Weather-Beaten Melody (1942)

Posted in Fun Stuff, Main at 8:39 pm by carrie

Animated by Hans Fischerkoesen.

I needed some cheering up this evening, and thought I would look up this little animation. The first year I was at Calarts, we viewed this on 16mm film in the Bijou Theatre. I was instantly enchanted and wanted to run back to my cubby and draw dragonflies in flight. The piece has some mixed history, but I think it’s brilliant nonetheless :) Kind of “A Bug’s Life” ish, ain’t it? ;) Coincidentally, the article in the last link was written by the teacher who taught the class I saw the film in. This teacher, William Moritz, passed away recently. He was quite passionate about animation and experimental animation… I think a little bit of that rubbed off on me the day I saw this film :)

I’m debating getting up bright and early to head over to the Long Beach Swap meet. If you happen to be up before 9am and you think of me, could you think energetic thoughts for me? I would even accept thoughts of coffee smells and thoughts of amazing little goodies calling me as they sit on cafeteria tables, baking in the sun ;)


  1. deb said,

    February 19, 2007 at 5:59 am

    Thanks for sharing the memories. Sending you smiles and hope you had a nice, relaxing day yesterday. Or went out and painted the town red! Whatever you needed! :)


  2. Graycee said,

    February 19, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    The cartoon was ‘A Bug’s Life-ish’! Joy watched the entire clip with me . . . no lie . . . check her out on my blog. She couldn’t get over the bee’s movement . . . she was mesmerized.

  3. deb said,

    February 21, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Hi Carrie! I hope you’re having a better day. I’m send good thoughts your way! I was just checking in making sure the letters arrived safely and that you’re happy with them. Write me a quick e-mail when you have time. I know you’re busy. :)


  4. Babette said,

    February 21, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    What a delightful film. I saw Morton in there! And Hans Fisherkoesen’s story is very intriguing. Thank you!

  5. havemycake said,

    February 21, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    when we were twelve and fourteen, my sister and i were laying on our tummies in the grass, and my sister was peering at me intently, nose to ground, and i asked what she was doing and she said, “this is what it feels like to be a blade of grass.” i dunno, the animation (especially the parting grass part) reminded me…

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