I love cats and when I found The Cat Piano.. I said I needed to feature this great piece of animation. The awards it has garnered also speaks a lot about the fim. I hope you enjoy watching the piece as much as I did. And put together some notes to tell you more about the work.
In a city of singing cats, a lonely beat poet falls for a beautiful siren. When a mysterious dark figure emerges, kidnapping the town’s singers for his twisted musical plans, the poet must save his muse and put an end to the nefarious tune that threatens to destroy the city.
The Cat Piano is an 8-minute short film directed by Eddie White and Ari Gibson. The Cat Piano features the voice of iconic Australian artist Nick Cave narrating a poem written by Eddie White. Nick Cave recorded the narration whilst in Melbourne in 2007 while on tour with his band, The Grinderman.
The film was jointly produced by Jessica Brentnall and The People’s Republic of Animation.
The film is adapted from a poem written by Co-director Eddie White who envisioned Nick Cave as his first choice for narrating the poem which blends Jack Kerouac inspired beat poetry with the romantic and haunting poems of Edgar Allen Poe.
The film’s graphic 2D look is achieved by animating the entire film by hand in Adobe Photoshop, drawing with Wacom tablets directly into the computer. This highly versatile technique of animation is quickly becoming a signature style at The People’s Republic of Animation’s 2D department headed by Ari Gibson, the film’s co-director.