For the journey

A couple of weeks ago I was talking about the gorgeous animation for Lloyds TSB bank – it doesn’t make me want to switch banks, but the animation is lovely, following a couple on their train journey which is also a compressed version of their life as they meet, fall in love, marry and have a child. The style of the animation from the looks of the long-nosed characters, tall skinny buildings and raised railway line is obviously influenced by the wonderful movie Les Triplettes de Belleville, which is not a bad animation to borrow from. There are a series of them, apparently, with the second running on TV now (these sorts of adverts are often the main source of income for struggling animators); YouTube has the first one up now:

Someone left a comment on the previous post on this subject (sorry there was no name on the comment I think) asking about the lovely music which goes along with the adverts. I did a bit of Googling and found on the Boosey and Hawkes (very famous musical name) that the music is a version of Eliza’s Aria by Elena Kats-Chernin, composed for the ballet Wild Swans, based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen – according to the B&H site it will be getting a new release on CD along with other work including her Piano Concerto No 2 and Mythic. There’s a link on the B&H site to where you can order the disc – I may pick that one up myself. Meantime someone else has uploaded the music to YouTube as well: