“Throw Me to the Rats” Music Video

A music video for the track “Throw Me to the Rats” by the Tom Fun Orchestra. It’s directed by Alasdair Brotherston and designed by Jock Mooney, out of the UK’s Trunk Animation. I dig the quirky, humorous illustrations and choppy movement. Digital puppetry via AfterEffects and Flash is dime-a-dozen, but there’s a real energy and spontaneity when it’s created in the real world like this video. Brotherston explained in an interview:

“I had a good idea that I wanted to make a puppet theatre and film the action live in an effort to break from the perfectionism of digital animation that I was beginning to find a bit prescriptive and unspontaneous. I then decided to recruit an artist I knew from my time at Edinburgh College of Art called Jock Mooney as I knew that his illustration would be perfect for this job. He also brought some great ideas and a slightly perverted sense of humour as well as a spare room in which to do the shoot.

“The shoot itself turned out to be a bit of a nightmare and what had planned to be a fairly straightforward operation with most of the action caught in camera on set ended with myself and Jock setting up a green screen in his room and working puppets that were being held in place by jacket potatoes. Although it seems funny now, I distinctly remember being not that pleased at being holed up in a small room with blacked out windows, surrounded by several halogen lights on the hottest week of the year.”

CREDITS
Director:Alasdair Brotherston
Art Director: Jock Mooney
Producer: Shot On Site Media
Compositer: Dylan White
Puppeteers: Jenni Nylander, Natalie Ryde


  • Garwik

    Oh wow, that is good! I just see that Trunk did another animated video for the same band: http://trunk.me.uk/site/?p=1335
    It’s creepy and cool as all get out.

  • http://www.mitchworks.com/ Mitch Kennedy

    Woah! These guys are from my home town — I’ve been seeing them play for years. It’s hilarious to see them as caricatures! These guys can tear down a place when they put on a show. I dig the video.

  • http://vincemusacchia.blogspot.com vince m

    I love this video!

  • http://pierreportfolio.blogspot.com/ Pierre Fontaine

    As a lover of toy theaters, this is friggin’ fantastic! Oh yeah, the song is awesome too!