Lee Hardcastle is an inspiration from the animation underground. Gruesome and gory animation. He’s been a bit of sensation recently. Zombies, aliens and chainsaws, stuff that works so well in puppet animation. His approach is very DIY, he doesn’t hide the fact sets are cardboard and the characters are plasticine, but embraces it but includes some really good animation. Really good timing of exploding guts and all that. Plently of chopped ankles and sawn off shotguns. BLAM>>>SPLURT…GROAN! His youtube channel is packed with plenty of this wholesome stuff.
I needed to see some other interpretations of skeletons as well as some real bones, so I just visited a great show ‘Death’ at the Wellcome Colection. And there are more skulls skeletons and momento mori in their Medecine Man exhibiton upstairs. Perfect timing! It’s free and near to the Saint Martins, so check it out. It’s got lots of representations of skeletons from all over the world, some of the most interesting were the Tibetan ones. It showed how there’s a long tradition of dressing skeletons up in clothes of the living in a lot of different cultures. Of course the Mexican Day of the Dead skeletons were beautiful and i loved these American skeleton puppets below.