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Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Dateless" About, Well, You Know


Dateless from Remus Buznea on Vimeo.

This is a collection of animated interviews with real 20-somethings who have a lot going on - just not in the dating department.

It used to be that if you didn't have a spouse by the time you were 18, you were damaged goods. Then it moved to 20, then 25. Now, it's somewhere in your 60s or 70s.

The sad truth about the modern world is that people have succeeded in creating so many eternal distractions - television, computers, iPads, the Internet, music videos, Kim Kardashian - that there simply isn't any real need anymore to hook up unless you really make a point of it. And, since everybody else is in no great need to hook up, everybody's bad at it.

So, the truest response I think is the girl who admits that she doesn't try because she doesn't even know what she would do on a date anyway and would just wind up making a total arse of herself.

I mean, that really hits the bulls-eye.

You can tell these aren't Americans being interviewed because they still vaguely care. And I mean that in a good way - they still care that they're dateless. The vast herd of Americans in that age group seriously would be put out if you hinted they might be better off with, you know, some ONE rather than some THING, like the latest xbox. I bet half would lie or at least hint that they were gay just so they wouldn't get any kind of pressure to be with someone of the opposite gender.

At least these blokes and lassies kind of remember that they, you know, perhaps would really like to have someone around if it ever were to somehow come about.

Anyway, these folks are single and sterile, but that doesn't mean they aren't clever. I like the girl who says she "hides away in my hobbit-hole." That's precious.

Then there's the guy who says he doesn't wash as much as he should. Here's a hint: if you use the word "bathe" or "wash" in any way to describe yourself, just give up and join the Foreign Legion.

And that girl who says she likes buying people presents - I think I know that girl!

The girl who says all you need to do is get a pizza, some video games and some vodka - I'm there!

The one who says "I genuinely laughed and said you're really funny" - how did my ex get on there?

Anyway, you can just tell that these folks who sound all picky about who they would be with - aren't. They'd take the first presentable person that would put up with them and let them do what they normally do, and they know it. And so does everybody else. And so, they keep on stumbling along until they find somebody.

Just like me.


From the page:

A series of romantically unfortunate twentysomethings are interviewed, describing in vivid detail their expectations as they search for the ideal partner.
Directed by Remus Buznea and Kyriaki Kyriakou
UCA Farnham 2014
A film debuting online exclusively in Cartoon Brew's 5th annual Student Animation Festival.
Visit Kyriaki Kyriakou's Vimeo:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"The Collagist": Sometimes, You Just Have to Start All Over

The Collagist Amy Lockhart Marc Bell

The Collagist from Amy Lockhart on Vimeo.

This is a very crude, kind of oddly constructed animation that is also kind of mesmerizing. I bet a lot of time went into getting this just right. And they did it.

Very inventive. It is what you make of it. Give it two minutes and see if it turns you on.

Sometimes stuff happens, and you have to start all over again. But... it does kind of suck to have to waste a perfectly good cup of joe.

The Collagist Amy Lockhart Marc Bell

From the page:

2009, Amy Lockhart, collaboration with Marc Bell, paper puppet and cut out animation, 2min. video

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Monday, August 18, 2014

"The Nether Regions" Quirky Animated Short

The Nether Regions

The Nether Regions from WÖNKY Films on Vimeo.

And here we learn that even Satan is bedeviled by the accountants!

And it turns out that he looks like Gumby - sort of.

Satan sure is a wordy devil.

This actually is a devastating parody on what companies have to go through these days. It's quite inventive and also a riot if you enjoy arch humor.

Every CEO of a fortune 500 firm should watch this before going into their next earnings call.

Definitely worth the three minutes!

The Nether Regions

From the page: /
Welcome to the Nether Regions; or by its offical title "Hell - The Nether Regional Branch"
Wielding untold power at the helm of a vast and mighty realm may sound glamorous but no one tells you about the sleepless nights and the unrelenting stress, but that’s what the Devil must deal with on an eternal basis. Even in Hell, there’s no escape from bureaucracy but occasionally he does manage to slip away. With the most magical healing hands in all the nine circles of Hell and a sympathetic ear, it is Sven’s Massage Parlour to which the Devil makes his first port of call.
Now also available "The Nether Regions" App - - Test your skills at massaging the devil...
Nominated Best Short RTS South of England 2014
OFAFA Poland – March 2013 Golden Kuker, Sofia Bulgaria – May 2013
Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK – June 2013
Euganea Film Festival, Italy – July 2013
Encounters Film Festival, UK – September 2013
Bristol Festival of Puppetry UK – Sept 2013
Se-Ma-For Film Festival, Poland – October 2013
Montreal Stopmotion Films Festival – October 2013
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK – November 2013
Leeds International Film Festival – November 2013
London Lift-Off Film Festival – Nov 2013
Animated Exeter - Feb 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Bob's Burgers" Wins Animation Emmy

Bob's Burgers
"Bob's Burgers"

In something of an upset, "Bob's Burgers" on Fox beat stalwarts "Futurama," "South Park," "TMNT" and "Archer" for the 2014 Outstanding Animated Program Emmy.  At Saturday's Creative Arts Emmy Awards, it beat its better known peers - winning its first award for Outstanding Animated Program.

The award was given for the episode "Mazel Tina," in which Bob Belcher's family learns a few lessons about Judaism and eldest daughter Tina tries to get a back-door invite to a popular classmate's party. The clip above is from that episode.

We mentioned Bob's Burgers a few months ago due to its James Bond spoof episode to close out last season. That was a fun episode in which Linda Belcher belted out a James Bond spoof.

Bob's Burgers follows the misadventures of a family operating a small independent hamburger restaurant in a boardwalk community. It is scheduled to begin its fifth season this fall on Fox, with reruns currently syndicated to the Adult Swim network.

Bob's Burgers

Created by Loren Bouchard, a Home Movies veteran, "Bob's Burgers" is somewhat low-key compared to other animated shows. It beat the series finale of Futurama, South Park's "Black Friday," Nickelodeon's TMNT and Archer: Vice, - with which it shares lead voice-actor H. Jon Benjamin and has done a crossover.

The fifth season premiere is on 5 October 2014 at 7:30/6:30 p.m. Central on Fox.

Bob's Burgers

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cats in Space! from DreamWorksTV

Cats in Space
Cats in Space

DreamWorksTV is still at it. Here, we have a charming video, "Cats in Space?!"

This is great for little kids. And there's a surprise at the end!

From the youtube page:

MEANWHILE.... In Space.... cats are a thing.

→ Credits ←
Created By: Derek Baynham, Kelly May & Calum Worthy
Written By: Derek Baynham, Kelly May & Calum Worthy
Character designs By: Micah Lewis
Animation by: Alex Bernstein at LowBrow Studios
Spencer: Nicholas Roye
Andy: Patrick Cavanaugh
Luna: Lila Luccetti
Produced by: PYE Digital & WonderShop Digital
Executive Producer: Birkner Rawlings

Music Video "Yelling in Sleep" by Rich Aucoin

Rich Aucoin Yelling in Sleep
Rich Aucoin's Yelling in Sleep

Rich Aucoin's video for Yelling in Sleep. This is fun animated music video. Joel MacKenzie provides a lively animation to Aucoin's electronic banging. It has an obvious video game thing going on throughout, though it's obviously not a video game.

People will hate me for saying this, but I think he sounds like John Lennon with all the distortion.

A new record drops on 9 September 2014.

Rich Aucoin Yelling in Sleep

From the youtube page:

Written/ Directed/ Produced
Joel Mackenzie []

Grahaeme Cowie
Morgane Billault
Matthew Shepherd
Tony Mitchell
Murray Bain

Background Artist:
Tony Mitchell

Storyboards/ Character Design:
Joel Mackenzie

Murray Bain
James Dalziel

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Conversation with Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski. Uncensored. from Quoted on Vimeo.

This is the inaugural episode of Quoted‘s animated literary series for Harper Collins. Our subject today is the inimitable Charles Bukowski, who always did have a ... way with words.

This appears to be a rotoscope, at least in major parts, meaning it is film that is translated into an animated framework, basically dulling the edges of reality to make everything flow and give an impressionistic look. I find that it is more effective when used very sparingly within a larger work of hand-drawn or computer-generated animation to present a lifelike appearance. One of the best uses ever of rotoscoping was in The Beatles' film "The Yellow Submarine," where it was so good (the boys strutting about in their unique style and so forth) that even when you know what they're doing - it still looks like pure animation and is almost magical in its impact.

This? Well, a little less so. But still a workmanlike job by Drew Christie. It's tough to be measured against the best works of your genre or art form (I know, I know, animation is not a genre!) from long ago. Only artists (and athletes) have to do that, and the current artists lose out to the old-timers a lot more often than the athletes ever do. But it's part of the gig.

Bukowski, sort of a native German (his mother was German, his father was American) but not really, did not live long after this, dying the following year of leukemia.

He definitely sounds like a character.

From the page:
In 1993, candid conversations between Charles Bukowski, his wife, and his producer took place in Bukowski’s home during the recording session for his classic Run With the Hunted.
We brought the outtakes to life for HarperCollins.
Animation by Drew Christie