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Experiment

Experiment

Members of the 2020 graduating class from École des Nouvelles Images created this imaginative CG animated short about two hungry lab rats who get their claws on a hallucinogenic mushroom, and the chaos that ensues in the laboratory after their unintended drug trip.

Animation vs. Arcade Games

Animation vs. Arcade Games

Alan Becker revisits his Animation vs. series yet again. This time, his stick figure characters attempt to play classic arcade games on a MAME cabinet. As they fight over the joystick, things go off the rails and they crawl inside the machine in an attempt to debug the system.

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One Sheet Flipbook Animation

One Sheet Flipbook Animation

dP Art Drawing has made some pretty sweet flipbook animations. While these typically require hundreds of sheets of paper, he wanted to see what would be possible with a single sheet of paper. Over the course of 52 days, he drew 211 frames of art, erasing and redrawing portions of each image to create this animation.

Pixar: Automaton

Pixar: Automaton

This experimental short film from Pixar effects artists and director Krzysztof Rost is quite the departure from their story- and character-driven productions. Instead, we’re presented with a wordless world to bear witness to nature’s fury. We’d love to see a crisp 4K version, as YouTube’s compression algorithm destroys the detail.

Migrants

Migrants

In this award-winning animated short film, two polar bears are forced into exile as global warming causes them to lose their habitat. As they wash ashore in a more temperate climate, they must adapt to a strange and unwelcoming new world. It’s a poignant commentary on both climate change and anti-immigrant hate.

Fish Sing La Traviata

Fish Sing La Traviata

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day – fish singing opera. In the CG animated film Turbopera, a school of rather strange-looking marine life gets together after the fish market closes for a dramatic performance of Verdi’s La Traviata. Will they live to sing another day?

Sand Planet

Sand Planet

(PG-13: Language) A couple of days ago, in a galaxy not very far away, an enthusiastic young man and his apathetic uncle went shopping for droids on a hot and boring desert planet. Joel Haver is joined by guest Justin Roiland to bring back this deleted scene from Star Wars: A New Hope.

Pixar Remix: Monsters, Inc.

Pixar Remix: Monsters, Inc.

Pixar reimagines the characters from Monsters, Inc. in a 1930s black-and-white cartoon style. Sit back, grab a bucket of popcorn, and enjoy as Mike and Sully once again save their new friend Boo from the slimy Randall Boggs and come up with a better source of energy than screams.

REPEAT: A Stop Motion Short

REPEAT: A Stop Motion Short

During the 2020 lockdowns, Alexandre Poncet of StopMotionFrance took some time to play with his action figures. While he was at it, he created this smooth animated short that features Robocop trapped in a time loop paradox with ED-209, Captain Kirk, Pac-Man, and Kylo Ren.

Gadgets Deconstructed

Gadgets Deconstructed

Dina A. Amin loves to disassemble everyday items, and neatly arrange their components. In this clip, she turned this process into a stop-motion animation, deconstructing a Walkman, a phone, a hairdryer, and a camera. She also likes to play a game where you guess how many parts are inside before it’s disassembled.

Sprite Fright

Sprite Fright

Everyone knows that people who act like jackasses frequently find themselves the victims in campy horror movies. Writer-director Matthew Luhn’s darkly comedic animated short follows a group of campers who disrespect nature and who get their comeuppance after upsetting a group of seemingly adorable woodland creatures. (Thanks, Rob!)

Square Insights

Square Insights

Motion designer Simon Grabowski created this CG sequence of five very different environments, each of which has one thing in common – they’ve been constrained to a small square box. We loved watching these tiny animated worlds emerge and how they each convey a very different sense of place through scale and texture.

Against All Odds: A Star Wars Fan Film

Against All Odds: A Star Wars Fan Film

Frostbite Cinematics and a team of talented CG animators created this Star Wars short film with a great cinematic look and an action-packed battle between Clone Troopers and Battle Droids. The clip was created primarily using models, textures, and animations from Battlefront II and Jedi Fallen Order.

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Empty Places

Empty Places

Geoffroy de Crécy’s haunting short film is composed of a sequence of vignettes, each capturing a stark and lonely place, devoid of life other than humanity’s mechanical inventions. The subtext, of course, is what happened to all of the people and where did they go? Mass alien abduction? Spontaneous combustion?

Lightyear (Teaser)

Lightyear (Teaser)

It’s time to learn the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the real Space Ranger whose adventures would inspire the self-confident toy we all know and love. Chris Evans stars in Disney/Pixar’s sure-fire hit, headed to theaters in the Summer of 2022. Is it just us or did Buzz and his robot companion land on Dagobah at 0:56?

Transfiguration

Transfiguration

Using the latest in computer graphics software, artists from Universal Everything created this wild and hypnotic digital animation, in which a nondescript figure walks along the street, and gradually transforms its composition, from liquid, to fire, to hair, to molten lava, and more.

Dead Meat

Dead Meat

Animation student Adnan Peer Mohamed wanted to make something that would make his audience giggle. We think he succeeded with this short film about a goofy-looking seagull desperate for a snack. When it comes across a hot dog on the ground, things don’t turn out quite as expected.

Stop-Motion Tattoo

Stop-Motion Tattoo

Montréal tattoo artist Phil Berge creates animated tattoos by inking individual frames then photographing them in sequence. His most incredible work so far is this 76 tattoo scene based on Max and Dave Fleischer’s 1933 classic Betty Boop: Snow White, featuring Cab Calloway. His Simpsons sequence is awesome too.

Sea Creature Size Comparison

Sea Creature Size Comparison

If you’ve ever wondered how big a blue whale is compared to a human, check out Goji Center’s video, which compares the relative sizes of various marine life. What makes it more interesting is that the animated chart also includes extinct sea creatures. We had no idea that there was a 120-foot-long jellyfish out there.

The Rebels

The Rebels

While aboard a spaceship, its occupants provide a tour of its transporter to a couple of visitors, but the aliens’ stupidity results in an unexpected end to their plans. Another hilarious animated parody by Joel Haver and friends. Part of The Sci-Fi Series.

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Green Life

Green Life

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.

AKIRA Motorcycle Stop-Motion

AKIRA Motorcycle Stop-Motion

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.

An Unsettling Fractal Pattern

An Unsettling Fractal Pattern

Fractal art can be beautiful, hypnotic, and colorful. But with the proper arrangement of pixels, these mathematical patterns can also be dark and downright unsettling. Motion designer Chris Lavelle’s short fractal animation Creation 1 is especially disturbing, especially for those who suffer from trypophobia.

Super Crooks (Teaser)

Super Crooks (Teaser)

An anime adaptation of Mark Millar and Leinil Yu’s Super Crooks comic books is coming to Netflix. The story about a group of supervillains is like Oceans Eleven, but the heist crew has superpowers. Premieres 11.25.2021 spanning thirteen 30-minute episodes.

NHK Inside

NHK Inside

Artist and animator Daihei Shibata has a little fun in this series of playful vignettes for Japan’s NHK broadcast network. Each of the 30-second spots fools around with NHK’s typographic logo and incorporates an adorable anthropomorphic television.

Snack Attack

Snack Attack

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.

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