I knew nothing about the Ramayana story before coming into this. I had just seen the good reviews and that it looks fun. Indeed it is fun and the narrators...
Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which combines the Indian epic Ramayana with 1920's pop recordings of Annette Hanshaw. More recently she made This Land Is Mine, a short about Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant intended for a larger project, Seder-Masochism. Prior to becoming an animator she was a syndicated cartoonist, and still occasionally draws the webcomic Mimi and Eunice. Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to join QuestionCopyright.org as Artist-in-Residence in 2008, where she produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. She is currently developing techniques to combine animation with some of her other passions, quilting and embroidery.
[bio courtesy of the filmmaker]
Sita Sings the BluesNina Paley crafted most of SITA SINGS THE BLUES by herself, a remarkable fact when you consider the labor force required of most feature-length animated films. SITA’s eclectic layering of personal history, epic myth and saucy musical numbers is held together by Paley’s...Watch Movie
LexiYou don't need to be a cat lover to appreciate Nina Paley's gorgeous animated short (though it will be a dose of nip to you if you are). A loving set of color-treated, drawn-over images of the titular cat, seen playing and staring back at the camera to a suitably bright and bouncy score by Nik...Watch Movie
Pandorama"This is a nice fruit tree here. Why don't you eat from it? " Working from about 2,500 images, all painstakingly drawn and painted and textured onto clear 70mm film leader, Nina Paley’s brilliant, camera-less short film paints the proverbial "Fall from Grace" as a labyrinthine trip through...Watch Movie