Watch: poignant animated short set to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”

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So about a month or two ago, illustrator Andrew Kolb got the idea to make David Bowie's "Space Oddity" — which tells the tragic, wistful tale of astronaut Major Tom, who sits "in a tin can far above the world" — into a children's storybook. After hearing news of the storybook, the internet was abuzz (as the internet is wont to be), and grown-up fans of the classic 1969 tune rushed over to Kolb's website to download it for free — that is, until the Thin White Duke's lawyers hit Kolb up with a cease-and-desist letter.

Fortunately, animator Andrew Ruttan found an inventive way to preserve Kolb's gorgeous illustrations by creating an animated short, set to Bowie's original track. Check it out below — it's not high-concept or self-consciously clever (like, say, Goodnight, Keith Moon), but with Kolb's vibrant, beautifully simplistic drawings set to Bowie's ethereal melody, by the time Ground Control lets Major Tom know "the circuit's dead, there's something wrong" you'll be scraping your heart off the floor.