Felix Colgrave’s Double King: a Sumptuously Animated Regicidal Maniac
Melbourne animator Felix Colgrave has unveiled a self-directed project which has taken him years to complete: Double King, an organically flowing and darkly hilarious story about a lump with giant hands whose thirst for power ultimately leads to his downfall.
The first act of the animation makes this mound of a creature king twice, which turns out never to be enough. This story gives us multiple doubles, not only the double crowns which perfectly fit together with a satisfying clink, but in visual rhymes, echoes, and misdirections everywhere. To quote Marge Simpson of The Simpsons: “Everything here is something!”.
Colgrave’s animation takes us through seemingly endless layers: it takes us deeper and deeper into a world which is both ridiculous and gorgeous and then unravels outward to give us a trippy, distant perspective on his strange universe. The plot seems to peel away like layers of an onion or flower, this effect may owe something to the fact Colgrave does not storyboard his work, but starts and keeps going until he wants his life back.
Here’s a tweet where he gives us an insight into his process for animating that amazing flag ripple:
His use of beautiful and hypnotic geometric patters, perfectly apt soundscaping and fabulous character design make Double King one of the finest animations to emerge from 2017 so far.
Watch Double King Here: