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EPOCH

EPOCH

Visual artist Kevin McGloughlin used countless images from Google Earth along with audio samples from NASA to provide “a visual representation of our connection to earth and it’s vulnerable glory.” It’s amazing how these static satellite images can tell such a story.

Cubed

Cubed

Xue Enge’s quirky animated short envisions a world in which everyone has a Rubik’s Cube for a head. Our protagonist wanders about in his tighty whities desperately seeking to make a connection in his puzzling and conformist universe, and makes a heartening discovery.

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Rebooted

Rebooted

Ringling College of Art and Design students Sagar Arun and Rachel Kral’s lighthearted animated short pokes fun at the sometimes vast differences between a superhero’s comic book origins and their modern-day versions, in this obvious jab at a certain DC Comics hero.

Fabricated

Fabricated

Director Brett Foxwell spent 10 years working on this incredible stop-motion film in which inanimate objects work together to bring a biomechanical alien world to life. We can only imagine how much work was involved given the smoothness of each creature’s movements.

Bilby

Bilby

Dreamworks TV presents a charming animated short about a funny looking blue creature trying to survive on his own in the deadly Australian outback, when he meets up with an adorable and puffy bird who he ends up having to protect from just about everything in sight.

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

(PG-13) “From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.” Fabio Friedli and YK Animation Studio’s amazing and fast-paced stop-motion animation captures ideas big and small, all in under 5 minutes.

Nebulae

Nebulae

Take a journey to the outer reaches of space in Teun van der Zalm’s short film, which is packed with 10 meditative minutes of beautiful (and completely fake) images of cloud, gas, and dust formations which were computer simulated to emulate the birth of stars.

Island

Island

Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel’s short film takes us to a strange island when unusual creatures dwell. The stop-motion and 2D animated clip charmed us with its endearing character design, and David Kamp’s clever sound design brought it all together.

Doodly

Doodly

Anyone can make their own professional doodle-style video in minutes with this slick software. Doodly offers various drawing surfaces and hand models for you to choose from. Their Platinum and Enterprise editions offer a extra characters, props, and music.

Turbo Express

Turbo Express

All in Pixel’s fantastic 16-bit style animated short shows off the capabilities of a high-speed delivery service in a Blade Runner-esque Japanofuturistic society. It starts out looking all intense and serious, but there’s actually a great punchline in the end.

Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 (Trailer)

Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 (Trailer)

1! 2! 3! 4! The hilarious and action-packed anime about puberty returns. In Mob Psycho 100‘s second season, the evil Claw organization continues to be a thorn on young Mob’s side. On a lighter note, it seems he’s going to have a girlfriend. Premieres 1/7/19.

Super Mario 64 Reimagined

Super Mario 64 Reimagined

Game developer Nimso Ny presents his vision for a remaster of Super Mario 64. He made all of the models, textures, and animations from scratch. It covers only the castle area, but it’s so well made, we’d love to see the whole game. Windows users can download it here.

If Fruit Could Move

If Fruit Could Move

Animator Jan Elsner’s short film ÖBST envisions how nature’s sweet treats might move around if they were more like animals. The CG animation was achieved without keyframing, and instead relied on physics simulations and procedural noise functions.

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Photo Wake-Up

Photo Wake-Up

Students from the University of Washington created a technique that can create 3D animation out of a single photo. Called Photo Wake-Up, it also lets the user change the pose of the person. Viewing the effect in virtual or augmented reality is also possible.

One-Punch Man Season 2 (Teaser)

One-Punch Man Season 2 (Teaser)

The long-awaited second season of the hilarious anime One-Punch Man is… still far away. Premiering on April 2019, the new season sees Saitama, Genos and the other heroes facing new villains, including the most powerful human on Earth.

RGB Forest

RGB Forest

Artist Oscar López Rocha aka LOROCROM created this amazing short film which combines live-action backgrounds with CGI elements. The way the virtual light bulbs and tubes illuminate the natural surroundings is amazing. The track is Serotonin Diode by BLÆRG.

Life Is Pain

Life Is Pain

We’re already quite familiar with some of life’s less satisfying moments, but here are some more frustrating examples compiled by 4096 RED, from broken pencil lead to the dregs in the cereal box. That phone rotation thing is so annoying when it happens.

Dream

Dream

To promote the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, São Paulo’s Zombie Studio created this devastating animated short for about four animals facing extinction at the hands of humans, set to the heartwrenching I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables.

The Lonely Giant

The Lonely Giant

“I help anytime, friend.” Animator Ardy [SFM] made this short but impactful machinima about the Giant Blacksmith in Dark Souls. He spends his time toiling away, but in this story he does so in exchange for companionship.

The Brave Heart

The Brave Heart

In Luca Schenato & Sinem Vardarli’s quirky animated short, a heart is called away from his duties to try and figure out what’s going on inside his owner’s body the morning after a he had too much to drink. We don’t remember this part of Inside Out.

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Making Stop-motion Sushi

Making Stop-motion Sushi

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is loaded with wonderfully-inventive stop-motion animation. Among the many scenes is one where a pair of hands artfully create a meal of sushi. Now, go inside that scene, created by Andy Biddle and Tony Farquhar-Smith over the course of 32 days.

Rapture

Rapture

Victor Garrido’s graduation film from the Savannah College of Art and Design tells the story of a hungry predator stalking its prey, but all is not what it seems in this fun and twisted bit of animation.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found

A knit toy dinosaur sees the love of its life in danger, and will do whatever it takes to save his one and only, regardless of the consequences. Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe’s stop-motion short is an emotional ride as good as anything from Pixar. Behind the scenes here.

Making The Shivering Truth

Making The Shivering Truth

If you haven’t watched the pilot of The Shivering Truth, take a few moments to pop it open in another tab. Then come back and watch this equally engrossing behind the scenes reel that reminds us just how much work goes into producing original stop-motion animation.

The Shivering Truth (Pilot)

The Shivering Truth (Pilot)

Adult Swim and Vernon Chatman’s new stop-motion series is described as an “omnibus of painfully riotous emotional parables dripping from the deepest caverns of your unconscious.” And from what we saw in the first episode, they nailed the description. Premieres 12/9/18.

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