Beastly Bards is a collection of animated shorts featuring loveable monsters. Each short is a distinct piece, written in rhyming verse and inspired by the poetic styles of Edward Lear, Shel Silverstein and Robert Service. The animation features clean lines with a textural mixed-media approach and incorporates a classic mid-century modern esthetic. The shorts are narrated by some of the best voices of the Canadian stage and screen: Gordon Pinsent, Jayne Eastwood, and Kenneth Welsh.
TYPESETTER BLUES is the first “chapter” of Beastly Bards and debuted at TAAFI 2012. Set in a printshop, it is familiar story of heartbreak on the job, with a humorous spin.
Half A Pantaloon
HALF-A-PANTALOON is the second “chapter” of Beastly Bards. In the style of a public service announcement, it warns the viewer of the perils of wearing shorts in professional situations. Even charming monsters can’t get away with sartorial blunders.
The Ballad Of Immortal Joe
THE BALLAD OF IMMORTAL JOE is the third “chapter” of Beastly Bards, written with a nod to traditional cowboy songs and to the northern ballads of Robert W. Service. “Immortal Joe” puts a haunted twist on a tragically romantic Western.