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Chimpnology

Remember, it's by Cyriak, so it doesn't stay cute for long.

The chimps are from a short 1963 film called BflOggGX = STwWcfl x 2s4, which is probably chimpanzee for "stop dressing me in clothes and making me do stuff!"

Oversized Krang belt-buckle


Etsy seller Christopher Genovese made this $190 KRANG belt-buckle that recreates the experience of being a mecha-suit used by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain. It's the perfect thing for holding your pants up on casual Fridays.

KRANG from TMNT oversized belt buckle (via Geekologie)

The Golden Age of insect aviation

"My first project using TV Paint animation software," writes animator Wayne Unten. "(No rotoscoping used. Where's the fun in that?!) My work-in-progress can be found on my blog: animatingforfun.com." [Video Link]

Epic stop-motion action-figure videos: Einstein vs Darth Vader

Patrick Boivin is a stop-motion animation genius who does insanely amazing and expressive things with cheap action figures. I could watch Einstein kicking Vader's ass for hours.

Patrick Boivins' channel (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Death Knight Love Story: torrentable Warcraft fan-movie starring Brian Blessed, Joanna Lumley & others

Hugh Hancock writes, "'Death Knight Love Story,' is a World of Warcraft-based machinima fanfilm [ed: machinima is a form of animation made using video-game engines]. It was made using full 'Avatar'-style motion capture (using the same tech as X-Men First Class), with a score composed by a BAFTA nominated composer and voiced by Hollywood stars!"

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Hand-painted murals as animated GIFs

Street artist INSA paints and photographs multiple variations of his murals and then creates mind-bending animated GIFs from the photos. More examples below! "INSA's GIF-ITI" (via Hi-Fructose)

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Incredible digital animation brings master paintings to life

From hazy Pre-Raphaelite beauty to shadowy baroque allegory, this short film weaves hundreds of years of art history into an amazing and unsettling narrative of human beauty. Directed and animated by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro (previously at BB), it is "a path of sighs through the emotions of life, a tribute to the art and her disarming beauty."

Tagliafierro also has an awesome tumblr full of GIFs.

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If Star Wars was 1980s anime

Nacho Punch created a contrafactual Star Wars/1980s anime adaptation from an alternate timeline that is pretty funny and eerily plausible (especially given the poor grade of animation adaptations undertaken by Lucas in that period).

Star Wars: The Lost 1980's Anime

Paul Dini explains why execs don't want girls watching their superhero shows


Comics creator Paul Dini did a guest appearance on Kevin Smith's podcast "Fatman on Batman" podcast, and talked, in part, about the gender considerations of execs in new animation/superhero kids' show design, Vi transcribed the relevant piece, in which Dini recounts conversations he's had with execs who insist that they don't want any girl fans of their shows, because girls don't buy toys. And to keep girls from watching the shows, they make sure that girls are always presented as sidekicks, "one step behind the boys." It's absolutely infuriating.

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Blues Brothers mall car-chase recreated in Lego

Duncan, the good fellow at Brick Tease, has recreated the classic, brilliant, no-hold-barred car-chase-in-a-mall sequence from The Blues Brothers (a movie I watched once or twice a day in tenth grade) with Lego. Then, just to show you how closely he hewed to the original, he released a side-by-side comparison. And if that wasn't enough, he produced a 12-minute documentary showing how he did it. (via IO9)

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Building facade as display with windows as pixels

The Health High School Vaud building in Vaud, Switzerland was turned into a low-res display with the window shutters as pixels. It was a very fun art project by NOTsoNOISY Guillaume Reymond and Trivial Mass Production. "Animated TowerHESAV s'anime!" (via Devour)

Bimbo's Initiation: Max Fleischer's darkest cartoon

The 1931 Max Fleischer cartoon Bimbo's Initiation is a miracle of awesome, fleischerian weirdness. It's the last Betty Boop cartoon that was personally animated by her creator, Grim Natwick. It's so delightfully bizarre (Leonard Maltin called it "the 'darkest of all" of Fleischer's work), and the perfect way to end the weekend.

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Milos "Sholim" Rajkovic: surrealist, Gilliamesque animations from Serbia

Milos "Sholim" Rajkovic is like a Belgradian anti-war Terry Gilliam, who produces the most remarkable surreal animations made from decomposed heads -- authority figures like generals and ranking clerics are a favorite -- filled with weird gears, fleshy pulsing puckers, crazy clocks, tiny frantic people, and more. I could watch this stuff all day long.

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Pinky and the Brain's greatest tongue-twister of all time

A reminder that Animaniacs/Pinky and the Brain were a high-water mark in kids' animation: the greatest English-language tongue-twister of all time!

Pinky and the Brain, Tongue Twister (via Reddit)

Stop motion meat-puppets

Wolfgang Matzl (creator of 2011's Inception-as-Victorian woodcut video) writes, "This time I made something a little bit different - a stop motion animation with puppets made out of meat."

(Thanks Wolfgang!)

Duh-duh-duh-duh

Click Click.

Koji Aramaki's geometric animation for Julien Mier track

Koji Aramaki created this striking glitchy abstract geometric animation for Julien Mier's track "Super Tropic Tramp," on the "When Will They Wake Up" 12" out on King Deluxe.

Vampire Kermit vs Vincent Price


Well, that happened.

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Just look at this MRI of a banana flower.


Just look at it.

banana MRI for scale (via Inside Insides)

Janie Geiser's "Ghost Algebra (bird in tree)," dreamlike cut-up film

"Ghost Algebra (bird in tree)" (2009) is Janie Geiser's beautiful, weird, dreamlike 16mm film/animation created from found objects, vintage book illustrations, toys, and collaged ephemera. (via Toys and Techniques)

Stop-motion animation from laser-engraved woodblocks

Nando Costa's "The New America" is a fantastic animation made from 800+ laser engraved blocks of maple. He had me at the opening shot of an eye in the triangle. Costa is selling the original blocks for $50 each at Etsy.

Mel Blanc's radio show: 40+ free, downloadable episodes

Zack writes, "In 1947, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, the Road Runner and other beloved cartoon characters had his own radio show spinning out of his appearances on Jack Benny's program, where he played a fix-it shop owner. More than 40 episodes are available to legally download for free on this page."

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Explaining America's massive, untenable wealth-gap with video

This 2012 video from Politizane does an excellent job of illustrating the massive, well-documented gap between the wealth-distribution that Americans believe they have, the distribution they would favor (regardless of political affiliation), and what America actually has: a system that rewards CEOs at 380 times the rate of their average employees.

Wealth Inequality in America (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Mickey Mouse in Ghoul Friend

On Metafilter, Filthy Light Thief provides excellent context for Mickey Mouse in Ghoul Friend , a delightful horror-themed seasonal Mickey cartoon that's one of 19 new toons.

It's one of 19 new shorts that are part of the new Mickey Mouse series of shorts that are inspired by the 1930s era Disney shorts. If you'd like to see more, 11 of the shorts are currently available to view on YouTube (in a playlist with two bonus behind the scenes clips), from the DisneyShorts YouTube acccount.

Mickey Mouse in Ghoul Friend

Nerdy carved crayons


Etsy seller CarvedCrayons (AKA Hoang Tran) makes amazing, miniature pop-culture carvings out of the ends of crayons. $25-$35.

CarvedCrayons

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Trailer for Wonderbook: an illustrated guide to creative imaginative fiction

Jeff VanderMeer sez, "Greg Bossert (who's actually also a World Fantasy Award finalist this year!) put together a cool animated video based on the instructional story fish in Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction."

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Progressbar, a short film

Vincent Broquaire's "Progressbar" is a short film illustrating the most significant aphorism of the Danny O'Brien canon: "Those progress-bars don't watch themselves." They certainly don't -- the hypnogogic nature of the erratic progress-bar, with its intermittent, inscrutable reward-system, is one of the signal motifs of the Internet era. If they ever make a feature film out of Screenshots of Despair, this should be the animation for the opening credits.

Progressbar (via MeFi)

Janis Joplin's final interview, animated

PBS Digital Studios have created a series of hand-drawn animations to accompany classic interviews with worthy personages; here is their accompaniment to Janis Joplin's final interview, recorded four days before her death. It is a poignant, bitter and defiant speech on rejection, self-determination, gender and self-worth.

Janis Joplin on Rejection | Blank on Blank | PBS Digital Studios (Thanks, Danielle!)

Carn, by Jeff Le Bars

A bargain is betrayed in this animated story of boy meets wolf, with a terrible price.

Urbance: angular, science fictional hip-hop-y animation from Canada

Zack sez, "There's an upcoming Canadian TV animation URBANCE, based on a short film by animator Joel Dos Reis Viegas. The neon-colored series combines elements of SF, hip-hop, and just plane rave-flavored action: 'In the big city, gender war rises. Sex is prohibited because of a genetic deadly virus. Ruled by hate and anger, boys and girls grow up apart from each other, forming rivals gangs. Among these lost teenagers, Kenzell and lesya will fight adversity and defy all the rules in order to live their love and restore peace.'

URBANCE (Thanks, Zack!)