Watch short animated stories narrated by King Krule, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and more


A new initiative aimed to support children charities around the world has recruited big names in music and film to create short, animated stories from deep within their imagination.

“Ten years ago the founder of Waxploitation, Jeff Antebi, had an idea to ask his favourite music artists and favourite contemporary painters to come together and collaborate on original children’s stories for a benefit project,” the foundation explains.

Now, Stories for Ways & Means boasts 29 pairings which make up a 350 page book which includes stories from the likes of includes stories from Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart, The Pixies’ Frank Black and many more.

Giving the stories an extra addition, Jeff Antebi also decided to introduce short animated films to accompany some of the tales. Taking them further yet, he asked the likes of King Krule, Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis and more to narrate them.

Below, you can enjoy a sample of the Stories for Ways & Means clips and, if you’re enjoying them, donate purchase a copy here and your money will support nonprofit charities aimed with the challenge of advancing children’s causes around the world.

“How to Escape from A Wasp”, narrated by King Krule, written by Micachu

“Circus” written by Tom Waits, narrated by Ken Nordine

“The Lonely Giant” written by Nick Cave, read by Andre Royo

“Wishing Well Fountain,” written and narrated by Alison Mosshart

Danny Devito narrates “Doug the Bug” by Frank Black 

Zach Galifianakis narrates “Next Big Thing” by Gibby Haynes