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
A bit longer than usual at 19 minutes, but well worth the time.
The film was created using ‘old-school’ technology: 35,000 hand-drawn and hand-painted pieces of artwork, shot directly onto 35mm film with a rostrum camera, to achieve a traditional ‘cartoon’ feel. via
Directed by Neil Boyle, music by Stuart Hancock & The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra
An oft-told vignette of man’s demise, but this charming animation tells it well through a simple, but rich, anime style.
A small robot awakes many years after a mysterious mass-extinction. Driven only by the fragmented recordings of his creator, he wanders the ruins searching for answers.
Created by David James Armsby.
There’s a lot going on in this short film, not to mention role changes and abrupt twists. You may need to take notes.
Directed and animated by Alex Budovsky.
I’ve had this conversation with myself a few times at least. As the narrator says, it is rather comforting to know I’m not the only one who has. Aside from the winding philosophy, the animation uses an incredible number of styles to tell it’s tale and it would be riveting for that alone.
Deepness of the Fry is an absurd existential crisis disguised as a collage film. Living in a world where everything’s already been said, felt, and done before, can anyone truly be unique? And is thinking about this too much really a good idea?
Another great film from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark.
As a parent, I quite understand that there is a time when the kids need to leave the nest. I also am well familiar with the worry and loneliness when they do. I was a mess for a while after my son moved out and, with him off working in far-away Birmingham UK, and even after he’s been out on his own for a few years now, the concern and wistfulness just won’t move out with him.
The time has come that a young adult man has to leave his parental home and stand on his own two feet, or so his father believes. The boy sets out to the world, but somehow it is impossible for him to leave. In this light, absurd and comical little drama, the boy’s journey is obstructed by the weirdest of reasons. Or is there something else holding him back?
One good lesson from this delightful animation is that learning how to spread jam on one’s toast is a definite confidence builder and serves adulthood well.
Animated by Joost Lieuwma.
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
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.
This is the second of two (so far) shorts set in a small village with a church that has a problem with attendance, or rather, the lack thereof. In this one, the priest may, or may not, have induced a bit of a windy path to heaven. (One can never tell in these situations.)
For general information Fluctus is Latin for a flow or billow, or possibly disorder. Many apply here.
Animated by Stefan Vogt at Filmbilder.
This is one of two (so far) shorts in the same village where the church has a bit of a time getting the parishioners to attend service. Figuring to take a page from Arthurian legends, the priest brings out to the square a sword caught in a stone. (Well, a Gladius. A Roman short sword.)
Animated and directed by Stefan Vogt via Filmbilder.
I’ve spent a lot of time on the Pacific coast over the years and, no matter the weather, there is always wind. This short spends a day on a uniquely whimsical, and very blowy, shoreline populated with odd characters and creatures. My impression is of Shel Silverstein art animated by Sally Cruikshank. There are lots of fun details in this little film, so keep a sharp eye.
Music is the jazz classic Sea Journey by Chick Corea and done by Daniil Kramer and Alexei Kuznetsov. Animated by Ivan Maximov.