Mind the Evil Squirrel

It’s not often that a music video comes along these days which makes you shout, ‘jumping jehosaphat, how’d they do that?!’  London animation outfit Shynola have made such a video with the cinema-release-only music video for Coldplay’s ‘Strawberry Swing’.  Shynola animated meticulously hand-drawn chalk drawings on the floor around the real life Chris Martin, as he quests to save a (chalk) damsel from the attentions of a villainous squirrel.

Richard Kentworthy of Shynola said in a recent interview, “we are not particularly interested in making or watching slick animation. We are attracted to the more unusual uses of it, and the inherent charm that something hand-crafted has.”

The whimsical, dream-like animation certainly possesses the traditional, pastoral, slightly dark charm of classic nursery rhymes or  children’s stories, in keeping with the wistful, joyous tone of ‘Strawberry Swing’.

Here’s the vid:

And a few of my favourite stills, taken from the HD version of the video at babelgum.

Chris Martin wakes up…

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“What’s that?! A Beautiful (Chalk) Damsel is in distress?”

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Super Chris meets his arch nemesis, Evil Squirrel.

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Flying over LA.

Chris Martin doing a headstand

Super Chris and the Evil Squirrel do battle.

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Vive la Revolution!

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True love’s kiss.

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The Shynola team and Chris wrap up.

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