So after a bit of advice from both Phil and Jackie regarding my clock, there was a strong incentive to focus on the actual cuckoo bird that pops out every hour. One particular idea that stood out to me was the concept of the bird becoming more and more flamboyant with each passing hour everytime it popped out. Now, why on Earth didn't I think of that? *Facepalms self*
Here's a mashup of ideas and designs for the cuckoo bird. One idea that really stuck in my head was the idea of artificiality and simplicity as it's essentially just a wooden bird, but to add a bit of comic relief, it might be an amusing idea to design it in the style of flamboyant 60s disco costumes.