Frame from British animation production company TANDEM's animated short "Flatworld. (2D, cut-out, stop-frame. Director: Daniel Greaves.) Tuck, who loves a real-world rubber-hits-the-road Los Angeles car chase as much as the next fellow, was enchanted -- as were we -- by the animators' prestidigitational manipulations of paper and light.
"The cat's gone viral" headlines the latest post at Random Tandem, news blog of the internationally-recognised, London-based animation production company TANDEM.
Detail of a frame from Tandem Director Simon Tofield's brilliant animated short "Cat Man Do" -- wherein the pussycat applies the "Think System on Steroids" to get his food source up and at 'em -- that has ailurophiles all over the internet rolling in the aisles. This artist knows how to draw -- the expressive elegance of his line is deceptively simple -- and as everyone who knows cats knows, he KNOWS cats.
We stumbled upon the TANDEM site and blog while tracking down the source of that totally awesome animated short that's been making the rounds of the ailurosphere in the last period of time. We first heard about it from Megan of Bad Kitty Cats, who first heard about it from Strange Ranger. We also heard about it from blogfriends Annie of Ambivablog, who heard about it from her brother-in-law in Canada, and Teresa of Technicalities, who heard about it from her daughter. In related developments, Goomp and our sis first heard about it from ourselves. As Tandem's blog explains, word of cybermouth has legs:
Tandem director Simon Tofield's short film Cat Man Do is now officially a web phenomenon! Having roared past the half a million hits mark on just one of its numerous YouTube placings, that cat is a runaway success. Although appearing under several alternative titles e.g. Wake up Cat or Kitty Wake Up Call etc. some fans have correctly attributed Simon's work. Click here to see the film.
YouTube giveth -- can you say priceless free advertising? -- and YouTube taketh away -- Yes, you, Hillary!