animation

First time Mickey Mouse speaks

First time Mickey Mouse speaks

Although Mickey Mouse had appeared in eight previous animated shorts, THE KARNIVAL KID, which was first released on July 31, 1929, is the first time the audience got to hear his voice. Mickey plays a smitten hot dog vendor at a carnival where he woos Minnnie, a plot that would be prove itself to be…

Stop-motion paper airplane war!

Stop-motion paper airplane war!

Papierkrieg from Makaio Tisu on Vimeo. I’m loving this stop-motion video titled “Papierkrieg” which was recently uploaded to The Internet and has rapidly caught a lot of attention. It depicts two kids’ paper airplanes engaged in an ever escalating battle. If you like the t-shirt war, you’ll especially enjoy this.

FULL FRONTAL FASHION highlights

FULL FRONTAL FASHION highlights

Tilda Swinton at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival Think of this as your FULL FRONTAL FASHION cliff notes. Check out a few of Lynn Yaeger’s favorite (and maybe not-so-favorite) looks from the wilds of Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. Could you pitch a no-hitter while tripping on LSD? Check out illustrator James Blagden’s hilarious…

Short film: HEART

Short film: HEART

heart from laurent clermont on Vimeo. A lonely heart roams the urban cityscape looking for some companionship in this sweet and short film by Laurent Clermont. It’ll warm even the heart of the biggest cynic and grouch out there.

Parkour motion reel

Parkour motion reel

parkour motion reel from saggyarmpit on Vimeo. Serene Teh, a graphic design student in Singapore, created for one of her courses this super fresh flip book animation depicting the aggressive urban sport of Parkour aka Extreme Walking. I think it’s safe to assume she got good marks from the teacher for this effort.

Michael Jackson vs. Mr. Bean

Michael Jackson vs. Mr. Bean

I previously featured Patrick Boivin’s entertaining stop-motion toy figure fight between Bruce Lee and Iron Man. Boivin is back with another installment that animates a twirling Michael Jackson in a dance off against Mr. Bean, who’s got his own trick up his sleeve. Boivin perfectly captures the inane imaginative battles I used to conjure up…

What if earth had a ring?

What if earth had a ring?

Roy Prol animates an answer to the the what-if question, “What if Earth had a ring?” For one, Saturn could step off its high horse with its fancy rings. Second, the earthling view of the sky would be fantastic. Incorporating a bit of real science for some level of believability, Prol shows how the rings…

Procrastination

Procrastination

An amusing animated short about a tendency we are all guilty of at times: procrastination. Creator Johnny Kelly describes the different ways we spend our time doing things to avoid doing what we should be doing.

DOCK ELLIS & THE LSD NO-NO by James Blagden

DOCK ELLIS & THE LSD NO-NO by James Blagden

Brooklyn artist James Blagden created a terrific short film that animates former major league pitcher Dock Ellis’ entertaining narration of his infamous no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the San Diego Padres in 1970 while he was “high as a Georgia pie,” or specifically under the influence of LSD. After retiring, he later worked as…

Interview with Kris Lefcoe, director of TINY RIOT PROJECT

Interview with Kris Lefcoe, director of TINY RIOT PROJECT

TINY RIOT PROJECT director Kris Lefcoe.

Sundance Channel recently sat down for an interview with Kris Lefcoe, the director of TINY RIOT PROJECT. What started as a music video for a small Canadian band ended up installed at some of the most prestigious art galleries and venues in the world suck as Art Basel Miami, Havana Biennale, and Galerie Tomas Schulte Berlin. Watch TINY RIOT PROJECT at Sundance Channel’s Digital Shorts.

What was the inspiration for TINY RIOT PROJECT?

Lefcoe : A few years ago I had a vision of an army of Care Bears and Coppertone girls attacking kids. I wanted to re-contextualize these sweet and cuddly icons as a bastion of corporate power. I ended up dropping the Coppertone girls and going for more of the Saturday morning cartoon plushies.

Why did you choose stop motion over other forms of animation, even live action?

Lefcoe : Stop motion is just so charming, so endearing. The viewer is drawn into this magical world, it’s irresistible. So it was the perfect medium, a surprising juxtaposition with the violence and political critique in the film. But it’s dangerously addictive. After shooting it, I wanted to shoot everything in stop motion.

Cardboard animation

Cardboard animation

Cardboard creatures roams a foreboding urban landscape in this awesome stop-motion video created by Sjors Vervoort for a student graduation animation project. Well done, kid. The style does remind me of the past work of famous street artist Blu who I previously mentioned. [Via]

More FANTASTIC MR. FOX

More FANTASTIC MR. FOX

While it’s not out until November 13th, there have been plenty of teasers and trailers and behind-the-scenes sneak peaks to keep us satiated until the much-aniticpated release of┬áFANTASTIC MR. FOX. This one, courtesy of Wired, is appropriately tech-heavy and shows the intricate system of cameras and computers that allow production units in various locations to…

Music video: Firefly Effect, "All The Jokes Are On Me"

Music video: Firefly Effect, "All The Jokes Are On Me"

I enjoyed the un-distilled and amateurish flickering animation in the video for Firefly Escape’s “All the jokes are on me.” It took a very dedicated and patient director David Mahler four months to illustrate the 1,640 hand drawn and water-colored frames used in the video. Firefly Effect – All The Jokes Are On Me from…

Colorful music video for Ólafur Arnalds

Colorful music video for Ólafur Arnalds

Argentine Esteban Di├ącono created this beautiful video of weaving ephemeral bursts of colors resembling paint brush strokes for ├ôlafur ArnaldsÔÇÖ song “Lj├│si├░.”Arnalds saw this and liked it so much that he adopted it as the official music video. Watch it as your moment of zen today. ├ôlafur Arnalds – Lj├│si├░ (Official Music Video) from Erased…

Short animated film: INSERT COIN

Short animated film: INSERT COIN

I love the surreal animation style and slightly twisted humor in INSERT COIN by Vurup, an “animation collective…which comprises students from Argentina, Mexico, and Colombia.” The ending was also a complete surprise, so stick around for that because it helps illuminate the title of the film. Insert Coin from vurup on Vimeo.

I can't "lego" of "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

I can't "lego" of "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

This music video remake of Bonnie Tyler’s hit song popular in karaokes all over the world, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” provides today’s moment of levity. I mean, who doesn’t appreciate a dramatic full choir and moody LEGO characters?!

David O'Reilly, PLEASE SAY SOMETHING

David O'Reilly, PLEASE SAY SOMETHING

Animator David O’Reilly is a 22-year-old filmmaker from Ireland whose unique raw style has garnered a lot of awards and opportunities. He created the music video for “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” by a little band called U2, and this trippy video PLEASE SAY SOMETHING that depicts “a troubled relationship between…

Music video for "I Got Opinions"

Music video for "I Got Opinions"

Greg Johnson’s music video for his catchy single “I Got Opinions” from Seven Day Cure takes the viewer on a fun animated “down-the-rabbit-hole journey” through a plethora of trippy and whimsical landscapes. I really enjoyed the different animation and visual styles employed throughout the video, which was the result of eight different contributing artists from…

Animated amigurumi ukulele duo

Animated amigurumi ukulele duo

This video for Japanese ukulele duo, U900′s cover of “Walk, Don’t Run” originally by The Ventures features the cutest animated amigurumis or crocheted creatures ever. This is an improvement on the instrument which my sixth grade elementary school teacher used to strum while forcing, I mean leading us in a singalong. Also, check out this…

They Might Be Giants teach science

They Might Be Giants teach science

Science class is in session with Grammy award winning band They Might Be Giants as they teach the periodic table elements in this animated music video for “Meet the Elements” which debuted on Boing Boing. This song is from their new album Here Comes Science, which is aimed at entertaining and educating (or “edumataining”) children…

Major Lazer's major video

Major Lazer's major video

Major Lazer “Pon De Floor” from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo. I was brought on board SUNfiltered to bring a gay voice to the blog, so I hope the above video for the song “Pon De Floor,” by Major Lazer, doesn’t seem out of place with my other posts. After all it is a┬áriotous video depicting…

Muzorama

Muzorama

Muzorma “is a short 3D animation film based on the universe of french illustrator Muzo,” and is surrealist mayhem at its finest. There are a lot of more light-hearted moments, such as the snail bike, that made me chuckle. However, keep watching until the very end, where the film concludes on a slightly creepy note.…

Snap your fingers to THE CAT PIANO

Snap your fingers to THE CAT PIANO

The Cat Piano from PRA on Vimeo. Winner of numerous awards and the latest from an innovative Australian studio, The People’s Republic of Animation, THE CAT PIANO is a beautifully animated short that blends Jack Kerouac-inspired beat poetry with the romantic and haunting poems of Edgar Allen Poe. It is directed by Eddie White and…

Typo animation of Tom Waits' "Eggs and Sausage"

Typo animation of Tom Waits' "Eggs and Sausage"

Jackie Lay animates the lyrics of Tom Waits “Eggs and Sausage” from his 1975 album Nighthawks at the Diner. She captures the familiar typography of the neon signs and menus that one finds in nearly all diners regardless of regions. Watching this makes me nostalgic for the Village Inn diner in Anchorage, Alaska that my…

Three movie frames

Three movie frames

Tangentially related to the previously mentioned animated GIFs by Mark Portillo, the blog Three Frames has garnered some attention for its bizarre collection of animated GIF images that loops three screen frames from various (obscure?) movies.