The music video Ledger directed for “King Rat” by Modest Mouse debuted on MySpace.com Tuesday. The six-minute, animated video is both whimsical and dark, showing whales and dolphins aboard a ship, fishing for humans in the water.
It concludes with a message in white letters on a black screen: “This began with our friend, a great defender of life, and was completed in his spirit.”
Ledger was 28 when he died last year. Modest Mouse announced in March that it would release the video in honor of Ledger’s last piece of work as a director, according to spokeswoman Lisa Markowitz. The actor previously directed a video for one of Ben Harper’s songs.