Cool Stuff: C Block

C Block was done as Vladimir Kooperman’s 4th year project at Sheridan. Love the music.  Nice pacing. Consistent animation. Adorable dog. Hijinks ensue as the aforementioned pooch loses his only possession, a doll, and is drafted into a canine kamikaze squad.

Cool Stuff: Two By Two

2008 Sheridan graduate, Matthew Kalinauskas, animated Two By Two as his final year project. It’s a cute short that pits the ever-prepared Noah against significantly less detail-oriented captain of Yeti Cruises. The story loosely mirrors that of the fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper and the minimalist approach to color, limited animation and character […]

Toons of the 2000s: Intro

Like what you’ve seen so far? Don’t forget to follow us on twitter. Blog and news updates are posted daily. Here we are, just a short while away from closing out the decade. It brings upon us a time of reflection, contemplation and lists. Tons and tons of lists and opinion articles. With this being […]

Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 1

You are reading Part 1 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. The 00’s were a rough decade for theatrically released, traditionally animated films. 2D started as the dominant storytelling art form and found itself supplanted by CG midway into the decade. How did that […]

Cool Stuff: Witches Brew

Witches Brew takes us briefly into the lives and hut of a witch and her apprentice. I wasn’t supremely impressed by the short. The animation seemed a little stiff, but the character designs were cute and the sight gag at the end made it worth it. This short was created by Gergana Hristova, a student […]

Animated Films: The Movie Theater Experience

Most of the time, the theater-going experience is a waste. Fake IMAX. Obnoxiously loud patrons. Cell phones that have not been turned off. Bleh. People who really don’t care that they’re hitting the headrest on your seat and knocking you forward each of the twenty times they pass to get more soda or use the […]

Mighty Max: Why isn't this on DVD yet?

Mighty Max, much to my chagrin, has not yet see a release on DVD. It’s a show that I remember quite fondly and the episodes I recorded off the television airings on VHS still hold up very well. During a time where there’s a push for 90’s nostalgia and series of lesser quality have seen […]

Cool Stuff: Mundo Mudo

Mundo Mudo is a music video that teaches us that a stick figure man can be a glutton and kind of a jerk too. After (I suppose) a really bad day, stick figure man begins eating non-stop and then grows quite large. What’s one to do when that happens? Why, devour a city, of course. […]

Cool Stuff: Voltage

In Voltage, robots prove that by working together, we can all reach a common goal. Except that sometimes working together causes power surges and everyone explodes. C’est la vie. Directed by Filippe Lyra and William Paiva of Bam Studios, this short features some very cool robot designs and some sweet animation. Voltage from Bam Studio […]

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 […]

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