5 Great Animated Music Videos
|July 19, 2012||Posted by Susie under Video Talk|
We love music. We love animation. So when these two things are combined, we enter a kind of euphoria. There are so many great animated music videos out there, and we’ve decided to put a few of our favourites together in this blog post.
Disclaimer: we literally could dedicate all the rest of the blog posts of all time to animated music videos, but for the sake of variety, we’re only going to share our Top 5. This is just the tip of a wonderful animated iceberg.
Daft Punk – One More Time
No animated music video list would be complete without Daft Punk video. This music video features the Japanese inspired animation that later went on to be animated in an entire film. Daft Punk’s album Discovery was the soundtrack for the film Interstella 5555. Like Gorillaz, Daft Punk often use these animated characters as alter egos and frequently use disguises in their other music videos.
Gorillaz – 19-2000
Gorillaz are famous for being Blur frontman Damon Albans’ side project. The cartoon gorillas have sort of become alter egos for the band, and in fact the world of the animated gorillas has been explored in other cartoons and music videos. While the highway setting of this video is pretty realistic, that’s where the realism ends. The style of the characters was designed by the graphic artist Jamie Hewlett and showcases some great 2D and 3D animation.
A-Ha – Take on Me
Not only is this a classic eighties tune, but is a really awesome animation technique. The video for this smash hit by the Norwegian pop band features the rotoscope technique. Basically, you take any filmed sequence and animate it by drawing over the figures in each frame. In this video this is achieved with pencil drawings. This video has some cheeky interplay between comics and real life as the main character jumps in and out of the comic in the diner and frames in the comic book.
M. Ward – Chinese Translation
This might be a little less well known than the other videos featured here, but American indie superhero M. Ward has made some beautiful animated music videos for a few of his songs. Chinese Translation is one of his most popular tracks, and it’s fitting that it has such a beautiful, ethereal animated video. You can see the inspiration from old Chinese watercolour paintings in the backgrounds. The outlines of the characters also seem to be inspired by brushstrokes used in Chinese characters.
Steriogram – Walkie Talkie Man
We had to include a music video by the stop motion enthusiast Michel Gondry. The French auteur has put his hand to many different music videos, as well as directing some great feature length films. A lot of his work features stop motion and is often completely surreal. This particular music video gives a whole different spin to knitting.
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
This video for Franz Ferdinand’s first single features some really quirky vintage images animated around the band. The band sort of decomposes into weird sepia robots. The lyrics have literally nothing to do with what is going on visually, but the aesthetic is really compelling. Disembodied legs and old timey boxers punching in time with the beat makes this video a really stunning watch.