Poetry Animated: Tim Minchin’s “Storm”
By Maria Popova
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.
Published April 12, 2011