Created by Cocoe Studios for Spanish band La Casa Azul, you don’t need to know Spanish for La Nueva Yma Sumac; it’s a catchy retro homage to video games and superheroes.
Created by Mexico-based Cru de Ladies, Mundo de Papel (“Paper World”) envisions a a life of college-ruled margins; it was made in 2 weeks using 3DS Max, After Effects, and Photoshop.
Like an artsy Matrix, Artificial Paradise, Inc is filled with organo-metallic monsters and wonderfully creepy sound effects; it was selected by both SIGGRAPH 2009 and ONEDOTZERO.
Tarboy is partly an animated short film with fighting robots and explosions galore, but it’s also an amazing technical demo: the entire movie was animated using Flash. Thanks, Will!
Based on the Philips Exeter Academy Library, Alex Roman’s atmospheric short film may look real, but it’s a partially CG work created with 3ds Max, Vray, AE and Premiere.
South Park’s all-construction paper Unaired Pilot is viewable for 30 days; it runs 2 min longer than Cartman Gets An Anal Probe with four minutes of unseen footage. Thanks, Andrew!
With the success of District 9, we hope you haven’t forgotten about the other 9: Tim Burton, Elijah Wood and Shane Acker give us a brief rundown of the film, which hits theaters 9/9.
We almost lost it when Fox threatened to replace the original voice actors, but this set of sixteen 3″ Futurama Mini Figs makes up for it; as Bender would say, buy my shiny metal ass!
The full trailer for Astro Boy is finally up and starts off the same as the teaser, but really kicks ass with new characters, humor and action; the animated movie hits theaters 10/23.
Slightly NSFW: The voice acting is hammy and it starts off slow, but The Seafarer redeems itself in the second half: think giant robots with laser beams, machine guns and cannons.
As if taking a cement block elevator to the ocean floor weren’t enough: Down to Earth is a funny short film about a pinstriped mobster who can’t catch a break even in his final moments.
Move over, Chuck Norris, Charles Nelson Reilly is in town: Weird Al and JibJab team up for CNR, a White Stripes spoof that paints the actor as the badass to end all badasses.
It’s complete nonsense, but what beautiful nonsense it is: Birdy Nam Nam puts Daft Punk and Heavy Metal in a blender and spits out robots, sneakers, sugar cubes and sarcophagi.
Men have pined and puzzled over women since time immemorial, a plight made all the more poignant by Virgile: it’s a retro-styled animated short film about being out of your league.
Slightly NSFW: created as the prologue for a documentary, the simply-titled Video Games is an eccentric (but awesome) mashup of classic games that borders on being raunchy.
The humor in Donatello Gets Screwed is pretty crude (particularly from an ornery Splinter), but we couldn’t help laughing at (and pitying) the forgotten fourth Ninja Turtle’s plight.
Monkey doctors, octopus sushi chefs, brain-eating anteaters: you might have to get therapy after Musicotherapie; it’s a ridiculously weird short film which is both hypnotic and neurotic.
Evangelion 1.0 finally makes it to the US July 17th at 77 theaters; it’s part of a four-movie arc that rebuilds the original anime with notably improved animation and faster-pacing.
Created by Korea-based animation team MESAI, Alarm is a beautifully rendered hi-def short film on the misery of waking up and the perils of the snooze button; thanks, Daniel!
Ben Harper and Sean Mullen’s short animated 3D film, Blip, has a relatively simple story: peace for two laser-toting warmongers just means twice the war for everyone else.
Trailer #2 for Planet 51 isn’t earth-shattering, but improves on the first trailer by squeezing in more character exposition, examples of 50s-style Americana and cutesy robot sequences.
Inspired by Nike, Carl Erik Rinsch’s Exploit Yourself is 3D short film that blends Mirror’s Edge with Terminator; one thing’s for sure: we are SO screwed if the robots learn to Parkour.
If you liked Fallout 3’s cheeky retropocalyptic videos, Rob Moffett’s Wagglemax shorts hype similar products for nuclear wars, zombie infestations and even Gears of War players.
It’s technically about a future archaeologist who discovers the remains of Hollywood, but StopMo is in reality an homage to movie special effects artists wrapped in a sci-fi story.
Created by Guangzhou student Johann Pu, Water Brain is a gorgeous 15 minute short film remarkable not only for its surprisingly moving story, but for its Chinese take on steampunk.
We had a rabbit once. It dug holes and crapped everywhere. Red Rabbit isn’t too different, but it does show that the secrets we hide may not be as big as we think they are.
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