I've always had a fascination with animation from areas outside of the US.
Visual media is always tied to a vocabulary of iconography that draws
deeply from the culture that creates it. I love aesthetics that present
an alternate dialogue with reality and present stories that tap into
a wealth of imagination for which i'm unfamiliar.
I recently came across the works of Ivan Maximov, a longtime Russian animator with a great sense of the surreal.
I've collected some of my favorites, but a search of youTube will turn up others.
wind along the coast
nitti - strings
rain down from above