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Cool Stuff: A la lumière du Vent

I think I might be a very simple-minded person, for a couple of reasons. The first being the part of this short’s description which piqued my interest.  This short film is called, A la lumière du Vent and for the duration of it, we take part in experiencing the daily routine of a man living in […]

Cool Stuff: Old Fangs

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

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, […]

Cartoon Universe: The Big Game

Ahh, yes, the Big Game.  No other sporting event is subject to this much hype and scrutiny.  There’s the overblown pregame show that lasts longer than the actual game.  There’s a sure-to-be-spectacular, breathlessly hyped halftime show.  The advertisements are even an event.  The game itself… well, the game itself is usually a boring, lopsided blowout.  […]

Cool Stuff: Pivot

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

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

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 […]

Cartoon Universe: Monkey, Not Truck: Why Beast Wars is Great

Beast Wars Transformers is one of those rare, near-perfect cartoons that pop up seemingly out of nowhere to become classics.  It’s quite possibly one of the best shows of the 1990s, combining unexpectedly deep scripting with fun, nuanced animation that was cutting edge for its time.  The characters feel real, their conflicts seem intimate, and […]

Cool Stuff: Inka Bola

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 […]

A Few Random Thoughts on the 2010 Oscar Nominations

The 82nd Academy Award nominations have been announced, with Disney/Pixar’s Up getting a nod for Best Picture in addition to the expected Best Animated Feature nomination. I have to admit that as much as I liked the movie, I don’t think it’s the one I would have picked among Pixar’s total output to get the […]

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