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Animation

Tokyo Apocalypse

Tokyo Apocalypse

A brief, but well-executed promo animation for the 2019 Festival International Du Film D’Animation d’Annecy. Students from the Gobelins animation school envision a world filled with guys in kaiju costumes stomping around a tiny Tokyo, slapping each other about in a monster-sized wrestling match.

Merry Madness

Merry Madness

Artist David James Armsby created this vividly animated short fairy tale about a world that once was filled with excitement, fear, and drama, but that lost its edge when the humans decided they could no longer live with the monsters around them.

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Twin Islands

Twin Islands

This award-winning animated short film from a team of Supinfocom (now Rubika) graduates tells the story of two brothers who become rulers of a pair of islands, trusted with the task of maintaining status quo by the gods. But then one day, something unexpected comes along to throw off the requisite symmetry.

Hell of a Week

Hell of a Week

An office worker finds himself the victim of a series of daily pranks by his co-workers. But in the end, the rage kicks in, and he gets his revenge in Damien Bastelica’s amusing and extremely well-drawn animated short.

Onward (Teaser)

Onward (Teaser)

In Pixar’s Onward, the world of fantasy creatures has become modern and urbanized. Two elf brothers – voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt – find themselves embarking on a quest to discover magic in their mundane world. Premieres 3/6/20.

Angry Businessman’s Dinner

Angry Businessman’s Dinner

After learning that he’s been fired from his job, a man snaps and turns his clothes and office items into sushi. Stop-motion master Omozoc took over 3200 photos and ruined actual clothes and gadgets in this silly animated short film.

Sonic Movie Fixed

Sonic Movie Fixed

There’s been so much uproar about how awful the character looked in the trailer for upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie, that its release has been delayed until 2020. Animator Artur Baranov fixed everything wrong with SEGA’s mascot by painstakingly replacing him with the cartoon version.

Delicious Stone

Delicious Stone

Stop-motion animator omozoc created this amusing short film, in which he bakes a delicious looking cake. But this pastry isn’t made from flour and sugar. Nope, this recipe consists almost entirely of rocks. It sure looks yummy, but you might chip a tooth eating a slice.

Manivald

Manivald

Meet Manivald. Like many foxes, he’s “overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired.” While living at home with his mom, everything changes when a wolf stops by to repair the washing machine. Chintis Lundgren’s animated short about loneliness and finding yourself is well worth a watch.

It Should Be Easy

It Should Be Easy

Anyone who has ever had to take a call from a parent who has managed to screw up their computer will instantly recognize the conversation in Ben Meinhardt’s hilarious animated short. Though we’re pretty sure even the Geek Squad couldn’t fix this problem.

Stop the Drop, Bro.

Stop the Drop, Bro.

(PG-13: Language) “Everything’s an incident, bro. This earplug wrapper could fall from my pocket, and that would be an incident.” We’re not sure if Mining Boom’s “safety” video is going to stop anyone from acting like a fool on the jobsite, but it’s certainly good for a chuckle.

Richard Williams: Animating Movement

Richard Williams: Animating Movement

The Royal Ocean Film Society spends some time looking at the works of Richard Williams, one of the last of his breed of hand animators – a man known for his fluid and dynamic style, and ability to create worlds with a tremendous sense of depth and perspective.

Rick and Morty Pixelated

Rick and Morty Pixelated

Rick and Morty appear in this series of awesomely animated pixel art segues created by Paul Robertson for Adult Swim. The only thing better would be if these were playable levels in an actual video game.

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Only Slightly (More) Exaggerated

Only Slightly (More) Exaggerated

Travel Oregon follows up its wonderful Studio Ghibli inspired promo with another amazing animation, featuring flying whales, anthropomorphic islands, and many more amazing things you won’t actually see when visiting. Still, it’s a beautiful place, and you should go see it.

Toy Story 4 (Trailer 2)

Toy Story 4 (Trailer 2)

The latest trailer for Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 shows more of Woody, Buzz, and the gang’s misadventures as they try to rescue their new friend, a silly and happy go lucky toy spork. They make new friends along the way, some with questionable ideas. The movie premieres 6/21/19.

1788-L: Sentience

1788-L: Sentience

(Flashing images) Artist Jonathan Plesel’s vibrant sci-fi music video is the perfect visual accompaniment to the crisp and punchy electronic sounds of music producer and DJ 1788-L. You’ll want to go full screen and crank your volume to 11 for this one.

Walter

Walter

For his CalArts graduation project, animator Lorenzo Fresta created this charming and expressive short film about a lonely toad who rides his bike through the desert in search of water. But his successful quest results in unexpected consequences.

The Tech of Into the Spider-Verse

The Tech of Into the Spider-Verse

Jampacked with amazing visuals, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a must watch for any fan of animation, comic books, superheroes, or just good movies. Movies with Mikey provides an in-depth look at some of the art and animation techniques used to bring this masterpiece together.

Continued

Continued

Motion designer Tomin decided to play around with some digital animation techniques, taking CG models of conventional objects like water bottles, cars, and iPhones and placing them into unexpected situations. We want a pair of those car shoes now.

Garfield Gameboy’d

Garfield Gameboy’d

If Garfield the lasagna-loving cat starred in a survival horror on the Game Boy Advance, it might look something like this bit of insanity. This pixel art short film by animator Lumpy Touch is some serious nightmare fuel, so you might not want to watch it right before bedtime.

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If Zootopia Was an Anime

If Zootopia Was an Anime

(PG-13) Mike Inel pokes fun at both Disney and anime style, re-animating the classic scene from Zootopia with the animal naturalist club with slightly more humanoid forms. Side-by-side comparison here.

Supernova

Supernova

Maxim Zhestkov’s experimental film was inspired by the nature of our universe – in which stars explode, leaving behind the matter to create new things. There’s just something so satisfying about the millions of particles flying around in this mesmerizing CGI short.

MTL Pinball

MTL Pinball

Jordan Coelho and Josselin Bey assembled a team of 14 Montréal artists to contribute to this collaborative animation, in which each person was asked to imagine a pinball machine using their aesthetic. The result is visual and auditory magic. Also, we really want a PaRappa the Rapper machine now.

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande: Free to Roam

Giangrande’s inspiring folk track Free to Roam is complemented beautifully by Gianluca Maruotti’s stop-motion music video. The claymation imagery was created using with the scenes playing out against a flattened backdrop. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video too.

Service

Service

Animator and illustrator Josh Shaffner’s freaking amazing short film is a dark, yet vivid look at the world of a struggling waiter in Los Angeles, and the cold, harsh realities of trying to make it in the big city. Did we say “freaking amazing?”

Dead End

Dead End

Animator and illustrator vewn’s not-so-happy little film tells the story of an angst-filled teen and his guidance counselor, a man with his own challenges and issues with self-loathing, and who probably shouldn’t be doling out advice.

MALL 84

MALL 84

Gervais Merryweather describes his animated short as a “love letter to the 1980s,” and we think he nailed it. From the kids in the video arcade, to the giant hairdos, and TV store window displays. What pushes it over the edge is the synthwave soundtrack by Mitch Murder.

PES: The Fish

PES: The Fish

A fish forms from the plastics ingested by a dead turtle. The master of found object stop-motion PES comes back from a long hiatus to raise awareness about how marine – and human – life are affected by plastic waste.

Avangers: Endgame Trailer Spoof

Avangers: Endgame Trailer Spoof

Black Widow hopes guns will help in the end times, Hawkeye is sensitive about his new haircut and Captain America knows the real reason why their plan to defeat Thanos will work in ArtSpear Entertainment’s parody of the Avengers: Endgame trailers.

Paper or Plastic

Paper or Plastic

Despite its lighthearted style, animator Nata Metlukh’s short film covers some serious territory, as an immigrant comes to a first-world country only to find the nation’s arcane and crippling rules make him feel completely unwelcome in their supposed land of opportunity.

FITNESS Z0NE

FITNESS Z0NE

Jack Sachs created this silly animated fitness tape featuring a variety of special exercise moves which are guaranteed to help you shed pounds, give you more energy, and melt inches off your waist! Advance! Now, Embrace the Void!

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