Surreal Carnivorous Plant Grass War


The setup for Claude Cloutier’s animated short Bad Seeds is very simple: two hungry carnivorous plants wage a turf war about the flies entering their shared airspace. But the execution – a surreal series of beautiful drawings that change as the battle progresses – is simply brilliant (and often hilarious). See!

Hat tip for Short of the week for sharing Bad Seeds and for referencing this Sqwigly interview with Cloutier in which he explains his process: “The film consists entirely of drawings made with East-Eastern ink and brushes. These were then digitized and colored by the computer,” the filmmaker told the site. “As an illustrator I like to explore different styles and techniques, but I am especially fond of line art… this style is reminiscent of aqua fortis engravings, or pen and ink drawings in books or 19th century newspapers. Gustave Doré and John Tenniel, the best-known illustrator of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, are major influences on my work. I chose Bad Seeds for this type of drawing because it is reminiscent of the first printed editions of fables and classic fairy tales. My challenge with this film was to reconcile the complexity of engraving-style drawings – which are static by definition – with the movement that animation enables.”

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