Anime Music Videos.
Yet another remixing web subculture
, they're usually a source of amateurishly produced angst. From the competitive perfectionists
, though, come well lipsynched
, action packed
, and occasionally just filthy
stuff for cartoon nerds. Besides the usual metal, ballads, and pop rock, there's some Daft Punk
, and downtempo
accompaniment. Or you can just go to hell
. Wear headphones and no-one will know.
The Bayeux Tapestry, animated
(YouTube). Or, if you prefer, the tapestry served as old school, Web 1.0 embedded images
with explanatory text (official site), and as a QuickTime VR panorama
. (Previously, the Historic Tale Construction Kit
40 years ago, the Vicious Cycles
motorcycle club assaulted a construction worker before taking to the road. Fortunately, filmmakers Chuck Menville
(father of voice artist Scott Menville
) and Len Janson
were on hand to film the gang's misdeeds.
Menville and Janson's picture would ultimately become part of a trilogy, with Blaze Glory
and Sargent Swell of the Mounties
produced wit similar eye-catching style.
Decades later, the filmmakers' work would be echoed in another tale of conflict
, in addition to a product-themed homage
to more recent hipster subculture
Aniboom bills itself as "the home of animation," a place to discover new up & coming artists online. Towards that end, they've sponsored a $50,000 competition for the best animation across five categories. The field has been narrowed to 25 finalists, and all 25 entries are online for viewing/voting here
Spots Before Your Eyes
, an award-winning series of animated shorts promoting tolerance and human relations, produced in the 1950s by the American Jewish Committee (at AJC Archives)
a Martin Scorsese, Bankin/Rass Production.
Does my nose amuse you, is it funny like a clown, does it make you laugh?
No, no, no, great nose.
OK, I'm the Capo now.
is a series of five evocative animation/live action Quicktime shorts by Eric Lerner, including Mr. Deja Vu
, Mr. Fortune
, Mr. Afraid of Anything But Heights
, Mr. Sunken
and my fave, Mr. Dreamer
, bouncing around the beautiful urban decay.
Karolina Sobecka has made animations of a running tiger (Wildlife
) and violent cartoon hijinks (Chase
), which she projects onto city landscapes from a moving car. (Embedded Quicktime.)
She's got a site full of her other projects
, including a ton of nifty commercial work.
organic abstraction in motion in this music video directed by Robert Seidel (previously)
for Zero 7.
Nonononono, After You (.mov)
: A short animated film by Christopher Cordingley, graduate of the Ringling School of Art and Design
. The school's computer animation portfolio
is worth a browse; there's some real talent being nurtured
there. (Last four links are to .avi files.)
A fascinating series
of Japanese toilet training videos for the very young (duh). Of note, the anthropomorphizing of the toilet, the weird bits of Engrish thrown in, and the remarkably frank approach to the whole messy business.
The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit
- a 1961 instructional clip from 85-year old master animator Bob Godfrey
, also known for such classic works as Instant Sex
, Henry's Cat
, and Roobarb
. (alert: some links to YouTube)
Darth Vader calls the Emperor.
From Adult Swim
, Darth Vader calls Emperor Palpatine to break some bad news. Laughter ensues.
Whitney Music Box [flash]
. You can read about and see examples of John Whitney's work on this
extremely ugly website.
Excellent music video
for an interesting cover version of Radiohead's Just (originally off of The Bends
) by British musician Mark Ronson. Song is done in a more 1960's Stax-Volt
Records style, using gratuitous horn samples; video is shot on the streets of an English city (I believe London, but am not sure) and features animated graffiti coming to life & dancing to the song, as well as a cameo by the tiled creations of Invader
. First link goes to a page about the song, with video download links in wmv & qt at the bottom. Still no answer as to what that guy was saying in the original version of the video, sadly.
(embedded Quicktime video.) Short animated film featuring little robots who make their own language using Rube Goldberg contraptions.
Sometimes movies don't finish the way we'd like
. Short, off-beat, animated re-imaginings of selected movie endings, in torrent and .wmv format. The archives
are yet young, but might be worth keeping an eye on for future chuckles.
The Life of Larry
is a 1995 short film of both animation and live-action by Seth MacFarlane that became the basis for Family Guy
. (more inside)
Bizarre music video
featuring a cgi animated Nazi army composed of anthropomorphized piglets. The video is for a song called Shvayne by a 19 year old Russian singer named Natasha Ionova
, who performs under the name Glukoza
. Video is embedded flash animation.
Not My Type
- An office and its occupants, made entirely of typographic characters, create a theatre of emotion. View the separate animations (Flash) 1
. Also, visit an article
on the work's concept development and storyboarding process. And there's more
Videohelper.com sells music and sound effects to film/video producers. Here's their FAQ.
It's the most fun FAQ I've ever read when I wasn't even trying to have fun. Though they are a serious business, their entire site is in this style. I want to work there!
Remember that Fatboy Slim video with Christopher Walken dancing? Have a new look.
Long ago in ancient greece lived the Bush who began it all: HERCUBUSH! Half God, half mortal, half Texan, HERCUBUSH roamed the seven seas with one mission: To Destroy EVIL!
"They're like Hitler, only more so!
We'll rub their oil on our torso!"
Skeletor and Gang:
What is it about the combination of stop-motion animation, He-Man action figures, and sped-up heavy metal that makes me laugh until I hurt? "Skeletor, Mantenna and Grizzlor are having a party! Oh no! Moss-Man attacks! Defend us Squeeze!"
is a spiffy flash-animated music video thingamabob, if you're into that kinda thing. Very clickable.
Instant musical classic? With lyrics like: "I stayed up all night - Construction web-site - Just click on our fight - And watch me crying" how could you go wrong? Make sure you check out the trippy animated music video
. I guess, like Gorillaz, Simon & Milo
are "not real", but it looks like they're huge in Canada
It was only a matter of time. (1.7 MB)
Love the new Gorillaz video
(in Cinema section. Warning: Shockwave intensive). But is it me, or is their music just a bit so-so? And rejecting the Mercury Music Prize
was just petulant.
(of "Little Nemo in Slumberland" fame) and George Herriman
(of "Krazy Kat" and "Archie & Mehitabel") weren't just innovative, influential cartoonists; they were also pioneering animators. The Library of Congress' Origins of American Animation
project has downloadable short films by McKay (including his celebrated Gertie the Dinosaur
) and Herriman as well as others from the early, early days of animated film.