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Portrait of the Animator as a Young Student
June 8, 2010 8:59 AM   Subscribe

A collection of delightful shorts created for each student's final project or thesis. Jonathan Holt's Dog and Butcher (if you don't laugh out loud at 1:01, you must be dead inside). Michael Stevenson's Pigeon Pilfer. Oxygen by Christopher Hendryx. Erica Kobren's Oneironaut. Wayne Lee's Teddy's Gonna Get It. And more.
posted by jeanmari (40 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Dog and Butcher was great! It feels rare these days to see an animation which is that simple and sweet at heart.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:07 AM on June 8, 2010


Eh, saying "if you don't LOL you must be dead inside" is some kind of obtuse Godwinesque clause. It wasn't that funny.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:09 AM on June 8, 2010


Dog and butcher just cheered up a crappy day! thanks!
posted by dowcrag at 9:17 AM on June 8, 2010


Well, that's settled. I am dead inside.
posted by qwip at 9:19 AM on June 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


(if you don't laugh out loud at 1:01, you must be dead inside)

Best to avoid hyperbole in your writing. Not one person in a million can use it correctly.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:23 AM on June 8, 2010 [3 favorites]


I've told you a million times: do... not... exaggerate!
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 9:25 AM on June 8, 2010


> Best to avoid hyperbole in your writing. Not one person in a million can use it correctly.

More like 100 trillion!
posted by Burhanistan at 9:25 AM on June 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


(if you don't laugh out loud at 1:01, you must be dead inside)

Whenever I'm told something like this, my mind instinctively tries not to laugh, even if it's funny. (Please don't cite specific moments that should be funny, or they won't be.)
posted by LSK at 9:28 AM on June 8, 2010


I knew I was dead inside. Thanks for verifying that my heart is a dark, shrivelled husk.
posted by papercake at 9:30 AM on June 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


I watched it 'cuz you said I would laugh. I didn't laugh, I did smile, for just an instant, but there was no laugh.

According to you I'm now dead inside, I'm ZombieHeart, unable to love or be loved, for eternity..

Damn you to hell!
posted by HuronBob at 9:32 AM on June 8, 2010


Okay, I get it, you've made your point. The hyperbole would be withdrawn if it were possible.
posted by jeanmari at 9:34 AM on June 8, 2010


Yay! I'm dead inside, too! Will that eventually work its way out until I'm completely dead and craving braaaaaaaaains?
posted by hippybear at 9:34 AM on June 8, 2010


Anyway, the Oxygen short was much better.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:37 AM on June 8, 2010


(Because the Oxygen ends with a ménage à trois)
posted by Burhanistan at 9:38 AM on June 8, 2010


Well, I smiled at 1:01. I guess that makes me a zombie?
posted by Malor at 9:38 AM on June 8, 2010


Awww, I would have given the doggie the sausage right away.

Because he's such a good dog.

You're a good dog, aren't you?!

Yes, you are!

Ahem.

The Oxygen one is fabulous!
posted by misha at 10:06 AM on June 8, 2010


jeanmari: I mostly skip video posts, but the hyperbole caused me to watch. Ignore the naysayers. Good post.
posted by Leon at 10:24 AM on June 8, 2010


Add my name to the dead inside naysayer's list.
posted by fairmettle at 10:33 AM on June 8, 2010


I laughed out loud. I'm aaaliiiiiive!
posted by dowcrag at 10:33 AM on June 8, 2010


Nice animation, but what's with the... I dunno what to call it... accordion/fiddle and walking guitar track that some inordinate proportion of animation meant to be taken seriously (but whimsically!) has now? "I have the taste of a jazz man and the humor of a Frenchman!"

Only two of these had it. Maybe it's on its way out.
posted by cmoj at 10:43 AM on June 8, 2010


Would have been fine with just one link.

(Referring to the dog, not your post)
posted by hal9k at 10:53 AM on June 8, 2010


The hyperbole drew me in too. If some people can't deal with fairly common rhetorical devices without it dominating their entire thoughts on a certain issue, perhaps they needed a nice, cleansing (bubble?) bathos.
posted by Chipmazing at 11:04 AM on June 8, 2010


> If some people can't deal with fairly common rhetorical devices without it dominating their entire thoughts on a certain issue, perhaps they needed a nice, cleansing (bubble?) bathos.

Er, people were just chafing at the annoying wording. I doubt few of us are so suggestible as to be influenced either way. And, if it is a "common rhetorical device" perhaps its usage needs to be checked.
posted by Burhanistan at 11:14 AM on June 8, 2010


What Leon and Chipmazing said. Good post; ignore the haters!
posted by languagehat at 11:18 AM on June 8, 2010


I was there first. (well, after "Waking Life")
posted by oneironaut at 11:43 AM on June 8, 2010


When you're dead you can not hate.
posted by HuronBob at 11:56 AM on June 8, 2010


I dunno what to call it... accordion/fiddle and walking guitar track

I think that style of music is called "hot club jazz". I have a great CD from the Quintet of the Hot Club of San Francisco, and it's delicious.
posted by hippybear at 12:41 PM on June 8, 2010


I'm ZombieHeart, unable to love or be loved, for eternity..

No, ZombieHeart! I love you. And you, Hippybear. And you, too, papercake - maybe most of all, with all your wonderful paperycakeness.

But seeing as I, too, am dead inside, maybe it's just a shadow of a memory of love...
posted by Sparx at 4:26 PM on June 8, 2010


I had exactly the same reaction as cmoj to the music. Almost impossible to imagine any other style of film set to that type of music, anymore.

Now I seriously want to dub it into some Lars von Trier footage.
posted by ook at 4:53 PM on June 8, 2010


Whenever I'm told something like this, my mind instinctively tries not to laugh, even if it's funny.

This is actually a normal human reaction. Most decent comedians will do everything in their power to make you forget they are trying to be funny. You tend to get more laughs if you lull them into low expectations.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:54 PM on June 8, 2010


I think that style of music is called "hot club jazz"

Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli are the template here. Mr Holt notes of the music:

I actually got the music from a really great stock music site, Killer Tracks. The music is Gypsy Rag by "romane". If you like that, you might also wanna check out both Peter Krebs and the Kung Pao Chickens Cd "Hot Ginger and Dynamite" and also Pinetop Smith.

posted by IndigoJones at 4:57 PM on June 8, 2010


people were just chafing at the annoying wording.

Would they have said such things to the poster's face?
posted by IndigoJones at 5:08 PM on June 8, 2010


probably, but only through a medium.
posted by peterkins at 5:37 AM on June 9, 2010


Okay, I was reluctant to use the phrase "gypsy jazz" because it might have sparked a race riot here on MeFi, but it turns out that it is a highly respected genre of music, and is practiced all over the world, including the group I mentioned earlier.
posted by hippybear at 10:16 AM on June 9, 2010


> Would they have said such things to the poster's face?

Yep. Especially if they told me that I was dead inside if I didn't emote in a particular way in response to a piece of media authored by a stranger that they were showing to me.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:48 AM on June 9, 2010


If you can't distinguish between a little harmless enthusiasm and a fascistic attempt at emotion control, I don't know what to tell you, but a more charitable response would have been to simply stay out of the thread instead of kicking the puppy trying to get you to scratch its back.
posted by languagehat at 11:37 AM on June 9, 2010


Those of us who are dead inside don't know how to make charitable responses. :P
posted by hippybear at 1:12 PM on June 9, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yep. Especially if they told me that I was dead inside if I didn't emote in a particular way in response to a piece of media authored by a stranger that they were showing to me.

Wow. Um, it was just a throw-away, silly statement that I've already stated I would have happily left out of the post if I'd known it would hit such a note. I didn't feel aggrieved or hurt that some folks were poking fun at that little phrase, and even laughed at some of the responses (craving braaaaaaaaains) The phrase was certainly not meant to be taken literally. No actual internal death was meant to be implied in the use of those thirteen words.
posted by jeanmari at 2:04 PM on June 9, 2010


Sorry, jeanmari, this is bigger than you now!

Those of us who are dead inside don't know how to make charitable responses. :P

If real psychopaths can learn how to fake it, there's no reason you can't.
posted by IndigoJones at 5:23 PM on June 9, 2010


I dunno about dead inside, but maybe a little jaded at this point. Oneironaut was good though.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 7:02 PM on June 12, 2010


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