First...I think The Story of the Three Brothers was the best scene in the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1. So I decided to include it here:
Here is a note from the production study:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has received double-whammy input from Framestore: not only was the VFX powerhouse asked to take on some of the film's key visual effects, Framestore's shortform commercials know-how was additionally commissioned to create the haunting and delicate 2'40" The Tale of Three Brothers animation sequence. The commercials team was awarded the production on their creative approach to developing visuals and animation techniques as evidenced in their work for the storybook sequence in the 2007 film, The Tale of Despereaux.
Directed by Ben Hibon (A.D., Codehunters, Heavenly Sword), the captivating sequence inspired by oriental shadow puppetry, visually narrates Hermione's story about three wizard brothers who try to outwit Death. Led for Framestore by Dale Newton, the animation is created in sepia tones and its mysterious characters are conveyed through silhouettes and shadows, inspired by traditional eastern puppet theatre. The clip is so beautifully detailed and intricate that it required over six months of work by a team that peaked at 32 Framestore VFX artists.
More on Hibon:
Here is something he did for MTV Asia a couple of years ago:
Then. Did I mention the awesome illustrations Emily Carroll prepares on her website? I like the style. Especially this scene from the first Dune book:
Here is her blog:
And to close, something from Los Perales: