The Ruffled Crow

Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things

Bla Bla Bla


While there is some mild disagreements on the lyrics to this song, the brilliantly simple line animation perfectly compliments the boppy tune. Great for a Friday night music video.

Animation by Studio Film Bilder, the tune is Bla Bla Bla by Gigi D’Agostino


The Box

Crow: The Legend

This is a long piece, nearly 20 minutes, and well worth every moment watching it. The style and animation are geared toward younger audiences, and I think it’s a great way to pass along a Native-American legend.

While all NA tribes have Crow legends, the Rainbow Crow is from the Lenape tribe and recounts the story of the colorfully feathered Crow who’s beautiful voice filled the forest. When the winter spirit appeared and made the forest cold, the animals decided to send an emissary to ask Kijiamuh Ka’ong, the Creator Who Creates By Thinking What Will Be, to think the forest warm again.

This short stars the voices of John Legend as Crow, and Oprah Winfrey as Kijiamuh Ka’ong, as well as other well-known actors. From Baobab Studios.


I haven’t posted a 360-degree video before – although I’ve never come across a 360-degree animation appropriate for posting here before. I like to cast the videos to my television as I write up the post, but this requires a computer and a mouse (or VR gear) so you don’t lose the action that occurs around the viewer.

Mac and Cheez are a couple bumbling brothers with grand ambitions. From Baobab Studios.

Big Boom

We got a couple inches of snow here in Seattle since yesterday and, with the preponderance of hills and a tendency to ice up, just getting to work was a slogging chore. While the library won’t be getting many of it’s usual type of patrons today, as a “warming station” – a city-approved spot to get out of the cold – we will get many of our homeless and insecurely housed neighbors stopping in. And that’s ok with me, because that’s how we roll (as they say) here at the library.

So, for those folks, and everyone else feeling the bite of winter’s chill, stay safe, stay warm, and watch through this little window into some heat.

A lonely service robot that is unable to leave his post tends to his duties as he wonders why no one comes in for service any more.

A wonderfully atmospheric short by Brian Watson.

The Gas Clock – Mattias Gordon


Tonight’s Friday Night music video adds some class to the place.

The Gas Clock is a fragment of Goethe’s tragedy where Faust and Mephisto travel in time and space, between the living and the dead, in a maze that they may never find their way out of.

Animated by Mattias Gordon of whom we are a fan! More of his well done animation here.

No Blue Without Yellow

Oh My Dog!

I love the style of this stop-motion short. The story is great fun too!

Somewhere near the hall of Brétigny-sur-Bizet, in front of a raging crowd, the most outstanding dogs face each other to measure their talents and strengths. Among them is Sweetheart, encouraged by the best and most noisy crowd. Will he triumph in this hard competition?

Animated by Chloe Alliez.

Sacrees Nonnes

Pomposity doesn’t always live up to circumstance, and sometimes that slide into sin is quite the ride.

Two eccentric nuns arrive late at the Holy Mass and get expelled from the service. While doing a cleaning chore as punishment, they accidentally break a valuable liturgical object. Full of regrets, they try everything to repair their mistake, but nothing goes as expected.

A giggle-worthy short from Isart Digital.

Animation General

A blend of different animation styles, quick patter, and a broken 4th wall make this short great – unless you’re a 3D animation student.

In a hospital for animated characters, a classic 2d doctor and a clay animation nurse must operate on a broken 3d model.

Animated by Sawyer Geffert at Ringling College.

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