Diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago
, and given only months to live, Sam Simon is still alive and still racing to spend the fortune he made as co-creator of The Simpsons on causes he loves, whether he is rescuing grizzly bears (and chinchillas and elephants) or funding vegan food banks. Sam Simon and philanthropy previously on Metafilter
Bees & Bombs
is a tumblr of hypnotic GIF animations programmed by Dublin-based physics student Dave Whyte
is a lovely, hypnotic animated GIF. Ball Bearings in a Hypersphere
is a mathematical discussion of its generalizations.
Jim Henson's colorful animation of jazz drummer Chico Hamilton's
piece, "Drums West".
Mario: animated short
An animation of a chilling Italian children's (?) song, created by painting frames on glass
[via mefi projects
Davy and Kristin McGuire do some amazing things with cut paper, light and animation that turn these beautifully cut paper dioramas
into haunting installations
- including an homage to Hitchcock
In the mid-1940s, surrealist artist Salvador Dali
began collaborating with Walt Disney
on a short film. The idea was fully storyboarded and an 18 second test animation was completed by Disney animator John Hench
. Soon after, the idea was shelved
due to a changing of focus with Disney Feature Animation.
Almost 60 years later, Walt's nephew Roy E. Disney (with consultation from the now 95-year old Hench) spearheaded an effort to finish the film. In 2003, the finished product, "Destino"
, premiered. [more inside]
Christian Zander may have a commercial design background
, he has a significant amount of work in a more abstract, generative style, as seen in his House and Bike blog posts
, and strewn among his work portfolio
. He has also worked with animations, both live (Kiss Kiss Kiss - "Ponte 25"
) and recorded (Kenton Slash Demon - "Ore"
/ I Got You On Tape - "Run From The Rain"
Concept artist and animator Lindsey Olivares
has been seized by a vision. A vision of chicken telenovelas.
(scroll past all the chicken pics and sketches for part 1). Part 2, with even more dazzling drawing and hand-lettering.
Also be sure to enjoy her gif moments
with Nana (or with bicycle)
and her lovely student film.
- "Referencing the utopian visions of 1960’s architecture practice Archigram, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture. The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.
" is a fake trailer, for a movie that, for now, is not going to be made, about the incredible power of its characters to defy the physics of the world they live in, almost as if they were cheating a videogame.
Making Of The Bear and The Hare
- For the John Lewis Christmas advert Hornet/Blinkink directors Elliot Dear and Yves Geleyn took the two most traditional and time-honored animation processes – stop-motion and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation – and combined them to create something innovative and unique.
is a severely autistic thirteen year old artist whose prolific drawn art, animation, films, photographs and clay sculptures
all share a distinctly colorful, vibrant and upbeat style. Her mother maintains an online gallery of her work, as well as sharing her story as it develops on the site and in a blog
. She has also notably used Rickrolling
as inspiration to create beautiful art
. [more inside]
Ruby by Emma Allen -
The short film depicts the transition from living, to death, to eternity and reincarnation with some very impressive face painting make-up, which took Emma five days to apply. This is one of the most creative pieces of art I've seen in a long time.
"Knowing of Dina's artistic ability, Freddy asked her to paint a mural on the wall of the barracks to cheer up the children. She agreed, although she expected she would be executed if the Germans caught her. This was some time if February 1944. Using paints that were smuggled from various sources, Dina set to work painting a scene of Snow White looking out over the Swiss countryside
. Dina knew that some of the children had seen the movie and would recognize the character. She had seen the movie 'seven times in a row' back in Czechoslovakia."
The amazing, sad, triumphant story of Dina Babbitt (née Gottliebová)—artist, animator, concentration camp survivor. [more inside]
Down Into Nothing
| Jake Fried
. 2013. Hand-drawn animation with ink, gouache, white-out and coffee (previously
Rebel Rocket Attack
: A new (and oddly disturbing) Banksy video project. [slyt | via]
A boy makes a violent pact with a wolf in Jeff Le Bars's bloody and beautiful animated short Carn
X inactivation is a type of gene dosage compensation. In humans, the sex chromosomes X and Y determine the sex of an individual - females have two X chromosomes (XX), males have one X and one Y chromosome (XY). All of the genes on the Y chromosome are required in male development, while the genes on the X chromosome are needed for both male and female development. Because females receive two X chromosomes, they inherit two copies of many of the genes that are needed for normal function. Extra copies of genes or chromosomes can affect normal development. An example is Down's syndrome, which is caused by an extra copy of part or all of chromosome 21. In female mammals, a process called X inactivation has evolved to compensate for the extra X chromosome. In X inactivation, each cell 'switches off' one of its X chromosomes, chosen at random, to ensure the correct number of genes are expressed, and to prevent abnormal development.
Here is a helpful eleven minute description of what it is and why it's important by Etsuko Uno and metafilter's own Drew Berry in a fucking gorgeous Goodsell-esque 3D animation. [more inside]
(translation: "liner notes") is a short video clip that makes sense if you imagine a fan of Terry Gilliam was inspired by the animated scenes from Monty Python, but set them in the grim future of Brazil, with the added twist that the dark future is built in/around giant giraffes, turtles, whales, and bison. From the Japanese artist Yuta Ikehara, whose website and additional work is available here
; via Dark Roasted Blend's post on contemporary Japanese 2D artists
The Clone Wars
) are over, with only a few last mopping up operations underway
and a few Jedi unaccounted for
. But there is another... Star Wars Rebels
will be the new Lucasfilm animated series, and will be taking it's design direction from the work of Ralph McQuarrie
50,000 years of Western music in under 500 seconds:
A video of artist Pablo Morales de los Rios
creating one of those whiteboard-n'-marker style accelerated drawings spanning ~500 centuries of the stuff that soothes a savage breast. (Spanish, with English subtitles. Warning: may not contain all the things.)
All of Terry Gilliam's animation bits from Monty Python's Flying Circus
: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
"One day I dreamed that my parents, my brothers and I went to visit three islands and I jumped into the water without protection,
" she wrote in her diary. "I felt like I could be in the water and not drown. I was curious and I swam into the deep water and then I saw my skeleton with my name written on it.
" Roger Omar collects children's dreams
, and asks artists to illustrate them
. [more inside]
"During 3 years I was working on Tron Uprising
as the Art Director/Production Designer... Here, 4 minutes re-edit of my favourite scenes
." - Alberto Mielgo
Artmaking, a love story.
How viral I Have Your Heart
film brought two creators together from worlds away. [Different Kim Boekbinder video previously
! Be moved by his brief-yet-poignant award-winning animated film The Right Time
. Be charmed by his commissioned portraits of couples and
. Be inspired by his loose and fresh superheroes (Batman
)! And it wouldn't be Tumblr without an appearance by Sherlock Holmes
(not that one).
A gorgeous short stop-motion animation about a creature who has only one important mission (SLYT) [more inside]
Stop-motion Lego Dr. Strangelove
) [more inside]
Why does some cave art feature animals with multiple limbs and heads? French
researchers claim that prehistoric man was deliberately creating animated art, with the animals appearing to move in flickering torch or fire light.
is a disturbing and intriguing animated video short by French artistic collective Lorn
When Captain America
throws his mighty shield, all those who chose to oppose his shield must yield. Doc Bruce Banner, pelted by gamma rays, turns into The Hulk
; ain't he unglamorous? Tony Stark
makes you feel; he's a cool exec with a heart of steel. Cross the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard, where the booming heavens roar, you'll behold in breathless wonder the god of Thunder, mighty Thor
. Stronger than a whale, he
can swim anywhere; he can breathe underwater and go flying through the air. [more inside]
Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure
, from 1928, is considered to be one of the first pornographic cartoons. It is certainly one of the strangest
manually snapped frames in-between the frames the animator intended to use, in order to capture the animation process in action. Not sure if the actual time-lapse has been released, but more on the elaborate production of it is available here
Back in 09', Star Wars Uncut
) asked people to recreate 15 second chunks of Star Wars: A New Hope however they wanted, using live action, animation, text adventure screens, SCUMM interfaces, costumed pets, and more. Now they've been edited together to recreate the entire movie as a homemade, constantly shifting media experiment. (Vimeo link)
The gray Cherkassian cow lived alone in a shed attached to a railroad attendant's tiny house on the vast Soviet grasslands. The cow had a calf, and the railroad attendant's son liked the calf very much. Then the calf was taken away and the cow became very melancholy. She never had a chance to tell her story. This is her story.
(Contains Russian animation.) [more inside]