“The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” interpreted by Daniel Savage

A simple but effective experiment: Daniel Savage, creator of the iPhone app Gif Shop, wanted to try animating Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. “The potential of e-books is something that fascinates me,” he says. “This video demonstrates what could be done, even without interactivity.”


  • http://www.theAMIGOunit.com bone

    As much as I am against the latest trends of technology – this is quite beautiful, tasteful, and fun. I would like to see more.

  • http://joelbrinkerhoff.blogspot.com/ Joel Brinkerhoff

    Many CB readers are too young to remember, but this reminds me of a modernized version of the simple treatment to children’s books done on televisions Captain Kangaroo. Nicely done.

  • Jen

    I don’t see any “interpretation.”. Doesn’t add anything other than a literalness that distracts from the purpose of the book.

  • http://rparpan.blogspot.com josh parpan

    I loved this book as a kid. It’s pretty touching to see those drawings move.

  • Scott B.

    This animated treatment does not subtract from, but does manage to add just a bit to, the original. The piano motif adds the right touch of haunting whimsy.

    It’s certainly more respectful of the source material than this news — apparently someone wants to turn these mysteries into full stories … bleah:

    http://boingboing.net/2011/10/25/the-chronicles-of-harris-burdick-writers-produce-official-stories-to-go-with-the-much-loved-mysteries-of-harris-burdick-illustrations.html

  • http://tremendoustales.com Christopher Olson

    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick was a pretty big inspiration for me growing up. As much as Gary Larson’s The Far Side inspired me to do single-panel comics, I think I owe a lot more of that inspiration to Harris Burdick.