Awesome Animation

Short Film: Descendants

Short Film: Descendants

After 3 years of meticulous production time, this haunting CG animated film about the beauty and mystery of nature has finally seen the light of day. And yes, it’s that Whoopi Goldberg as the red head.

Dragonboy

Dragonboy

An animated short made by Lisa Allen, Bernie Warman and Shaofu Zhang of the Academy of Art University as their thesis. It’s a bit too predictable for our taste, but it’s fun to watch nonetheless.

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Short Film: Bruce

Short Film: Bruce

In Tom Judd’s animated short film, we get to see how modern technology will eventually lead us to our own desktop genetic engineering, allowing us to make our very own mini action heroes.

Super Mario Wall

Super Mario Wall

We’re not sure exactly how animator Surfap managed to get this speed-run through the classic NES platformer seamlessly layered onto this wall and ground, but we like Super Concrete Mario.

Big Bang Big Boom

Big Bang Big Boom

When we think about how much work it must have taken BLU to create this 10 minute long animation about the evolution of man, using graffiti on walls, floors and objects, it makes our heads spin.

HP: Hit Print

HP: Hit Print

This clever ad for HP Photosmart printers was shot by printing out each frame of its animation in real time. We’re amazed they didn’t jam or run out of ink. Nothing like a little movie magic.

How Your Money Works

How Your Money Works

Green City Energy GmbH commissioned animation expert Musclebeaver to make this short clip about “investing green”. It’s a humorous but sobering warning about where our money is going.

Trailer: Rango

Trailer: Rango

Johnny Depp and Pirates director Gore Verbinski reunite for this quirky animated film, in which Depp plays a lizard who finds himself in the desert without a drop of water to drink. (Opens 3/4/2010).

Gorillaz: Journey to Plastic Beach

Gorillaz: Journey to Plastic Beach

To kick off their UK and European tour, bass guitarist and band-leader Murdoc narrates this part-animated, part-real world film which is well worth the 15+ minute watch for fans of the band.

AT-AT Day Afternoon

AT-AT Day Afternoon

Patrick Boivin wanted a real dog and an AT-AT walker as a child, and in order to fulfill his dream, he went and created the ultimate – an AT-AT puppy. We always thought Jabba looked like poop.

C.R.A.B. Robot

C.R.A.B. Robot

Jamie Martin created this conceptual 3D animation of his Cybernetic Remote Autonomous Barricade (or C.R.A.B., for short) robot. We definitely wouldn’t want to run into this thing in a dark alley.

Fluffy Mc Cloud

Fluffy Mc Cloud

Made by IADT Film School student Conor Finnegan using a mix of hand drawn animation, stop motion and live action scenes. Well-meaning Fluffy Mc Cloud gets into trouble, but all’s well that ends well.

Short Film: Snack Track

Short Film: Snack Track

We’re getting hungry just watching this short animated stop-motion flick by Brooklyn animator Lori Samsel. The entire animation was made from Japanese rice crackers. Crunchy and delicious!

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Something Left, Something Taken

Something Left, Something Taken

This darkly comic stop-motion animation tells the story of a vacationing couple and their encounter with a stranger they’re convinced is the notorious Zodiac Killer. Go behind the scenes here.

Pixel Animation With Candles

Pixel Animation With Candles

Catch Pong, Tetris, Pac-Man and more in this very fun one minute pixel art animation video from youtube contributor brusspup, created entirely with a bunch of tealight candles (and lots of patience).

Short Film: I lived on the Moon

Short Film: I lived on the Moon

Sit back, chill out, and let your mind drift as you watch Yannick Puig’s beautiful, poetic animation for French recording artists Kwoon. From the looks of things, the moon is a very strange place.

Breakbot: Baby I’m Yours

Breakbot: Baby I’m Yours

This nifty music video for Breakbot’s Baby I’m Yours was created from a series of ~2000 handpainted watercolors by Irina Dakeva. The song is pretty awesome too.

Mega Robot Animation

Mega Robot Animation

Kaktus Film’s Mega Robot animation is only 24 seconds long, but the incredible photorealism in this short clip gives us new-found appreciation for CGI artists. Kaktus, feature-length flicks, please!

The Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe

This interactive infographic from Newgrounds user Fotoshop takes us on a journey from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of space time. (Thanks Artur!)

My Desk is 8-Bit

My Desk is 8-Bit

This short animated film by Alex Varanese is a wonderful tribute to 8-bit video game style. Alex says he was inspired by both Michel Gondry and R-Type, and you can definitely see both influences.

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Short Film: Switch

Short Film: Switch

Tyson Hesse’s short animated film revolves around a very special light switch that results in some unexpected consequences when it’s flicked on and off. Charming, well-animated, and funny.

Short Film: Fly

Short Film: Fly

This short from Aardman Animation (home of Wallace and Grommit) shows us everything not to do when we have a pesky fly buzzing around the house. Memo to self: do not order a box of spiders.

Megamind (Trailer)

Megamind (Trailer)

MegaMind, starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, is a satirical take on superhero movies in which a notorious villain loses his oomph after he accidentally kills his nemesis.

Batman: Under the Red Hood

Batman: Under the Red Hood

Batman encounters a mysterious villain who knows all of his dark secrets. The film stars the voices of Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles and – wait for it – NPH! Coming to DVD and Blu-ray this Summer.

Comedy Classics: Mooninites

Comedy Classics: Mooninites

Ignignokt and Err encourage Meatwad’s bad behavior in this mini-classic from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Don’t mess with them. They’ve got 5,000 dimensions, and a killer quad-laser.

Teaser: The Driver

Teaser: The Driver

This clip gives us a brief, but thrilling glimpse into the CG animated drift-racing world of The Driver. The television series won’t hit sets until Summer 2011, but our curiosity is certainly piqued.

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