22 June 2009

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

Stumbled across a fantastic animated short today -- The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello. It uses a very nontraditional -- and amazingly beautiful -- animation style which, Wikipedia tells me, is reminiscent of Wayang and The Adventures of Prince Achmed (which I now really need to track down) and was nominated for an Oscar (it lost to an animated short whose title is a pun -- take that as you will).

I've been reading a lot of Lovecraft lately and have always had a sort of guilty fascination with steampunk. And this is a really great Gothic horror story with zeppelins and dirigibles and Victorian architecture, which probably explains why I'm loving it so much. It's beautiful and fantastic and wonderful in every way.

And it's on YouTube!

(Please, for the love of God, watch it fullscreen and HQ)

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