Animation company: now with more animation!

The video above is The Cat Piano, by The People’s Republic of Animation. It looks like it’s showing at a lot of film festivals and being nominated for a lot of awards. It has a great noir/jazz/Edgar Allen Poe feel to it; plus who doesn’t like anthropomorphizing cats?

If you browse about The People’s Republic of Animation’s website, you’ll find plenty of amazing videos. It’s worth at least a few minutes of your time.

There is nothing more I want in life

Great music video. The Black Ghosts, “I Want Nothing”

Great animated video. “A record of life”, which is ‘loosely based on the scientific recording of life’s great species’, or something.

The Idols of March

Here is another video I found a long time ago and really love.  It’s an animated…children’s story…by the studio Run Wrake.  They’ve got some other cool stuff on their website, like this, so check them out.  But definitely watch this movie of some kids who find an Idol inside of a rabbit.  Fun for the whole family.

Just a lil’ bit of the ol’ fifth dimension

5th_dim_1_largeThis short strip epitomizes pretty much everything I love about graphic stories.  The illustrations are beautiful, the storyline makes very little sense, and it is taking full advantage of its medium to tell a story more fully than you could otherwise.  Go read, it is short, you will enjoy, this is a promise.

Animated music videos: otaku style

There are two things I love in this world: animation and music. When the two come together, the combination is glorious. I was very pleased when a friend of mine posted some sweet music videos with animation instead of live-action. The Madvillain video is particularly good. I think it may be a new favorite? But my friend has gotten up to these animated music video hijinks in the past.

One variety of animated music video I have always been fond of is the anime kind. Anime music videos are great because it allows people with no drawing skill to come up with animated music videos of their own! Just download some anime, spend a lot of time snipping it up, add some background music and BAM, you’ve just made some art.

Now most are pretty angsty or sappy, but there are plenty of good videos. I’m going to leave with one of the weirder of the set, which is a series of music videos done to be the visualization of the classic Daft Punk album, Discovery. The whole series was sanctioned by Daft Punk, which I guess goes to show how weird/awesome those guys are. Anyway, here are the first two ‘episodes’ of Interstella 5555.

The rest are here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11