Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Songs I'd Like To Animate

39 comments:

Joseph said...

So are you going to animate it?

billy said...

shawshank redemption!

good song too.


myspace.com/singingsirens

Christopher Woods said...

My Grampa was a big fan of the Ink Spots and I used to listen to them with him as a kid. The textures and the sounds are so awesome in this song. You can see where Boyz 2 Men got their formula from.

kurtwil said...

JK if you were to animate this, would it be character driven, visual/impressionistic, or both?

Hans Flagon said...

The tempo, and the dramatic build seems almost laconic for animation in general, much less John K directed animation, Which is why it would be beautiful to see you at least board it, if not time it.

Of course, getting actual rights to the song is the bugger.

I'm not sure how someone like Disney Channel did it when they would simply edit old clips to songs they might not actually own themselves. It is possible there was more bartering and trading than fees.

mr paal said...

Wow, way to hit that falsetto! What great phrasing that singer has... Jimmy Scott has a similar, less subtle locution & also wonderful timing.

Joshua said...

Wow - just saw this clip a couple of months ago - it's great! The delivery is so expressive and I love the contrast of the deep voiced guy and mr. falsetto.

-jjmm- said...

Lovely song. It reminds me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSiU1T_w0-8 which was made by the greek compositor Vangelis during the 80's in an attempt to imitate this genre of music; it was done for the Blade Runner movie.
By de way, John, do you know something about this book? Is it maybe the spanish edition of a book you know?: http://www.yagotoon.com.ar/boletines/boletin%2043/libro.jpg
http://www1.dreamers.com/productos/42053_DIBUJOS_ANIMADOS_EL_DIBUJO_DE_HISTORIETAS_A_SU_ALCANCE.html
Thanks for all.

Rusty said...

Here are some ideas.

The setting for this song would be deep within a jungle in the darkest reaches of the Amazon. Not to far fetched from the Popeye cartoon you just showed us although without the comedic relief.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcySWdHnvxA

Imagine animating Aqualung. The themes match your eccentric cartooning style.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xY7Heaqg8

Rusty said...

This one you should definitely do lmfao. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M-_FFNYeR4

Thunderrobot said...

When is this from,

That doesn't look like the ink spots. This looks like the ink spots

If i didn't care

Which one is the one on the original recording?

regardless great taste, If i didn't care is perfection.

talkingtj said...

do it john do it!

Rusty said...

What about this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk3zDUNU_rM

Trevor Thompson said...

How much would it cost to animate it?

RooniMan said...

That'd be great to animte!

C said...

Talent is soothing to the ears!

Geneva said...

This song is great!

Elana Pritchard said...

You may pretend to be a hard-ass but you are so clearly sentimental underneath.

What a beautiful song.

I've always wanted to animate any version of Stagger Lee but most specifically the Lloyd Price version.

I can just picture a bunch of cartoons in the background shakin' their fingers

mean ol' stack-a-lee

Lohen said...

Hey, John, I love it! Im hungry for work in something like this. If I could help, I give you my hand, of course, for free, just I want to learn and improve my self with the old (and sadly) lost principles from the golden years of animation.

Rusty said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlniDmj10u8

First version of Stagger Lee.

John have you been inspired by any of the song suggestions we have? I must imagine that these songs can create some narrative you would like to work on.

SoleilSmile said...

Well.....what are you WAITING FOR?

Elana Pritchard said...

I love that version! (but I think there were other versions of the folk song kicking around before Mississippi John Hurt recorded it)

Scrawnypumpkinseed said...

A nice, soft song there. Very unique voice.

I'd be very interested to see your animated interpretation of it

Jorge Garrido said...

Here's a list of songs I wish you'd animate, John!

"I got plenty o' nuttin'" by louis armstrong and ella fitzgerald.

"rumble" by link wray

"summer means new love" "pet sounds" and "carl's big chance" by the beach boys

"on a holiday" by brian wilson

"i hear a new world" and "orbit around the moon" by joe meek

"how about you" by buddy defranco

and ANY song by Naftule Brandwein.

Herman G said...

He looks so animated, so much emphasis and character on him. That would be fun

SandraRivas said...

That would be an awesome animation!

I'm such a big fan of the oldies music. Even songs from Frank Sinatra or Kay Starr would be great.

I should really look more into the Ink Spots. Their songs are very romantic.

Coffinwood said...

you could never do it justice, nimrod.

HemlockMan said...

That would probably be a very entertaining cartoon.

Raff said...

How 'bout you board it and let us participate for fun and for friendly competition?

akira said...

either they are awesome lipsyncher/performers or they did an incredible sound recording. thanks for sharing, john!

murrayb said...

haha one of the few LP's I own! I bought it for this song, which I first heard at the beginning of shawshank redemption.

Mattieshoe said...

Forgive the repost, John. this question is just much more appropriate for this thread than one about product design.
(I've deleted the old one)


I've been curious as to whether you find any good stuff musically in Gorillaz.

I think there's some real talent and appeal involved, but someone in production seems to be under the impression that rap is a legitimate form of art, as many potentially good songs have been comprised by the likes of "MF Doom" and "Del tha Funkee Homosapien"

I like the main chorus of "Clint Eastwood" But am immediately turned off by the recurring rap segment, which, at the very least, sounds like an honest, if failed, attempt at communication and doesn't entirely break up the song's rhythm.

Clint Eastwood

Of course, the great designs and animation make everything more bearable, and makes me wonder if the artists are at odds with what they're executing.

DarkShadow8181 said...

so.... what's stopping you from doing so?

martinus said...

There is a song by Blind Willie McTell that I would love to animate. A little movie always plays in my head when I hear it.
It's called Talkin' to you mama and can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqeAFnYVBkw

Zoran Taylor said...

Great choice! Slow, but still bursting with possibility in the smaller timing accents.

Some of my own choice cuts for potential cartoons:

Cartooniness had to go SOMEWHERE in the seventies, but the only place that wouldn't turn it away was music.

Another case in point....

And of COURSE...

Purdy Li'l Angil Ize!!!

I have always envisioned this song as an all-star cartoon dance party. All our favorite, classic characters grooving together in the church of their choice (ONLY IN AMERICA!!!) - concluding with Stimpy @2:27, doing his Muddy Mudskipper dance!!!

Zoran Taylor said...

".....concluding with Stimpy @2:27, doing his Muddy Mudskipper dance!!!"

*And then Ren moving out in front of him, bouncing along like either the hop-along in the new master's house at the end of Big House Blues or the scat-singing drink delivery in Sven Hoek, your pick. (I'm partial to the former just in this case, despite the latter being both cooler and funnier.)

Also, before anyone else mentions it, (yes, I am unbelievably vain, what's it to you?) the Nilsson video is undoubtedly VERY much a nod to Ernie Kovacs' "Nairobi Trio" sketch.

Musamba said...

Muy bueno!

Haggis McCrablice said...

"If I Didn't Care" animated? All we need is a cartoonist who can do a good caricature of Redd Foxx, who performed the old standard many times on SANFORD AND SON.

I myself did Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" for my own comic book...that's one of the ballad songs, about 11-and-a-half minutes long counting the instrumental harmonica bridge. I'd like to see it animated, but kid's attention spans are so shot now you can barely get six minutes out of them.

Anthony C. said...

Awesome to see the Ink Spots pop up for I am a huge fan of theirs.

I've been hanging far too long on the idea of animating one of their songs too..

Well-I choose the Bill Kenny version. You can keep this one. :-)