Jingle Things: Christmas Video Collection

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Have you seen Me and My Moulton, yet? It’s a charming, animated, autobiographical short film from Oscar-winning director Torill Kove, about living as a daughter of two modernist architects. If you haven’t seen it, you should go look it up. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

…You back? Okay, Here we go. So, for my final holiday-related entry this year, I recommend you check out this spin-off short, Redesigning Christmas, starring the characters from Moulton.

Again, it’s charming. The notebook-style art fits the fun take on a family holiday, and I actually want to try some of the unconventional ideas. Not enough for you? Alright, how’s this.

I found another animation on Vimeo from motion designer and video editor , who whipped up this animated greeting for his clients. It’s funny and it has a nice look to it. Take a look!

Need one more? Okay, here’s an oldie but a goody. Previously featured on Adult Swim’s Off the Air, animator and sound designer Randy Knott provides a brief glimpse at a winter night in the woods

It may not be directly Christmas-related, but I love taking a look at this one during this time of the year. To me, it’s the perfect soundtrack to coming in during a freezing winter night and cuddling with a significant other as you watch the snow fall. Here’s The Ghostly Voices Once Said!.

So there you go. Three videos to get you in the Christmas spirit. Have a very merry Holiday Season, and have a happy New Year!

Jingle Things: “Mr. Christmas”

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When I was a kid, my family and I would head to Oklahoma to spend Christmas with my extended family. On our way back, a common tradition of our’s would be to go through a drive-through gallery of Christmas lights. Some of the displays were funny, others touching, all of it beautiful. Some of my most moving memories involve neon lights illuminating the night sky. It may not seem like much, but it’s the little things that make it all worth it.

So believe me when I say that I get why people love coming to see the house of Mr. Christmas.

This is a documentary from last year that I just came across whilst searching for holiday-themed short films. It takes a look at California-native Bruce Mertz who, for over thirty years, has entertained local residents by decorating his house in elaborate light displays during the holiday season. People from all over the country would stop by and be mesmerized by the glowing light show, one that’s timed to touching Christmas music.

The documentary also talks about Mertz’s life story. Though I’ll let you watch it to see that for yourself. He’s had a rough go of it, but he’s persevered and found something that continues to make him happy.

All in all, it’s an interesting portrait of an interesting guy. Well timed, too. It seems after this year, he’ll be hanging it all up. If you want to see this light show in person, make an effort to do so this holiday season.  It may not seem like much, but it’s the little things that make it all worth it.

To find out more about Mr. Christmas, you can visit the film’s Facebook page here.

Jingle Things: “Home for the Holidays, Vol. 2”

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So, remember when I said that song “Holiday” led me to a whole compilation album? Well, today I’d like to talk about that. Om Records is a record label that focuses on electronic, dance and hip-hop music. In the years of 2010 and 2011, the label collected a number of their more winter-centric releases into a compilation album, titled Home for the Holidays. Of the two volumes, I’ve gotten a chance to listen to the second one and I highly recommend it.

As I said before, the high-energy romp “Holiday” by Body Language (which I talked about last week,) is included on the album. Joining it is a collection of lounge-ready electronic and jazz fusion tracks all fitted with elements of the holiday season. From Montesco’s mesmerizing rendition of a classic in “O Holy Night”, to the beautifully relaxing “Dreaming of Santa” by The Electronic Tabernacle Symphony, the feels of Christmas are pretty well explored.

It’s all makes for some wonderful music to throw on as you’re chilling during these winter nights, and the number of styles on display here adds some nice variety. Above all, it’s just nice to hear Christmas music that sounds a little different than what you may be used to hearing. If that sounds like what you’re looking for, then I recommend you seek out Home for the Holidays, Vol 2.

You can find and download Home for the Holidays, Vol 2 on iTunes and Amazon.

Jingle Things: “Holiday” Music Video

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The holiday season is here! Every Wednesday leading up to Christmas, I’ll be highlighting an interesting something-or-other for you to enjoy as you deck the halls. This week, I want to show you a music video that was released a couple of years ago, but that I just recently discovered.

Set to the song “Holiday” by Body Language, the stop-motion music video tells the tale of two stuffed animals falling in love and attempting to escape a toy factory. It’s got everything! Action, romance, dancing and, uh… suggestive scenes… Ahem.

Anyhow, it’s a joy to watch and works great with the song it’s promoting. Speaking of the song, if you’re having trouble making out the lyrics, don’t worry. You’re not alone. But it’s still extremely catchy and combines that techno-pop sound I love so much with the sounds of the holiday season. Have a look-see!

Here’s a fun fact: that video was animated by Starburns Industries, who have done work for [adult swim] shows such as Moral OrelMark Shelly’s Frankenhole and Rick and Morty. Imagine that! Of course, that video led me to discover a whole compilation album. But that’s a story for another post.

If you like the song “Holiday” by Body Language, you can find it on iTunes here.