The Cat Piano, an award-winning short animation directed by Eddie White and Ari Gibson, is a film noir styled project which was voiced by Nick Cave.

The film, which went on to win ‘Best Short Animation’ at the Australian Film Institute Awards and ‘Best Music in a Short Film’, was released in 2009 and tells the story of a struggling beat poet who falls in love with a gleaming songstress in a bar.

However, the tale takes a turn for the dark side when a mysterious figure is introduced who, in turn, ends up kidnapping the town’s musicians as part of a warped musical masterplan. The poet is then tasked with the challenge of saving his muse from the kidnapping and silence the sound enforced by the evil, mysterious figure.

While Cave’s narration is an obvious highlight, White and Gibson’s wonderfully simplistic animation style is a joy to behold. To create this effect, the filmmakers asked artists to draw directly into the computer using Wacom tablets and subsequently edited using Adobe Photoshop.

The film is only about nine minutes long and you can watch it in full, here:

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