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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

Dragon's Lair - An Animated Video Game

In the 80s, an arcade game called Dragon's Lair was released (previous). It was done in full hand-drawn animation at a time when most games looked like this. The animation was done by Don Bluth (who would later become known through movies like Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, All Dogs Go To Heaven and Anastasia.) The story of the game concerned Dirk the Daring's efforts to rescue the sleazily-dressed Princess Daphne from a dragon in an enchanted fortress. While the technology offered a limited number of options for how to play, there were plenty of ways to die. Otherwise, the game was basically a short cartoon series with each episode triggered by in-game actions. A successfully played game looked something like this. [more inside]
posted by Peregrine Pickle on Nov 19, 2015 - 81 comments

Fighting crime is just my hobby

Onepunch-man (ワンパンマン) a comedy/superhero webcomic created by ONE in 2009 hosted on his site which quickly became a viral hit over the years. It features the adventures of Saitama (サイタマ), an unlicensed hero, and his disciple Genos (ジェノス) as they protect the citizens in Z-city from a variety of villains and monsters. However, after all his dedication to training to become a serious hero he feels empty as everything is too easily resolved with one punch. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 15, 2015 - 11 comments

A Concert of Empires and a Sandwich

Extra History: The Seminal Tragedy (2, 3, 4), wherein Extra Credits' history subseries (previously) takes us into the series of coincidences, missed saves, miscommunications and bad decisions that led the world improbably into The Great War. (Bonus: Corrections, Retractions, and Lies!)
posted by Navelgazer on Nov 11, 2015 - 4 comments

Canada National Fillm Board: Wild Life (animation)

This animated short tells the story of a dapper young remittance man, sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for [polo and] badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context. [SLYT Canada NFB] [more inside]
posted by davidpriest.ca on Nov 5, 2015 - 11 comments

The Holy Grail of Lost Toonage

Terry Gilliam's deleted animations from "Monty Python & The Holy Grail" (SLYT - from the 40th Anniversary video gift set via the Official Monty Python Channel)
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 4, 2015 - 5 comments

The film is made of different types of tea leaves

Chinti: a short animated film about an ant who finds a picture of the Taj Mahal. Written, directed, and animated by Natalia Mirzoyan (previously).
posted by eruonna on Oct 31, 2015 - 4 comments

Not that Witch Hazel, THIS Witch Hazel

Cartoon Research takes an in-depth look at the 1952 Donald Duck short, Trick or Treat, directed by Jack Hannah and starring June Foray (previously) as yet another Witch Hazel. [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Oct 31, 2015 - 2 comments

Covers

A series of 55 animated vintage book graphics by Henning M. Lederer
posted by leibniz on Oct 30, 2015 - 4 comments

It Begins With a Pitch

How an episode of The Simpsons is made.
posted by chavenet on Oct 27, 2015 - 19 comments

Do you wanna build a theory?

Some ways we can read Elsa: "Cold and Hungry: Discourses of Anorexic Feminity in Frozen," "Disney's Frozen and Autism," "Reading Frozen as a Feminist," and "Disney's Frozen: Gay or Schizophrenic?"
posted by thetortoise on Oct 23, 2015 - 59 comments

GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO ... ... WAIT

It's the trailer that everyone has been waiting for and everyone is talking about... VENTURE BROS. SEASON 6
posted by Artw on Oct 20, 2015 - 44 comments

Animated Chocolate Cake

Animated Chocolate Cake (YT) by Alexandre DUBOSC.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Oct 18, 2015 - 12 comments

What's that? A tasty snack!

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared #5 Has Arrived [more inside]
posted by grumpybear69 on Oct 14, 2015 - 44 comments

But I don't know anybody in New York and I'm on Grinder, so...

On Pop-Up Porno, dating horror stories are lovingly animated as pop-up books.
posted by frimble on Oct 9, 2015 - 10 comments

‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ Secretly TV’s Most Influential Show

Few people afford Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Network’s strange, seminal comedy, its rightful place in the pantheon. But from its bargain-basement launch in 1994 to its place at the center of the wildly popular Adult Swim lineup in the 2000s, it helped introduce cringe comedy to the American viewing public, deconstructed the idea of the talk show beyond repair for a generation of comedians, and changed the look and feel of the entire animation art form.
posted by cthuljew on Oct 7, 2015 - 97 comments

Squidward laughing spreads his wings, OH LORD YEAH!

If you watch only one completely-realized, well-lipsynched, full-length video mashing up Spongebob Squarepants clips with Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" this year, make it this one.
posted by not_on_display on Oct 7, 2015 - 36 comments

No money means no animation!

Self-aware cartoons [Imgur gallery] [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 3, 2015 - 30 comments

To design the Fremen is to design the Stillsuit

Dune: The Animated Series - Dragon Age: Inquisition concept artist Matt Rhodes reimagines the classic SF story as a Legends of Korra style animated show inspired by the art of Tarsem Singh.
posted by Artw on Sep 26, 2015 - 37 comments

Yoann Hervo's Weird Simpsons VHS

The Simpsons title credits sequence is one of the most delightfully surreal animations in recent history. But when Yoann Hervo recorded it to VHS back in the 90's he must have turned the surreality setting up to 11.
posted by carsonb on Sep 25, 2015 - 22 comments

"Are they stuck to the floor?" "No, to the system!"

"Clad in green robes, Mike Jittlov races at 500 m.p.h. through the Northern California hills, across an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and horizontally along the wall of a downtown Hollywood building. He moves so fast that when he slips on a banana peel, he flies into orbit." [more inside]
posted by turtlebackriding on Sep 25, 2015 - 44 comments

Woodblock GIFs

Japanese woodblock prints re-imagined as animated GIFs. (via Giant Cypress)
posted by jedicus on Sep 21, 2015 - 13 comments

Rescuing Ghosts

Rescuing Ghosts is a short, emotional animation to the music of Fox Amoore.
posted by Wolfdog on Sep 21, 2015 - 3 comments

All the feels

The Emotions Of Pixar (SLVimeo)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Sep 21, 2015 - 8 comments

How the Net was Won

The ARPANET came before it. And the World Wide Web and browser technology would later make it accessible for the masses. But in between, a small Ann Arbor-based group labored on the NSFNET in relative obscurity to build—and ultimately to save—the Internet.
posted by infini on Sep 17, 2015 - 12 comments

American Experience

Walt Disney - "An unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America's most enduring and influential storytellers -- Walt Disney."
posted by kliuless on Sep 16, 2015 - 17 comments

The peasant, the gate, the guardian: Kafka's 'Before the Law,' animated

Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot grant him entry at the moment. The man thinks about it and then asks if he will be allowed to come in later on. “It is possible,” says the gatekeeper, “but not now.”
Franz Kafka's Before the Law, animated as a pinscreen prologue to Orson Welles' film adaptation of Kafka's The Trial (Pop Matters review), and a stand-alone "free interpretation" short titled The Guardian by N9ve Studios. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Sep 13, 2015 - 6 comments

Step into the Page

Glen Keane drawing in VR -- (SLVimeo) Glen Keane, animator (The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast) & son of Bil Keane, explores drawing with the Valve/HTC Vive VR system. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Sep 11, 2015 - 11 comments

Un-beeeee-LIEVABLE!

In 1986, ABC executive SQuire (sic) Rushnell attempted to begin a Christian franchise on par with the Care Bears with a live-action/animated special: Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure (multi-video version) (also adapted as a book). Only one of several attempts to continue the series came to fruition: the initially direct-to-video Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten (multi-video version).
posted by BiggerJ on Sep 5, 2015 - 10 comments

Sam Sweetmilk ep. 1 & part one of ep. 2

Here is the first episode of Sam Sweetmilk. A funny/serious sci-fi cartoon, you know, like those that are all the rage these days, extra words. There is currently only one episode (and part of it is an animatic), but a second is nearing completion! Part one.
posted by JHarris on Sep 3, 2015 - 3 comments

Featuring a relative of LazyTown's Robbie Rotten! Because I mean COME ON

Herschell Gordon Lewis is best known for being a legend of gory schlock horror, but his resume also included two children's films. Of the two, the 'best worst' is the earlier by one year: Jimmy the Boy Wonder, featuring a low-budget Land-of-Oz-with-the-numbers-filed-off, a bizarre villain named Mr. Fig and a lengthy sequence of poorly-dubbed possibly-European animation. The other, The Magic Land of Mother Goose (aka Santa Visits the Magic Land of Mother Goose - guess who never appears in the film?), was the result of Lewis being hired to shoot a vehicle for a magician entirely on a high school stage. Both films are available for purchase from Something Weird Video (parts of site NSFW) as downloads and DVD-Rs.
posted by BiggerJ on Sep 2, 2015 - 4 comments

I'm Raven, your hostess with the mostess.

In 1997, HBO hired animation legend Ralph Bakshi to create an animated sci-fi show for adults. The result was "Spicy City," which only lasted for six episodes. All six of them are on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Aug 28, 2015 - 13 comments

You know, it was visually delicious.

"Pee-wee’s Playhouse is where you can stop at every roadside attraction in the world." Patreon's Art of the Title speak with Prudence Fenton, Phil Trumbo and Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens about the two-minute animation that opened each episode of the classic 1980s television program Pee-wee’s Playhouse
posted by a lungful of dragon on Aug 19, 2015 - 2 comments

99frames project

Your animation must be exactly 99frames...
posted by Confess, Fletch on Aug 18, 2015 - 6 comments

Hai! 🚀 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🐶 🍦yes yes 🍦 yes yes yes

The music video for Earthly's “Ice Cream”, from their album Days.
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 14, 2015 - 9 comments

Attention to detail

"In July 2012, Roger wrote about viewing 'Spirited Away' for a third time and how he was then 'struck by a quality between generosity and love.' It was during that viewing he 'began to focus on the elements in the picture that didn’t need to be there.'" An analysis of some of the amazing level of detail packed into the Miyazaki classic.
posted by jbickers on Aug 14, 2015 - 14 comments

Accumulating Stitch by Stitch

Nina Paley Animates the Passover song Chad Gadya In one of the most labor intensive feat taking a year and a half, Nina Paley animates Chad Gadya on matzoh covers. She calls the process "embrodermation" Her work had been featured on the site previously and 1, 2
posted by 27kjmm on Aug 11, 2015 - 11 comments

Wadiayatalkinabeet?

Once upon a time, three Australian friends decided to take their private jokes and characters and turn them into a cartoon. Then something unexpected happened: they actually did it. This is THE BIG LEZ SHOW. Here's the compiled first season - links to episodes from all three seasons are after the break. Oh, and here's a recent podcast episode about it I just discovered. Warning: series contains profanity and depictions of drug use, yeeeewww fukken druggo. [more inside]
posted by BiggerJ on Aug 4, 2015 - 3 comments

"You cannot change fate. However, you can rise to meet it."

Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki [VIMEO]
posted by Fizz on Aug 3, 2015 - 33 comments

Pair of tits? Check.

Nudinits: Tickled Pink, an all-knit stop-motion animation. While the link itself is adorably SFW, the videos YouTube suggests in the sidebar are basically porn, so be forewarned.
posted by jacquilynne on Jul 31, 2015 - 6 comments

Boron is a Subdued Element...

Kaycie D. is an animator and artist who grew up on Disney films and has used that inspiration to create her own anthropomorphized illustrations of the chemical elements.
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 29, 2015 - 22 comments

Chuck Not So Amuck

"If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Normally I would talk about his ingenious framing and timing, but not today. Instead, I’d like to explore the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist." Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" (previously here) 'breaks the format' to show how the great animator started with gags and developed characters (visually and psychologically), using clips from over 60 of his Warner Bros. shorts.
posted by oneswellfoop on Jul 18, 2015 - 26 comments

Filmless Animation

Elliot Schultz creates mesmerizing embroidered zoetrope animations using turntables
posted by The Whelk on Jul 16, 2015 - 13 comments

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