Forward March, and other animations from the ESMA arts school
November 8, 2013 11:53 AM   Subscribe

Forward March (YouTube) is a silly little animated film, featuring four formal British military men and a furry fellow who emerges from the sewer. This short is one of the graduation pieces (Google auto-translate; original link) from the French arts school, ESMA (official French site). You can find more short animations on their YouTube and Vimeo accounts.
posted by filthy light thief (5 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Va te faire foutre, ESMA. British troops do not goose step. As Orwell observed: "Why is the goose-step not used in England? There are, heaven knows, plenty of army officers who would be only too glad to introduce some such thing. It is not used because the people in the street would laugh. Beyond a certain point, military display is only possible in countries where the common people dare not laugh at the army. {...} In the British army the drill is rigid and complicated, full of memories of the eighteenth century, but without definite swagger; the march is merely a formalized walk. It belongs to a society which is ruled by the sword, no doubt, but a sword which must never be taken out of the scabbard."

/end taking cartoon way too seriously
posted by Doktor Zed at 12:20 PM on November 8, 2013 [4 favorites]

I love the fact that the good schools of animation are putting their students' graduation pieces online for the world to see and me to waste so much time on (a few minutes at a time).

(Also see my previous post on a Danish school's goodies)
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:48 PM on November 8, 2013 [1 favorite]

I thought it was very nice.
posted by JHarris at 12:37 PM on November 9, 2013

G-kid watched over my shoulder--absolutely howled with laughter.
posted by BlueHorse at 8:12 PM on November 10, 2013

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