St. James Infirmary
A century of popular music and animation is explored in this music video that manipulates 85-year-old animation to draw parallels to a song recorded thousands of times. Featuring beautifully drawn new animation by artist Martinez EB, director Nick Rush composites Max Fleischer’s 1933 Betty Boop in Snow White (in which a rotoscoped Cab Calloway sings St. James Infirmary Blues as Koko the Clown) with new elements in homage to what many consider one of the greatest animations of all time.
Nick Rush is a director, animator and musician. He lives and works in the Chicago area with his wife and children. He attended the Perpich Center for Art Education and the California College of the Arts in Oakland. Co-founder of Chicago record label Grape Juice Records, in 2014 he created Nice Touch Films and began directing music videos as a way to combine his passions for music, film and animation. Bassist for the band JONES, Nick records and releases music under the name No Ordinary Oswald. He most recently scored the 2018 independent short-film The Dissemblers.