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Cool Stuff: Old Fangs

by Eileen Cruzon February 17, 2010
Old Fangs is a nice, moody short in which a young wolf decides to confront his violent father. The animation is appropriate to the character designs, which are simple and angular. There’s a point in the story at which you might find yourself thinking, “But, wait. That’s what wolves do!”, making plot the weakest point […]

Cool Stuff: Vegeterrible

by Eileen Cruzon February 15, 2010
Vegeterrible is a short in the food-comes-to-life genre. In it, a cherry tomato fights for his survival as a very angry rotten avocado hunts him. The short was created by Henrik Sønniksen and Benjamin Nielson. The music was cute. The characters themselves were not very original or distinct. The style in which is was drawn, however, […]

Cool Stuff: Pivot

by Eileen Cruzon February 11, 2010
Pivot was created by Kevin Megens, Floris Vos, Arno de Grijs, André Bergs, with music and sound design by Alex Debicki. In this short, a man becomes witness to a murder while out on a photography excursion. Forced to run for his life, he must find a way to turn the tables on his pursuer. I found […]

Cool Stuff: An Eye for Annai

by Eileen Cruzon February 9, 2010
An Eye for Annai is an adorable five-minute long short created by Jon Klassen and Dan Rodrigues during their third year at Sheridan. In this a one-eyed creature named Annai sets off on a journey to find a replacement for his missing eye. The character designs and backgrounds have a Foster’s vibe about them. The […]

Cool Stuff: Oceansize

by Eileen Cruzon February 8, 2010
Oceansize was created by Supinfocom Arles students Romain Jouandeau, Adrien Chartie, Gilles Mazières and Fabien Thareau in 2008. In the short, two oil-rig workers find themselves under attack by a large, viscous creature. This short gets a number of things right. There’s a palpable tension throughout. Both the designs of the environment and their attention to […]

Cool Stuff: Inka Bola

by Eileen Cruzon February 2, 2010
Inka Bola starts on the tallest structure of a Mayan city where a guard half-heartedly watches over a mischievous toddler who enjoys throwing fruit at his head. After taking a tumble from his throne in a moment of rebellion, the boy is kidnapped by a giant bird and the guard must give chase. The short comes […]

Cool Stuff: The Dark

by Eileen Cruzon January 27, 2010
In The Dark, a teenager keeps hearing scary noises while trying to fall asleep. This short was produced by NMtrix, which according to their website, is looking to do a full series based off of this pilot episode. It’s not an amazing short, but it is cute. I liked the way they played with shadow, […]

Cool Stuff: Space Alone

by Eileen Cruzon January 22, 2010
Space Alone was created by Ilias Sounas, illustrator, designer and animator. In this short, we meet a space alien with one more day available in his quest to find life. There’s not a whole lot of actual animation in this, but the shots are well-framed, the backgrounds are gorgeous and the character designs are cheek-pinching […]

Cool Stuff: Après la Pluie

by Eileen Cruzon January 19, 2010
If you haven’t seen this short yet, you’re in for a treat. Après la Pluie teaches us the dangers of fishing with bananas. This short was created by the team of  Charles-André Lefebvre, Manuel Tanon-Tchi, Louis Tardivier, Sébastien Vovau and Emmanuelle Walker as their final project as students of Gobelins. Enjoy! Après la Pluie ©2008Gobelins from Emmanuelle […]

Cool Stuff: Alma

by Eileen Cruzon January 14, 2010
When I was 4 years old, I saw the Twilight Zone episode, Living Doll and it screwed with my tiny, little noggin’. I kid you not when I say it scared the hell out of me. My grandmother had bought me “life-size” doll earlier. After viewing that show I stopped playing with it (just to […]