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Der Abstand (The Distance)

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This was a commission. The music is by Anarchonauten and free to use. I made the animation. Originally aired in august 2015 on youtube.

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Lyrics (original)


Egal wo du auch hinschaust

Du hast alles schon gesehn

Du hast keinen Bock zu leben

Doch du hast auch Angst zu gehen


So hängst du zwischen den Welten

weder lebendig noch tot

Nur noch eine leere Hülle

Die sich aufzulösen droht


Du siehst am Horizont die Lichter

Der Menschen, die beisammen sind

und bleibst doch lieber hier im Dunkeln

Denn das Licht macht dich nur blind


Du hast dich selbst ins Exil geschickt

Der Welt völlig entrückt

Und von dort ist noch niemand je

die Rückkehr geglückt


Der Abstand macht die Hoffnung klein

Und lässt selbst Freunde Fremde sein

Die Distanz hat dein Leben komplett ruiniert

Und doch bist du noch immer von ihr fasziniert


Abstand – Zu dir selbst

Abstand – zu deinem Umfeld

Abstand – zu den Lügen der Welt

Abstand – macht dich zum tragischen Held


Der Abstand

Abstand zu dir selbst


Und so gehst du wie immer

Allein durch die Nacht

Als auf einmal in dir

Eine Stimme erwacht


Die dir sagt, dass du garnicht

Wie die andern sein willst

Und es gut ist dass du

Diese Einsamkeit fühlst


Das kann dir keiner nehmen,

Diese Nacht gehört dir

In sie bist du verliebt

Wie ein alter Vampir


Keiner hier der dich nervt,

niemand der dich frustriert

Alles ist so weit weg

Und du lächelst verwirrt


Der Abstand macht die Sorgen klein

Und lässt selbst Riesen Zwerge sein

Die Distanz hat dein Selbstwertgefühl optimiert

Und da ist nichts mehr, was dich jemals schockiert


Abstand – Zu dir selbst

Abstand – zu deinem Umfeld

Abstand – zu den Lügen der Welt

Abstand – macht dich zum tragischen Held


Der Abstand

Abstand zu dir selbst


Vielleicht bist du ganz allein

Vielleicht bist du bald tot

Vielleicht ist deine Art

Vom Aussterben bedroht


Doch ganz gleich, was noch kommt

Du kannst nie mehr so tief fallen

Wie die andern, die sich

An Vergängliches krallen


Du bist ein Desperado

Mut ist dein Privileg

Während andre noch zögern

Gehst du längst deinen Weg


Und auch wenn dein Leben

oft sinnlos aussieht

Insgeheim bist du stolz drauf

Und singst dieses Lied


Der Abstand wäscht die Seele rein

Und lässt dich ohne Reue sein

Die Distanz hat dein Wesen umprogrammiert

Es ist nicht immer schön, aber es funktioniert


Abstand – Zu dir selbst

Abstand – zu deinem Umfeld

Abstand – zu den Lügen der Welt

Abstand – macht dich zum tragischen Held


Der Abstand

Abstand zu dir selbst

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Lyrics (translated by me without warranty)


No matter where you look

You have already seen everything

You don´t want to live

But you also fear to leave


Thus you hang between the worlds

Neither alive, nor dead

Only an empty shell

impending to dissolve


At the horizon you see the lights 

Of the people, who are together

But you rather stay here in the dark

Since the light only makes you blind


You sent yourself into exile

Disconnected from the world

And from there, no one

succeded to come back


The distance makes hope look small

And lets even friends be strangers

The distance completely ruined your life

And still you are fascinated by it


Distance - to yourself

Distance - to your environment

Distance - to the lies of the world

Distance - makes you a tragic hero


The distance

Distance to yourself


And so you walk like always

alone through the night

When suddenly inside you

A voice awakes


Which tells you, that you

don´t want to be like the others

And it´s good that you

feel this loneliness


No one can take this from you

This night belongs to you

You are in love with it

Like an old vampire


No one here to annoy you

No one to frustrate you

Everything is far away

And you smile confusedly


The distance makes sorrows look small

And lets even giants be dwarves

The distance optimized your self esteem

And there is nothing left, to ever shock you


Distance - to yourself

Distance - to your environment

Distance - to the lies of the world

Distance - makes you a tragic hero


The distance

Distance to yourself


Maybe you are alone

Maybe you are dead soon

Maybe your kind is

Impending to go extinct


But no matter, what may come

You can never fall again that deeply

Like the others, who

Cling to evanescent things


You are a desperado

Courage is your privilege

While others still hesitate

You already walk your way


And although your life

often seems pointless

Secretly you are proud

And sing this song


The distance cleanses your soul

And lets you be without remorse

The distance reprogrammed your nature

It isn´t always pleasant, but it works


Distance - to yourself

Distance - to your environment

Distance - to the lies of the world

Distance - makes you a tragic hero


The distance

Distance to yourself

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So, one of my favorite things to do as kid was go to museums.
Science, Art, History, anything, because it felt like such a more tangible way to learn about things the school did.
This animation reminded me of one of my favorite books as a kid;
"From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"
it's an odd one, and it features children running away to live in a museum.
It's set in a time before security cameras where common, and they just memorized the guards schedule, and scavenged change from the fountain.
It's certainly an odd, but still almost realistic story, and your animation reminded me of that, but also the odd sense of realizing one's own history, and the role you and your ancestors played in doing fairly odd and horrible things by current standards.
Your consistent use of a darker color pallet was impressive, especially with how you choose to highlight and transition from different kinds of art and history and science.
Also I feel you where able to match the context the lyrics quite nicely with a very abstract song.
Thank you for making this, and sharing it.

The animation is good, the voice acting on the bridge guy is great (~90s cartoonish) and the chorus is catchy. However, the lengthy lyrical parts are hard to listen to, especially when knowing German. The content and the execution of the lyrics make it sound like the first-try demo tape of a 15 year old dark metal fanboy. Casting pearls before swine.
Of course, here and there the animation is clunky, too. But this only sticks out since the graphical styles evoke a certain expectation to it, similar to that of Elfenlied and Blasphemous.
If you were to change a thing, please let it be the major lyrical part. Rhyming schemes, melody and autotune definitely destroy the potential that your animation makes up (and I feel sorry for that).
Best

Schuschinus responds:

Thanks for the feedback. For suggestions concerning the music, please contact Anarchonauten, but I doubt, they will response. As far as I know, they are psychically wrecked and split up. I´m only responsible for agreeing to make the animation for the finished song and thereby proving, that I have no clue, bad taste or don´t care XD.

Nice, substantial style. Next time I see someone sleeping in, I will go up close to their ear and whisper "der asbstand."

Cool piece, I like how the main character moves like a marionette in a way, it meshes well with the surreal art style. Only critique I have is that it's a bit hard to tell what's going on with the rougher drawings against the backgrounds, but aside from that it was a great watch, nice work!

Wow. I wonder how Dian the Saint is doing. Never thought I will see something like this on Newgrounds.

Schuschinus responds:

You know him? He still runs his forum, but isn´t very active.