'Oslo and Plum' is part of a new compilation book which also features contributions from the likes of Justin Vernon, Nick Cave and Tom Waits

A short story that has been written by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James for a charity project has been transformed into a new animated video.

James has contributed the narrative to the compilation Stories for Ways and Means, which has been put together by Waxploitation founder Jeff Antebi in aid of children’s literacy charities. The collection features short stories that have been written by over 30 musicians in collaboration with a range of visual artists.

A taste of the collection’s video format has been shared today by Waxploitation, as Pitchfork reports. Titled ‘Oslo and Plum’, James’ story follows the two eponymous character after they lose one another when they visit Ice Cream Mountain. The story is narrated by Futurama voice actor Phil LaMarr, and has been illustrated by Jacob Escobedo.

Watch ‘Oslo and Plum’ below.

Oslo and Plum | Written by Jim James, Narrated by Phil LaMarr, Illustrated by Jacob Escobedo | SFWAM

Written by Jim James, Narrated by Phil LaMarr, Illustrated by Jacob Escobedo. Stories for Ways & Means features original ‘grown up’ children’s story collaborations by some of this era’s most compelling storytellers from the worlds of music and contemporary art.

Stories for Ways and Means will see a number of its stories get the video treatment, with narration set to come from the likes of Lizzo, King Krule and Joey Bada$$. Actors Zach Galifianakis, Danny DeVito and Nick Offerman have also all been on hand to offer their voices to proceedings.

All proceeds from Stories for Ways and Means go towards charities such as Room to Read, Pencils of Promise, and 826 National. Each organisation focuses on “advancing children’s causes around the world,” with a particular focus on literacy. The book, as well as art and other merchandise, can be pre-ordered here.