Alexis Gideon is a born-and-bred New Yorker who retells ancient and classical stories using various stop-motion animation techniques and live musical performance. The result is something like Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Bjork’s “Human Behavior” video and a primer in literary history all rolled into one. If that sounds overwhelming, it is — but it’s also a lot of fun. At last year’s performance of Video Musics II in the back lot of Local Honey, a crowd huddled around lawn chairs and drank PBRs while Gideon hammered through an ancient Chinese story using a guitar, a laptop, and his booming baritone voice, all while a psychedelic stop-motion animation rendering of the tale unfolded behind him. It was a sight to behold, and all elements of the storytelling — from music and lyrics to the outstanding animation styles — were uncompromisingly grand. His latest piece, Video Musics III: Floating Oceans, is a 38-minute stop-motion video opera based on the works of the early 20th century Irish writer Lord Dunsany, inspired by the time and dream experiments of the Irish physicist John William Dunne. After he finishes touring around the U.S. and European, Gideon will return to New York, where the piece will be played at the prestigious New Museum.