The way we portrayed Frances and Oliver in this film is not at all indicative of their real-world selves - we exaggerated Frances' obsession with James by making the relationship an unwittingly violent one - in real life Frances and Oliver treated James with as much love and care as you would expect. Similarly, Oliver doesn't parade around in nothing but his underwear .
Unfortunately James went missing several months ago, so please go and send your condolences to Frances and Oliver - and check out some of the photos of the real-world James and Ella on Oliver's page while you're there.Download the full high-res film by right-click-saving here.
The file is a 44MB DVD sized mov with a better framerate than the DA version.UNOFFICIAL Ruzu Animated Short
Year released: 2007
Running Time: 4:27
Ode to James is an animated music video we created for our friend Frances
for her birthday. It chronicles her untamed love for her scraggly cat James, her romantic relations with a certain Oliver Cross, and the unplumbed depths of difficulty she experiences as a result of being a British-born immigrant in New Zealand.
Ode to James is not an officially released Ruzu short - but we thought we'd put it up here for you to enjoy (and hopefully put up with all the in-jokes).
The film is absolutely not-for-profit - which hopefully excuses us from a severe legal skirmish with comedy hero John Cleese's lawyers.Sign up to the Ruzu newsletter for news on upcoming animations and exclusive goodies!