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The Ancestor

The Ancestor

The music video for The Ancestor, a track from Darlingside’s album Pilot Machines. A short tale of love that thrives beyond death, lovingly animated by the folks at Crazy Lake Pictures.

Things You’d Better Not Mix Up

Things You’d Better Not Mix Up

Joost Lieuwma’s darkly comic animation sees clueless characters get into tragic mishaps because they mistook one thing for another. Its stubborn humor will eventually win you ever.

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Realistic Fighting Game

Realistic Fighting Game

Sometimes we appreciate it if games were more true to life, but as Collegehumor shows, we might not want developers to give fighting games a realistic treatment. We’ll never get past stage 2.

LEGO Houdini

LEGO Houdini

17-year-old LEGO-maniac Dylan Woodley (aka Insomniac’s) stop-motion video for Foster the People’s Houdini makes us wish all music videos were made with LEGO blocks and minifigs.

Bob’s Burgers: Season 3 Preview

Bob’s Burgers: Season 3 Preview

The always offbeat, frequently hysterical Bob’s Burgers returns to Fox this Sunday, 9/30. The premiere “Ear-sy Rider” is loaded with guest cameos. You might want to order one of these now.

Looper: Animated

Looper: Animated

An animated trailer for the sci-fi action flick Looper, made of over 700 frames hand-painted and rotoscoped by Zach Johnson and Noah Fisher. You can buy prints of some of the frames here.

Asteroid Visualization

Asteroid Visualization

Hacker/Astronomer/Gamer/DJ/Scotsman Scott Manley created this visualization of asteroid discoveries from 1980 to 2012. Don’t call Bruce Willis yet – each pixel is 500,000 km in distance.

Cheating in Middle School

Cheating in Middle School

YouTuber Swoozie shares a shameful experience back when he was in 5th grade. His dad promised to buy him a TV for his room if he made the honor roll in school. Then French class happened.

One Day

One Day

A wonderful animated short that perfectly captures the proverb, “Home is where the heart is.” Made by 3rd year students at Gobelins. English translation of text and dialogue here.

You Monster

You Monster

YouTuber enquaynay reimagined a classic scene in Portal 2, creating humanoid forms for Wheatley and GLaDOS with a Disney-like art style. She should’ve made Chell a robot just for kicks.

Got Me a Beard

Got Me a Beard

The music video for The Beards’ Got Me a Beard. Frankly, the song itself isn’t reason enough to watch the clip, but the art and story of the animated short will make it worth your while.

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

This computer animated short by Dan Sumich is a hilarious, action-packed and literal take on the butterfly effect. The pace, graphics and the layout of the city reminds us of Crazy Taxi.

The Backwater Gospel

The Backwater Gospel

(Gore) What’s worse than having Death literally descend upon your town? When he makes you wait. A gruesome computer animated short by Bo Mathorn, produced at The Animation Workshop.

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Breaking Bad Illustrated

Breaking Bad Illustrated

Illustrator Martin Woutisseth returns with another cool graphic animation, upgrading the opening credits from Breaking Bad with iconic locations and characters from the series, and a new theme song.

Scout vs. Witch

Scout vs. Witch

Team Fortress’ Scout goes up against the zombie hordes of Left 4 Dead in this kick-ass machinima by Randall Glass, who used Maya, Source Filmmaker, Source SDK and L4D itself to make the short.

America’s Fighting Dinosaur

America’s Fighting Dinosaur

Steve Snoey needs you to help fund his short film about Pvt. Sammy Vogel: a US Army infantryman, an unsung hero of World War II and a 7-ton, 40-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Metro

Metro

Sometimes life derails us from where we think we’re supposed to go, only to take us somewhere better. This short film by Jacob Wyatt is about a sneaky white fox who steals a girl’s train ticket.

Dark Knight Meets the Avengers

Dark Knight Meets the Avengers

By the end of their movie, most of The Avengers seem to be comfortable with their superhero status, but can you imagine how things might go if the brooding and miserable Batman joined them?

Animation & Motion Graphics

Animation & Motion Graphics

The latest episode of PBS Off Book takes a look at one of the most popular and progressive visual arts: animation and motion graphics, and shares a bit about its history, variety and purpose.

Air Break

Air Break

Animator Mick Lauer (aka Rice Pirate) pokes fun at the rather ridiculous practice of workers constantly taking extra breaks so they can go hang outside the building and smoke cigarettes.

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Adventures of Kim Jong Un 3

Adventures of Kim Jong Un 3

The world’s best and only true cartoon series continues. This episode reveals that the great supreme pure 100% nonfat leader Kim Jong-un is both a fighter and a lover.

TDKR: Alternative Endings

TDKR: Alternative Endings

How It Should Have Ended takes on The Dark Knight Rises, suggesting not just one but five ways that Christopher Nolan’s trilogy could have ended. Watch out for the final joke post-credits.

Sketchy Ice Creams

Sketchy Ice Creams

Dad tries his best to take care of the kids while Mom gets ice cream. “Best” being a relative term. This is one of Birdbox Studio’s earlier works and was originally shown on BBC Comedy.

The Maccabees: In the Dark

The Maccabees: In the Dark

The Maccabees take us on a dreamy musical and visual journey in this three-track live performance, augmented by real-time Kinect 3D animation of the band and audience (starts around 3:30).

GLUED

GLUED

A short film (or is it a documentary?) by 3rd year Bezalel Academy of Art students Alon Tako, Guy Elnathan, Daniel Lichter and Sivan Kotek, about a mother trying to get her gamer son to play outside.

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