life in an animated tableau.

Great little video, and a very well done rendition of a classic. My favorite version of the song is done by Hugh Laurie. (Yes, that Hugh Laurie; half of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, etc. Saw his Let Them Talk concert. Most excellent.) He didn’t put out an animated video, though, and even if he did The Preservation Hall Hot 4 gets the well-deserved nod tonight.

Cinema Dehors

A fun little combination of time lapse video and animation.

Living in the modern world we are too busy with our daily routines and addicted to technologies that sometimes we forget that the real beauty of this world is right in front of our eyes.

Animation by Tatiana Poliektova, Music: Where’s My Banjo by Rimsky

Rock It For Me by Caravan Palace

On this Christmas eve I’d like to re-post one of the most powerful animations I’ve ever seen. We adopt our cats from the local shelters and generally look for the older, harder to adopt cats. While the last times of any pet can be difficult for a family, we hope that we enriched their last years as much as they added to ours. Please give a pet from your local shelter or pound a gift this holiday season and adopt. You and they will be rewarded every day.

The Ruffled Crow

This is an incredible little piece of animation. Akin to bringing a minimalist painting into three-dimensional reality, Omer Ben David uses shading, few lines, and movement to suggest forms and describe the world.

The film sets the story of an old house cat who bids farewell to his home, his owner and the world he used to know. via

I have lived with several geriatric cats in my time and Mr Ben David does an excellent job on the cat’s movements. The cat getting up onto the back of the sofa gave me a twinge, and by the time the film was over I was missing every old cat I’d ever had.

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