École de Condé animation students Ninon Ringenbach Trifilieff, Rodolphe Savolle, Paul-Adrien Butty, and Alexis Lainé created this charming short film about a lonely robot who wanders a junkyard in search of the parts to make a friend. They created the project in just two months using 3D animation tools Blender and Maya.
CG and video game animation have gotten very good over the years. But sometimes we long for the simpler and less realistic graphics of classic video game consoles. Hoolopee took footage from the Pixar movie Lightyear, and remade it in the style of the original Sony PlayStation, complete with low-poly, pixelated 3D models.
Jake Wegesin of Ambient Press created this wonderful CG short film about the space race of the 1950s and 1960s, offering a playful reinterpretation of the competition between the USA and USSR. Benjamin Widawksi’s music and the accompanying narration perfectly complement the black-and-white animation.
After getting fired from her job, Penny the cat encounters a stranger who offers her a chance to make a lot of money. His proposition is equal parts Fight Club and Squid Game. Victoria “Vewn” Vincent’s off-kilter animated short film explores how a need for cash and acceptance can lead us to some very dark places.
After being adopted from a shelter, an innocent rescue dog discovers that its new home is haunted by the ghosts of the family’s prior pets. Joe Cappa’s weird and creepy animated short film has moments of humor but is definitely more horror than comedy. We also love the tagline “Are You Afraid of the Bark?”
This clever video makes it look like a giant hand is manipulating the real world by making pinch, pan, and zoom gestures. This effect was created in-camera with the help of a precisely choreographed model and hand actor behind the camera. Though we’re not sure how he got the finger gun past the metal detector.
Time-lapse 3D printing footage can look pretty awesome. Maker Caleb Kraft was wondering if it might be possible to add another layer of interest to models as they print, so he figured out a way to embed an animated flipbook that tells a story as the print is completed. The files are available for download on Printables.
3D illustrator Jared Owen previously showed us the inner workings of an M1A2 Abrams tank, the Statue of Liberty, and a WWII Enigma machine. Now he’s back with a detailed look at the insides of London’s Elizabeth Tower aka Big Ben, which is both an architectural and engineering marvel of enormous proportions.
Motion designer Hideki Inaba’s soothing and hypnotic short film FLOW is a tribute to the ever-changing nature of things. Every frame of the animation could be viewed as an individual painting, as colorful organic forms evolve, disintegrate, and coalesce into new patterns. Inaba is creating a series of FLOW NFTs as well.
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.
Remember Marcel the Shell? Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp’s adorable and introspective mollusk is getting his own feature film. The movie follows our inquisitive pal Marcel as he sets out on a journey to find his family. Marcel stomps his tiny feet into theaters on 6.24.2022.
We all know how painful a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can be. But maybe we just need to lighten up and enjoy the experience for what it is. That’s what Doug Alberts of animation studio Noodle did, and he wrote a little song about it his newfound love for the DMV.
This excerpt from the documentary short The Special Effects of Karel Zeman showcases some of the late Czech filmmaker’s wildly inventive methods for creating movie magic with miniatures, fluids, smoke, forced perspective, and other camera tricks. You can watch the full documentary on YouTube.
Because of their positions at the top and bottom of the Earth, the North Pole and South Pole experience both the longest and shortest days of the year. This fascinating time-lapse animation shows how the top of our planet goes from 24 hours of sunlight a day in the summertime to complete darkness in the winter.
This wildly inventive 60-second promo spot for Amazon Music combines a variety of different filmmaking techniques including stop-motion, 2D and 3D animation, rotoscoping, and even puppetry – each executed with top-notch quality. Directed by Stevie Gee & Essy May for Blink.
Animator Master Tingus loves to create brief cartoons which generally start out with an animal or a person, but turn strange and unexpected as the motion starts. In addition to this compilation video, we recommend checking out their TikTok and Instagram channels for much more weirdness.
When it comes to action figures, more points of articulation are usually better – especially when it comes to dancing. But what happens when your figure can only swivel its head and bend at the hips? TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin shows us that it’s not just about your moves, but also your attitude in this charming animation.
Animator Tomohiro Okazaki of Swimming Design offers up a series of soundless stop motion scenes, each of which features matchsticks as its central focus. Okazaki’s fastidious and precise animation work is simply out of this world, and the motion is some of the smoothest we’ve ever seen in a frame-by-frame animation.
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.
Repeater is a vibrant and inventive animated short film about non-conformity, rejection, and ultimately finding your place in the world. It was directed by Carbon’s Ian Bradley as the title film for the 2021 OFFF Dach Festival. Sound design and music by Antfood. Read more about the story here.
(PG-13: Language) The creators of Big Mouth take us inside the department that assigns hormone monsters, shame wizards, love bugs, and depression kitties. Expect plenty of warped adult humor, along with guest spots from the likes of Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, and Lupita Nyong’o. Drops 3.18.22 on Netflix.
Visual artist Darren “Darius Twin” Pearson is known for his long-exposure light paintings. He has a particular fondness for skeletons. For the short film Fiat Lux, he captured more than 680 hand-painted scenes, then assembled them into an animation. Each of the 11 scenes is also available as an NFT.
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.