The Year In Music Videos – November
This might mark the month that animation became such a prevailing format on Transbuddha, as 6 out of these 8 clips rely heavily on some form of animation. Is it too much? I don’t think so, but then again you’re the ones reading. What say you?
Maybe it’s just that live action work is in decline as more and more directors explore the limitless world of animation, but whatever the case may be the results have been pretty good.
Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins – Rise Up with Fists: I was hoping this promo would spark a new genre we could only call the Hee-Haw Homage, but sadly no one has seen fit to take up the mantle. No matter, it’s a gem in its own right.
The Rapture – Whoo! Alright Yeah..uh huh: As much as I’d like to not be, I’m a total sucker for that 70’s style animation, and this clip runs through the School House Rock style to Fat Albert and back again. AWE-some.
Prefuse 73 – The End of Biters: Wow. Just, wow. The combination of rotoscoping and CGI work still have a of punch. Just an incredibly wonderful video to look at.
Lasse Gjertsen – Amateur: This was another tough call, but in the end I had to include it. Gjertsen’s masterful use of editing to piecemeal his masterpiece won over quite a number of folks, and I can’t think of any Web 2.0 guy who deserves the attention more.
The Softlightes – Heart Made of Sound: I can’t possibly overstate the impact this song and clip had on me. Listening to it now, I’m just as blown away by it as I was the first time. I was so impressed with this clip, I had to track down every video Kris Moyes ever made.
Four Tet – Go Go Ninja Dinosaur!: Seriously. Go back and read the title of this song again. How could I not post this?
The Presets – Are You The One?: Yup, another Moyes video (and another visual winner). Good stuff.
Minilogue – Hitchhiker’s Choice: I loved the premise of using a whiteboard to animate a video, but really the kicker was the animator spent so much time on drawing monkeys. I mean really, it’s like it was made for me.