Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Moving Bayeux

Via Ed Pettit’s Bibliothecary Blog comes news of an animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry (animation by David Newton).

Above is a section of the Bayeux Tapestry showing the death of King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 at the hands of William the Conquerer's forces. Actually, this scene shows Harold twice, getting shot in the eye with an arrow on the left and getting hacked at with a broadsword on the right. And you thought you were having a bad day…

I love this animation, especially the comical way the human and horse legs move and the way the animator has chosen to shoot the arrows and spears. It’s all very Monty Python-esque. I kept waiting for a giant foot to come down and squash everything.

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