Tag Archives: animation

“When I was done dying” – beautiful, swooping animation to sound


Saw this on the amazing BOOOOOOM, where founder Jeff Hamada writes:

“Animators Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd, Masanobu Hiraoka, KOKOFreakbean and Caleb Woodwere recently tapped to create a special episode of Adult Swim’s Off The Air. The piece seamlessly weaves its way through different interpretations of the afterlife, set to the tune of Dan Deacon’s “When I Was Done Dying”.

The still (above) comes from Masanobu Hiraoka’s section of the film because he’s my favourite and his work is next level (proof).”

From the Vimeo page:

“Tapping nine unique and talented animators (whose work had all appeared previously on the show) to create a beautiful and seamless journey through the afterlife to the great song “When I Was Done Dying” by Dan Deacon.

“Short interviews with Dan and the animators can be found here: offtheairas.tumblr.com/DDWIWDD

“And please check out other episodes of Off The Air here: adultswim.com/videos/off-the-air/
Or stream it here: adultswim.com/videos/astv/off-the-air/

“Animators in order of appearance:
Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd, Masanobu Hiraoka, Caleb Wood, KOKOFreakbean”

Exploding actresses (and Disney princesses)

Saw this on Kottke, it’s really very good. Italian director Simone Rovellini has put a host of videos, gifs and more together for his Exploding Actresses tumblr.



And princesses:

Adventure Time – Her Parents

Thanks for the heads up, Jadell.

Want to see the (hover) future?

By Alex Goddard.


[vimeo http://vimeo.com/56093731 w=700&h=390]


The boots.

New York: Night and Day (at the same time!)

It’s not perfect, granted, but Night and Day is a wonderfully original idea with some great shots. It’s a project by Philip Stockton, who says: “New York: Night and Day is a combination of non-traditional video time-lapse and animation. I filmed day and night scenes from around New York City and combined them back into single sequences using rotoscoping techniques. The piece explores the relationships between night and day, by compositing together scenes shot in the same location over a time period ranging from 4 – 8 hours. I hope you enjoy it.”

Olympic Vermin

Olympic Vermin is such a great title for this video, featuring the scruffy creatures of London having their own mini-Olympic torch lighting. I have to say, I’d almost rather watch this then the real Olympics. Those rats are pretty cute (but you know, not in real life). Nice work from Amael Isnard and Leo Bridle.(via)

Dubstep Dispute

“Join this lovable crew of droids as they solve their differences the only way dubstep robots know how.”

Full screen. Headphones. Volume.

A 3d animated short set to music by Nostalgia. More info: fluxelmedia.com
Nostalgia: facebook
Full Length Track: soundcloud.com

Arthur Russell – A little bit lost

This is an unofficial video. It’s made with an excerpt of the animation ‘Girl And Dolphin’ by R. Zelma. The song is from the album ‘The World Of Arthur Russell’. Love that cello!

“I’m a little lost
Without you
Or that could be an understatement
Oh now I hope that I have paid the cost
To let a day go on by and not
Call on you”

Wery clever muzic wideo

By WeAreUs. Clever fellas.

Expert animation tracery, by Pencilhead

Loads of familiar faces in the mix…wicked.

The Sham-Ettes – Hey There Big Bad Wolf

The Sham-Ettes sing “(Hey there) Big Bad Wolf”, accompanied by clips from Betty Boop in Dizzy Red Riding-Hood (1931).

The Sham-Ettes (a.k.a. the Shamettes) were Loraine Genero, Jane Anderson, and Fran Curcio, who acted as sidekicks for Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs in his live Revue. After Sam the Sham had a hit with “Lil’ Red Riding Hood” in 1966 they were called upon to record an answer song, “(Hey There) Big Bad Wolf,” for which the Sham-Ettes are best remembered today.

The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect

Do drugs stop working if you know they are little better than a sugar pill? And do cultural factors, like our collective faith in a treatment, have a measurable effect on the benefits?

The response to placebo has increased significantly in recent years (as has the response to medication): perhaps our expectations of those drugs have increased.

Created by:
Daniel Keogh and Luke Harris

Ben Goldacre’s book ‘Bad Science‘ has an excellent chapter on placebos – he collects stuff on it here.

The Wikipedia page on Placebos is pretty excellent too.

“Our minds create the medicine, and that is pretty freakin’ weird.”

Betty Boop and the laughing gas

This was banned in 1934 because it features drug use (she tries to help the creepy clown’s toothache). But… well if you really MUST see it for yourself, just skip to 4.00 in. It’s kind of creepy.

DOT DOT DOT (official video)

Excellent piece of typography/animation/comedy/etc based around the comments on a YouTube clip of a game, or something. I, for one, absolutely LOVE the comments you get in YouTube. Just so bonkers. There must be a lot of very angry people out there constantly screaming at their screens “WTF! OMG man” – so livid they can’t even type straight. Perhaps it’s actually just hugely cathartic, and they sit down to tea after a good vent with a big smile on their face. “Gosh darling, I feel so much better. Told VikingNinja87 where to shove it. He’ll think twice before flaming me again. These chips are good.”

(with a tip of the hat to Felix)

Stop motion

Sometimes the video that goes with a song is just… well is just exactly right. Oren Lavie’s song, Her Morning Elegance, has this gorgeous piece of stop motion (which he also directed). It earned a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Short Form Music Video”. There’s a website here on which you can buy individual frames.

Some bright spark did a fantastic parody of it too:

The Creation

I like the second day.

Love & Theft

(spotted on someone else’s Facebook)

“And I’m still carrying the gift you gave,
It’s a part of me now, it’s been cherished and saved,
It’ll be with me unto the grave
And then unto eternity.”
(Bob Dylan)

Script, direction: Andreas Hykade
Design, animation: Andreas Hykade
Animation assistance: Angela Steffen
Art work: Natalia Eck
Compositing: Christof Hoffmann
Sound, Music: Heiko Maile
Funding: MFG and FFA
Production assistance: Simone Fischer
Production: Thomas Meyer-Hermann
Studio FILM BILDER 2010

Banksy does the Simpsons

Of course, this isn’t the first time the show has taken a swipe at Fox: the cartoon has parodied Fox News, while the network’s owner, Rupert Murdoch, has appeared in the show as a “billionaire tyrant”.

It is the first time an artist has been involved in the opening credits of the show, credited with being the most successful television brand of all time. Al Jean, The Simpsons executive producer, joked: “This is what you get when you outsource.”

Banksy is said to have been inspired by reports that Simpsons characters are animated in Seoul, South Korea.

The sequence is said to have been one of the most closely guarded secrets in US television – comparable to the concealment of Banksy’s own identity.

The episode, MoneyBart, will be shown in the UK on 21 October.

The grown-up film, the children’s book – lil’ inappropriate

You might recognise Josh Cooley‘s pen from his time at Pixar. For the last two years, he’s spent his spare time working on his Lil’ Inappropriate Book line. They’ve now been compiled into a book, and will be released alongside a rocking set of saucy playing cards. There are a few galleries dotted around. I want to buy one of the prints. There’s a link here to some larger images, and a larger range (though smaller) on his blog. Click through and see if you can recognise the films…