Studio AKA animate Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven for a new series of 'Insta Novels' from The New York Public Library.
Venerable institution The New York Public Library has recently found a novel way to preserve the pantheon by offering 'Insta Novel' versions of classics like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. A new addition to the collection came out last week just in time for Halloween, with London animation studio Studio AKA giving us an animated, digitized take on Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, available for everyone to watch now as an Instagram story.
The project was brought to life by director Marcus Armitage, who sends us through a stark psychological landscape where the differing perspectives of both the Raven and Poe’s protagonist are depicted. The viewpoints steadily intercut and converge as the animation builds to its disquieting climax, as the door creaks open revealing “darkness there and nothing more,” as this below excerpt attests.
Marcus was enthused to be involved in the updating of Poe's Gothic classic, saying “bringing your own perspective to something so widely explored by others is a challenging but exciting prospect.
"I wanted to create a space that explored the mental state of Poe's protagonist; the growing door and shadows portraying his increasing desperation for the lost Lenore."
He's done a good job, although in our hearts we're not sure if you can beat the ultimate animated take from who else but The Simpsons.
Watch The Raven now as an Instagram story on the Library's official 'Gram.