Lost Bakshi Lord of the Rings footage found

If you remember the first film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, the 1978 animated version by Ralph Bakshi–the legendary outsider director behind Fritz the Cat, Wizards, American Pop and Fire and Ice–you’ll recall the experience was a mixed bag.

The movie was a dark, moody, oversaturated vision of Tolkien’s world, with stunning design and many memorable scenes. Bakshi used rotoscoping to trace live footage for animation, and posterization to give it a rough, hand-made look. Both techniques allowed many corners to be cut, but at the time, the film’s PR claimed Rings was the “the first movie painting.”

Sadly, Bakshi’s 133-minute film left viewers stranded after the battle at Helm’s Deep, just as Gollum is about to lead Sam and Frodo into Mordor. Roughly two-thirds through Tolkien’s three-part story, Bakshi didn't get to make the final installment. Rankin-Bass, the studio behind the 1977 TV adaptation of The Hobbit, churned out The Return of the King as a “sequel” in 1980, with little artistic resemblance to Bakshi’s vision.

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Short films about imaginary tiny trash disposal operations

"Tiny Worlds" is a delightful trilogy of short films about imaginary miniature city services dealing with the small trash littering the streets and sidewalks of London. The series was created by Rushes, a Soho video production house. Above is "Tiny Worlds: Bulldozer." Below, "Tiny Worlds: Submarine" and "Tiny Worlds" Logging Truck." (via Laughing Squid)

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Elliot The Bull music video; incredible stop motion animation

Animated by Samuel Lewis for Elliot The Bull's single, Colorblind.

New stop motion short by PES for jewelry design Delfina Delettrez

New stop motion wizardry from incredible animator PES! Designer Delfina Delettrez commissioned this short, titled "Black Gold," as a promotion for her insect-themed jewelry line.

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)