Monday, May 21, 2012

Crocodile street

Street of Crocodiles
is a 21-minute-long stop-motion animation short subject directed and produced by the Brothers Quay and released in 1986.
"The Street of Crocodiles" was originally a short story written by Bruno Schulz, from a story collection published under that title in English translation. Rather than literally representing the childhood memoirs of Schulz, the animators used the story's mood and psychological undertones as inspiration for their own creation.

The "unofficial" DVD version of the Nine Inch Nails video Closure contains a clip in which Mark Romanek, the director of the video for "Closer", explains that the video was heavily influenced by this animation.
The American rock band Tool has employed stop-motion effects in many of their music videos. A strong influence from the Quays' work, and especially The Street of Crocodiles, is obvious in the videos for "Sober" and "Prison Sex".