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S.L.U.G.Z.

S.L.U.G.Z.

(PG-13: Language) Animator Steve Smith’s hilariously weird short film drops us into a post-apocalyptic world where all that remains are electronically augmented mutants who float around flooded cities collecting garbage that humanity left behind. Can we get a S.L.U.G.Z. feature film now?

Fun & Games

Fun & Games

Some of our earliest childhood memories involve colorful Fisher-Price toys with big buttons, spinny parts, and other tactile things to play with. This short animation from NYC creative house Bullpen envisions the evolution of these toys as we grow into adulthood, better representing life, from the mundane to the downright dangerous.

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Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-motion animator Bebop cooks up a delicious pizza with the help of some unconventional ingredients, including 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, and other studded plastic blocks. The 2-minute film is comprised of roughly 3,300 photos, and an unknown quantity of LEGO bricks.

Avarya

Avarya

A man has been trapped aboard his own spaceship for years, as his robot guardian insists that not a single planet they’ve visited is habitable. But what’s the real reason he’s not allowed to disembark? Gökalp Gönen’s short film is a thought-provoking and creative work of science fiction with a fantastic style and mood.

The Dream Car

The Dream Car

Animator Lazy Square create this fun little 43-second clip which imagines the evolution of a little red sedan from its humble beginnings in 1989 through its retirement and eventual rebirth as something straight out of Doc Brown’s laboratory in Back to the Future.

The Desert

The Desert

After humanity has met its end, what will happen to the machines we leave behind? Michael Dockery’s eerie animated short film imagines just that, as robots roam a desolated Earth, left to their own devices, endlessly downloading old information and destroying their own kind as they search for a purpose.

A Very Brief History of Stop-Motion Animation

A Very Brief History of Stop-Motion Animation

México-based animation house Hobby Creative Studio demonstrates the similarities and differences between stop-motion animation from the 1920s through today. Using the same scene – a pirate skeleton guarding his treasure – you can see how the medium has evolved while still retaining its core values.

Marvel Studios’ What If… ? (Trailer)

Marvel Studios’ What If… ? (Trailer)

Marvel’s animated series “What If… ?” imagines alternative stories and variants of popular characters from the world of superheroes. As the Marvel cinematic multiverse expands, familiar storylines offer unexpected twists and new alliances emerge. Coming to Disney+ 8.11.2021.

Ride

Ride

(Flashing images) Motorcycles take the spotlight in Paul Bush’s stop-motion short film, which pays tribute to the motorcycle design and culture of the 1950s and 1960s. Bush created the effects by swapping bikes between frames, and featured quite the assortment of motorcycles thanks to Jose Pereira’s Museu das Motas in Portugal.

Making a Stop-Motion Animation for Will Smith

Making a Stop-Motion Animation for Will Smith

For Halloween 2020, animator Lawrence Becker created a stop-motion short featuring a miniature Will Smith carving a pumpkin with a tiny sword. This behind-the-scenes look at how he made it is just as awesome as the animation itself. Also, his stop-motion Danny Devito Penguin pumpkin would make Tim Burton proud.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Trailer)

Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Trailer)

Eternia is on the verge of extinction, and the Guardians of Grayskull must band together to save it – and the rest of the universe. He-Man faces off against an even more powerful Skeletor in this animated series from writer-director Kevin Smith. Premieres 7.23.2021 on Netflix.

Star Wars: Visions: First Look

Star Wars: Visions: First Look

The Star Wars franchise has paid homage to Japanese cinema and folklore throughout the years. Now Disney+ repays the debt by inviting seven of Japan’s top animation studios to create unique anime stories that take place in the Star Wars universe. The series premieres 9.22.2021.

Animated Graffiti

Animated Graffiti

Artist Niklas Roy shows off a computer-controlled graffiti painting machine called the Graffomat. In this example, the motorized plotter sprays out a sequence of images that serve as frames for brief animations. Now he needs some spray paints that don’t drip so much.

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Bliss

Bliss

In 1996, photographer Charles O’Rear snapped a photo that would appear on over a billion desktops thanks to its selection as the default Windows XP wallpaper. Animator Zachary Loren Jones revisits the story of this iconic image and its impact on the zeitgeist with an imaginative and surreal retrospective.

Alternate Realities CG Challenge

Alternate Realities CG Challenge

CG artist pwnisher challenged his fellow digital artists to create a unique scene based on a simple base animation he provided. Watch the top 100 or all 2400 submissions, each showcasing their artistry, technical skill, and creativity. Be sure to check out pwnisher’s earlier CG challenge, Parallel Dimensions.

Returning to an RPG

Returning to an RPG

Joel Haver makes fun of what it’s like to pick up and start playing a role-playing video game that you haven’t played in a while. His observations on the mundane side quests and the NPCs are especially on-the-nose. Along the way, he worked in a few references to his previous game parody videos.

Foreign Exchange

Foreign Exchange

Animator Corrie Francis Parks created this marvelously creative short film. Using only microscopic grains of sand and cut-outs of currency, it paints a captivating picture of the sometimes tenuous connections that tie together the global economy.

The Cuphead Show! (Teaser)

The Cuphead Show! (Teaser)

With its devilishly difficult gameplay and awesome animation, Cuphead achieved quite the following among gamers. Now, we’re getting a Cuphead animated series, and King Dice is voiced by none other than Wayne Brady. The Netflix series follows brothers Cuphead and Mugman as they get into trouble on Inkwell Isle.

Monsters at Work (Trailer)

Monsters at Work (Trailer)

This Disney+ series picks up the day after the Monsters, Inc. power plant started running on children’s laughter instead of screams. It follows the story of Tylor Tuskmon, a recent grad of Monsters U. who always wanted to be a scarer, but comes to find that laughter is what’s in demand these days. Premieres 7.2.2021.

Lemonade

Lemonade

Artist Andrea Love created this charming stop-motion scene out of needle-felted wool. Sit back and enjoy a thirst-quenching glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade, complete with tiny ice cubes and a sprig of mint. Feeling hungry too? Have a banana split and a slice of cake.

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KIDS

KIDS

Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach’s award-winning short film reminds us of the crowd physics game Humanity, though with a 2D line-art style. The setup is simple – watch dozens of primitive people follow each other like lemmings through life’s little adventures. There’s a playable version on iOS, Android, and Steam.

17 Small Ideas

17 Small Ideas

Award-winning director and photographer Andrew B. Myers presents a reel filled with random ideas from his digital sketchbook. Each of the 17 vignettes could stand on its own, providing a wonderful source of creative inspiration and a glimpse into the whimsy of the creator’s mind.

The Evolution of The Simpsons Animation

The Evolution of The Simpsons Animation

It’s hard to believe it, but The Simpsons has been on the air for more than 30 years. Over the decades, a lot has changed in the world of animation. Despite the characters on the show not aging, there have been meaningful changes to the way they are drawn. Insider looks back at how its production has evolved over the years.

Sugar: A Bittersweet Journey

Sugar: A Bittersweet Journey

The spice might be life in Dune, but on this alien’s world, it’s sugar that reigns supreme. This animated short follows the story of an extraterrestrial on a quest to bring the critical condiment back to his home planet in hopes of saving it. Created by Ilya Landshut for HumanArtStudio.

Just Passing with Dr. Zussman

Just Passing with Dr. Zussman

Before we watched this animated short film, we thought Between Two Ferns was the most awkward talk show ever. But Anat Efrati & Yannay Matarasso’s graduation film sure got us feeling more uneasy than Zach Galifianakis ever did within seconds of Dr. Zussman’s mystery guest arriving on stage.

HyperBole! The Hyperball Hates You

HyperBole! The Hyperball Hates You

VFX artist Ian Hubert put together this short but impressive animation which drops us into a sci-fi race filled with insane rocket bikes. He created the clip using Blender and After Effects, and data from a Rokoko mocap suit for the pilots’ movements. This is so much better than the pod racing sequence in The Phantom Menace.

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