Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mandala (1977) & Gumbasia (1955).



Art Clokey was a visionary pioneer of claymation, creating the iconic claymations Gumby and Davey & Goliath.  I think every child of the 80s (and earlier) remembers the early morning claymation shows... especially the sunday Davey & Goliath.  Well, apparently Clokey also made his own experimental films that played with the medium in a visual, non-narrative way.  The first one below is called Mandala and is a claymation trip through the psychedelic subconcious.  He wanted to show "the idea of evolving our consciousness from primordial forms to human form, and then beyond the human to the spiritual and eternal. The theme was the evolution of consciousness: we begin in the mud and we just go out and up."  You can see the video below: 








Clokey's claymation was born much earlier though.  In the 1950s he was in school he was also working on commercials for corporations like Budweiser.  He says,

 "The Budweiser commercials were live action, featuring basketball, airplanes, baseball people, and so on," Art told us. "But they had a close-up of a Swiss cheese sandwich and they wanted to show the cheese disappearing with bites. The beer is good with Swiss cheese. It was actually a piece of clay that we made and we formed it to look just like a piece of Swiss cheese, to fold and so on. And we began animating bites out of it. That 's the first time we ever used it professionally - clay. Then I had a two week break between commercials. So, in my father's garage, we put a 4 x 8 piece of plywood on two saw horses and put clay on there, painted it, formed it into abstract shapes, pyramids, etc., and shot them using the kinesthetic style film principles that I was learning from [Slavko] Vorkapich"

That film became Gumbasia, 1955:












Stills via All my eyes


Snake People (1971).






Full movie, streaming! 



See Boris Karloff in Snake People: a man of the law arriving to an wild island to rid it of its lawless voodoo. 



Storyline:


"The inhabitants of a small, remote island have been practicing voodoo rites and worshipping an evil priest named Damballah for years, but the local law officials generally turn a blind eye to this death cult's bizarre activities. Captain Labesch arrives from the mainland, determined to crack down on the island's lawlessness and clean up the ineffectual, hard-drinking police force. He appeals for assistance from wealthy plantation tycoon Carl Van Molder, who owns nearly half of the island and wields a great deal of influence over the population. Van Molder has made the study of parapsychology his life's work and believes in the secret powers of the mind. He warns Labesch not to interfere with this forgotten island's ancient ways. Also visiting is Van Molder's niece, Annabella, a temperance crusader who wants her uncle to help fund the International Anti-Saloon League. She falls in love with handsome police lieutenant Andrew Wilhelm, despite his fondness for rum."




Tagline:



"Evil scientist runs a veritable army of LSD crazed zombies!"



Friday, July 5, 2013

Stepford Wives (1975) promotional poster.





Thursday, July 4, 2013

Visa vid midsommartid / Song at midsummer time.




"First Aid Kit" performing the old swedish song "Visa vid midsommartid" (song at midsummer time) on the game show "På Spåret". One of the few occasions where they sing in swedish.



Monday, July 1, 2013

The Psychedelic Album Covers of Miles Davis.





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