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Got a Girl Crush On: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ video for “Retreat.”

Sharon was diagnosed with cancer after she finished recording her new album Give the People What They Want. In an interview with 91.3 WYEP in Pittsburgh, she said the meaning of the song “Retreat” changed during that time.

"They talked about doing an animated video and once I saw the animated video, it was no longer me telling some guy to retreat, it was like me telling the cancer to retreat,” says Sharon.

The video is directed by the crush-worthy animator/filmmaker Lizzi Akana.

Don’t miss the priceless animated booty shake at 1:12.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are on tour now, check out show dates here.

Got a Girl Crush On: Animation duo, Flaminguettes

Flaminguettes is a girl-girl animation duo from Mexico City.
After a career as designers, animators and directors in recognized animation studios, Daniela Villanueva and Mara Soler decided to team up to explore a more personal, playful and feminine side of animation.

Their work is super hypnotic as it is magical! Check out Daniela and Mara’s work over at www.flaminguettes.com!

Got a Girl Crush On: Brooklyn-based director and mixed-media animator, Jordan Bruner

(via artalogue)

Got a Girl Crush On: Sita Sings the Blues (animated almost entirely by Nina Paley)

Utilizing at least 3 types of animation, and money out of her own pocket, Nina illustrates the epic Hindu poem of Ramayana—told from the view off Sita (wife of Rama) and paralleling it to Nina’s own life heartbreak.

Since she is distributing it under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License, Nina encourages you to “please distribute, copy, share, archive, and show Sita Sings the Blues. From the shared culture it came, and back into the shared culture it goes” therefore you can watch the whole movie for FREE on youtube (and might consider making a donation so she can pay back the copyright fees—which are not inexpensive—for the music she uses in the film).

Another unique spin on the tale is the use of the music by 20s singer, Annette Hanshaw, throughout the film to help encapsulate the heartache of Sita (you can check out more of Annette on Spotify).

Not only is this one of the most amazing works of animation I’ve seen in a while, but it’s also mind-boggling that Nina wrote/animated/directed/edited this BY HERSELF! 

Go. Watch. This!