The Cat Piano - Animation with Photoshop

I recently discovered the 2009 short animated film, The Cat Piano, by Adelaide based studio, The People's Republic of Animation (who are also responsible for quite a few of Adelaide's local animated commercials on Television).

The film is based on a poem by studio co-founder, Eddie White who also co-directed with fellow collaborator, Ari Gibson. It features the voice of Australian music icon, Nick Cave.

The synopsis is as follows...
In a city of singing cats, a lonely beat poet falls for a beautiful siren. When a mysterious dark figure emerges, kidnapping the town’s singers for his twisted musical plans, the poet must save his muse and put an end to the nefarious tune that threatens to destroy the city.
Filled with strong visuals and some gruesome ideas in a story that is told quite economically it's not hard to see why this short is multi-award winning and as been screened at short film festivals world wide.

What caught my attention though (apart from it being a local production in my home city) was that it's creators animated the film by hand drawing every frame directly into Adobe Photoshop using Wacom Tablets. A technique that the makers say is becoming a signature style of The People's Republic of Animation.

That's interesting because it shows that top quality animation can still be achieved using more traditional hand drawn techniques without the need to learn more complex software such as Adobe Flash or Toon Boom Studio. Proving there is more than one way to 'skin a cat'. 

Watch The Cat Piano below.

1 comment:

  1. That was pretty wicked. More that one way to skin a cat indeed!" lol


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