Friday, 2 October 2009

Animation Digger! Yeah!

Hi, I'm Tom and this is a brand new blog in which I'll be mining the web for you, finding examples of animated storytelling (traditional/cel animation, 3D and stop-motion). I'll then come back here and let you know about them, and I'll even provide an embedded video or link where possible. You can watch the ones that catch your eye then post your comments below. If you're an animator of any kind and want your work featured on here just let me know, or if you find some kind of awesome piece of animation you want to tell people about you can do so here.

So without further ado,

When the Day Breaks is a 2D Canadian animation from 1999, directed by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby. Set in a city of anthropomorphic animals, it has a nice loose style that really draws the viewer in from the start. The human characteristics of the animals are applied to good effect - have a look at the two rat-like gangsters smoking in the street at 02:35. The film explores the way us urban folk live in such close proximity but still manage to exist in our own little worlds. We're linked only by the electrical wires that run between our homes until twists of fate cause these worlds to collide, as Ruby the Pig discovers.

So yeah - this is definitely worth watching. The soundtrack works alongside the animation too, helped by the interesting voice of Martha Wainwright. Let me know what you think and I'll be back soon with a mine cart full of animation goodness!

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