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August 16, 2004 9:16 AM   Subscribe

AN AMAZING JAPANESE ANIMATION based on the psychologically complicated and beautifully playful work of comic book artist Jim Woodring. (Monday morning cartoons for you, complete with a nod to the Jetsons, courtesy the Japan Media Arts Festival. Other featured work here.)
posted by Peter H (19 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
uncanny - I was out rotavating only last week, and exactly the same thing happened to me!

very nice, anyone know of a higher quality, not Real Media version?
posted by gravelshoes at 9:46 AM on August 16, 2004

Whhhhhy do these sorts of organizations select real media for their format?
posted by kavasa at 10:20 AM on August 16, 2004

I love Woodring
I dislike Real Media

Well, maybe hate is too strong a word.

posted by Outlawyr at 10:35 AM on August 16, 2004

posted by badstone at 11:19 AM on August 16, 2004

posted by Satapher at 11:26 AM on August 16, 2004

I'd never have seen this without you, Peter H.
and what gravelshoes said.
I can't find a torrent.
posted by Busithoth at 11:40 AM on August 16, 2004

buffering ... buffering ...
posted by mrgrimm at 11:55 AM on August 16, 2004

Any way to save the broadband .ram as an .rm for un-buffering'connecting' play?
posted by Blue Stone at 12:14 PM on August 16, 2004

I dunno, Frank looks very weird in 3d, kind of like Mickey does. I think I like the animations Woodring himself has done better, but this was still nice. Pupshaw and Pushpaw looked great; I loved their little feet.
posted by sonofsamiam at 12:16 PM on August 16, 2004

I don't have sound here at work, and I can't wait to hear this cartoon. What wondful, subtle stuff.
posted by ParisParamus at 12:26 PM on August 16, 2004

Paris - I really love the soundtrack. Oddly, this must be the music in Frank's world.

Sonofsamiam - do you mean the stuff in God Hates Cartoons? I haven't seen it yet. Is any of it online? [/cheapskate]

Well, maybe hate is too strong a word.

Ha now, I've always held that a title should be in all caps. I don't believe it reads like a YELL when it's a linked opening statement, just as film titles are either all capitalized or placed in quotes, but maybe I'm wrong. I am often wrong, though, heh. SORRY FOR SCREAMING, ;)

In full caps though and sincerely, APOLOGIES for the real media file. All I could find!
posted by Peter H at 12:31 PM on August 16, 2004

I always thought the music in Frank's world was Bill Frisell, as Woodring did a (gorgeous) cover to one of his records.
posted by neustile at 12:34 PM on August 16, 2004

This is great stuff. I wish there was an Animation Channel, or a Really Independent Film Channel.
posted by ParisParamus at 12:38 PM on August 16, 2004

neustile, I'd agree. He also did TROSPER with Frizell, too. (images here)

Dunno, though. I really enjoyed the wandering mood of the soundtrack on this piece.
posted by Peter H at 12:44 PM on August 16, 2004

Peter H: There are some Frank cartoons at These are a little different than the normal Frank-style stories.

The one on God Hates Cartoons is, I think,
Whimgrinder. Also there's Pupshaw, which is like an animatic.
posted by sonofsamiam at 12:49 PM on August 16, 2004

Paris, I'm right there with ya ((( 'kin'ell ))).

I wish tv would just chuck stuff like this into their regular schedules. Here a 5 minute Nordik sand animation, there a computerised japansese psychedelic musing.

I love the computerised faux-hand-drawn 3D-ness.

Uh. If anyone wanted to download the broadband clip for unbuffered play/posterity [9MB] -
posted by Blue Stone at 1:17 PM on August 16, 2004

BlueStone, you need "Streambox VCR". That's all I will say...

Rest assured what you want to do is something Real has worked hard to prevent you from doing.
posted by shepd at 2:48 PM on August 16, 2004

i love this!

posted by amberglow at 5:07 PM on August 16, 2004

shepd, you can just download the rm file directly from BlueStone's url. They don't have the thingy set up to prevent that kind of thing.
posted by sonofsamiam at 9:08 AM on August 17, 2004

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