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Super Micro Paint = Super Macro Fun 🎨

"I made a web toy that simulates a doodling and animation toy from an alternate timeline 1990s. Create 2 color, 32x16 pixel, four frame animations. Then transform your creations into gifs resembling a cheap LCD, an LED matrix, a vacuum fluorescent display, and more." Via MetaFilter Projects. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 20, 2015 - 66 comments

Reuse, Recycle, Redance

The Walt Disney Animation Studios have a history of recycling hand drawn cells to save money. YouTube channel Movie Munchies has just posted an expertly cut montage showing a selection of what cells were borrowed and from where.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on May 15, 2015 - 36 comments

Era uma vez uma menina

Regina Pessoa is a Portuguese animator. «I lived in the countryside in a small village near Coimbra until I was 17 years old. My entire universe was rural. We didn’t have television, which was very boring… but in retrospect, thinking things over, maybe it saved me. We read and listened to our elders telling stories. My uncle used to draw on the walls and on the doors of my grandmother’s home, with pieces of coal. Seeing my uncle drawing on the walls gave us a sense of freedom because we didn’t have paper and pencils but we always had walls and doors – maybe this stayed with me unconsciously because now, much later, it’s already the second film that I’m making in engraving technique…» [more inside]
posted by khonostrov on May 14, 2015 - 2 comments

I, for one, welcome our new soundalike overlords

On the heels of renewal through its 28th season, a perennial contract dispute (with a twist) has at long last claimed one of The Simpsons' foundational cast members. Harry Shearer, the versatile artist behind such indelible characters as Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, McBain, Dr. Hibbert, Rev. Lovejoy, Dr. Marvin Monroe, Otto-man, Lenny, and dozens of others will be departing the show at the end of the current season. Of course, the show must go on.
posted by Rhaomi on May 14, 2015 - 91 comments


The Dover Boys at Pimento University is one of the cartooniest cartoons ever made. The 1942 Warner Brothers short, directed by Chuck Jones and animated by Bobe Cannon, is loosely based on the children's book series The Rover Boys. Quite visually innovative in its day, The Dover Boys probably contains the most outrageous smears and multiples of any cartoon since. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on May 12, 2015 - 59 comments

Polymorphic sentient rocks! They're here to hollow out the Earth!

Is your love for jewels hampered by their inability to take on humanoid forms? Do you wish Adventure Time had been (a little) more grounded in the real world? Or are you simply one of those people who constantly have boring songs stuck in your head, and you'd like a little more colorful variety in your mental music videos? Perhaps you should watch STEVEN UNIVERSE! [more inside]
posted by jsnlxndrlv on May 4, 2015 - 89 comments

Rated R but for the bleeps

Last December, we (The Dissolve) ran an excellent essay from familiar face Chris Klimek on the regrettable history of the PG-13 rating. He explained how the huge gulf in content between PG and R films necessitated the creation of a middle ground. The PG-13 rating was created expressly to attend to that problem, but that created a handful of problems all its own… Animator Mack Williams cooked up the video below, which reshapes Chris’ essay into a snappy, informative, and visually slick cartoon.
posted by Going To Maine on May 4, 2015 - 12 comments

The Oceanmaker

There is no more water, except for the clouds. In this animated short film, a heroic pilot attempts to change that. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Apr 30, 2015 - 7 comments

This kid's got style!

Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux A graduation film by Gwenn Germain is a delightful, breath-taking homage to Miyazaki, Mœbius, and Syd Mead.
posted by cleroy on Apr 13, 2015 - 15 comments

The Legend of Korra Saved My Sanity

"... one of the most startling things about this show is that fact that women in Legend of Korra are not required to be likeable." [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Mar 31, 2015 - 15 comments

More clichés than you can shake a stick at. (stick not included)

"Confessions of an Idiom" a 2½ minute animated film depicting a confrontation between the elephant in the room and the skeleton in the closet. Many turns of phrase and one plot twist.
posted by oneswellfoop on Mar 30, 2015 - 8 comments

Stanley Pickle

Stanley Pickle is a short stopmotion/liveaction film directed by the illustrator and photographer Vicky Mather
posted by dng on Mar 29, 2015 - 6 comments

Arendelle is the warmest place to hide

"A deleted scene from the Disney classic Frozen as directed by John Carpenter." (SLYT; colorful walls and language).
posted by khonostrov on Mar 29, 2015 - 16 comments

DDWIWDD (sent from a friend ;)

Dan Deacon "When I Was Done Dying" for Off The Air on Adult Swim - "Tapping nine unique and talented animators (whose work had all appeared previously on the show) to create a beautiful and seamless journey through the afterlife..." [previously!]
posted by kliuless on Mar 27, 2015 - 25 comments

“Hedgehogs, Russian thing, don’t ask": Yozhik v tumane (1975)

Yozhik v tumane - Soyuzmultfilm Yuri Norstein (YT, 1975) (Hedgehog in the Fog, Wikipedia) is ten delightful minutes of one of the most beloved animated movies in the world. That hedgehog, that owl: just look at them. Just a small good thing for your day. Discovered via Thomas Pynchon's "Bleeding Edge," source of the post title.
posted by MonkeyToes on Mar 24, 2015 - 7 comments

Spared no expense.

Three words: Lego. Jurassic. Park.
posted by brundlefly on Mar 20, 2015 - 30 comments

Git to da choppah! screamed Ahnold

Famous scenes from R-rated films, done in a children's book style by Josh Cooley, an artist at Pixar.
posted by mathowie on Mar 18, 2015 - 42 comments

How was Roman column formed?

This short, stop-motion film shows how Trajan's Column might have been constructed. The behind-the-scenes of the stop motion is also pretty neat. [more inside]
posted by rtha on Mar 18, 2015 - 35 comments

Bending in delightful and vulgar ways

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella - Linda Holmes, NPR's Monkey See:
"The idea that animates the classic Cinderella is that the prince would not be free to consider Cinderella a desirable mate if he first saw her as she is, but he can meet her under false pretenses and fall in love with her. And, most importantly, once achieved, that love will be durable enough to survive her reversion to her real identity. Getting him to literally recognize her — getting him to look at a woman in rags and realize she's the woman he wants to marry — seems to function as sort of a stand-in for him proving that he can overlook her low status and choose her as a partner. Whether that's more a fantasy of romantic love or a fantasy of economic security, power and rescue from a lifetime of washing floors may depend on who's telling it and who's hearing it and when."
[more inside] posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Mar 15, 2015 - 28 comments

"The Pueblo people orchestrated the unthinkable"

Frontera! Revolt and Rebellion on the Rio Grande (20:06; 2014) is an experimental animated documentary that briefly describes the Narváez, de Niza, Coronado, and Oñate expeditions en route to an account of Po'pay and the Pueblo Revolt. It features music by Greg Landau ("Women of the City" with Omar Sosa) with lyrics and vocals by Deuce Eclipse (SoundCloud; "Que Pasa" with J-Boogie).
posted by Monsieur Caution on Mar 14, 2015 - 4 comments

R.I.P Sam Simon

Sam Simon, writer, producer, philanthropist and co-creator of The Simpsons has passed away of colorectal cancer at the age of 59. Previously.
posted by brundlefly on Mar 9, 2015 - 47 comments

Please wear 25-D glasses

Join Mr. Piggy on an adventure through time and space in the short, animated film Mr. Piggy Dies in 25 Dimensions. [SLV NSFW]
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 2, 2015 - 24 comments

❄ ☁ ☀ ☂

Seasons, a lovely animated short film by Yuri Norstein. [YouTube]
posted by Fizz on Mar 1, 2015 - 6 comments

Before Belleville, there was...

La Vieille Dame et les Pigeons (The Old Woman and the Pigeons) by Sylvain Chomet (SLYT)
posted by overeducated_alligator on Feb 28, 2015 - 4 comments

Where do the dead belong, in the world of the living?

Todd McFarlane's Spawn aired on HBO from 1997-99. A faithful depiction of McFarlane's popular action-fantasy-horror comic, this groundbreaking, (NSFW,) animated series won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Animation Program' during its third and final season. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 18, 2015 - 34 comments

Welcome, to the WORLD of the FUUUUUUTURE!

Via the Verge, a trailer for Don Herzfeldt's forthcoming new film.
posted by Ipsifendus on Feb 17, 2015 - 26 comments

My kid could make that!

Paint. A Short Lego Film by Jon Rolph
posted by a lungful of dragon on Feb 9, 2015 - 6 comments

Lebensader ✿

Lebensader [YouTube] by Angela Steffen. A little girl finds the whole world in a leaf.
posted by Fizz on Feb 9, 2015 - 2 comments

Riding Light

Follow the realtime path of a photon leaving the surface of our Sun
posted by a lungful of dragon on Feb 4, 2015 - 26 comments

A History of Ideas

A History of Ideas, animated, on YouTube. Philosophical concepts in under 2 minutes from the BBC Radio 4 programme | A History of Ideas, animated, on BBC Radio | All episodes, both animated and podcasts on BBC, downloadable. Narrated by Gillian Anderson and others. A fresh take on the History of Ideas as big subjects like beauty, freedom, technology and morality get dissected by a team of thinkers.
posted by nickyskye on Feb 2, 2015 - 5 comments

Erik Ferguson

If you enjoy Erik Ferguson's short films VEv and Kometh, you might also like his Birth series and Worm series. Lots more horrifically lifelike rendering on his Vimeo page. (Possibly NSFLunch.)
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse on Jan 30, 2015 - 6 comments

That's not cricket! No, it's tennis. (SLYT)

The Australian Open takes an...innovative approach to tennis in this short video from Melbourne-based filmmaker Michael Shanks.
posted by Naberius on Jan 30, 2015 - 2 comments

"Hands on your neck. Squeeze it tighter." (SLMINDFUCK)

THE HORSE RAISED BY SPHERES Directed by David O'Reilly.
posted by huguini on Jan 27, 2015 - 23 comments

These old photographs are in color. The world was black and white then.

Animated stories that parents tell their children: How milkshakes are made (really bouncy grass) and why you have to be quiet on trains (beware of bears, they're unstoppable). But if you're grown up now and want to really know if your parents were full of ... molasses, let Ken Jennings share the truth behind 17 things parents tell their kids, and five more excerpts from his collection of such because-I-said-so-isms.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 26, 2015 - 35 comments

Confusion Through Sand

Confusion Through Sand. (YouTube.) An animated short in which "a nineteen year old finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell, and trained to react." [Via]
posted by homunculus on Jan 21, 2015 - 2 comments

No! Don't make me talk to celebrities!

Conan O'Brien has trouble interviewing his guest, Sterling Archer.
posted by The Whelk on Jan 21, 2015 - 33 comments

The trigonometry of relationsips. Who is responsible...?

Lusine's "Two Dots", illustrated by Britta Johnson.
posted by loquacious on Jan 19, 2015 - 8 comments

Alt Animation

From The Adventures of Prince Achmed to The Lego Movie, check out this list of Non-Disney, Non-Pixar and Non-Studio Ghibli Animated Films. [more inside]
posted by Peregrine Pickle on Jan 17, 2015 - 37 comments


If you still think Saturday morning is a good time for cartoons, enjoy The Son of 666, a short but sweet clip by animator Vivienne Medrano. It concerns banjos, fiddles, and evil.
posted by Wolfdog on Jan 17, 2015 - 7 comments

I yam what I yam what I yam what I yam what I yam what I yam what I yam…

Popeye Loops (slTumblr)
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jan 15, 2015 - 11 comments

"Love in Ulster"

Danderin' down the loanin'
On a day of spring wi' Kathy McIlvenna
Says I, "The whin's a tidy thing,"
Says she, "I wouldn't wonder,
But I never thought much about whins," says she,
An' me just studyin' to be polite,
Ach, girls is a mystery to me, girls is quare!
[more inside]
posted by growabrain on Jan 14, 2015 - 2 comments

It's Never Too Late To Change... Into A Truck

Animator Trevor Van Meter has been adding cool little face animations and drawings to his Instagram regularly for the past few months. Some are political, some nerdy, some historical, some philosophical, some inspirational, all adorable, even Sad Palpatine.
posted by eustacescrubb on Jan 12, 2015 - 3 comments

Drugged out

Endtrip - We enter the mind of a drug overdosed girl and go on a journey through her subconsciousness (SLVimeo) (Possible NSFW surreal imagery)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Jan 9, 2015 - 20 comments

Fake 3D Until You Make 3D

Louis Gorenfeld lovingly explores the mathematics and techniques behind early, pseudo-3D games. [more inside]
posted by gilrain on Jan 9, 2015 - 16 comments

I said “I feel like these characters should be guys.” She said, “Why?”

"Hello! I am going to answer your question, and then I am going to talk a little bit about GENDER IN COMEDY…" [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jan 8, 2015 - 197 comments

Terminal Bar: Porters, Bouncers, and Bartenders

Porters, Bouncers, and Bartenders, third installment of the amazing Terminal Bar film series. For ten years, Sheldon Nadelman took thousands of black and white photographs while bartending at the Terminal Bar, Times Square's most notorious watering hole of the 1970s. Murray Goldman, the bar's owner since 1957 was Sheldon's father-in-law as well as the filmmaker's grandfather. The Terminal Bar was featured in Martin Scorsese's film Taxi Driver. [more inside]
posted by Thor's Hammer on Dec 31, 2014 - 11 comments


Animator Yoriko Mizushiri makes some sushi. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 29, 2014 - 16 comments

How to Draw (expert mode)

Model Sheets is a Twitter feed where someone is collecting model sheets from all kinds of cartoons, including South Park, classic Warner Bros. and Disney, Don Bluth, cable cartoons, old saturday morning stuff, and anime.
posted by JHarris on Dec 27, 2014 - 12 comments

"So, yes, this is Bride of Frankenstein with Christmas characters."

"Rankin/Bass made 18 specials, of varying length and ambition, between 1964 and 1985. Nearly all of these films revolve around the performance of some Christmas song or another. Nearly all of them deal with the crippling scars of childhood shame. And nearly all of them are completely off the rails insane." Vox's Todd VanDerWerff watches, and ranks, all 18 Rankin/Bass Christmas Specials.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Dec 24, 2014 - 31 comments

Panoply - Animating the Ancient World

What the Greek vasemakers would have done if they had had the technology [more inside]
posted by BWA on Dec 21, 2014 - 6 comments

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