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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filmmaker Sam Mason and a talented team of collaborators created this visually spectacular and emotive animated music video for the late Mac Miller’s 2014 collab with Thundercat, Colors and Shapes. The video follows Miller’s dog Ralph as heads on a metaphorical journey through a world filled with characters inspired by the song.
“Ever since Metallica cut their hair, they’ve been bad.” A narrow-minded, politically incorrect broadcaster sits in his trailer, ranting about various issues and taking credit for all of The Smashing Pumpkins’ hits in this hilarious animated short by Joe Bennett and Conner O’ Malley.
Motocross Saito created this captivating pixel art short that showcases how work culture has evolved since the 1920s in Japan. From the days when workers crowded into cramped offices, to 1980s workaholism, to the modern work-from-home era, the Japanese work ethic has remained one of the strongest on Earth.
Lord Victor Haegelin aka Patagraph shared behind-the-scenes footage of an awesome stop-motion loop they created on that follows a runner’s journey. The top half shows the top-down footage of the puppets being rigged, while the bottom half shows the finished piece. Flip to the second slide for a look at the animatic it was based on.
Hong Kong is loaded with tall and colorful apartment buildings like the ones we saw in The Block Tower. Artist Max Hattler created this experimental animation by taking thousands of individual building photos and sequencing them to create vertical and horizontal movements.
3D artist and motion designer Matthieu Braccini has been working in his spare time on a science fiction short film about a humanoid alone in space. He hasn’t had time to finish it, so in the meantime, he shared this short sequence that reveals the main character coming to life from a sea of seemingly random shapes.
It’s been more than a decade since Swedish band Rymdreglage released their stop-motion LEGO animated video 8-Bit Trip. Now they’re back with a follow-up video that celebrates 8-bit and 16-bit games (and haircuts). It incorporates some cool 3D effects achieved with a motion-controlled camera rig.
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.
Filmmakers Ryo Kitabatake and Takuma Sasaki created this experimental short film about the everyday pressures that weigh on all of us. The tentacled mass that tugs at our protagonist is boldly symbolic of the complex and intertwined nature of modern life’s responsibilities. Music and sound design by Max Cooper.
Phil Tippett is the stop-motion genius behind scenes like the marching AT-ATs in The Empire Strikes Back and ED-209 in the original Robocop. Now, some 30 years in the making, his passion project is complete. MAD GOD is described as a sci-fi/horror “set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mutants, and mad scientists.”