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Pitch Black Panacea

Pitch Black Panacea

Two strangers, each living with a lazy eye, find themselves locked away together in total darkness for 10 days as part of an experimental treatment. As they descend into the dark, madness takes hold. Tom Hardiman and Chris Cornwell’s short film is packed with auditory and visual surprises – and inspired by an actual experiment.

The Seed of Juna: Pilot

The Seed of Juna: Pilot

(PG-13) Set 100 years in the future, The Seed of Juna envisions a post-apocalyptic world where Earth has fallen to religious fanatics. After being killed on Earth, a young rebel awakens on a strange planet only to face a whole new threat. Filmmaker Álvaro García Martínez envisions his CGI science fiction epic as a multipart series.

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Dog in a Car

Dog in a Car

“How did he get his license?” David Beukes‘ silly short film is about a dog who meets up with a friend and gives him a ride to the Post Office. This family-friendly, low-fi animation is just the kind of mindless silliness we could use these days.

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.

Günther

Günther

Former Pixar animator Erick Oh’s goofy short film is packed with the silliest array of characters we’ve run into in a while. It follows the story of a naked hot dog on a quest to figure out his who he really is, and the other possibly edible folks he encounters along his journey.

8 Stop-motion Tricks

8 Stop-motion Tricks

Want to make your own stop-motion animation? Animator Edu Puertas shows off a few simple tricks using household items like tape, wire, aluminum foil, and pillow stuffing to embellish your creations with, and give them a more finished look.

Coyote

Coyote

(PG-13: Gore) A coyote miraculously survives an attack by a pack of wolves, but remains haunted by horrible visions of the carnage as he attempts to get back to life. Director Lorenz Wunderle’s award-winning short for YK Animation is a brutal and powerful tale of loss and revenge. This one’s definitely not for the kids.

How to Make Sushi

How to Make Sushi

Motion designer Jonathan Lindgren’s animated short film is a mouth-watering tribute to the art of making sushi. The combination of Lindgren’s sharp visuals, Luke Brown’s sound effects, and staccato voice work by Yoshi Amao, creates the perfect reflection of the precision with which sushi masters ply their craft.

Husbands: Manhorse

Husbands: Manhorse

LAMAR+NIK’s music video for the track Manhorse by Husbands uses a technique known as “Scanimation” or “picket-fence animation.” The trick uses several frames of motion interlaced together onto card stock, and then viewed through a transparent bar mask. You can download Scanimations from the video here.

Powerpuff Girls: Ska Edition

Powerpuff Girls: Ska Edition

’90s kids will surely remember the closing theme music from Cartoon Network’s classic Powerpuff Girls, as our heroes rattle off their names and skills. We think it sounds even better with the joyous instrumentals of the Ska Tune Network and the spot-on vocals of Quil Cauchon.

Mummy

Mummy

In the first episode of his “Quarantine of the Damned” series, animator Jon Portman introduces us to a mummy living through a virus pandemic. When his neighbors start to run out of toilet paper, he sees a major business opportunity. Warning: potty humor ahead.

MAN 2020

MAN 2020

Animator Steve Cutts revisited his brilliant 2012 short film MAN to reflect today’s world. This time out, the animals rejoice as the humans stay locked in their homes, leaving them alone to flourish… at least until the stay at home order is over.

Carved Horse Stop Motion

Carved Horse Stop Motion

Carving figures from wood takes time, patience, and skill. But S-Carving went one better, turning a sculpture of a horse into a stop-motion animation, inspired by the work of Eadweard Muybridge. To pull off the simultaneous refinement of the carving and the horse’s gallop must have taken tons of work and planning.

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Into the Flame

Into the Flame

(PG-13) After a moth burrows into a businessman’s ear, he starts to have visions which take hold and set him off on a new course through life. Hue&Cry’s short film is a beautifully animated and expressive tale of self-discovery and transformation.

2020 Trailer Trash-Up

2020 Trailer Trash-Up

Despite the title, ArtSpear Entertainment’s hilarious animated trailer spoof is based entirely on movies that came out in 2019, including Aladdin, Joker, The Lion King, Aquaman, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, and more. We’re pretty sure John Wick threw more knives than that though.

Books & Sleeves

Books & Sleeves

Motion artist Henning M. Lederer is back with another cool animated clip. This time, he didn’t just use book covers, but he included some eye-catching designs from vintage record sleeves as well. The electronic music track by Tilman Grundig fits the structured, geometric imagery perfectly.

How to Build a Birdhouse… Animated

How to Build a Birdhouse… Animated

We’ve featured lots of DIY building videos over the years, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time that the entire process was documented in animation. Woodworker Willie’s birdhouse building instructions aren’t exactly precise, but Slouch Show’s animated short is endearing, and has an amusing punchline.

Three Little Birds Music Video

Three Little Birds Music Video

Bob Marley’s track Three Little Birds is one of those songs that can brighten even the darkest day. Marley’s daughter Cedella asked Seed Animation Studio to create a music video for the track. Director Morgan Powell came up with a new take on the classic Big Bad Wolf fairy tale, in which peace and harmony win out over conflict.

Second to None

Second to None

(Gore) Vincent Gallagher’s darkly comedic stop-motion short film tells the story of the two oldest men in the world, and the jealousy that erupts from the second-place winner, who will stop at nothing to claim the prize from his twin brother, born just seconds ahead of him.

Wes After Animation

Wes After Animation

(PG-13) Wes Anderson has always had a very precise and fastidious aesthetic. But after making Fantastic Mr. Fox, his style changed in ways that made his subsequent movies even more magical. The Discarded Image and Beyond The Frame teamed up to explore how his stop-motion learnings affected even Anderson’s live-action films.

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If Google Was a Guy: Quarantine Edition

If Google Was a Guy: Quarantine Edition

CollegeHumor returns to the comedy well with an animated installment of their hilarious “If Google Was a Guy” series. While most of the questions asked relate to living during the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems there are still plenty of people out there who are just idiots.

Bort Sampson

Bort Sampson

LEGO builder Baron Julius von Brunk created this deranged stop-motion short which envisions an alternative universe version of The Simpsons, in which Bart, er Bort likes to sniff gasoline fumes and burn down lemon trees. Can Milhaus stop him before he destroys Sprungfeld?

Fly

Fly

Petrick Animation Studio presents a very short film inspired by “real events” that happened at their Moscow, Russia office. Along the way, you’ll meet a fly guy named Fly, and follow him through his brief, but magical journey through life.

Graham the Stegosaurus

Graham the Stegosaurus

“There are few animals more impressive than these dignified titans of the prehistoric.” It’s been 5 years since Rathergood introduced us to Dinosaurs: Terrible Lizards, but they’re back with a new animated nature flick, this time offering up a hilariously inaccurate portrayal of the mighty stegosaurus.

Freelance

Freelance

Freelance motion designer James Tupper presents a cheeky animated glimpse into a small piece of the world of a freelance motion designer, as he creates and programs digital imagery, waits for it to render, waits for his social media views to tally up, then does it all over again.

Ice Cubes

Ice Cubes

This off-the-wall animation from Devin Flynn and Jon Vermilyea follows the travels of three ice cubes and their passengers, as they descend into the stomach of a bar patron and compete for a frozen gem that grants them special powers. If that sounds weird, that’s because it is. Thanks for the trip, Adult Swim.

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