September 20, 2013

The Owl And The Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat from Suzanne Birrell on Vimeo.

The Owl and the Pussycat is a “coloring book” style animation set to music written, directed, and vocals by Suzanne Birrell.  Guitar – Tom Duarte.  Lyrics-Now public domain, originally written by Edward Lear (circa 1871).


One hundred-sixty years ago in the fanciful world of Edward Lear, there was an Owl and a Pussy cat, a Duck and a Kangaroo, and many more delightful characters who had bold adventures.   Uncle Arly, who traveled the world with cricket on the end of his nose, and the green headed Jumblies, who went to sea in a Sieve,  are but two of the ten works presented in Suzanne Birrell’s “Calico Pie.”   Suzanne is a story teller at heart. In “Calico Pie,” the album, Suzanne breathes new life to these charming age old children’s fairytale favorites with melodies equally hyptnotizing and memorable.  Suzanne acts the stories out in character voice with expressive feelings from great pathos to humor.  She will captivate your imagination as she enthralls children and adults alike.


One of Suzanne’s musical stories is entitled “The Owl and the Pussycat.”  It is based upon “The Owl and the Pussycat,” a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, first published during 1871 as part of Lear’s book Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets.  Lear wrote the poem for a three-year-old girl, Janet Symonds, the daughter of Lear’s friends, poet John Addington Symonds and his wife Catherine Symonds. The term “runcible”, used for the phrase “runcible spoon”, was invented for this poem.


Suzanne brings a fresh vision in her 2D animation of the work presented above.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed helping her put it together.  If you would like to purchase Suzanne’s children album “Calico Pie” it is available here:  Full disclosure, Suzanne is a principle in TheCameraForum.Com.  Please tell your friends with children if you like Suzanne’s work.  It is so hard for caring parents to find decent children’s entertainment today online.

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