This is the music video for the song "Himmel" by zvo55 (zvo55.de/) from Leipzig, Germany. I illustrated and animated the brave birds and their epic journey in seven months during countless after work sessions.

For all non-German viewers, who might wonder what the song is about (apart from marching penguins), I did a rough translation of the lyrics to English:

Sky

Be brave and carry on - and take all your chances,
because the times will be better soon.

Get up and look ahead - feel free and newborn,
when a new chapter of your life is beginning.

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Do not hang your head,
because everything is gonna be alright.
Seize the day - keep going and be strong,
and gaze at the sky.

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You feel burnt out and hollow - you can't go on like before,
because you have wasted too much time already.

Look out and don't miss a thing - because you have just this one life,
and it is over much too soon.

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Attain your goals,
and don't demand too much.
Enjoy every day and follow your heart,
and gaze at the sky.

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You are standing at the beach with the warm sand under your feet.
The sea lies stretched in front of you like a blue ribbon,
with the sky above - wide and beautiful.
Feel free and take every opportunity.

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Attain your goals,
and don't demand too much.
Find the purpose of your life and rush to it,
and gaze at the sky.

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