Mars and Beyond
- 50 years ago, this animated episode of Tomorrowland aired on Disneyland a few months after the launch of Sputnik - an entertaining melange of astronomy, sci-fi, pop culture, science, speculation, and surreality. Walt himself and Wernher von Braun make guest appearances and clip 5 is particularly trippy. (Parts 2
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 10, 2007 -
plays the title character. Christina Ricci is Trixie. John Goodman is Pops, Susan Sarandon is Mom. And Matthew Fox
plays Racer X. The Wachowski brothers are directing. Hollywood screws
with yet another happy childhood memory.
posted by metasonix
on Jun 4, 2007 -
Anime Music Videos.
Yet another remixing web subculture
, they're usually a source of amateurishly produced angst. From the competitive perfectionists
, though, come well lipsynched
, action packed
, and occasionally just filthy
stuff for cartoon nerds. Besides the usual metal, ballads, and pop rock, there's some Daft Punk
, and downtempo
accompaniment. Or you can just go to hell
. Wear headphones and no-one will know.
posted by anthill
on May 28, 2007 -
Create political cartoons
for your own enjoyment or to share with others. Quickcomic allows you to easily create, rate, and post your own insane scenarios using the characters of US and world politics. Hours of blog fodder await!
posted by PreteFunkEra
on Apr 7, 2007 -
I Am Babycakes
, created by Creased Comics' Brad Neely
(who did that "Washington
" video seen some time ago
), is the good-natured, incredibly dark musings of a man-child who lives with his dad/wizard, roleplays ("I had described to my friends the most beautiful demon"), writes songs, and fills both his diary, and his days, with emptiness. Alternating funny, then sad, then cool as one turns it over in the mind. Or I think so anyway. Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
(All links NSFW due to language.)
posted by JHarris
on Feb 23, 2007 -
were, in the 1930s, trialling new ideas for their children's range. An employee suggested that as "women and children were afraid of mice," rather than a chocolate mouse, a chocolate frog
would be more popular with children. Three days later, what would become Australia's most popular children's confectionery, the Freddo Frog
, was born. Its supposed creator, Harry Melbourne, died last week
, having never received a cent in royalties. However, to this day there remains confusion as to whether he, or rather the inventor of the Cherry Ripe
, Lesley Atkison, was in fact responsible
. Those that only know him in chocolate form may be surprised to find out that Freddo was also the star of Australia's first cartoon
posted by Mil
on Jan 29, 2007 -
Making Fiends Cartoon
is an online cartoon, via BoingBoing
of course, that features a good little girl named Charlotte from Vermont who tries to make friends and a bad little girl named Vendetta who makes fiends, which result in monsters. Apparently its been picked up by Nickelodeon. Features hilarious kitties and classmates.
posted by k8t
on Jan 15, 2007 -
Animation collective Three Legged Legs' (previously
) newest piece, Samurai
(embedded quicktime here
, High Def direct download here
) is a really beautiful looking short cartoon in Japanese. Warning to those fearing advertising, the piece was sponsored by GE, although it shows no branding or GE messaging of any kind.) Via
posted by jonson
on Jan 6, 2007 -
All the episodes
of The Secret Life of Machines
are available online. Created by engineer, artist, tinkerer and cartoonist Tim Hunkin
, the show took a look at the science and mechanics behind common household objects, with a bit of social history, homemade laboratory experiments, and downplayed humor. The series grew out of a long-running strip, which Hunkin has now offers as his own cartoon encyclopedia
. You can also try some experiments
of your own, marvel at the coin-operated contraptions
he made for the Under the Pier Show
in Suffolk (don't miss the film
), and read his thoughts
about his brief foray into the fine art world and his ruminations
about how art and engineering mix.
posted by hydrophonic
on Jan 5, 2007 -
a Martin Scorsese, Bankin/Rass Production.
Does my nose amuse you, is it funny like a clown, does it make you laugh?
posted by caddis
on Dec 10, 2006 -
No, no, no, great nose.
OK, I'm the Capo now.
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 -
"The Lutherans had Davey
and I wondered what we Baptists could do for children's television," remembers Dr Paul M. Stevens. Stevens, then president of the Southern Baptist Radio & Television Commission contracted Byers and Perry to develop JOT
into a children's television show with the purpose to reach children with moral messages on their level." What
they created are also a series of modernist gems. via
posted by maryh
on Aug 20, 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 -
It's F'ing Dethklok!
Also known as Death Klok Metacolpyse, this cartoon from the creator of Home Movies will debut 20 episodes on Cartoon Network in August. It's been called "Spinal Tap meets Scooby Doo meets Norway, and will feature guest appearances by metal superstars. It'll be months before the high decibel violence and comedy commences, meanwhile comedy and metal nerds can see this 82 second leak.
posted by Blingo
on Apr 16, 2006 -
It's 1968. Hippies are everywhere, and they're reading underground comics. Your name is Joe Simon
. You want to create a mainstream comic book with a hippie as a hero. What do you come up with? Brother Power
It only lasted two issues. Of course, it did a little better than the Black Bomber
, a white bigot who sometimes turned into an African-American superhero. That comic was never
posted by Astro Zombie
on Mar 15, 2006 -