Animation Inspiration

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Pink Floyd (1975)

Roger was there, and he was sitting at the desk, and I came in and I saw this guy sitting behind him – huge, bald, fat guy. I thought, “He looks a bit… strange…” Anyway, so I sat down with Roger at the desk and we worked for about ten minutes, and this guy kept on getting up and brushing his teeth and then sitting – doing really weird things, but keeping quiet. And I said to Roger, “Who is he?” and Roger said “I don’t know.” and I said “Well, I assumed he was a friend of yours,” and he said “No, I don’t know who he is.” Anyway, it took me a long time, and then suddenly I realised it was Syd, after maybe 45 minutes. He came in as we were doing the vocals for “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, which was basically about Syd. He just, for some incredible reason picked the very day that we were doing a song which was about him. And we hadn’t seen him, I don’t think, for two years before. That’s what’s so incredibly… weird about this guy. And a bit disturbing, as well, I mean, particularly when you see a guy, that you don’t, you couldn’t recognize him. And then, for him to pick the very day we want to start putting vocals on, which is a song about him. Very strange.
– Richard Wright

Welcome to the Machine

Pink Floyd & Gerald Scarfe (1975)

Gerald Scarfe created this music video, initially a backdrop film for when the band played the track on its 1977 In the Flesh tour. The fanciful video begins with what appears to be a giant mechanical Axolotl.

Welcome to the Machine is the second song on Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here. It features heavily processed synthesizers and acoustic guitars, as well as a wide range of tape effects. Both the music and the lyrics were written by bassist Roger Waters.

Similar to Have a Cigar, the song criticizes the music industry at the time, its control of musicians — that even if you buy a guitar, rebel against the establishment by venturing into the creative world of music, you will wake up realizing that what you thought was a way out was just an entrance into the machine society, anyway.

Ralph Bakshi: The Wizard of Animation

Wizards (1977)

Ralph Bakshi discusses his movie Wizards.

Wizards is a 1977 American animated post-apocalyptic science fantasy film about the battle between two wizards, one representing the forces of magic and one representing the forces of industrial technology. It was written, produced, and directed by Ralph Bakshi.

Wizards is notable for being the first fantasy film made by Bakshi, who was previously known only for urban films such as Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and Coonskin. It grossed $9 million theatrically from a $1.2 million budget, and has since become a cult classic. The film was rated PG by the MPAA.

All Dead, All Dead

Queen (1977)

This new video was generated for the 40 year anniversary, to the original NOTW album track, sung by Brian May. The visualisation was created by Unanico Studios (Directors Jason Jameson & Robert Milne, Producer Paul Laikin), in collaboration with Brian, and stars Brian’s childhood pet cat Pixie.

Alongside We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions, on Queen’s 1977 album News of the World, sits All Dead, All Dead, a piano ballad sung by Brian May. Reflections on the death of his childhood cat seem to trigger a full-blown existential episode: “And I wonder why I still live on … But I should not grieve / In time it comes to everyone.”

Well, Brian managed to step back from the brink, and Queen’s career continued ever upward. Meanwhile another version of All Dead, All Dead, sung by Freddie Mercury himself – with, it has to be said, considerably more elan and poignancy than May – got dusty in the vaults.

It’s finally been unearthed now, as part of a 40th anniversary box set of News of the World released on 17 November, complete with a new animated video – here’s an exclusive first listen.

The Million Machine March

The Animatrix

From The Animatrix, a good film (collection of short films) that gives a pretty good insight into why the machines would wage war against us in the first place.

The Million Machine March (also known as the Machine Rights Movement) was an event that happened prior to the Machine War. It was a famous protest march calling for the equal rights of Machines and Humans that occurred around the early 2090s. The protest was a result of the execution of B1-66ER,  the first robot who killed his master in self defense when he was found defective and ordered to be destroyed.

Crowds of different machines, as well as some outraged pro-machine humans, took to the streets of cities in an initially peaceful demonstration that later devolved into rioting. However, they were met with deadly force by both police and anti-machine humans. Many machines who had surrendered or simply holding signs for the protest were brutally shot and killed. The immense number of destroyed machines were dumped into a river and junkyards. The surviving Machines then founded their own city nation, called Zero One, where they would live a separate life from their creators.

These demonstrations would become one of the events which contributed to the rise of the future Machine War and the creation of the Matrix.

The Trouble Shooter

I could find very little information on this Russian cartoon other than the fact that a lot of people find it very bizarre. I myself do not find it to be all that bizarre compared to some of the other cartoons I have posted here or have seen in my lifetime, but I feel it still deserves some recognition. All I know is that this is a Georgian Film cartoon produced in 1957. If you have any other information on this piece I would be happy to hear it. Thanks for watching. -HM