Friday, April 22, 2005

sita sings the blues

The Sitayana is an excellent work-in-progress animated version of the Ramayana, with a twist.

DASHARATHA: Rama, my son! Today I wished to crown you king of Ayodhya. But my evil scheming wife KAIKEYI just reminded me of an ancient vow I made. To honor this vow, instead of crowning you king, I must banish you to the forest for 14 years!

RAMA (and assembled onlookers): GASP!

DASHARATHA: Goodbye, dear boy. You are noble and good, the embodiment of righteousness, a brave warrior-prince, joy of heaven and Earth, the ideal man. May the gods be with you.

KAIKEYI: Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.

You can watch the films online (MOV format) or here's the torrent (73MB zipped MOV). If you've seen many 'blue-people' films, the soundtracks alone are amusing... instead of bubbly desi-pop Nina Paley uses blues and jazz from the 20's in her films, and the effect is as humorous and disorienting as her 'I dream of Jeannie' drawing style.