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November 26, 2006


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

One of the nicest consequences of the YouTube-ization of the broadcast world is the way that lo-fi animation is staging a comeback. Enough with network glitz and gloss, with committee caution, and with defensive overproduction. Let's use ever-higher technology to connect with the human touch once again.

The Post-It Boogie:

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Whiteboard Dreamin':

Some people have a lot of imagination, resourcefulness, talent, and patience. And, of course, time.



posted by Michael at November 26, 2006


Whiteboard dreaming:
same idea but developed further in the old animation film by Tatarsky, "Plasticine crow"", where principle of uncertainty/fluidity of the image was combined with the uncertainty of the story (text - Uspensky).

The story is a recollection of the 19c fable by Krylov: a crow stole somewhere a piece of cheese and sat on the tree branch; a fox flattered the crow into singing, to make it to drop the cheese so she could eat it (with obvious moral of flattery pursuing its own agenda). This fable is a mandatory reading for literature class (somewhere at 3rd or 4th grade) throughout the country, so everyone watching can vaguely recall it. "Vaguely" is the key word.

"We want to tell you a simple tale
-or, perhaps, not so simple
-or, perhaps, not a tale at all...

There was once a lucky crow
-or, perhaps, a doggie
-or, possibly, a cow-
who got sent a chunk of cheese.."

And the moral, at the end, after much guessing, appears to be "don't stand under a heavy load at the building site"!

Posted by: Tat on November 26, 2006 10:22 AM

In the same vein I recommend the time glutton toy loved by Rocketboom's fetching Joanne Colan: Line Rider

Posted by: raymond pert on November 26, 2006 10:52 AM

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