The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Emunah

I’m posting this as a Friday night music video (FNMV) rather than a straight up vid due to the soundtrack which is some killer glitch.

Animated and soundtracked by Sang Hyoun Han (aka DOMCAKE) and produced at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Excessive competition between countries has created a perfect artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence has excellent learning ability, but they have no imagination ability. Therefore, A.I. plans to steal the human’s as imagination makes everything possible. But at the same time, A.I. concludes that it is a human error as the ability can limit people due to the over imaginative mind. It makes humans to be afraid of death and leads people to believe in God which becomes a religion. Thus, A.I. creates a new religion by combining the characteristics of all gods so that every single human being can worship. All that faith has become energy sources that gives a power to A.I. to absorb the imagination ability from humans. Finally, artificial intelligence becomes perfect. In the end, the excessive desire of man toward information and technology causes the destruction of a mankind.

Beauty in Numbers – Pi

I’m a believer that numbers describe our universe and that math is beauty. You see it everywhere; the fractal fern, the prime-numbered petals of many flowers, the scenic ratios that please our eye. Everywhere. And so is the number Pi – everywhere.

I’ve had this film hanging about my computer for a while now because it illustrates a number everyone knows in such a way that we don’t realize we might be learning something. (gasp!)

The film is by Rebecka Taule. The music, by Jim Zamerski, is based on the number Pi itself.

Different – Aleksander Grachev

It’s mid-week and for most of us, colors have dimmed to gray as they slide by in our headlong rush before they start to brighten back up for the weekend. This short is a reminder that there is indeed still color to be found around us – if we dare to be different.

Hard Boiled Chicken

A detective tale with a jazzy soundtrack and… chickens. Simple animation but a fun romp.

In true hard-boiled detective style, a rooster tries to find the thief of the egg that was stolen from his chicken. Soon all traces point towards the farmer. But before the egg can be saved from becoming hard-boiled itself, the rooster and his chicken have to fight the farmer’s cat for it. Spectacular action, including a fight, a chase, and the birth of a new chicken.

Directed by Arjan Wilschut

Skhizein

Skhizein (Greek) – To split

This unusual little film follows a man who was hit by a 150-ton meteorite and shifted 91 cm to the left, or rather, he relates to the physical world 91 cm to his right. Needless to say, this isn’t an easy thing to adjust to.

Directed by Jeremy Clapin.

Love, Death, and Robots

Anyone who’s read this blog for a while knows I’m a big fan of Heavy Metal magazine and love animation that reminds me of the illustration and story-telling style of the mag.

love death and robots posterAnd if there has ever been a television show that ticks all of my boxes, Love, Death, and Robots is it. Different stories throughout the series, different animation styles, all steeped in heavy science fiction. The episodes themselves span the gamut in story – from love to war, and animation style – from simple cartoonish to hyper-realistic.

When I first came across the series I watched three of them before I could stop myself. It took  great self-control to spread the balance of the season over the next week and a half. At 10 to 18 minutes each, it’s far too easy to munch right through the whole season in one sitting.

This show has several strengths, not the least of which is that each episode is animated by different teams from around the world giving each short film a ‘fresh’ feeling all the way through the series.

love death and robots cat

Three Robots is one of my favorites. Three robots take a tour of a city long untouched since humans became extinct. They come across many odd puzzles and among them is a cat.

In addition, most episodes are based on stories by some of the premier sci-fi authors of our time, including John Scalzi (Old Man’s War series), Peter F Hamilton (The Commonwealth Saga), Alastair Reynolds (Revelation Space), Ken Lui (The Dandelion Dynasty), Joe Lansdale (many books, movies, tv shows, including Batman and Bubba Ho-Tep), Marko Kloos (Frontlines series), Michael Swanwick (various science fiction short stories and non-fiction) and more! I have most of these folks’ books in one form or another.

Most of the script adaptations were done by Philip Gelatt. He’s written or directed several movies such as the Europa Report and The Bleeding House.

I think the iconography deserves a particular mention.love death and robots iconography I saw early on how the icons in the opener describes the title; a heart (love), an ‘X’ (death), and a square-headed face (robots). What took me a few episodes to realize is the the icons right before the episode’s title gives an idea of the theme of that episode. For instance, the episode Good Hunting’s icons are a heart (love), a gear (robot/machine), and a fox (uh, a fox) which are alluded to as the film progresses.

I can’t imagine Netflix not putting together a second season, (though stranger things have happened) but the wait, while it may not kill me, will at least cause me great distress.

 

 

All Hell is Breaking Loose

A Single Life

The Hungry Corpse

The animation is just beautiful and atmospheric, and the story is surprisingly rich and touching. Set in London’s Trafalgar Square, a starving corpse meets a pigeon with a broken wing who insists on befriending him.

Written by James Pout and directed by Gergely Wootsch.

 

Freight

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