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Angel’s Trumpet, an animated short inspired by the tropical plant

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Estonian animation director Martinus Klemet pairs a variety of tubas with some very large hummingbirds in this whimsical animated short: Angel’s Trumpet. He writes:

“Inspiration for the film came to me from the plant Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia). One of its many breeds can be pollinated solely by a very long billed hummingbird. Only this bird is able to reach the core of the blossom and drink the flower’s nectar.”

a hummingbird approaches

“It took millions of years of evolution to develop such cooperation between the bird and the plant. I was amazed by this interesting synergy and I played with the idea of imagining what could be the next step in the evolution of hummingbirds.”

The featured musical pieces are the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini, performed by Melton Tuba Quartet, and Capriccio for Tuba Solo by Krzysztof Penderecki, performed by Jozsef Bazsinka.

a hummingbird sips
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