Monday, April 27, 2009

excerpt from Prometheus' Garden, Bruce Bickford, 1988

There are some people out there who hate "claymation," who claim to be creeped out by the way the clay moves, the way the surface of the figures ripple and react to the animator's manipulations. If you are one of those people, you are REALLY going to be squicked out by this.

Good. I love tormenting the squeamish.

Bruce Bickford is best known for his work with Frank Zappa, on the film Baby Snakes and other projects. What is really incredible about Bickford's animation is the degree to which he revels in the plasticity of the medium. Things are transforming constantly in Bickford's world. Nothing is certain, at any moment, something will turn inside out, somebody will turn into a monster, the monster will be swallowed by the Earth, all in a flowing, hypnotic motion.

Here is an excerpt from Bickford's 28 minute animated feature, Prometheus' Garden


  1. It is true. I love how Bickford transforms his animations constantly. It keeps the eye busy and it never makes the mind bored. Since you are a fan of Bruce Bickford, you will appreciate the documentary "Monster Road."
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