Copy Me: a new critical animation series about copying, culture and copyright

Copy Me is a new webseries (here's its Indiegogo fundraiser) constituting a series of short animations presenting accessible, informative, concise information about copyright, copying and culture. It's marvellously promising, and, as Mike Masnick points out, it's a much-needed addition to a canon that includes such brilliant material as Nina Paley's Copying is Not Theft and Kirby Ferguson's Everything is a Remix. I donated.

Winnie the Pooh does Darth Vader

Here's voice-actor Jim "Winnie the Pooh" Cummings doing Darth Vader's lines from Star Wars in the voice of Winnie, and other key characters as Darkwing Duck and his other best-known voices; he appears with Lauren Landa, another voice actor with a distinguished resume of anime and game voices. It's pretty much perfect.

Jim Cummings CtCon 2013 - Star Wars with Winnie the Pooh (via Kelly the Mortal Girl)

Animation: How Google views user privacy

Mark from Screen Novelties sends us "This little animation we did for Google regarding user privacy. We happened to direct this at the same time the whole Snowden/NSA stuff went down last year. Google finally decided to release this to the public a few days ago. Just wanted to share. It's done in stop motion to give the feeling of the old school board games."

Way of a Warrant

Crowdfunding money to finish animated film about Alice in Wonderland on a Toronto streetcar

A reader writes, "Lewis Carroll's Alice takes an eventful trip on a streetcar in contemporary Toronto in this short stop-motion animated video. The character of Alice from Lewis Carroll's famous children's novels is transported to contemporary Toronto where, like many native Torontonians, she takes a ride on the streetcar. As with many trips on the public transit, she encounters a succession of strange characters who engage her in (equally strange) conversations. The dialogue is borrowed directly from Through the Looking-Glass, but given a fresh & funny new twist in this stop-motion animation. Jennifer Linton is trying to raise funds for sound recording to an already visually complete project."

Linton's work is very beautiful, and she's looking to raise a very modest sum to finish a movie that looks just great. It's a pity that there isn't a low reward level that gets you online access to the finished short, though -- this would be a cheap reward for Linton to deliver and would let the movie's patrons see what they've funded ($25 gets you a Blu-Ray disc of all of Linton's work).

Update: She's added a private Vimeo link to watch the movie as a $10 perk!

Toronto Alice

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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