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Inside the Burger Vending Machine

Inside the Burger Vending Machine

Stop-motion animator tomosteen takes us on a trip inside a unique vending machine that serves up delicious burgers. Each tiny sandwich is prepared with love by a legless skeleton who works with a team of bird and kitty cat sous chefs. And if you think that sounds weird, it’s because it is.

Nitro Warriors Interceptor

Nitro Warriors Interceptor

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the short film, Nitro WarriorsSpaceCamperBike, Paul Greer’s Vanguard Pictures is back with another action-packed stop-motion car chase. This time, a truck carrying valuable cargo is pursued by a dragon car and a crew of malicious motorists. After the cops show up, a T-Rex gets in on the action.

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Eclectic Method: Everybody Wants to Dance

Eclectic Method: Everybody Wants to Dance

Eclectic Method is known for his creative music remixes and video edits. Now, he’s started to experiment with AI-generated imagery. In this animated music video, you’ll spot scenes from films like Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing, Pulp Fiction, and Footloose, only with digitally-created characters performing the choreography.

Bob Ross AI River Painting

Bob Ross AI River Painting

The late Bob Ross had a distinctive style to his serene landscape paintings. After training an AI image generator on Bob’s paintings, Miha Mastnak created this wild video that makes it look like the artist painted an animated river, lazily winding through a valley. Watch the 60-second view of the canvas here.

Comparing Microscopic Things on a Human Scale

Comparing Microscopic Things on a Human Scale

When you think about something being microscopic, it all seems the same size from our perspective. But this video from RED SIDE cleverly demonstrates the vast differences in the size of things we can’t see with the naked eye, from the tiniest atom to the relatively gargantuan amoeba. Also, there are way too many viruses.

Light: Betray – A Music Video by Cyriak

Light: Betray – A Music Video by Cyriak

We’ve been following the work of animator Cyriak for more than a decade. His music video for prog rock band Light’s track Betray makes us of the artist’s surreal, kaleidoscopic collage style to tell a story of murderous mayhem bubbling beneath the surface of 1950s idealism.

The Humanoid Factory

The Humanoid Factory

Animator MIKAN used the Unity game and graphics engine to create this engrossing video of an imaginary factory that churns out humanoids by the dozens. Watch as the individual components come together to form each figure, then stick around to the end to see how many pass the rigorous quality assurance testing.

Kong of the Hill

Kong of the Hill

The opening credits of King of the Hill are still one of our favorites ever. Udge created this great bit of machinima that replicates the opening of Mike Judge’s classic comedy, but with characters from the Nintendo 3D platformer Donkey Kong 64 along with sounds from the game. Here’s a side-by-side comparison for fun.

LEGO Batmobile Animation

LEGO Batmobile Animation

Animator, LEGO and Batman fan Idan Kotzen created this fantastic animated short celebrating some of the various Batmobiles over the years. The stop-motion and clever use of lighting give the cars a great sense of movement, as LEGO Batman gives chase to the evildoers of Gotham.

Superman vs. Supermen

Superman vs. Supermen

Superman has always been seen as one of the more powerful superheroes. But there are others with similar superpowers – some good, some evil. Mighty Raccoon! imagines what might happen if Supes found himself face-to-face and fist-to-fist with One-Punch Man’s Saitama, The Boys’ Homelander, and Invincible’s Omni-Man.

Tiles: A Tesselated Short Film

Tiles: A Tesselated Short Film

Diatomic studio created and directed this compelling black-and-white short film which uses basic geometric shapes to create hypnotic visuals. By combining, rotating, moving, and scaling the individual objects, hypnotic patterns come to life. Watch it once from a distance, then watch it again, focusing on an specific point.

The Voice in the Hollow

The Voice in the Hollow

Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma’s animated short is one of the most artful things we’ve seen rendered in Unreal Engine 5, and its production design and storytelling are top-notch. It chronicles two sisters, and the evil one of them unleashes when jealousy takes over. Their behind-the-scenes series delves deep into the filmmaking process.

Hacking the Matrix

Hacking the Matrix

This experimental animated film takes us deep into a web of humans and technology. The surreal effect was created by artist ThomasDotCodes with the help of VQGAN-CLIP – a natural language image generation toolkit. Watch in 1080p or higher in full-screen mode for maximum impact. Then, go deeper into the Matrix.

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HOT FUTURE

HOT FUTURE

(PG-13: Gore) A thousand years from now, civilization has fallen, and chaos rules the wasteland. Fortunately, there’s one way out of the HOT FUTURE – epic dance moves. This bonkers 3-part animated series comes to us courtesy of Mike Anderson and Ryan Dickie for Adult Swim SMALLS.

Lords of the Orb

Lords of the Orb

RPGs and fantasy movies often send their characters on a quest for a mythical object. The Minute Hour and animator slouch take a jab at the trope with a cartoon about a man and his quest to capture an orb that possesses such mysterious powers that even we shall not understand them by the end of the video.

Spider-Man: Everyone’s Home

Spider-Man: Everyone’s Home

With the help of AI image generation tech, Corridor created this short fan film in the style of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The crossover imagines that The Avengers (and a whole lot of Spider-Men variants) found their way into the Spider-Verse as a result of the events of Doctor Strange’s actions. Go behind the scenes here.

The Beatles: I’m Only Sleeping

The Beatles: I’m Only Sleeping

The Beatles song I’m Only Sleeping debuted on the 1966 album Yesterday and Today. Now has a brand new music video, and it’s a true work of art. Filmmaker Em Cooper created this dreamlike animated video by painting each and every frame by hand. The video was comissioned to celebrate the Special Edition remaster of Revolver.

It Came from the Fridge

It Came from the Fridge

After a man gets he gets a new refrigerator installed, he finds a surprise lurking inside. Joel Haver, Trent Lenkarski, and Justin Roiland teamed up for this hilariously warped animated skit about a misunderstood creature not unlike a Gremlin, E.T., or Johnny 5. Strike that; it’s nothing like any of them.

Open Eyes

Open Eyes

Artist Jake Fried’s latest animated short film takes us on an abstract journey through life and the universe as witnessed in the reflections of our eyes. As is the case with most of Jake’s works, he hand-illustrated each frame using ink and white-out. We can’t imagine how long this took to create.

Cyber Kicks

Cyber Kicks

Animator Kris Theorin of Something’s Awry created this vibrant and energetic CG animated short film. The roughly 2-minute sequence follows the journey of a young scofflaw as she tests out her fancy new sneakers to outrun the cops in a neon-lit cyberpunk city. The track is a sped-up version of Up All Night by Midnight Riot.

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A Brief Disagreement

A Brief Disagreement

Filmmaker Steve Cutts animated short film explores one thing that’s been consistent throughout our existence – the need to have what others don’t – and the willingness to fight each other for it. It’s a grim, dark comedy that reminds us of moments from two Kubrick films: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove.

Burder

Burder

While keeping an eye out on a neighborhood tree, a birdwatcher witnesses one bird murdering another. After realizing what he has seen, the bird tries to protect its secret. Charlie Hankin wrote, directed, and animated this darkly comic short film that sort of combines Hitchcock’s Rear Window and The Birds.

Wendell & Wild (Trailer)

Wendell & Wild (Trailer)

This stop-motion film from Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Jordan Peele (Get Out, Nope) is the perfect addition to your Halloween watch list. It follows a teen (Lyric Ross) who is duped into releasing two demons into the world of the living – and those demons are Key and Peele. Drops 10.28.22 on Netflix.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Teaser)

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Teaser)

This isn’t the first time there’s been a Super Mario Bros. full-length film, but this animated feature looks more true to form than that live-action mess from 1993. It’s voiced by a star-studded cast including Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, and Fred Armisen.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio: Behind the Craft

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio: Behind the Craft

Unlike the CGI abomination that is Disney’s Pinocchio reboot, Guillermo del Toro’s take on the classic fairy tale was animated by hand using stop-motion puppetry. In this brief video, we get a look behind the scenes at the craftsmanship that went into the movie, and Guillermo’s rationale for sticking with traditional animation.

Die Antwoord: Age of Illusion

Die Antwoord: Age of Illusion

The music video for Die Antwoord’s track Age of Illusion is notable for a couple of reasons: 1) the trippy animations were created using AI technology by artist Sagans, and 2) its hypnotic electronic groove is a departure from the group’s hard-edged rave music. For a moment, we thought we were listening to Gorillaz.

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