Mastodon has just released their latest video, a dark puppet-show journey into the secret world cats might very well inhabit. The clip is directed by Skinner, an artist you’ll be seeing in a future issue of Heavy Metal.
Skinner on the concept, from an extensive post at The Art of Skinner:
One morning I asked Brann [Dailor of Mastodon], “What do you think your cat does at night when it goes out the cat door? (Brann has an incredible one-eyed giant cat named Don). Do you think he goes on some insane cat adventure?” This is how my brain works when I’m getting that coffee buzz going in the morning. Plus, I’ve long been suspicious of secret cat adventures for years. Since I was little I’ve thought,” What the fuck are they doing out there all night?” Anyways, Brann said,” That’s a cool idea. Why don’t you write a treatment for a video?” AND THUS IT SHALL BE!
I figured Warner Bros might read the treatment and think ,”Cool! People love cats! We can work with this,” but then read the whole expansive subterranean psychedelic hero cat journey universe and think something like,” Wait, what the fuck is all this other stuff? This will cost us millions! Shut it down!”
I wanted to something absolutely insane– better than all the Star Wars movies and Dark Crystals combined! … for almost three weeks straight we worked together building sets, crafting puppets, painting totems, carving mushrooms and sewing costumes. It was absolutely crazy and I loved it!
Here are some conceptual drawings and behind-the-scenes shots—visit The Art Of Skinner for much, much, much more: