Remember the part of The Matrix where Neo took the red pill? What if he took the blue pill instead? Ctrl Shift Face and VFX artist Chris Ume make us wonder no longer, with the help of some deepfake tech. If the concept seems familiar, you might recall this mashup. VFX breakdown and comparison clip here.
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Does playing Monopoly frustrate you? Hasbro hears you, so they made a special edition of the game where players win by losing. Get rewarded for doing things like paying rent, going to jail, and landing on crummy properties. Collect enough Sore Loser coins, then stomp around grabbing cash as a pouty Mr. Monopoly.
Animal lover and trained zookeeper Maya Higa of the Alveus Sanctuary introduces us to some of the many non-releasable exotic animals they help care for. But rather than just look at them, she interviewed them using an appropriately tiny microphone. Watch episode one here.
Green screens are used in live-action movies to change backgrounds and add VFX. But we didn’t think they were necessary for animation until we watched this silly short which shows the technique in use. Directed, designed, and animated by Russ Etheridge, Ricard Badia, and Milo Targett, with sound by Mutant Jukebox.
Stack Overflow’s April Fools prank keyboard gets real, courtesy of DROP. Designed by Cassidy, the three-key macro pad known as “The Key” is dedicated solely to the copy and paste key shortcuts. It has Kailh Black Box switches, a CNC-machined aluminum case, and is programmable using QMK. Pre-orders ship starting 12.2021.
Animist creates some of the smoothest stop-motion animations we’ve seen. In this clip, they recreated Shotaro Kaneda’s classic motorcycle scene from AKIRA, complete with lightning bolts and smoke. Though Kaneda’s quick moves have a different motivation here. The behind-the-scenes footage is worth a watch too.
Could you use a vacation? Perhaps a trip to Convergence Station is in order. But when we say “a trip” we mean, like on acid. Andreas Nilsson’s short starts out as a retro travel promo but quickly descends into madness as its true destination is revealed. All aboard!
It takes skill to balance on a unicycle, but even if you’re an expert, we don’t recommend using power tools at the same time. That didn’t stop Mike Taylor from weed whacking his lawn while riding on his one-wheeler. Mike’s backyard antics are contrasted by a more graceful demo by fellow unicyclist Marie Schlenker.
Joseph’s Machines is known for over-engineering solutions to simple problems. In this video, he comes up with fixes for some common household cleaning challenges. His inventions include a drill-powered paper towel dispenser, an RC-car floor cleaner, and a clever way to put his dog to work.
In this Halloween special, The Muppets find themselves as guests in Disney’s famed Haunted Mansion, challenged with surviving one night inside of its creep-filled walls. They’re joined by Will Arnett, Yvette Nicole Brown, Darren Criss, John Stamos, and another famous Henson, Taraji P. Premieres 10.8.2021 on Disney+.
Fans of Seinfeld know that the classic sitcom was loaded with pop culture references. Editor Yaron Baruch put together this video which compares scenes from the show with some of the movies it poked fun at. We didn’t realize that Newman (Wayne Knight) was really in those scenes from JFK and Basic Instinct.
It’s time to overdecorate with pumpkins, autumn leaves, and manic cursing. Based on a McSweeney’s essay by Colin Nissan, It’s Decorative Gourd Season, MFers features stock photos illustrating the narrator’s descent into depression as his “perfect f**ing seasonal masterpiece” becomes a “perfect f**ing vermin condo.”
The Simpsons’ resident bully Nelson Muntz spends his days in Springfield, and his evenings in Midnight City. Or at least that’s what we’ve been lead to believe by Teo Domani, who figured out that Nelson’s familiar “Ha-Ha!” taunt fits perfectly into the electronic sounds of the track by M83.
Inspired by one of the possible scrapyard weapons you can build in Far Cry 6, Colin Furze created a real-world version of a backpack called the “Exterminador.” Rather than firing deadly mortars like in the game, when Colin pushes the button, his pack shoots off a barrage of fireworks. Adding the metal hood was a very good idea.
(PG-13: Language) The Unusual Suspect had to repost some of his popular “But I’m in It!” video edits. This led us to discover some episodes we’ve never seen, like the time that he starred in Star Wars: Episode I, got in a battle of wits with Yoda, and tried to juggle too many lightsabers against Darth Maul.
After a little old lady buys some cookies to snack on at the train station, she finds herself the victim of a snack thief when she sits next to him on a bench. Eduardo Verastegui’s lighthearted animated short film reminds us that not everything is as it may appear at first.
With more venues requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, you should have your vaccine card ready for inspection. Thomas Park’s Plague Pass is the perfect place to keep your card safe and accessible. The embroidered vinyl card holder comes with a clip for attaching to your backpack or bag. Holds cards up to 4.25″ W x 3.25″ H.
In 1996, the magnificent Sir Patrick Stewart appeared on an episode of Sesame Street, where he entertained and educated kids and adults alike. Press play and enjoy as our favorite starship captain and X-Men mentor recites a Shakespearean soliloquy inspired by the second letter of the English alphabet.
To promote their electric G-Class Concept EQG, Mercedes-Benz enlisted director Nina Holmgren to create a lighthearted promotional film that imagines this futuristic vehicle from the perspective of a 1970s television viewer. The style of the cinematography, color grading, and voiceover work are spot-on.
We were never ones to color inside of the lines, so we can appreciate illustrator Jordan Persegati’s out-of-the-box reinterpretation of Disney’s Frozen Ultimate Colouring Book, which he transformed into a demonic work of horror, complete with trypophobia triggers.
The Star Wars movies are so deeply ingrained into pop culture that it’s now possible to create a Star Wars movie without using any actual Star Wars footage. Paulogia proves just that by editing together Episode IV: A New Hope entirely from references in non-Lucasfilm movies and TV shows.
“Ever since Metallica cut their hair, they’ve been bad.” A narrow-minded, politically incorrect broadcaster sits in his trailer, ranting about various issues and taking credit for all of The Smashing Pumpkins’ hits in this hilarious animated short by Joe Bennett and Conner O’ Malley.
If you can believe it, September 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. To celebrate the occasion, here’s a compilation of the original promo segues that ran between shows on the late-night animation block. Soon enough, that’ll be us swimming with the old folks in the pool.