The Isle of Metal – 2009

Here is a short animation that was an entry in ‘The Bunny and The Bull’ Myspace competition, set by the creators behind the BBC comedy series ‘The Mighty Boosh’. The competition brief was to make a 1-2 minute film, about an adventure in your living room.

‘The ‘Isle of Metal’ is about a Blue Tit, and her nest who set out on a journey from the mantelpiece to the other side of the living room to get to The Isle of Metal. The film’s original title was ‘The Island of Metallica’ with the story focused on the Blue Tit meeting her hero Kirk Hammett. Unfortunately, due to copyright reasons the competition rules stated that, copyright images, and music would make the entries void. I had intended to use footage of Kirk Hammett playing guitar solos, with other music related footage such as Glam rock, and Punk images for the related islands that she encounters along the way.

I love the English stop motion animation from the Oliver Postage, and Peter Firman era (Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, Clangers) which encapsulated creativity, and ingenuity with a slightly surrealist narrative.