Video: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?" - Charlie Hope

How cute is this video for Charlie Hope's "Did You Ever See a Lassie?" from her album Sing As We Go?

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That's one hundred "cute"s, folks.  Sandpiper Animation, who directed the animated video, includes David Cowles, who's done lots of animation for They Might Be Giants.

Charlie Hope - "Did You Ever See a Lassie?" [YouTube]

Monday Morning Smile: "Helium Harvey"

A little imaginative helium-based humor from Daniel Savage for your Monday morning.  It's beautiful and utterly delightful, though I still snicker at the way the helium makes the titular character's pants fit.... less than optimally.

"Helium Harvey" [Vimeo]

Video: "Los Colores" - Andrés Salguero

"De Colores" is a classic song, but, frankly, after many years of parenthood, I'm more than willing to call for a personal moratorium on that lovely tune.  I'm ready for other songs celebrating in Spanish the many different colors around the world.

I do kinda like this song from Andrés Salguero from his forthcoming debut kids' album ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! --it's called "Los Colores" (natch), and it's a gentle folk song pointing out the colors of the world around us.  The animation from Santiago Germano is an excellent match, and I think a lot of preschoolers will enjoy the brief animated trip.

Andrés Salguero - "Los Colores" [YouTube]

Video: "All These Shapes" - The Pop Ups (plus free download!)

When it comes to '80s-aping synth-pop kindie tunes, there is nobody who's currently writing them any better than The Pop Ups"Box of Crayons," the lead single from their latest album, Radio Jungle, was awesome, and they've earned their next "awesome lead single" badge for the song "All These Shapes."  It's the first track on Appetite for Construction, their eagerly-anticipated third album, out later this spring. (They've also earned their "awesome album title" badge, as well.)

The song is wonderful -- a soaring, synth-y chorus, and lyrics that both inspire the little ones (and maybe the big ones) and have enough Easter eggs of lyrical content to keep the big ones amused.  The video, featuring hand-drawn art from Pop Up Jacob Stein (if you see them in concert, you'll know that drawing is a feature of their gigs), illustrates (in many ways) the themes of the song.  Much fun.

The Pop Ups - "All These Shapes" [YouTube] (via Cooper & Kid)

P.S. -- would you like a free download of the song?  Here you go:

Video: "When Pigs Fly" - Ryan Adams Sings Sandra Boynton

One of the highlights of Sandra Boynton's Frog Trouble is the tender ballad "When Pigs Fly," sung by Ryan Adams.  It is earnest and not at all as humorous as you'd expect a Boynton take on that familiar cliche.  It's quite beautiful.

Boynton directed and storyboarded the animated video for the song.  There's a tad more humor in the video, but there is also, dare I say it, more tenderness in this recounting of some adventures of parent and child.

Ryan Adams - "When Pigs Fly" [YouTube]

Video: "Call Me Mista Cookie Jar" - Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips

Los Angeles' C.J. Pizarro -- better known in the kindie world as Mista Cookie Jar -- seems to be nearly omnipresent these days, showing up on a number of different kindie artists' albums.

As for his own music, though, he's been a little more silent, save for the release of the first Todd and Cookie EP last year.  Why is that?  Well, in small part that's due to the fact that he's spent nearly a year hand-animating (along with the rest of The Chocolate Chips) his latest video.  It's for "Call Me Mista Cookie Jar" off his Ultramagnetic Universal Love Revolution album.

It's hard for me to say that anything that reduces the amount of MCJ music in the world is worth the wait, but this video?  Worth the wait.  Really beautiful retro-styled collages.

Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips - "Call Me Mista Cookie Jar" [YouTube]