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Moving On: the story of a life passing, told in yellow yarn

The stop-motion animation video for James' "Moving On" is the story of a life passing, told in yellow yarn. BAFTA award winning Scottish animator Ainslie Henderson explains what inspired him: It’s 2014, and I’m on the phone to Tim [Booth, lead singer of James]. He is describing how the band came to write MOVING ON, and what the words mean to him. The story he tells me is deeply moving; one thing that stayed with me is his describing death as a birth. Days later this conversation echoes around my mind while I’m listening to the song as I walk past a typical Scottish woollen knitwear shop. My eyes flit over a ball of wool in the window while the word “unwinding” is sung....
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Apr 29, 2016 - 16 comments

I prefer the term "acticulated figurine" myself...

The Failed ‘Operation: Aliens’ Cartoon and the Kenner Toys it Inspired
posted by Artw on Apr 27, 2016 - 19 comments

I fully support whatever this is.

A Fox In Space. A year in the making, episode one of this fully voiced and animated riff on Starfox has landed. And it is fiiiiine.
posted by Drexen on Apr 27, 2016 - 19 comments

SOURCE

From psych-pop band Fever the Ghost and Tasmanian animator Felix Colgrave (previously), a new and fantastic voyage: SOURCE. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Apr 20, 2016 - 2 comments

Instant Rogue's Gallery, Just Add Beats

In Mystery Skulls Animated: Ghost, we met some van-driving interfering youths with more backstory than a certain 1960's TV show ever had (Mystery Inc. notwithstanding). Now it's time reacquaint and just plain acquaint outselves with foes old and new older in Mystery Skulls Animated: Freaking Out. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Apr 15, 2016 - 8 comments

"Hey! It's time to cause some mischief!"

"A Prank Time!" - a short animation, by Jaime Rodriguez (also on Newgrounds). [more inside]
posted by progosk on Apr 15, 2016 - 8 comments

Homestuck: Act 7

Exactly seven years after it began, Andrew Hussie's maximalist webcomic Homestuck has concluded with Act 7, a nine-minute, hand-drawn, fully-animated-and-scored climax to an epic that began with a young man standing in his bedroom. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Apr 13, 2016 - 71 comments

Imma Boss Ass (Animated) Bitch

A new video for PTAF's "Boss Ass Bitch," animated by SuperDeluxe. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Apr 11, 2016 - 5 comments

If this is paradise, I wish I had a lawnmower [SLVimeo]

"Wrapped" is a graduation short film from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, created at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction. After running at over 100 festivals world wide and winning numerous awards the film is finally online.
posted by MoonOrb on Apr 7, 2016 - 9 comments

Saturday Morning Acid Flashback

“In December of 2015, a group of sleep-deprived Boston-based animators, artists and musicians met at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to collaborate on an animated film. With the intention of re-imagining an episode of the classic cartoon Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, they assembled the project in four days. This was the result.” SCROOBJAM is the third and most elaborate in a series of "Golem Jams" organized (if that's the correct word) by John F. Quirk. (via Cartoon Brew which lists the credits here)
And they would have gotten away with it, too...
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 2, 2016 - 10 comments

Bug-Eyed Monsters via the Martens Process

Robert Martens, whose homegrown animations (including adaptations of the Mars Attacks cards, Herbie Popnecker, Jack T. Chick and Struwwelpeter) have been featured here previously, has used his distinctive style of limited animation to create UFOLOGY 101 - Space Spooks and Looney Goons, a weird and charming satirical anthology animation about the history of UFOlogy. References include the celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg in 1561, the claims of George Adamski, and the better-known incidents involving Roswell and Jonestown.
posted by BiggerJ on Mar 31, 2016 - 1 comment

Draw my shiny metal ass!

Toonz, the animation software used by both Studio Ghibli (for Princess Mononoke all the way up to The Wind Rises) and Rough Draft studio (for the production of Futurama) will be made free and open source to the animation community beginning March 26, 2016.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Mar 21, 2016 - 21 comments

*Face* the future

Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. - Stanford Computer Graphics Laboratory
posted by CrystalDave on Mar 19, 2016 - 33 comments

Raise what's left of the flag for me, with animated horses

Random audio-visual mash-up du jour: What's Left of the Flag by Flogging Molly, set to video clips from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which doesn't originally have nearly such rousing music (score by Hans Zimmer, with more songs by Bryan Adams).
posted by filthy light thief on Mar 17, 2016 - 11 comments

What if food had feelings?

Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie (SLYT, NSFW)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 15, 2016 - 95 comments

"Stimpy! ACTIVATE THE PLOT DEVICE!"

It's always a great time to look back at the joy and wonder that was (is) Ren & Stimpy! The madness! The pain! The tangents! Still respected and celebrated as one of the most influential shows of the animation renaissance of the 90s, Ren & Stimpy love is still strong, and creator Jon Kricfalusi is still doing some great work. And let's not forget the adverstisers!
posted by pt68 on Mar 9, 2016 - 59 comments

Historia de un Oso

Bear Story won the Best Animated Short Oscar 2016. It is an allegory of Chile in the '70s. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Mar 5, 2016 - 16 comments

"Sonic was alive and breathing, and Sonic was our friend."

Sonic the Hedgehog's Long, Great, Rocky History by Blake Hester [Polygon]
Sonic the Hedgehog has stood as an institution for Sega for more than two decades, a cultural icon with mass marketing abilities. He has appeared in dozens of games, numerous action figures and hundreds of comics. He’s had five television series and even his own tubes of toothpaste and cans of spaghetti. To date, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has collectively sold over 140 million copies, with some games regarded as some of the best of all time and others some of the worst.
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Mar 4, 2016 - 48 comments

Shiny

A Stop Motion Action Sequence with Laundry [slVimeo]
posted by ellieBOA on Mar 4, 2016 - 7 comments

It will end where it began. According to one of the definitions of 'bega

This is how it begins. I mean, THIS is how it begins. I mean, THIS is ho-- oh, for crying out loud. THI-- THIS is how it begins. And this is how it ends: Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie has been greenlit. (Some background.)
posted by BiggerJ on Mar 3, 2016 - 5 comments

One can deal with the world through puppets

A four part documentary, each of 15 mins, about Jan Švankmajer probably the greatest living surrealist. Pt. I. | Pt. II. | Pt. III | Pt. IV.
An interview from 2012 - Freedom is becoming the only theme, and a previous incredibly thorough post.
posted by adamvasco on Feb 25, 2016 - 7 comments

What Comes After Neo-Tokyo?

Whatever happened to the animators who worked on Akira? (NSFW) Find out with over 30 minutes of clips that start with a scene from 1988's masterpiece of Japanese animation, Akira, and follow each animator's career across the decades. [more inside]
posted by GameDesignerBen on Feb 24, 2016 - 17 comments

Overthinking a plate of beans: Vine Edition

"Mini mystery! I've hidden 6 clues of who killed kitty. High 5 if you can solve my little crime story :)" - Ian Padgham explains all in "The Shortest Mystery You’ve Ever Watched" (spoilers!)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Feb 20, 2016 - 6 comments

"It's a tremendous strain on the animators' wrists."

The Simpsons to air live episode (well, kinda sorta...)
"The final three minutes of the May 15 show will use motion capture technology to animate actor Dan Castellaneta — the voice of Homer whom Jean called 'a great improviser' — in real-time." [more inside]
posted by Atom Eyes on Feb 16, 2016 - 38 comments

The Present

The Present is a short animation by Jacob Frey, about a boy who would rather spend his time playing video games instead of discovering what's outside. One day his mom brings him a little surprise which makes it hard for him to concentrate on his games.
posted by monospace on Feb 15, 2016 - 21 comments

The Digital Materiality of GIFs

A short exploration of the history, present and future of the Internet's most animated image format, The Digital Materiality of GIFs.
posted by dragoon on Jan 22, 2016 - 20 comments

Projected Animations Of A Tiny Chef Cooking Meals At The Table

Skullmapping have created the first two in a series of animation projections that portray a miniature chef making dinner on a real dining table: Bouillabaisse and another where he whips together a grilled steak. [via Colossal]
posted by ellieBOA on Jan 21, 2016 - 10 comments

Going faster miles an hour

What holds Wile E. up in the air long enough to understand his mistake—what propelled that boulder back into the rock face, what blew up the detonator and left the dynamite unscathed—isn’t anarchy, but its exact opposite.
How Wile E. Coyote explains the world (slds)
posted by thecaddy on Jan 19, 2016 - 18 comments

A113

Tim Burton, John Lassiter, Genndy Tartakovsky, Brenda Chapman, Brad Bird, and many more of the biggest names in animation all went through the animation program at CalArts, taking classes in room A113. As a thank-you gesture, the number A113 is included every Pixar Film. Even The Good Dinosaur. And quite a few other movies and tv shows as well. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jan 19, 2016 - 13 comments

61st Century Lip-Synch Man

In the history of gag dubs, one of the earliesr and more obscure is a segment from MTV's Cartoon Sushi, Ultracity 6060, debuting in episode one. After the fold, all but one of its six or seven episodes, depending on how you count - one is an original parody. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Jan 13, 2016 - 6 comments

The Summoning of the Skylark

Cool 3D World, by a pair of artist-musicians, puts out a series of Vines (compiled, 3:57) handcrafted in a warm, cozy town in the Uncanny Valley. Last month, they released their first full-length music video, "The Summoning of the Skylark" (3:40).
All NSFW due to unearthly naked demihuman flesh conglomerations.
posted by Countess Elena on Jan 9, 2016 - 6 comments

Lee Hardcastle's animated modeling clay horrors

Four years ago, Lee Hardcastle remade John Carpenter's The Thing in a two minute short, featuring flightless birds made of Plasticine. After that he was “legally advised not to make any more claymations involving penguins and gore,” but he didn't stop making bloody, disgusting, humorous shorts. He remade that short with clay cats, and has made a number of new pieces over the years, including a horror story about toilets that won a place among an international cast of horror directors in a horror anthology. He has posted a number of additional shorts on YouTube, which he has also sorted into playlists for convenient browsing.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 3, 2016 - 11 comments

ABVH Stands For...

ABVH is a Serbian artist/animator/GIFster whose specialty is bringing other artists' still pictures (some of them shocking, that's your warning) to animated life (giving proper credit to original creators). At the end of each year, he makes a YouTube video compiling all the year's GIF creations with semi-appropriate music. Watch and be impressed by ABVH in 2015, 2014 and 2013.
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 1, 2016 - 3 comments

It wasn't real, but it was magical.

My Life In Monsters: Meet the Animator Behind Star Wars and Jurassic Park
posted by brundlefly on Dec 31, 2015 - 6 comments

This man is a force of nature. Look at the footwork!

FiveThirtyEight takes on the challenge: It’s a debate as old as time — or, at least as old as 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas Special.” Of the many revelers throwing down sick moves to “Linus & Lucy” by The Vince Guaraldi Trio, who would you most like to party with?
posted by 1367 on Dec 28, 2015 - 47 comments

Happy Zelda Day!

Zelda Day 2015:
  • If you love the NES original but are sad you know where everything is, try the Zelda Randomizer! (Windows EXE, requires ROM). Tries to guarantee solvable games! YouTube play.
  • Did you know that, in the original releases of N64 Ocarina of Time, if you hold the R button down when you get a certain item, you get a different one instead? Info with more OoT glitches.
  • From Double Fine! Devs Play The Legend of Zelda, four parts: 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
  • Fan animation, "Racing For Rupees".

posted by JHarris on Dec 26, 2015 - 32 comments

Is this real life? Yes, yes it is.

The "heist" of legend! The fourth wall animated.
posted by reedcourtneyj on Dec 23, 2015 - 2 comments

Giraffes leaping off a High Dive

5 Mètres 80: An Absurd Animation Depicting a Herd of Giraffes Leaping Off a High Dive by Nicolas Deveaux. OK, this is ridiculous, but in the best way possible. [more inside]
posted by JujuB on Dec 21, 2015 - 22 comments

Animation by René Jodoin

Spheres is a short 1969 animation by René Jodoin and Norman McLaren, soundtrack by Glenn Gould, published by the National Film Board of Canada. [more inside]
posted by carter on Dec 20, 2015 - 11 comments

Animation vs. Minecraft

Five stick figures find Minecraft on their computer. Previously.
posted by holmesian on Dec 15, 2015 - 6 comments

Iron Age poetry in motion

Animation of the warrior plate of the Gundestrup Cauldron, the largest surviving example of European Iron Age silver work.
posted by immlass on Dec 12, 2015 - 8 comments

The most horrifying place to find yourself trapped is an echo chamber

Steven Universe (Previously) is an animated series created by Rebecca Sugar which airs on Cartoon Network. It is known for excellent world building, progressive sensibilities, a heartwarming, genuine sense of humor, and a cast of characters which is deep, complex and diverse. It has received significant critical acclaim and has cultivated a large and diverse collection of fans. The show's fandom has recently experienced controversy when some individuals engaged in a campaign of harassment and bullying that drove a young Steven Universe fan artist named Paige Paz (aka Zamii070) to attempt suicide. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 11, 2015 - 105 comments

Once again, a fool seeks to undo the future that is Aku.

Genndy Tartakovsky is returning to his much-loved 2001-2004 cartoon Samurai Jack with a new season in development for 2016, Cartoon Network announced today. The original run of the series depicted the titular, time-displaced hero's quest to return to his own time and bring down the demon lord Aku. It was marked by Tartakovsky's unique art style, hand-painted backgrounds depicting a surreal future world, and storytelling that could deftly shift from parody to emotionally resonant drama to straight-up slapstick. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Dec 2, 2015 - 39 comments

The New Yorker's Animated Cover

This week’s cover, “Mirror:” a collaboration between The New Yorker (Ware) and the radio program “This American Life" (Glass) and Hanna Rosin.
posted by OmieWise on Nov 30, 2015 - 26 comments

You might say the secret ingredient is salt.

Laurel Randolph comes up with Simpsons inspired recipes for Paste Magazine - Clove And Tom Collins Pie - Little Meatloaf Men - Üterbraten - Thanksgiving edition.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 27, 2015 - 59 comments

Art of Sakuga

The term sakuga (作画) refers to a series of well-drawn movements in animation found in both western and Japanese animated shows. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 26, 2015 - 9 comments

"It kinda does bring back a lot of memories, come to think of it..."

How Chuck Jones drew "The White Seal" (YouTube) / Animator Chuck Jones on creative work and not comparing yourself to others (YouTube)
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Nov 25, 2015 - 4 comments

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, the first Thanksgiving dino film

Pixar's new film, The Good Dinosaur, is the second animated dinosaur film to come out in time for Thanksgiving. The previous one came out 22 years ago, with executive producer credits for Steven Spielberg and a whole host of stars lending their voices to the film, telling the story of dinosaurs coming to New York City. And it bombed. Let's go back in time and look at We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Nov 24, 2015 - 22 comments

Because, well, look at Jessica.

When You’re Just Drawn That Way: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Interestingly enough, the only two women to comment on/protest this objectification are the two women explicitly drawn to be objectified sex symbols: Betty Boop and Jessica Rabbit.
posted by Michele in California on Nov 23, 2015 - 46 comments

Kaizo Trap - full of dead ends

Kaizo Trap is an animated story about love, determination, and overcoming nearly impossible obstacles. Mostly that last thing. It pays tribute to ultra-difficult platformers like Kaizo Mario World and the speedrunners they inspire to achieve impressive results through brutal trial and error, as well as tool-assisted speedruns that make the impossible look easy. The title "Kaizo Trap" refers to a particular trope within these unfairly difficult games. Note: the first link has a photosensitivity warning and maybe more cartoon violence than you might expect. [more inside]
posted by knuckle tattoos on Nov 22, 2015 - 18 comments

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