Donald Duck in Mathmagic Land

In 1959 Disney released a 30-minute educational featurette called "Donald in Mathmagic Land." Everything about it is superb - the design, the animation, the music, the narration, and the presentation of the material. I remember watching this in school and realizing how interesting math could be.

From Wikipedia:

Donald in Mathmagic Land is a 27-minute Donald Duck educational featurette released on June 26, 1959.It was directed by Hamilton Luske. Contributors included Disney artists John Hench and Art Riley, voice talent Paul Frees, and scientific expert Heinz Haber, who had worked on the Disney space shows. It was released on a bill with Darby O'Gill and the Little People. In 1959, it was nominated for an Academy Award (Best Documentary - Short Subjects). In 1961, two years after its release, it was shown as part of the first program of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color with an introduction by Ludwig Von Drake. The film was made available to schools and became one of the most popular educational films ever made by Disney. As Walt Disney explained, "The cartoon is a good medium to stimulate interest. We have recently explained mathematics in a film and in that way excited public interest in this very important subject."

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Interview with far-out music video artists from 1984

From a 1984 episode of the fantastic USA Network series Night Flight, an interview with pioneering digital video artists John Sanborn and Dean Winkler about their latest pieces, "Act III," with music by Philip Glass, and their music video for Adrian Belew's "Big Electric Cat." Watch them both below.

(r/ObscureMedia, thanks, UPSO!)

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Animated interview with Leonard Cohen

“I don’t feel any compulsion just to stand under the spotlight night after night unless I have something to say," --Leonard Cohen, December 1974

(Blank on Blank)

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Make: a Rick and Morty-inspired butter-passing robot

Andre was so impressed with the existential crisis of a butter-passing robot as depicted in the cartoon Rick and Morty that he created his own, and shows you how to make one for yourself. Read the rest

Unsatisfying: animation of things coming annoyingly close to happening, but not quite happening

Unsatisfying, by Parallel Studio, is about "unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch." [hats tipped: Bert Froeba and @Outstarwalker]

Join the Unsatisfying Challenge Here : unsatisfying.tv/ Direction Animation and illustration : Parallel Studio Sound Design : Zelig Sound Music : Samuel Barber Special Thanks to : Hugo Leick

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Mesmerizing 3D fractal animations: ECHOES

San Francisco-based artist Chris Bjerre created these gorgeous black-and-white forms that pulse between elemental shapes. Read the rest

Google Maps Streetview Player animates any entered trip

Created by developer Brian Folts, this nifty program "will take in either a starting point and end point, or a provided file of a route and provide a playthrough of the Google Streetview images that are available." Read the rest

Mind-blowing conceptual animation: Prayer.9

Pierre Michel-Estival created this fabulous short film Prayer.9 "Your subconscious is not an intimate possession anymore." Read the rest

"Somebody Goofed," an animated Jack Chick tract

In acknowledgement of evangelical comic artist Jack Chick's death yesterday, please enjoy this classic animation of the Chick tract "Somebody Goofed," created in 1998 by longtime Boing Boing pals Syd Garon and Rodney Ascher.

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The King of the Hill intro reanimated as pixel art

Mauri Helme made a pixel art "cover version" of the King of the Hill intro, and it's incredible: perfectly faithful to the original, yet completely translated to a different medium.

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Spider-Man cartoon from 1967 reimagined by multiple animators

For Halifax, Nova Scotia's Nocturne arts festival animators from the province recreated the 1967 Spiderman cartoon "Vulture's Prey" in their very different personal styles.

To him, life is a great big bang up Whenever there's a hang up You'll find the Spider-Man

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Here is a happy dog on a trampoline

"A Dog's Life, a heartwarming short film made by director Kristenn over those summer months. GOBO brought this loyal friend In vivid and realistic 3D as he humorously follows his master's exercise routine." [via tl;dr] Read the rest

Mesmerizing animations of Japanese joinery

Japanese joinery is a kind of practical discipline of puzzle-boxes, in which precise, clever wooden interlocks are used to made secure joints without glue or nails. Read the rest

A blog full of gorgeous hand-drawn animation

I stumbled across this fantastic Tumblr full of traditional hand-drawn animation, and I can’t get enough of it. Artist Willow S. Linda reinterprets live action and cartoon characters in her own style, like these Star Wars portraits or this Beauty and the Beast design. But she also creates her own characters too. The first one that caught my eye was this delightful little story of a mermaid and a centaur.

There's just so much whimsy and joy to Linda's art, I could look through it all day.

You can find all of Linda’s work on her Tumblr. Read the rest

Impressive 3D projection mapping animation "Resistance"

Eugene Pylinsky (aka Pylik) put together this outsized 3D modeling animation to be projected on a pillared facade. The result uses the space in creative and surprising ways. Read the rest

The optical illusion that's momentarily intriguing the internet

wxs.ca/iso/ presents a simple "isometric" field of cubes, Q*Bert-style. Click and drag across it and the cubes will rise and fall in series of waves. They also start to flash wild colors... or do they? Yes, they do! Read the rest

David Lynch on catching great ideas

"Ideas are like fish. You don't make the fish, you catch the fish." A lovely animated version of David Lynch's musings on where to find great ideas.

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