Film alumnus Hoku Uchiyama FILM ’04 has directed one of the most imaginative music videos in recent history, “Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn,” for Evelyn Evelyn, the musical duo composed of Jason Webley and the Dresden Doll’s Amanda Palmer.
As Evelyn Evelyn, Webley and Palmer perform as conjoined twin sisters Eva and Lyn Neville. But rather than play up that aspect of the duo’s persona, Uchiyama instead mixed live action with traditional animation to make characters that the “sisters” draw on fogged-up windows come to life.
The playful animation, which is highly evocative of cartoons from the ’20s, fits the piano-driven vaudevillian ditty to a tee.
“The song determined the style of animation we used: that old ‘rubber hose’ style that you see in cartoons like ‘Steamboat Willie’ or the old Bosko Looney Tunes,” Uchiyama recently told Your Music Today. “Those things burned into my head as a kid and stayed with me. I sent the idea to Jason [Webley]. He and Amanda [Palmer] liked it, so off we went.”
See the video after the jump.