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An Approximation of a Cosmic Daughter ([personal profile] tempested_bird) wrote2008-10-05 01:51 pm
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Things I Watched as a Kid, Part 2

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] _thespookhouse_ I started YouTubing again and discovered a lot of the older, creepy animation shorts and excerpts of stuff I used to watch whilst I was growing up. In the spirit of it being October and me being in somewhat a nostalgic mood today...



Paul Berry's "The Sandman"



"The Mysterious Stranger" excerpt from "The Adventures of Mark Twain"



Tim Burton's "Vincent"


Stop-motion is, by far, my favourite medium of animation. There's just something about it that gives me a sense of the eerie and the weird that none of the other animations forms give me. I loved the disjointed motion that one can't get away from even in the more modern ones. Not to mention, I love the meticulousness, attention to detail, and time that it requires to pull off.


Cordell Barker's "The Cat Came Back"


Interestingly enough, I was having a conversation about these pieces with [livejournal.com profile] tangled_cianan and we were both remarking on how in the time that these were released people seemed a little less worried about what would "warp the mind of the youth." There was a lot more of this class of experimental, expressionist, cerebral yet weird stuff available to younger kids. Whereas the shit we've got warping people now seems to be a lot more literal - just more physically violent than anything else.

And as a bonus, something that was introduced to me a few years ago (thanks [livejournal.com profile] lizzie_borden!):

The Graveyard Jamboree with Mysterious Mose

[identity profile] exegesisofdoug.livejournal.com 2008-10-06 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
I just lately saw that Mysterious Stranger clip
wow its creepy
but kind of how Christians depict Satan actually

[identity profile] tempested-bird.livejournal.com 2008-10-06 04:54 am (UTC)(link)
I always thought that one was interesting because Twain had wanted a character that wasn't necessarily "evil" but just... amoral to really point out how disgusting he thought humanity was.

Definitely kind of creepy. Then again, the whole movie was sort of screwed up because it was about some kids trying to convince Twain not to crash haley's comet into the Earth because he thought humans were worthless.

[identity profile] exegesisofdoug.livejournal.com 2008-10-06 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
I have a dim memory of that movie
but all these videos are neat

kind of reminds me of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, which I think is still playing annually in the bay area somewhere

[identity profile] tempested-bird.livejournal.com 2008-10-06 05:53 am (UTC)(link)
I'm glad you enjoyed the videos. I think "The Sandman" was actually featured on one of the Spike and Mike DVDs at one point.

I've always wanted to go to one of the Festivals but never had the chance/time. I think you've inspired me to look for it.