"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)
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.
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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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!)
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
Etsy seller CarvedCrayons (AKA Hoang Tran) makes amazing, miniature pop-culture carvings out of the ends of crayons. $25-$35.
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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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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.
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
A bargain is betrayed in this animated story of boy meets wolf, with a terrible price.
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.'
At Cult of Mac
, Sarah Lai Stirland offers an amusing anecdote from Pixar Director Mark Andrews
, who got to tell Steve Jobs off.
Mark Andrews, a writer, director and storyboard artist at Pixar, recounted that Jobs would often drop in to participate in production postmortems. It was at the company’s screening of “The Incredibles,” about a family of superheroes living undercover in the suburbs, where he first met Apple’s late co-founder. Andrews worked on the project as its story supervisor.
“He was sitting next to me and he said: ‘I just got one thing, John and Brad,’[the film's producer and writer/director] They said: ‘Sure, what is it Steve?’ He said: ‘Those stupid-ass, George Lucas-reject Star Wars space ships in “The Incredibles” are asinine!’” Andrews said. “And I designed ‘em, and I turned around and I said: ‘Excuse me, Steve, those are MY George Lucas-reject fuckin’ asinine space ships!’
VFX designer Thomas Krejek created this elegant face-melting video with a Python script for the RealFlow fluid and dynamics simulator software. Quick, call David Cronenberg!
Randall Munroe has finally finished Time, his 3,000+ frame slow-motion animation that began life as wordless, enigmatic single-panel XKCD installment. Since then, the panel has been slowly, slowly updating itself, running out its course over several months. Geekwagon has collected the whole series in an easy-to-control window, and the story, taken as a whole, is a beautiful and odd existentialist parable touching on the discovery of geographic knowledge; cultural first contacts; environmental disaster, friendship and ingenuity.
Here's a fantastic interview with British animator David Firth, creator of Salad Fingers: "I'd describe [my work] as strange, dark, surreal comedy cartoons. Some have a dreamlike feel, some of them are nightmarish, some satirical, and some silly. But most of them are strange."