Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
An android awakens in a failing robotics facility. As his own power fades he is driven by his re-assembling memories.
Created by Daryl Seah, Ge Jian Han Benny, Jasmin Tan, Keith Tsang, and Shaun Phoa at Far Kill Productions
The Temple is the last track of The Mind’s Eye, a series of short 3D, computer animated films released in 1990 on VHS videotape. (yeah, almost 30 years ago) It loosely told the tale of Earth, from creation onward. I was completely enthralled with this video and wore out this section of tape a few times.
This track, the whole tape really, marks when I truly came to believe that 3D computer animation had finally matured past a nerdy diversion and into a mainstream entertainment medium. The animation was bleeding-edge for 1990, and the soundtrack was synced well and pretty good all on it’s own.
Sure you still needed top-of-the-line hardware, and probably had to write half your own software, and motion was still rather stiff, and hair?, never mind about hair. But it was getting easier, and cheaper, and more artists were flocking to the medium. The boundaries of worlds were being pushed rather than simply trying to replicate reality. To me, this was the official opening of a new frontier.
There were 3 more collections in The Mind’s Eye series, one released every two years until 1996; Beyond the Mind’s Eye, The Gate to the Mind’s Eye, and Odyssey Into the Mind’s Eye
(You may recognize the surroundings and birds from the second installment, Civilization Rising, (or 03 per the video itself) as the animation between about the 50 second mark to about 1’20” looks to be from just before this video.)
A peppy little retelling the Little Red Riding Hood tale from the viewpoint of a psychopathic Red. The phrase “gleefully violent” has been used to describe this music video by (The Real) Tuesday Weld.
You might remember Clerkenwell from the last (The Real) Tuesday Weld music video I posted, Bathtime in Clerkenwell. Well, apparently this video is also set in Clerkenwell as Mr Wolf drowns his sorrows at The Clerkenwell Arms at about the 4’10” mark. I like consistency like that.
Animation by George Fort and Monica Smith.
A fun twist on the King Kong story. Retro backgrounds and character design in high-gloss 3D animation works well here.
Created by the students at Supinfocom Rubika.
A small, sappy, but funny, story of baggage. I suppose it could be applied to baggage of all sorts, from carry-ons to sacks-of-rocks.
Sam is late for his flight and doing all he can to get there on time. Unfortunately for Sam his bag has other ideas.
Animated by Peter Butler.
A beautiful and imaginative animation that follows ‘Omega’, a spacer who must deal with an unusual situation and a bit of space/time oddity.
A surreal journey of a space castaway. Lost emergency capsules, a remote planet and close encounters with an intriguing Alien. A woman and her little robot companion investigate mysteries of a planet. Time and space play tricks on them.
Animated by Bartek Kik and Jakub Jablonski at Platige Image.
The single-minded pursuit of perfection can cost dearly. A simple setting conveys a powerful message.
Created by Mauricio Bartok
Another dance-able tune from Bakermat. Besides just being a fun music video, the premise is one we should all remember: Don’t be afraid to lose.
It’s the principle of risk – when you take a chance you may fail, but then again you may succeed. If you don’t risk then there is no possibility of success.
Animation by Studio Plumeau and Pegbarians.