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Cool Stuff: Le Phare

This is my favorite of the shorts I’ve watched in the last month or so. Le Phare (The Lighthouse Keeper) was created by Gobelins students, David Francois, Rony Hotin, Jérémie Moreau, Baptiste Rogron, Gaëlle Thierry, Maïlys Vallade. In this short a lighthouse keeper is roused from his slumber by a rather large insect. (via @guscall […]

Cool Stuff: Burning Safari

Burning Safari combines two of my favorite things: robots and monkeys. The short was created in 2006 as the final project by former Gobelins students, Florent de La Taille, Jeanne Irzenski, Vincent Aupetit, Claude-William Trébutien, Maxime Maleo and Aurélien Prédal. The short’s website has some nice background and character designs. It also has a number […]

Cool Stuff: CARDBOARD

Here’s a nifty little stop-motion animation created by Sjors Vervoort as his graduation project. I do so enjoy street art.  (via @hntrgthrr on twitter)

Cool Stuff: Tarboy

Not too sure about the name of the of the main character, but I’m definitely digging the animation. Tarboy was created by James Lee, with music by Hania Lee. Enjoy the pretty thing. (via @compoundj on twitter)

Cool Stuff: Yellow Cake

Yellow Cake is a great in that it disarms the viewer with a false sense of security and then viciously rips it away by effectively mixing some rather adorable creatures with horrific acts of war. The two extremes play very well together in this beautifully put together short. According to an interview on Slow Decade, the idea […]

Cool Stuff: Ryan

In 2004, Chris Landreth created an animated interpretation of an interview he had with Ryan Larkin (1943-2007). The short went on to win numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2005. Larkin, who had been a rising star three decades prior is shown here living out every artist’s worst nightmare, destitute […]

Hidden Treasures: Animal Treasure Island

It’s astonishing how many animated films are ignored by the general public – not just stateside, but everywhere around the world. While this situation has improved somewhat in recent years, there’s still a remarkable amount of material that slips under the radar. This series of blog posts is dedicated to unearthing and evaluating these lesser-known […]

Cool Stuff: The Dog and the Butcher

The Dog and the Butcher was created by Jonathan Holt and done as his senior thesis for the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. You’ll find some extra art for this short on his portfolio blog. The plot of the short could have been less predictable. It desperately needs one good gag added […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Batman Beyond"

Work with me on this one. We’re all going to pretend that we’re actively working in the animation industry for a moment. It’s sometime in the mid to late 1990′s. We’re in a meeting, discussing the future of the animated Batman property. We’re going to “freshen up” the franchise with a “teen-aged” Batman. Our demographic […]

Lost in Translation: Looking at the Bruce Timm Style from Animation to Action Figure

Do you have action figures based on animated characters in your collection? Have you ever taken the time to really analyze how well or poorly they’ve been translated from one medium to the other? Is your action figure on model? Does the action figure have moving parts? If so, how articulated is it and how […]

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