Thursday, 6 November 2008

In Praise of Barack Obama: Today (Billy Collins & Little Fluffy Clouds)

Today: Today's extra animation should have been aired yesterday but I was busy. It's based on a poem by Billy Collins, United States Poet Laureate from 2001-2003 and New York State Poet Laureate from 2004-06 and made by Little Fluffy Clouds. It seems appropriate on a grey day here when such little light as exists is cast by events across the Atlantic. The words resonate with hope and the GCI piece is beautifully crafted by the design team, co-founders Jerry van de Beek and Betsy de Fries. Billy's warm voice, a quintessentially American rural landscape on a perfect Spring day, butterflies, canary let out of its cage, splinters of light, flowers and a young couple squinting in the bright sunlight: the piece unfolds and matches the rich voice of the narrator and lyrical beauty of the poem. Lovely and uplifting. If Obama were to discover British nationality I'd vote for him. Alternatively the short can be viewed on the San Francisco Bay Area studio's Sundance Channel. I shall be looking at some of the studio's other work tomorrow and Saturday, as a lead up to the (Chuck Jones) Sunday Classic.

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