You don't have to know and love the music of Pink Floyd to appreciate this animated trailer for a new drama based on the band's classic Dark Side of the Moon
album. It's linked to a new BBC Radio 2 radio drama from playwright Tom Stoppard
, who also cowrote the screenplays for Brazil
and Shakespeare in Love
. The scribe almost created a play based on the album back in 1973, according to Open Culture
While we wait to check out Stoppard's tribute, watch this trippy animation from Aardman Animations, directed by Darren Dubicki. "What was fundamentally important to us was that we retained a consistent visual tone that echoed the imagery created over the years for the band," Dubicki said. "The insanely surreal and powerful artwork created by Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis has always had a strong distortion on reality. Their sense of space and twisted context make for some uncomfortably beautiful art."
I don't know more than the average bear about this album, but I think fans of the English prog band will dig what's happening here. "We're dying of consumption," the narrator tells us, followed by three minutes of dramatic and surreal visuals about the human experience. Celebrate 40 years of Pink Floyd's epic album with the BBC over here