Awesome Animation

Extremesons Couch Gag

Extremesons Couch Gag

Animators Michał Socha and his brother Jakub previously worked on The Simpsons’ Inside Homer’s Brain and the Build Your Own couch gags. Their latest creation is this low-fi animation which envisions The Simpsons as a family of extreme action stars in an all-digital world.

Tom & Jerry at 60 fps

Tom & Jerry at 60 fps

Increasing frame rates in games is usually a good thing, but the same can’t be said for animation. Someguy14201 shows how strange and unappealing things can look when upscaling an old 24 fps Tom & Jerry cartoon to 60 fps using AI interpolation tech. We wonder if an original 60 fps animation would look so weird.

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Ice Cream

Ice Cream

In this silly and slightly demented animated short from Super Dope, a little girl gets way more than she bargained for when she orders a strawberry cone from her neighborhood ice cream truck. Everything seems to be going wrong in 2020. Does dessert have to get ruined too?

Black Sheep Boy

Black Sheep Boy

Director James Molle and students from Gobelins animation school take us along for a boy’s journey of discovery, as he struggles with worry and seeks answers from a world occupied by strange, anthropomorphic characters. The low-res pixel animation style and lack of speech compliment the mystique of the short film.

Battle Patrol 2084

Battle Patrol 2084

“A once proud city has descended into a den of crime, sin, and misery. A corrupt police force and criminal underworld make every day a savage struggle… Yet one man will attempt a daring escape…” It sounds like quite the premise, but Mark Butchko’s animated short film is basically a modern tribute to the video game Zaxxon.

Just Add Water

Just Add Water

In this silly animated short, a man tries out one of those capsule toys that expands when you add water to it, and gets way more than he bargains for. At least he has a new friend for a little while. Directed and animated by Emma Ehrling for Animade .

LEGO in Real Life 5

LEGO in Real Life 5

BrickBros Productions is back with another episode of their stop-motion LEGO in Real Life series. This time, a man heads into the office only to find that everything around him is gradually turning into bricks. Was it all a dream, or is he stuck in the LEGO Matrix? The T.Rex game was a nice touch.

Skydivers Unite

Skydivers Unite

As we previously saw in Fest, filmmaker Nikita Diakur has a trademark “ugly” CGI style, which replaces normal characters with blobby-looking humanoids with exposed wireframes and scraggly bits of hair. His latest animated short takes to the skies with a particularly unattractive group of parachuting enthusiasts.

Floaters

Floaters

This silly animated short pokes fun at a sci-fi trope, as a floating vessel is stopped by the authorities and asked to provide their information. Its creators Karl Poyzer and Joe Roberts did a great job making us laugh with their minimal approach to movement and focus on cheeky dialogue.

Wet & Soppy

Wet & Soppy

A man struggles to get his underwear to dry, but an unexpected rain shower pops up every time he hangs them outside. Why does it rain every time he tries to get his laundry done? Writer/Director Cliona Noonan’s animated short film blends a quirky style and a charming story.

Selfish

Selfish

PoChien Chen’s animated short film uses a lighthearted style to paint a devastating picture, as a chef serves up a variety of deadly dishes to his animal customers while his human patrons destroy their habitat and gorge on sushi, oblivious to the harm they’re doing to the planet.

Sounds Good

Sounds Good

Sander Joon’s cacophonous animated short film is best experienced with headphones or nice loud speakers. As its vignettes play out, each object on screen makes a familiar, but very different sound than you’d expect it to make. It turns out that mushrooms are especially noisy little dudes.

Spaceman Spiff Fan Film

Spaceman Spiff Fan Film

Animator and Calvin and Hobbes fan Joseph Conover created this CGI short film which imagines Calvin’s alien-fighting alter ego in a rich and fantastic science fiction world. It’s only the briefest of teases, but it makes us crave an entire Spaceman Spiff movie.

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Wandaland

Wandaland

Richard Noble’s superbly executed short film tells the story of a fictitious tycoon who hopes to build a theme park bearing his name, but whose obsessive nature, pride, and constant changes to the park’s design becomes his downfall. The title character clearly draws inspiration from Walt Disney and Howard Hughes.

Son of the White Mare: Restored

Son of the White Mare: Restored

Released in 1981, Hungarian animator Marcell Jankovics’ feature film Fehérlófia is revered for its mix of mythology, fantasy, and psychedelia. Now, for the first time, you can see an official subtitled U.S. release, restored from the original 35mm negative. The full film is available to rent on Vimeo for a limited time.

Loafy the Manatee

Loafy the Manatee

(PG-13: Language) Bobby Moynihan stars in this hilariously weird animated series about a pot-dealing Manatee, as he chats with friends and family from the comfort of his pool at the zoo. Guests include Ron Funches, Cecily Strong, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and more. Catch new episodes Saturday afternoons on YouTube.

The Box Assassin

The Box Assassin

What Jeremy Schaefer’s animated short lacks in depth, it makes up for with action and style. The premise is simple, yet sets up some entertaining scenarios. Basically, there’s a mercenary who surprises his targets by hiding and popping out of all sorts of boxes. If cats were assassins, this is how they’d do it.

Unexpected Outcome ver.03

Unexpected Outcome ver.03

Daihei Shibata created a series of visual illusions for the Japanese TV program Design Ah!, in which each scene starts off with an ordinary premise, but its outcome is very different than what you might expect. Catch the first two videos here.

Hulk Flipbook Animation

Hulk Flipbook Animation

Artist dP Truong spent over 3 months working on this impressive flipbook animation based on the “I’m Always Angry” scene in The Avengers, as Dr. Bruce Banner transforms into his alter ego Hulk and takes on a massive mechanical enemy. The finished flipbook is made up from a whopping 1093 individual images.

The Legend of Neil Norman Wilkinson

The Legend of Neil Norman Wilkinson

“He used his lungs… to breathe in oxygen!” Elliot Mason presents a song about a totally ordinary guy doing totally ordinary things. Accompanied by a playful animation by Justin Mason, the silly lyrics remind us of the sort of thing Monty Python’s Flying Circus might have created. From the album Life Is Like a Movie.

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Looney Tunes Cartoons 2020

Looney Tunes Cartoons 2020

Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam might have lost their guns, but everything else about these all-new Looney Tunes cartoons captures the style and slapstick comedy spirit of the classics. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Road Runner, and all your faves are here. Now streaming on HBO Max. Catch the first episode here.

Happy Happy Joy Joy (Trailer)

Happy Happy Joy Joy (Trailer)

In the early 1990s, the Nickelodeon series Ren & Stimpy blew up televisions with its over-the-top characters, insane storylines, and unique animation style. Now go behind the scenes of the series, and the madness, chaos, and controversy that creator John Kricfalusi brought with him. Hits VOD on 8.14.2020.

Music & Clowns

Music & Clowns

“He understands how you feel. Probably better than you do.” Director Alex Widdowson’s documentary short film uses animation to tell the story of his brother Jamie, a man with a profound learning disability. It delves into his appreciation for the little things in life, and how his family has adapted to their situation.

Rick and Morty vs. Genocider

Rick and Morty vs. Genocider

In this awesome anime short, the council of Ricks sends Morty on an adventure to Tokyo, where he must defeat one of the greatest threats in the multiverse. Naturally, things take an unexpected turn or two. Created by Tower of God director Takashi Sano, and TMS, the animation studio behind Akira among other things.

Lost in Motions

Lost in Motions

Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films wows us with another amazing short film. The stop-motion clip was made by capturing live breakdance footage, mapping the frames into outlines, laser cutting each from wood, then layering the 800+ pieces to create a motion effect.

The Electric State: Animated

The Electric State: Animated

Artist Simon Stålenhag is known for his incredible vision of dystopian, hyper-commercial worlds. Ilya Plotnikov
a fan of his, has brought a small slice of his work to life by animating images from the book The Electric State, accompanied by music composed by Stålenhag himself.

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