This video which apparently is intended to make you feel better, has totally captivated me. A very hypnotic creature.
Here is a truly odd fish of an animation. Apparently its purpose is to make you feel better if you should be feeling down.
To be honest, I am not sure if it would achieve that simple aim, as it is so darned spooky and off the wall. Its protagonist is a totally unsympathetic sort of soft and shiny pink naked creature, somewhat humanoid who talks in a very odd voice, sort of syrupy – telling you how much “he” likes you.
Oh well, rather than me blathering on about it, I think it best if I simply shut up and let you experience it for yourself – So here it is.
Here are a handful of weird and wonderful animations that I have come across in my wanderings deep in the bowels of Youtube – A habit of mine, you understand.
Some of these animations are peaceful and dreamy, such as the first one, which is basically an animation all about going on an acid trip (LSD), which I came across the other day and fell in love with at once. It has such a gentle and amiable feeling about it, as you will see.
It doesn’t really need anything much being said about it, as it speaks perfectly well for itself. One of those little films that is complete in itself. I have to admit that I really loved the music and sound effects as well, they set the mood so admirably.
This next one however, which reasonably enough (watch it and you will see why I say that) is called Greed, and is a very different kettle of fish. Edgy, aggressive, and frightening, it is a sort of allegory about life. Not a gentle or friendly film at all, but worth watching I feel. And it does have a very obvious moral to it as well……..
See what I mean?
Next I offer you a German film, which is called Creation, and is – obviously – all about the creation of life on our planet, but in a very different way to the normal approach to this process….. As the guy who made the film says:
“The film depicts the creation of the world through playful images that draw parallels with the creative process associated with art. It focuses on the problems and dangers involved. But all’s well that ends well – because we’re at the movies”
Here is another collection of some of the odder animations I have stumbled across in my endless wanderings in the deeper levels of Youtube.
I enjoy the way that Youtube leads you from what you originally set out to find, to more and more curious discoveries and as far away from your original search as possible. It is through this happy aspect of Youtube that I have discovered some of what have become my favourite sorts of music – totally unplanned and serendipitous really.
So, here is the first of my latest discoveries from the weirder side of the world of animations.
This one is from the school of what is known as Steam Punk, a sort of uneasy marriage between Victorian machinery and 20th century technology. It has its being in music, fashion, animations such as this one, literature and a whole slew of arts. A very alive and odd aesthetic movement.
Anyhow, here is an animation that comes from that school of thought.
I have to admit that this is actually an advertisement, but totally executed in the Steam Punk idiom, so it is acceptable as an example of Steam Punk I feel.
And now for something completely different…. An animation called Gentleman’s Duel. I enjoyed this one, silly though it be. Nicely observed and extremely well made…. So sit back and enjoy a piece of silliness with no other significance.
However, it also has an element of Steam Punk about it as you will see.
So, that was one totally over the top film…. and the next one is also very silly…. But equally well made and convincing in its own world…
All about the troubles two very strange individuals have with their truck in a desert.. I shall say no more, as I don’t wish to spoil it for you, simply click on the start button below and enjoy this bit of silliness.
So, enjoy that? Fun isn’t it?
And next? What more do I have for you today? Lets see………
Once again I have taken my life in my hands, ensured that there is a rescue plan, and headed down into the darker depths of Youtube to see what weird and odd videos I might find lurking down there for my (and your) pleasure. And did I ever find some strange ones too!!!!
Once one gets past the first level of automatic offerings from Youtube, one begins to come across extremely odd and frequently inexplicable videos, such as this one. What on earth did he think of as he made this video? The mind boggles.
Do you see what I mean? This guy sat down and created this video, took trouble to get the images he wanted, and spliced them all together behind a long shot of his face. Not a photo of his face, but him looking into the camera for the entire 1.33 minutes that his video lasts…. Odd I think you will agree. And all those more or less apocalyptic images behind him. Are they meant to tell you something about him or…….
Anyhow, lets just accept the fact that it is strange and move on…
To this one, even weirder in another way.. a relatively long, very well made video that seems utterly pointless, and to have nothing resembling a plot… except this girl drawing in the air with an enormous pencil… with a face!
To be honest, I can’t think of anything to say about this one. I enjoyed it and found it extremely compelling, but haven’t a clue what its maker was trying to tell me. Sort of like peaceful music as a background to looking at the night sky… Saying nothing, but being good for the soul nonetheless.
This time I have selected some very dark animations for your pleasure. One thing that all these animations have in common is that they deal with the more unpleasant or worrisome aspects of our lives. No cheerful mice or penguins doing the Charleston to be found in this lot.
The first one, created by Jonny Lawrence which is called Mothlight deals with a young boy trying to get to sleep, and in the words of Jonny, it is basically a study in light and shade.
Whilst it is a very short film, and nothing nasty happens, it still manages to create an atmosphere that is spooky and laden with the idea that something horrible is about to happen. Quite clever to manage that in a film that only lasts 1 minute and 20 seconds.
Anyhow, here it is, watch it and see what you feel about it.
Next on the list is a very odd film called The Passenger, which was made by Chris Jones. I am not sure quite what to make of this one – it is truly strange, the story line is equally odd. The drawing style seems to be a pretty standard sort of computer rendered animation, and if it wasn’t for the setting ( a dark and gloomy street) one would expect it to be a cheerful little film about a character walking home whilst reading a book – which is exactly what is happening, but then it takes a turn for the worse, and starts to be downright Gothic and alarming…. I shan’t spoil it for you by describing it further, but I would simply say it is very well worth passing some seven minutes in the company of the very odd hero of this little film…. Enjoy it!
And now for a truly weird film, a sort of Cyber Punk (ish) film, which on the surface is about a machine, a sort of robot, wanting to become human, and failing…. On the technical level, this is a truly remarkable film, and one that its maker – Andrew Huang– has every reason to be very proud of.
And on the level of its story, he has succeeded very well also. The motivation of his robot, and its struggles to become human are horribly easy to see and identify with, and its ultimate failure is depressing…
A complex and intriguing film I think you will find, so click away and see what you think of it.
Here are three very different animations for your pleasure. The first one, which is called “The Egyptian Pyramids”gives a very different view of what exactly those odd constructions are actually all about, and in passing demonstrates that the loathing I acquired for camels whilst riding a Bactrian version in the Taclamacan desert a few years ago, was perfectly correct. Horrible creatures.
So, here for your viewing pleasure is one very entertaining cartoon.
Next I have a very odd animation called “Dji: Death Sails”, which rather defies description, but demonstrates the power of determination rather well, also the benefits of strong drink. All I can do with this one is to bung it up here and let you enjoy it for yourselves without going into a deep and profound analysis of the meaning of life, how death fits into our cultural awareness and so on….
Here is what the maker of this video has to say about it…..