If you've never experienced the wonders of Jim Trainor's animation, then you're in for a treat. I love a great convergence of art and science and that's just what you get in thees short films. Trainor anthropomorphizes his subjects just enough to engage our human minds, but retains the basic instincts that define the actual animals -- be it the urge to eat, the urge to mate or... well that's mostly it for animals, isn't it? You'll find no cartoon mice piloting steam boats here.
One of my favorite lines from his short "The Bats" goes as follows...
"One morning I echoed an enormous worm. I cried because I could not eat him all at once. God appeared to me and she said, 'sometimes you have to kill more than you can eat."
These films are haunting, soothing and beautiful. There's nothing else like it.
If you want to learn more about this Chicago-native and his work, check out this excellent Chicago Art Magazine article from earlier this year. But on to the shorts! Be advised that they deal in places with animal reproduction. It's done tastefully and artfully, but I'd hate for anyone to be shocked by a sudden dinosaur cloaca.