Mickey Mouse/eye-in-pyramid tee on Threadless


Tales83's "SUPRISE!!!" shirt offers some insight into the head beneath Mickey's fursuit.

Surprise!!! (via Super Punch)

Haunted Mansion animated special with Gris Grimly

The existence of this special is now public, and based on the development team, I'm very confident that it is going to rock.

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PES raising funds for new stop-motion cooking film

Beloved stop-motion animator PES is Kickstarting "Submarine Sandwich," the third in his "cooking series" of shorts that started with Western Spaghetti and Oscar-nominated Fresh Guacamole!

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Fireworks animation by PES!

"Fireworks," a classic by PES. Happy Independence Day!

The rules underpinning Porky Pig's stutter

Looney Toons voice actor Bob Bergen explains the logic underlying Porky Pig's stutter, which is surprisingly regular.

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3D printed Princess Bubblegum crown


The Princess Bubblegum Crown, $30 from Etsy's Carry The What, is a pretty sweet fashion accessory for the Adventure Time fan who's got everything. You can download and print your own, if you've got a 3D printer.

Douchebag centaur kills bird with stone for no reason

Winsor McCay was the creator of Little Nemo in Slumberland and the groundbreaking Gertie the Dinosaur cartoon from 1914. Here is the "only surviving fragment of McCay’s now-lost The Centaurs, produced in 1921 by Rialto Productions. The animation is notable for it’s particular quality of line and movement way ahead of its time (20 years before Disney would reach such heights with Fantasia) and for a strange little moment when one of the centaurs strikes down a bird with a stone for seemingly no reason."

1970s cartoon videos for The Kinks, Joni Mitchell, etc.

Over at Dangerous Minds, Richard turns us on to the late animator John David Wilson whose credits include the likes of Disney's Peter Pan, Mr. Magoo cartoons, and the opening to Grease, and also made terrifically fun cartoon music videos for The Kinks, Joni Mitchell, and others that aired in the 1970s on the Sonny and Cher Show!

Zelda-themed stop-motion chalk-drawing animation

Chalk artist Chris Carlson sends us this astounding stop-motion animation of his 3D chalk drawings of Link from Legend of Zelda, popping out of two-space and having a mischievous adventure in our world. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of labor that went into drawing the frames of this animation -- bravo! (Thanks, Chris!)

The Robin Van Persie World Cup goal score as a flipbook animation

It's an ad for Stabilo pens, but what a wonderful ad! [via Reddit, HT: Dean Putney]

Father's Day: A Bear for Punishment

In honor of Father's Day, here's one of the great, classic animation celebrations of the pater familias: Warner Bros' Three Bears celebrate in "A Bear for Punishment."

Robots perform Waiting for Godot

Shardcore sez, "Today I directed some robot actors in a production of the first five minutes of Waiting for Godot. Get ready theatre nerds, this is the future..."

Waiting for Godot (Thanks, Shardcore!)

'The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed,' from Jonathan Mann's 'Animals' album

[Video Link] "The Cat Says The Lid Stays Closed," an animated ditty from the Album "Animals" by Jonathan "Song A Day" Mann. Give him some dough if you like his work.

Scooby Doo's masterful, spooky background paintings


The background paintings on Scooby Doo were far and away the best thing on the show, as this 2007 post from Secret Fun Blog ably demonstrates. The mediocre dialog and plotting and indifferent animation were totally mismatched with this spooky masterpieces.

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Norman McLaren's animation/sound painted right on film

A short documentary about Norman McLaren (1914-1987), a pioneering filmmaker who painted directly on the film print to create animations and drew on the film's optical sound strip to produce avant-garde music. (via The Kid Should See This)