Today: maybe some animated videos you haven’t seen!
First, some (very brief) Thunderbean news:
Packing and shipping is about the only thing going on this week besides work to finish Fleischer Rarities. More news soon!
The new semester at the school is starting here, and often students will show me something I haven’t seen before, and I always try to show them things they haven’t seen back!
One of the things I was thinking about today was animated music video that are a little less seen. I thought of a few that I wanted to see that I hadn’t looked at in a while, and maybe you haven’t seen them either. Some of these have some nicely executed animation, while others don’t quite get there, but each is an interesting watch.
Running down a Dream (1989)
I believe this short video was directed by Jim Lenahan, and features animation by Rick Catizone and others. It’s got a nice animation history component, being based on the Little Nemo in Slumberland comics of Winsor McCay. I was happy to see a copy up on Tom Petty’s Vevo, and more surprised that I hadn’t thought to look this one up before:
Don’t Walk Away (1980)
While not really a music video, this section of the movie ‘Xanadu’ features an ELO song and the first released animation by the Don Bluth Studios. You can see they are already attempting a more extravagant look than the work being done at the Disney Studio at the time. The animation of course varies here from absolutely beautiful to looking a little rushed in the rotoscoped scenes. I always thought this scene owed something to ‘The Sword and the Stone’. Sadly, this version is ‘flat’, and the film was made in scope. There is a new Blu-ray in scope though, preserving the original aspect ratio of the film.
Love etc. (2009)
This interesting and busy video (by Dutch animator/ Digital artist Han Hoogerbrugge) uses the artists’ motifs (as well as lots of video game references) throughout the piece, and uses Adobe After Effects to combine rotoscoping and CG animated objects to create evolving and dizzying imagery.
The Music Scene (2010)
This beautifully timed and animated video (By Anthony F. Schepperd) is a continuous swirl of color and action, bringing a very traditional flavor to the digital workflow employed. I enjoy the direction this artist’s work is taking, although a lot less conventional.
Don’t Answer Me (1984) Alan Parsons Project
I wished that the animation quality was better on this video when I first saw it, although I really like much of the drawing as well as some of the techniques used throughout, especially the little sets. I’m sure the budget was tight. There’s a nice little reference to ’A Trip to the Moon’. There was a broadcast on MTV showing the making of this video back then- I wish I could find that!
Move your Feet (2003) Junior Senior
This little video uses the look of outdated technology look to make simple and fun animation, by London-based Shyola. It was created using a digital art program called ‘Deluxe Paint’ that gave it this video game inspired look.
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (1999)
This primitive looking animated video (based on the look of the artist’s drawing of his ‘Little Idiot’ character) was produced by Belzebu Films.
Seaside Woman (1980)
Brilliantly animated video by Oscar Grillo, based on the 1977 Linda McCartney and Wings song. I especially enjoy the color design ideas throughout, and harsh, deserved criticism of tourists.
Love Without Anger (1981) Devo
This mostly live action video (by Akron’s finest) features a small Barbie animated sequence. The scene was shot in 16mm and animated by one of the founders of the parody ’Church of the Sub-Genius’, Ivan Stang. He also animated some of the other imagery based on band member and composer Mark Mothersbough.
Are there any less seen animated music videos that are stuck in your head? List ‘em!
Have a good week everyone.