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Friday, October 31, 2014

"The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton"

Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton

The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton from Gentleman Scholar on Vimeo.

This is just a fun little animation with no pretensions beyond being goofy. What would it be like to be a skeleton? Find out in "The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton." Presented in honor of today being Halloween.

Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton

From the page:

To see more behind the project, including character development and initial sketches, visit our website:

Trials and Tribulations of Being a Skeleton


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bizarre Animation from Patagonia about Duck Feathers

"100% traceable down."

What the Pluck? – Conventional Down Is a Scary Business

This is an explanatory video from Patagonia, the jacket company, showing how their use of down feathers in their jackets is not harmful to the ducks they take them from.

Actually, well, it is harmful to the ducks. The ducks wind up dead. However, the video shows that this is done quite humanely because it involves only using "100% traceable down."

Now, if that makes you scratch your head, maybe you should watch the video!

It is a very odd little production. In fact, it is probably the weirdest animation on this site. For reason alone, it is worth posting and viewing. And, incidentally, music doesn't get any finer than 'Fear the Reaper" from Blue Oyster Cult.

From the youtube page:

To ensure the humane treatment of birds that supply us with down, as of fall 2014 Patagonia uses only 100% Traceable Down. We trace it from farm to factory to make sure the birds that supplied it were never force-fed or live-plucked, and that our down is never blended with down from sources we can’t trace. The Traceable Down Standard provides the highest assurance of animal welfare in the apparel industry so you can stay warm in good conscience. Learn more at


Walt Disney: Autographed Portrait

Walt Disney early autographed photo

A cool autographed photo of Walt Disney. Looks as though it is from the 1930s, maybe even before Snow White made him a household name, though it could be from the early 1940s.


Monday, October 27, 2014

'Brain Lapse' - Awesomely Detailed Animation

Brain Lapse

Brain Lapse from Jake Fried on Vimeo.

This is a pretty intense animation. The level of detail is pretty high. If you appreciate things like compositions, colours, patterns structures, and changes, you should enjoy this animation. It is pretty stunning for a one-minute experience. Think of it as a purely visual experience.

Brain Lapse

From the site:

Brain Lapse by Jake Fried 2014.
Hand-drawn animation with ink, white-out, coffee and collage.
More at
Art Prints available at

Brain Lapse


Sunday, October 26, 2014

New Critics Trailer for 'Big Hero 6'

Big Hero 6

BIG HERO 6 TV Spot - Critics (2014) Disney Animation Movie

"Big Hero 6" already has premiered in Japan, and they apparently love it. Disney made a cool $250 million in Japan from tickets sold to "Frozen" just eight months ago, so they have a lot to be thankful for from the people of the rising sun.

The plot of "Big Hero 6" sees young Hiro, an inventive boy of the future, transforming his inoffensive medical robot Baymax into a crime-fighting demon in order to avenge the death of Hiro's older brother and drive the corruption out of his home town, San Fransokyo.

The voice cast of Big Hero 6 includes Ryan Potter, T.J. Miller, Maya Rudolph, and Jamie Chung, and the movie is currently set to be released in North America in 3D on November 7th, 2014.

Big Hero 6

From the youtube page:

Published on Oct 26, 2014 - Disney's Big Hero 6 TV Spot #18 - Critics (2014) Disney Animation Movie

Release Date: November 7, 2014 (3D/2D theaters)
Studio: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams
Screenwriter: Don Hall, Jordan Roberts
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., Genesis Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Alan Tudyk, Daniel Henney
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG (for action and peril, some rude humor, and thematic elements)

Official Websites:,

Plot Summary:
From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Big Hero 6," an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated "Big Hero 6" hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Tant de Forêts" - An Animation Poem About Saving Forests

Tant de Forêts
Tant de Forêts

Tant de Forêts - trailer from Burcu & Geoffrey on Vimeo.

This is a 37-second preview of a French short about saving the forest.

When reviewing animated films, we talk a lot about plot. If an animated feature film purports to tell a story, and the story is weak - that is a good reason not to like the animation. Objective missed, so try again next time.

However, not all animation is about telling an original story. That's kind of a common theme on this website - animation can be good regardless of the lack of a story. However, it is vitally important that the animation not pretend to be anything more than a collection of nice images if that is all it is. If you title your animation, say, 'Spiderman,' and all it contains is a bunch of lovely images of a guy going through the motions of doing exactly what every other Spiderman film has done, with no originality whatsoever, then it is going to be disappointing. It's all about expectations, something fresh, something that takes on a mission and completes it decently.

That is a long-winded way of introducing "Tant de Forêts." After that build-up, you probably expect me to excoriate it for not meeting my expectations - but that is precisely what I am not going to do. "Tant de Forêts" is a lovely animated poem of color and light that does not aim tell a complicated tale with a beginning, middle and end. It is simply a celebration of animation and its possibilities, and asks you to take a new look at a very mundane issue.

All "Tant de Forêts" aims to do is point up the glory of nature, and the irony in the fact that well-meaning (or perhaps cynical) attempts to save the planet are part of what is destroying it. There's nothing deeper than that going on.

And it works. Gloriously. "Tant de Forêts" is a very pretty film that is well worth seeing.

This is just a preview. Apparently this was produced for a French television showing. We may be able to post the whole film next year.

Tant de Forêts

From the page:

Trailer of our short film based on a poem of Jacques Prévert "Tant de forêts". The poem speaks of the irony of the fact that newspapers warn us about deforestation although they are made of paper themselves. Cristal for a TV production - Annecy animation festival 2014 Producer : Tant mieux prod Music : Nathanël Bergèse Broadcast on France 3


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dia de Muertos animation

Dia de Muertos

Lotería • Día de Muertos from Filios on Vimeo.

This is the last of a series ('Lotería') of animations by animator Filios which focus on Mexican holidays. There were five animations in all, dealing with Mother's Day, Father's Day, Children's Day, Native Month and the above Day of the Dead.

The animation style is unique and has a distinctive Mexican flair. They are all great fun and can be found on Filion's page. He describes himself as a "Motion Graphic designer in Mexico City, founder and art director at Voraz."

They are fun and quick - the "Day of the Dead" only runs 20 seconds - and well worth the time if you enjoy funky animation.

Dia de Muertos

From the page:

El último de la serie "Lotería"
The last of this series

Dia de Muertos