Those talented boffins at Mukpuddy Animation have put together the perfect little video for a track by Caspar Babypants called “Mister Rabbit”. (I always wanted to use the word “boffins” and now I really regret it…)
Caspar Babypants is a side project for the talented lead singer and songwriter of PUSA, Presidents of the USA, Chris Ballew.
The song is as catchy as any PUSA song; Chris Ballew reworks many children’s classics like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Mary had a little lamb” and makes them sound fresh and engaging all over again.
The boys at Mukpuddy make many humorous animated shorts between breaths and I got the chance to work on a bit of background music with Mr. Tim Evans on an episode of Cuppa Jawa. The brief was to make Star Wars-ish music that wasn’t Star Wars. We had a couple of hours, one MIDI keyboard and a few free VST plugins.
It was fun – if you hate it, I will cry.
Dragon Hunters is a great movie. The concept of the floating worlds and their local gravity is nicely realised in little (and big) details throughout the film - especially in the clip below. The art is beautiful in a very french way (imo) and the character and creature design is fantastic (the little electrical predators and the red bats were well designed and well realised, to name just a couple).
I found the little girl as annoying as Gwizdo did and the ending left me more bemused than surprised but overall it was a great little movie!
French animation has always been in a class of its own and this little short – free on Vimeo HD – does nothing to dispel my admiration for their mastery of the art form.
There’s a nice marriage of music, sound and cinematographic form evident right from the opening frames: the mood and scene is set with a breezy tune punctuated by occasional peals of girlish laughter as the camera tracks languidly across a lawn on a nice summer day; the deft hand of the director/cinematographer is revealed when the main character glides into shot in beautifully rendered perspective – not to mention the shape of the girl who holds the main character in thrall (suggested by simple lines and blocks of colour and artfully depicted in a glorious, euphoric slow motion haze).
The movie then goes on to unveil different moods through tweaks of music, colour, shape and sound, and create tangible, dimensional characters through simplistic (but not simple) renderings. I love the fact that the narrative drifts from whimsical, dreamlike emotion to a sense of foreboding and real emotional danger within the same short work (not unlike another favourite animated work of mine – The Incredibles) without feeling forced or contrived.
Stand-out moments: Gary ‘adrift’ in the sea of hair; sound inside the dark man; the rendering of the lips for ‘the kiss’ (the dream one at the start xD).
You can tell I liked it, can’t you?