Sita Sings the Blues
is a feature film (in progress) combining the ancient Indian epic Ramayana
, the 1920's blues vocals of Annette Hanshaw
, and classically informed but modern animation. The animator wanted to envision what the Ramayana would look like told through the eyes of its much loved and much maligned female character, Sita
. This is not the first time the Ramayana has been retold from Sita's perspective, Sanctuary
, a play by Hema Ramakrishna
is a feminist reinterpretation that has garnered a lot of controversy. Retelling the Ramayana is part of the tradition.
posted by arcticwoman
on Sep 24, 2006 -
In celebration of today being that day
, here's a very well-made cartoon short from a group of students from the French animation school Gobelins
. Be sure to check out the making of
page for character designs, and some great shorts from the crew
showing their process.
posted by kosher_jenny
on Sep 19, 2006 -
"Imagine a blend between a National Geographic documentary and a Tex Avery cartoon. This short is a combination of 3D characters and live footage."
Five-ish minutes in the life of a ladybug with anger issues. (YouTube)
posted by Orb
on Sep 7, 2006 -
Back in the dark days of World War II, the man
who would become Dr. Seuss
was in the business of military propaganda . One of the characters he created was Private Snafu
Private Snafu was an animated depiction of a bumbling soldier in military training films, whose voice sounded suspiciously close to Bugs Bunny
. Warner Bros. animation studios produced the cartoons with the talents of Mel Blanc
, Chuck Jones
, and Bob Clampett
Private Snafu has been discussed here previously
but now you can watch some of the original cartoons on youtube
and download them here
! (unfortunately, I am still unable to locate the awesomely-titled "Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike"
posted by elr
on Aug 23, 2006 -
and other classics in clay animation
. Joan C. Gratz
is the talented artist behind this and other projects
This particular short film won an academy award for best animated short film in 1992. I am surprised to have never viewed it before today. Wikipedia has next to nothing on Gratz or her works.
posted by jkafka
on Aug 14, 2006 -
If you have a lot of time on your hands and a deep love for animation and LEDs, you might put together something like this
posted by absalom
on Aug 4, 2006 -
is the online name of a musician/artist who made two of my favorite flash music animations (warning: first link goes to artist's myspace page w/audio). The first one, "Dad's Home" is a mayhem filled coffee buzz set to Cab Calloway's Reefer Man
, and the second, "Walk, Smash, Walk" is about a robot whose job is to Walk and then Smash and then Walk some more. Wildly different styles, but both are captivating; large versions of both cartoons can be viewed here
posted by jonson
on Aug 4, 2006 -
The Cultural Cold War
by Frances Saunders covers the way in which the government, via CIA-influenced NGOs worked to alter the direction that popular movies and animations took during the first half of the Cold War. [mi]
posted by longbaugh
on Jul 22, 2006 -
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.
posted by jonson
on Jul 11, 2006 -
Advanced Animation by Preston Blair,
"the best 'how to' book on cartoon animation ever published." Blair
, a Disney and MGM animator, put the book together in 1947 to illustrate the various basic principles of animation, only to have the book pulled from shelves after the rights to use some of the characters were revoked. Animation historian Jerry Beck
has been hunting for a first edition of Blair's landmark book for many years. He finally found a copy and is sharing high-quality scans on the Animation Archive
. (Archive previously linked in this thread; discovered via this thread.)
posted by soiled cowboy
on May 7, 2006 -
Adult Swim Fix.
Streaming full-length Adult Swim episodes twenty-four hours a day online. Seven archival episodes will be available at all times, while premieres will continue to debut on Fridays, two days before they appear on-air.
posted by ND¢
on Apr 27, 2006 -