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Poetry Animated: Tim Minchin’s “Storm”

A delightfully dark diatribe against that all-too-familiar dinner party know-it-all.

Australian comedian, actor and musician Tim Minchin is a master of the spoken word, known for his remarkably poetic yet irreverent musical comedy. Early last year, Minchin partnered with animator DC Tuner and producer Tracy King to turn Storm — one of his best-known poems, a hilarious diatribe against that all-too-familiar neo-hippie know-it-all archetype — into an animated short film. The trailer alone got us itching with anticipation:

This month, the full-length animated film is finally out, and it’s worth every second of the wait.

Storm, to her credit,
despite my derision,
keeps firing off cliches
with startling precision,
like a sniper using bollocks for ammunition.

For a closer look at how the magic happened, here are two quick timelapses of the fascinating animation process that brought the characters to life:

Storm comes from Minchin’s latest album, Ready for This?, as darkly delightful a gem as they come.

HT @matthiasrascher


Published April 12, 2011

https://www.brainpickings.org/2011/04/12/tim-minchin-storm-animated/

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