Modest Mouse have released Heath Ledger’s animated music video for King Rat commissioned in 2007 by Heath Ledger in 2007. The International music video has been released online at MySpace.
Heath talked to Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock in January 2009 about developing a promo that would take a stand against illegal whale hunting that was occurring off the coast of Australia every year. The video was fully conceived down to the last detail but unfinished when Heath passed away in January of 2008. Ledger’s film production company The Masses completed the video in his honor with the support and advocacy of Isaac Brock.
Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube (HD)
The King Rat video was directed by Heath Ledger, co-directed and illustrated by Daniel Auber with lead animation by Norris Houk, animation by Jade Taglioli and produced by Sara Cline of The Masses.
See Daniel Auber’s take on completing the King Rat video at The Masses blog.
Proceeds from iTunes video downloads in the first month of release will go toward Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization committed to ending the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. We encourage you to visit their site if you are compelled to make a larger donation or volunteer your time.