As anyone who grew up reading Cricket Magazine can tell you, the world is full of distinct cultures who each have their own folk tales and legends. There are likely thousands of great stories you haven’t heard. Do yourself a favor and seek out one next month when Kapaemahu comes to the Criterion Channel.
Jared D. Weiss is a gifted animator who has brought us the award-winning short “Transmission,” the “Brazey” series of shorts and, most recently, the tale of a hog meeting a fog. Now from the maker of “Hog And Fog” comes “Frog Dog Log.”
Monstera Deliciosa is another very strong animated short that was used as an opening for the International Festival of Animated Film (FIFA) Annecy 2009. In it we follow a middle-aged lamp lighter who is fascinated by the appearance of some lights dancing around the greenhouse in which he works. Upon touching one of the glowing orbs a fairy appears. Intrigued by the effect of touch on the lights, he gives chase as they fly away, unaware they might lead him to his end. This short was created by second year Gobelins students, Jeremy Macedo, Julien Perron, Ornélie Prioul, Remi Salmon.
Le Lac Gele is a gorgeous little short that was made as an opening for the International Festival of Animated Film (FIFA) Annecy 2009. An elderly man is guided by a strange dog to the edge of a frozen lake in a distant land. Here he plays witness to a light show from which he may not return. Le Lac Gelé was created by Gobelins second year students, Jean-David Fabre, Fabien Guillaume, Sébastien Hary, Paul Nivet, Vincent Verniers. The music was done by Mathieu Alvado.
Bon Appetit is an adorably designed and fun short from Craig Knowles and David Ridges. In this 2009 short, a mother and daughter decide to sit on a part bench next to a monster that decides to steal the little girl’s ice cream cone. Watch it and you too will learn important life lessons such as:
ROSA is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi animated short that was released in 2011. Rosa, a cyborg, is mankind’s last hope for restoration of the Earth’s ecosystem. She awakens in a ruined area and is thrust into a fight or flight situation. She must survive a battle against two other cyborgs or Earth’s hopes will perish with her. This short chronicles that battle.
Ah, music videos. It’s always fascinating to see what happens when they mix music with my favorite storytelling medium. Let’s sit back and watch Kalopsia, which is off of the new Queens of the Stone Age Album, Like Clockwork. For more info on the album, visit the official Queens of the Stone Age site, mygodisthesun.com.
Chill out to this music video by Professor Soap a.k.a. Ryan Mauskopf. In it, an astronaut takes off in his ship and takes a trip through a black hole. If you visit his site, you’ll be able to download some storyboards from the animated short.