Eels soundtrack a skeletal love story in Bone Dry music video

Directed by Sofia Astrom, the promo for new track Bone Dry by Eels is a stop-motion wonder featuring a sad skeleton on a mission to reclaim his lost heart.

Set in a misty cemetery, the animated film for Bone Dry features a bearded man whose heart is ripped out by a mystery woman. He re-awakens as a skeleton – with a bone version of his beard still intact – left to wander among the tombstones in search of his lost love.

The film draws on some classic characters from the animation world, including the stars of Disney’s 1929 Skeleton Dance, and the work of effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen – who created the stop motion skeleton fight in 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts.

The music video took six weeks to create by a team of 17 people, including Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride animator Anthony Scotts, whom director Astrom describes as “the best skeleton animator in the world”.

The production team, Starburns Industries, also worked on Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa. Behind-the-scenes images of the making of the film are shown below.

Eels new album The Deconstruction is out on the band’s own label E Works.

Director: Sofia Astrom
Production: Starburns Industries


Milton Keynes