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Animation

Marble Machine Simulation

Marble Machine Simulation

We’ve seen some pretty slick wooden marble machines over the years, but we’ve got to hand it to CG motion designer Moby Motion for this purely digital rendition which manages to capture all of the textures and physics in an extremely convincing way.

Fishwitch

Fishwitch

Adrienne Dowling’s animated stop-motion short is a delight, telling the story of a grumpy iceberg inhabitant who catches an unrelenting merman in her net. We couldn’t help but think of The Shape of Water when we watched this. Behind the scenes video here.

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Overwatch: Shooting Star

Overwatch: Shooting Star

D.Va is obsessed with defending her hometown from invaders. But she forgets that she’s not the only one who can contribute. Overwatch‘s gamer-turned-mech pilot shines in Blizzard’s exciting animated short film.

Dog vs. Chocolate

Dog vs. Chocolate

So it’s common knowledge that dogs aren’t supposed to eat chocolate. But the guy in Alex Grigg’s animated short gives into his pup’s demands, and the consequences are far greater than anyone could have expected. A silly entry into Loopdeloop’s dog-themed contest.

Stanley Scanley

Stanley Scanley

Filmmaker and composer Stuart Hilton’s son Stanley had his brain scanned for science, and his dad decided to take footage of the sliced up imaging layers, animated them, and set them to a trippy ambient soundtrack. It’s weird to think that we all have this stuff inside our heads.

Animator vs. Animation: The Virus Ep.1

Animator vs. Animation: The Virus Ep.1

Alan Becker, the man behind the epic Animator vs. Animation series is back. This time out, his stick figures decide to help out with his animation project, and digital chaos ensues when a virus invades the system. We’re looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Big Noise

Big Noise

Created by nine different animators over the course of a year, each tackling 32 seconds (8 bars) of a song before passing it on for the next artist to continue the story, Lucinate’s title track Big Noise is an awesome collaboration. It’s noir in your eyes and dreamy jazz in your ears.

Melt Down

Melt Down

A boy without a body is sent on an errand. As he goes out, he meets adults who are literally melting down from stress, even if their problems are only about the little things. Amy J. Xu’s surreal animated short is a fun reminder for us to calm down and let go.

Tom Rosenthal: It Won’t Be Me

Tom Rosenthal: It Won’t Be Me

Come for another enveloping tune by alt-folk singer/songwriter Tom Rosenthal, stay for the fantastic and eyecatching visuals by animator/illustrator Chloe Jackson, who blends a sort of 1970s Yellow Submarine sensibility with something uniquely her own.

asdfmovie11

asdfmovie11

It’s been a minute or 714,240 since TomSka cranked out one of his asdfmovies. Ass-duff-moo-vee-ell-ehv-uhn features more of the overly literal interpretations, unexpected outcomes, and senseless violence we’ve become accustomed to over the past decade.

L’Aviatrice

L’Aviatrice

A beautifully illustrated and fantastically well-lit animated CGI short which envisions the thoughts of Jacqueline Auriol, a French aviator who famously broke air speed records back in the ’50s and ’60s. Created by students of the ESMA CG Animation & FX Master Degree.

LEGO in Real Life 3

LEGO in Real Life 3

BrickBros Productions is back with another great LEGO stop-motion clip. This time, it’s not their food they’re playing with, but power tools and LEGO lumber. We don’t recommend running your bricks through a table saw.

OCTANE

OCTANE

(PG-13) Animator Jeron Braxton has a truly unique style that combines dreamlike imagery, with elements from pop culture and folk art, laced with intense socio-political commentary. In this trippy clip, a man starts off in a car race that ends up being a race for his life.

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DIY – Volume One

DIY – Volume One

Encyclopedia Pictura’s series of vignettes about a group of young friends is wildly inventive, from its adorable environments, to its character design, to its lighthearted story and dialogue, to its great voice acting. Animation junkies will definitely want to check this out.

Nick DenBoer Showreel 2018

Nick DenBoer Showreel 2018

Video artist, music and comedy producer Nick DenBoer’s wild and crazy CG animation work can be seen in TV shows, music videos, and commercials. His latest showreel is packed with so much insanity that we couldn’t resist sharing it as a standalone work of entertainment.

Crøm-lus: Strange Jealousy

Crøm-lus: Strange Jealousy

Animator Georgios Cherouvim’s video for Poppy Edwards aka Crøm-lus ethereal track features fantastic imagery, manipulating footage of faces using an algorithm replicating the behavior of slime mold as it forms branch-like structures in search of nutrients.

Chinese Man: Step Back

Chinese Man: Step Back

Directors Fred & Annabelle created of the most slickest music videos we’ve seen in a while. Thousands of nondescript characters face off at a city intersection, while DJ Chinese Man keeps the beat going from the tallest amp stack we’ve ever seen. From the album Shikantaza.

Contact

Contact

In animator Katy Wang’s Kingston University graduation film, a lonely and stranded astronaut sends a message into space in hopes of making a connection. Incredibly, his message reaches a kindred spirit, and he sets off in hopes of face-to-face contact.

Dry Run

Dry Run

If there’s one thing we can always count on from animator Felix Colgrave, it’s a mastery of the strange and wonderful. This clip he made for Adult Swim’s surreal Off the Air features at its center Trolval, a sea monster often found in the uncharted areas of medieval maps.

Gokurōsama

Gokurōsama

A lighthearted animated short film from the 2016 graduating class of MOPA in Arles, France. Gokurōsama is a wonderfully-detailed slice of life about an elderly shop owner who needs help when she throws out her back during her daily routine.

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Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Spoof

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Spoof

Dinosaurs make reservations, Chris Pratt keeps getting tranquilized, and he came up with a gross way to raise a young dinosaur in ArtSpear Entertainment’s funny animated spoof of the trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Hype Cycle: Smart Matter

Hype Cycle: Smart Matter

Digital art and design collective Universal Everything uses a series of human motion studies to envision a new sort of interactive modeling interface, which could allow multiple participants to sculpt objects from “smart matter.” It also doubles as a dance piece.

HISHE: Avengers: Infinity War

HISHE: Avengers: Infinity War

How It Should Have Ended takes on the blockbuster hit Avengers: Infinity War, saying that Doctor Strange should have seen not one, not two, not three, but five ways that the movie could have gone the way of the heroes.

Animation Is All About The Walk

Animation Is All About The Walk

The Royal Ocean Film Society gathered snippets from animation experts that point out the importance of walking in cartoons. We can learn a lot about a character – even a live one – by their walk, and changing even one element of it can drastically change the character.

Game Changer

Game Changer

Ringling College student Aviv Mano’s Disney-quality animated short is about a girl who really wants to win a prize in the arcade, and the macho little toy that will do anything to keep her from taking him home. We’re sure Aviv’s work helped him score a Pixar internship.

Fish with Legs

Fish with Legs

A school of fish wakes up one morning to find that they have all grown legs. The village leader thinks it’s a curse from god, but Charlie tries to sway his peers with logic and science. Dave Carter’s silly short film is a twisted take on evolution.

Mythos

Mythos

Stephen Kelleher’s, Chris Guyot, and John Poon’s animated short film attempts to communicate the morals of several classic Greek myths in the most minimal way possible, using the interactions between simple objects to express their primary meaning.

The LEGO Movie 2 (Teaser)

The LEGO Movie 2 (Teaser)

The Second Part finds our heroes living in a Mad Max-esque world, acknowledging that everything was not awesome after the insanity that was Taco Tuesday. Gotta love how minifigs are subject to more consequence than most movie heroes these days.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Trailer)

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Trailer)

Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope hop onto the information superhighway in search of a replacement part to keep Sugar Rush running. Along the way, the duo encounters a veritable who’s who of Disney-owned characters, as the studio flexes their intellectual property muscle.

Darrel

Darrel

A chameleon spies his crush while waiting for the subway, and aims to impress her with a gift. But Darrel doesn’t exactly have the best of luck in this amusing and award-winning animated short film out of Spain, directed by Marc Briones and Alan Carabantes.

Penrose

Penrose

A hiker discovers that her world is far more limiting than she thought it was, and finds herself stuck in quite the predicament. Animator Kris Stanton’s short film is proof that a simple premise can make for great storytelling. One of CalArts’ 2018 character animation student films.

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