VOTD: 'The Backwater Gospel' Is A Strange, Violent Animated Western

It's probably an easier time to get people to look at a Western in the wake of True Grit, but if your Western has animation as great-looking as what's in The Backwater Gospel, it's probably an easy sell to begin with. This story about fear of God and a town awaiting a visit from The Undertaker is a project from The Animation Workshop, and it has some stellar design and animation. Check it out after the break.

The animation is definitely more of a selling point here than the story, it's a pretty big selling point. Here's the plot description from the film's Vimeo page:

As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die.

By: Bo Mathorne, Tue T. Sørensen, Arthur Gil Larsen, Rie C. Nymand, Mads Simonsen, Thomas H. Grønlund, Esben Jacob Sloth, Martin Holm-Grevy

Bo Mathorne – Director

Arthur Gil Larsen – Animation Lead

Mads Simonsen – Technical director

Thomas Grønlund – Animator

Rie Nymand – Animator

Esben Sloth – Art Director

Martin Holm-Grevy – Environment lead

Tue Toft Sørensen – Animator

Music composed and performed by:

Sons of Perdition

Voice actors:

The Tramp: Zebulon Whatley

The Minister: Lucien Dodge

Bubba: Phillip Sacramento

Towns people: Laura Post

Thanks to my friend Luke for sending this over this morning.