Takashi Taniguchi, Mr Ando of the Woods

Article: Takashi Taniguchi, Mr Ando of the Woods

I’m not going to pretend to understand this surrealist animated short, “Mr. Ando of the Woods” by Takashi Taniguchi, because I don’t. Frankly, it’s straight up bizarre, but what I do know is that I like it. I like it A LOT.

Digital 3D film from 1972

Article: Digital 3D film from 1972

40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (Pixar, 1972) from Robby Ingebretsen on Vimeo. The geeks and AV club’s tables at the Internet’s cafeteria went agog over this recently unearthed gem: a 6-minute film from 1972 that might arguably be the first celluloid example of digital 3-D rendered images back when such technology was rudimentary at…

Four minute film about the LITTLE BOAT that could

Article: Four minute film about the LITTLE BOAT that could

Little Boat from nelson boles on Vimeo.

CalArts student Nelson Boles created this beautifully animated, four minute short film LITTLE BOAT. It has a tremendous visual and emotional depth for a deceptively simple concept, story and style. It starts off slow with a small sail boat that floats along and passes a variety of seascapes and environments, including some harsh conditions. However, the payoff near the end is worth the time.

Animated edibles by Alexandre Dubosc

Article: Animated edibles by Alexandre Dubosc

Alimation from Alexandre DUBOSC on Vimeo.

My interest in baked goods was already pretty keen without there being a cultural incentive to drool in their direction. For his new short film, “Alimation,” French visual artist Alexandre Dubosc crafted a series of edible “zoetropes,” or moving illusions for this year’s Annency International Animated Film Festival. With everything from fresh crepes to elaborate, multi-tier cakes, the film is as mesmerizing as it is mouth-watering.

Stop-motion trip of a lifetime

Article: Stop-motion trip of a lifetime

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Australian auteur Rick Mereki and Tim White created this wonderful travel video titled MOVE, commissioned by STA Australia, that has rapidly gone viral around the tubes of the Internet. Starring one lucky dude Andrew Lees, these guys traveled a total of 38,000 miles to 11 countries over the course of 44 days. I recommend just clicking on the play button above and watching it for the first time without any spoiler explanation. That said, I love the way their editing rapidly stitched together Andrew’s time in various locales around the world, some familiar and others not, into one coherent movement that underscores our shared connectivity despite our vast differences.

Taking paper dolls to a higher level

Article: Taking paper dolls to a higher level

Early Morning Life : Paper cutout animation from S A R A N yen P A N Y A on Vimeo.

“There was a time,” artist Saran Yenpanya explains, “when I mistakenly believed that my parents were well-off, but pretended to be otherwise in hoping that I would grow up modestly… In truth they are quite poor. Plus, I turned out to be a snob.” This somewhat startling revelation and confession is at the heart of Yenpanya’s short animation about a stuck-up, middle-class boy telling the story of how he was shocked to discover the extreme poverty of his parents’ childhood in rural Thailand. “Early Morning Life” is a critique of the classism that exists not only in families but on a national level in Thailand as well.

Artsy animated GIF images

Article: Artsy animated GIF images

GIF images have historically resided in the seedier corners of the Internet, in profiles of message board users and the like, but these looping animated images have started to emerge as a medium of some artistic merit in their own right. New York City photographer Jamie Beck and designer Kevin Burg have gained some viral…

Will Forte: Orgies and Dreams

Article: Will Forte: Orgies and Dreams

Will Forte is an actor, comedian and writer best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for starring in the SNL spin-off film, MACGRUBER. Will is now starring in the new film A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and he’s also a featured artist in our new animated video series DreamStates. You can also check out Will in his recurring roles on 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation and Conan. He’s everywhere!

DreamStates takes a look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of film and music. In Will’s episode of DreamStates, he is being relentlessly chased by a giant Icelandic puffin. For those of you not in the know – puffins “kind of look a little like a penguin crossed with a toucan…..but they have a dark side to them…….and they can be a little snippy”. This snippy, giant puffin chases Will from the big city to the ski slopes of Squaw Valley and never backs off until they finally meet up face to face. What does all this mean? We don’t know – but it’s fun to watch.

Dreaming with Option-G

Article: Dreaming with Option-G

Our friends at creative agency Option-G created our latest animated web series, DreamStates — LIVE NOW!

In the series, innovators from the worlds of music and film recall some of their most bizarre dream stories. The dreams are then brought to life by talented and unique animators. Sundance Channel also worked with Option-G in the past on the award-winning eco-themed animated series Yung Yeti. We love all things Option-G, whether it’s animation, illustration, original art work, prints, t-shirts or posters — they do it all. Click here to check out the Option-G website and see for yourself.

DreamStates Coming in May

Article: DreamStates Coming in May

What do you dream about? What’s that one dream story you’ll never forget? The one that’s “seared into your brain” forever. We all have them. Now, Sundance Channel takes a deeper look into our dreams through the eyes of creative innovators from the worlds of film and music. Created by Option-G, DreamStates is a five-part…

Pixar cast reunion for Vanity Fair

Article: Pixar cast reunion for Vanity Fair

To accompany a recent spotlight in Vanity Fair of Pixar, the powerhouse animation studio produced this reunion picture of all alumni of Pixar films. The image was inspired by J. R. Eyerman’s iconic photograph of moviegoers watching a 3D film. Pixar’s Bob Pauley and Guido Quaroni discuss the challenges of composing this picture from getting the tone (“They don’t live in the same world, so we had to achieve this without making our teeth hurt.”) to the technical scale right.

Animated album covers

Article: Animated album covers

This single serve Tumblr devoted to animated album covers is strangely addictive. I couldn’t tear my eyes away from it.

NPR: Why Can't We Walk Straight?

Article: NPR: Why Can't We Walk Straight?

A Mystery: Why Can’t We Walk Straight? from NPR on Vimeo. Watch this wonderfully animated short film from NPR that explores the puzzle of the “profound inability in humans to stick to a straight line when blindfolded or when there is no fixed point.” This is true for swimming as well. It’s a really interesting…

Amazing Google Docs epic animation

Article: Amazing Google Docs epic animation

Not sure what the purpose of this was other than to blow our minds, but this is definitely “The Most Awesome 450 Page Presentation Ever.” It also reminds me of this insane video someone created of them drawing a cool Gundam suit using only Excel. [Via]

Watch this: Animated video of when Herzog rescued Phoenix

Article: Watch this: Animated video of when Herzog rescued Phoenix

Werner Herzog narrates this short film, which utilizes papercraft animation with what looks like construction paper, about the time he randomly rescued Joaquin Phoenix from a car crash on January 26, 2006. Side note that only I will care about: January 26 is my birthday.

Master animator and storyteller Satoshi Kon dies

Article: Master animator and storyteller Satoshi Kon dies

Yesterday, news of master Japanese animator Satoshi Kon’s death started circulating wildly. It came as a shock because, first, Kon was only two months shy of his 47th birthday and, secondly, because nobody could confirm what was then thought to be a rumor. The news started after two trustworthy members of the anime industry posted on Twitter: the President of Madhouse Studios (MINDGAME), Masao Maruyama, and one of the founding members of Gainax (NEON GENESIS EVANGELION), Takeda Yasuhiro. It’s been confirmed today that Kon passed away due to pancreatic cancer.

See outer space like the astronauts

Article: See outer space like the astronauts

“Erupting Into Space” was captured by NASA’s Galileo orbiter in 1997
While we might appreciate the images gathered by NASA’s various satellites and probes for their scientific value, the often grainy, hazy pictures are probably only considered breathtaking or beautiful as well by planetary enthusiasts, but a new series of outer space photographs by artists Michael Benson is turning more than just scientists’ heads. Benson, whose work includes the documentary PREDICTIONS OF FIRE that premiered at our very own Sundance Film Festival in 1995, scoured NASA’s archives for extraordinary images, which he then manipulated so that they appear to the viewer in a museum as an astronaut would see them in outer space.

Funny short film about a couple resigned to their Zodiac Killer fate

Article: Funny short film about a couple resigned to their Zodiac Killer fate

Something Left, Something Taken- Full Version from Tiny Inventions on Vimeo. Max Porter, a regular reader of our SUNfiltered blog and one half of the talented married duo behind Tiny Inventions (a Brooklyn-based animation firm), wrote in to share a funny independent short film he created with his wife Ru Kuwahata. SOMETHING LEFT, SOMETHING TAKEN…

DESPICABLE ME animation team's next project: THE LORAX

Article: DESPICABLE ME animation team's next project: THE LORAX

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” — Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Almost anyone who was a child in the last forty years probably received their first introduction to environmentalism through Theodore Geisel’s (aka Dr. Seuss) classic 1971 book The Lorax. A year after its publication, the story came to the small screen; now, according to Variety (and a few green blogs), a feature-length version of the story is set for a March 2, 2012 release (which is also Geisel’s 108th birthday).

Short film: street art seeks romance

Article: Short film: street art seeks romance

Gabriel Psaltakis created and directed this sweet and funny short Greek film titled THE GIRL ON THE WALL. Mixing live action with stop-motion animation, a bored office man helps a love-struck street art character woo a disinterested girl across the street.



I was just recently enlightened of this short animated film that portrays “the final minutes of a society of vocal bubblewrap as it faces its apocalypse.” Created and voiced by Arthur Metcalf, FANTAISIE IN BUBBLEWRAP was his first film ever and it ended up picking up quite a few awards at various film festivals. This…

Stop-motion Mario

Article: Stop-motion Mario

A Japanese student combined two of the Internet’s favorite things, stop motion animation and Mario, in this video. What makes this even more impressive is that everything was created with just sticky notes and a whole lot of time. According to the Google translation of this Japanese website, it took him about 2 weeks to…

Mars attack

Article: Mars attack

MARS! from Joe Bichard and Jack Cunningham on Vimeo. Stephen Hawking set the blogosphere talking recently with his advice that instead of seeking contact, us Earthlings should do our best to avoid attracting extraterrestrials because he theorizes in a new documentary, “if aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when…

Music video: "LookListenFeel" featuring narration by Isabella Rossellini

Article: Music video: "LookListenFeel" featuring narration by Isabella Rossellini

LookListenFeel from Broken Antler on Vimeo. I like this zenful music video for Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra’s “LookListenFeel” featuring narration by Isabella Rossellini (Sundance Channel’s Green Porno) of a poem by Laura Archera Huxley. The visuals were created in a collaboration between UK designer Broken Antler and Ben the Illustrator. [Hat tip: Christopher!]

"Have I met the expectations you had for me when I was born?"

Article: "Have I met the expectations you had for me when I was born?"

Q&A from StoryCorps on Vimeo. Although this is an older item, it’s re-circulating around the blogosphere today with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend. In 2006 as part of StoryCorps (an “oral history project collecting stories around the nation, as friends and family members interview each other in a mobile recording booth”) 12-year-old Joshua Littman,…