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Fleischer’s Superman in 4K

Fleischer’s Superman in 4K

Max and Dave Fleischer’s 1940s Superman cartoons are beloved. But the quality of the public domain videos online isn’t very good. Jose Argumedo ran the episode “The Bulleteers” through Waifu2x, a neural network upscaling application that recovered an incredible amount of detail, especially compared to the source video.

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Trailer)

Star Trek: Lower Decks (Trailer)

Developed by Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites), Lower Decks is the first official Star Trek animated series since the 1970s. Rather than revisiting classic Trek characters and stories, it’s a madcap comedy about the background players who keep a Starfleet ship running. Coming to CBS All Access 8.6.20.

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SWAMS

SWAMS

A cartoon crustacean finds himself out of water, and can’t seem to get anyone to help keep him from drying out at the grocery store. Animator Robert Bohn’s silly short clip for Adult Swim SMALLS has a wonderfully weird vibe, with a sprinkle of down-home Louisiana spice.

Tig n’ Seek (Trailer)

Tig n’ Seek (Trailer)

After animating for Rick and Morty, Uncle Grandpa, and The Animated Tales of GWAR, Myke Chilian helms this weirdly wacky series about an eccentric boy and his cat. MacGyver-style, they seek out items for the Department of Lost and Found. Chaos ensues. Jemaine Clement and Wanda Sykes co-star. Debuts 7.23.20 on HBO Max.

Spark

Spark

Matt Colglazier and Charles Benevento’s CG animated short film Spark drops us into a factory where robots do all of the work. After one robot is “retired” by some bullying boss bots, one of its components lives on, and brings joy to the warehouse – at least for a little while.

Movie Lines Animated

Movie Lines Animated

Nick Murray Willis likes to create animated interpretations of things he hears. In this case, he took 100 of the greatest movie lines of all time and completely changed their meanings through a series of silly and pun-filled vignettes. You Shall Not Pass!

Sparks: The Existential Threat

Sparks: The Existential Threat

Danger near, danger here! Animator Cyriak is known for his outlandish and trippy visual collages, and they serve as the perfect visual complement to this offbeat track about the end of the world by the enigmatic art rock band Sparks. From the album A Steady Drip Drip Drip.

Meet Bimpson

Meet Bimpson

While stuck at home under quarantine, Dylan Woodley decided to put the time to good use and teach himself how to create 3D computer animation. The result of his efforts is a ridiculously primitive, anatomically-incorrect, but somehow still charming character named “Bimpson.”

Pop Culture Typography

Pop Culture Typography

Designer Isaac Moores (aka Izac Less) created this fun animation which provides typographic lyrics to Madeon’s dance masterpiece Pop Culture, using logo graphics based on just that – pop culture. Don’t know where they’re all from? Watch this version of the clip.

Memories for Sale

Memories for Sale

When a young man decides to sell his dad’s old taxi cab, he finds himself awash in memories both good and bad of his late father. Manu Lopez’s animated short film definitely tugs at the heartstrings with its emotional story and expressive character design.

A Mind Sang

A Mind Sang

Animator and illustrator Vier Nev describes A Mind Sang as “a short film about perception, rebirth and transformation.” But it’s also a wonderful exploration of optical illusions and the phenomenon known as Pareidolia, or humans’ tendency to see faces and other body features in places where they aren’t.

Over the Moon (Trailer)

Over the Moon (Trailer)

Obsessed with a legend about a woman who lives on the moon, a young girl becomes determined to build her own rocket to prove that the myth is true. The trailer for this upcoming animated film gives away too much, but our curiosity is piqued. From award-winning filmmaker Glen Keane. Coming to Netflix Fall 2020.

B is for Ben

B is for Ben

After landing on a deserted planet, an astronaut finds himself stuck on the surface with no way back into his spaceship. Rok Andic’s animated short reminds us of the slapstick comedy of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, while Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie is the perfect score as Ben attempts to reboard his ship.

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Quick Fix

Quick Fix

Too hyper? Too sleepy? Too fat? Too scrawny? Big pharma has got you covered. Chris O’Hara’s animated short film follows the story of one man’s obsession with pills, and reminds us that while some drugs really can be helpful, that becoming too reliant on them can be a slippery slope.

Rebooted

Rebooted

Phil is a skeleton. He quickly rose to fame on the big screen as a stop-motion superstar. Then, modern effects put him out of business. Michael Shanks’ (aka “timtimfed“) charming short film is a fun blend of live-action, animation, and VFX, and a loving tribute to the great Ray Harryhausen. Behind the scenes here.

Armagetten

Armagetten

After ignoring phone calls about his satanic ways from his brother Ben, musician Sam Seeger was greeted by an ominous voicemail, and rather than just delete it, he added some music and doodled up a little animation to go with. The result is simply internet gold.

VidToon Animated Video Maker

Want to create animations for ads, promos, or other videos but don’t have illustration skills? VidToon offers a library of pre-drawn characters, motions, and backgrounds, along with a drag-and-drop timeline editor. It’s a fast and easy way to create animated clips. Grab a lifetime subscription in The Awesomer Shop.

Paper Sheet Dance

Paper Sheet Dance

Blackhand typically uses his X-Acto knife to build stuff out of cardboard. But in this clip, he used his sharp hobby blade to cut out silhouettes from 1400 pieces of paper, transforming footage of a dancer’s moves into a stop-motion animation. Original video here.

Crossing Swords (Trailer)

Crossing Swords (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) This animated comedy from the producers of Robot Chicken follows a young man who wants to be a knight, only to find out that his castle is ruled by a corrupt and deranged king. Features the voices of Nicholas Hoult, Tara Strong, Luke Evans, Tony Hale, and more. All episodes on Hulu now (6.12.20).

Spice Frontier

Spice Frontier

Jalil Sadool & Adam Meyer of Steamroller Studios present a concept pilot for an intriguing animated series. Spice Frontier is a lighthearted and action-packed story about a starship crew on a mission to track down and recover the last remaining Earth spices in an effort to preserve our world’s culinary history.

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The Last Man on Earth…

The Last Man on Earth…

Animator Junyi Xiao’s short film The Last Man on Earth Sat Alone in a Room has quite the warped sense of humor. It tells the story of a lonely man who spends his days sitting in front of his computer, and who makes quick work off an alien who comes seeking friendship at his door. But as they often say “karma’s a bitch.”

Trash Planet

Trash Planet

Pals Jasper and Flip stop by a junkyard in search of treasure, and along the way they make a new friend, sorta. Daniel Broderick and Jared Wangenstein’s AOK quirky cartoon short feels like a great pilot for an animated series in the vein of Regular Show or Adventure Time. The fridge could even be BMO’s cousin.

Stay Alert Song

Stay Alert Song

“Be aware to trim your nose hairs, cause they could put up a fight!” Japan’s state of emergency has been lifted after their initial bout with COVID-19. To both cautiously celebrate, and to remind people to be diligent, disinfectant company SMV Japan released this silly animated music video. Japanese version here.

Fast and Furious 99

Fast and Furious 99

“What is it going to take to kill Dom?.. Probably his blood pressure.” AOK envisions a day when the Fast and Furious franchise nears its 100th movie. But now that their drivers licenses have been revoked, our aging racers must take to the streets and perform death-defying stunts in mobility scooters.

Milkoffee

Milkoffee

Adapted from one of Max Aub’s Crìmenes Ejemplares short stories, this atmospheric animation takes us inside the mind of a man who finds himself annoyed by the endless sound of a clinking teaspoon in a coffee cup, and the extreme measures he goes to in order to make it stop.

Phenomena Exotica

Phenomena Exotica

Jossie Malis‘ animated short delves into a trio of stranger-than-fiction true stories about incredible coincidences which make you wonder if there really is some higher power playing games with humans like pawns on a chess board. (Thanks Rob!)

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