"I got all these doll heads from a scrap market in Cairo," says artist Dinaa Amin, "collected by sellers who collect them from garbage bins." She took out the eyes to make a stop motion movie.
A video promoting new Playstation games has disappeared from the web after fans noticed that its hand-drawn segues were nearly identical to scenes in other animated works. The swipes are unusually brazen, featuring not just individual frames or designs but entire sequences lifted from productions as widely-seen as Stephen Universe: The Movie.
Here's an unofficial upload, which may not stay live long:
Only the style changed, to match the rough, colorful aesthetic of one Kevin Bao, a Tokyo-based animator whose social media accounts and professional pages were locked today.
Journalist Marc Aguesse, operator of the French animation website Catsuka, exposed the similaries in a series of videos. He credited Ian Jones-Quarterly, Carlo Monserrat, Oleg Kositsyn and Eduardo Adsuara—all professional or student animators—for "spotting the first rips."
Latest Sony PS4 Lineup Music Video is a rip of many animations from all around the world ......(Steven Universe, FLCL, Gobelins, Souviens Ten-Zan ...).The video is now offline : https://t.co/LPWyFWzEEwBut you can still find it online : https://t.co/KfS79oRrs5 pic.twitter.com/6Q0hrFK2AT
— Catsuka (@catsuka) December 4, 2019
Even the cat at the very beginning of Kevin Bao's Sony PS4 video is a rip...https://t.co/EAcvQiL8JX
— Catsuka (@catsuka) December 4, 2019
Homages to iconic moments in animation history are commonplace--how many times have you seen a motorcycle skid sideways to a halt?--but the uncredited tracing of recent (and in some cases amateur work) in official Sony material is another thing entirely. Read the rest
C4D4U's SOFTBODY TETRIS V16 is (as the name implies), the latest in a series of "softbody" simulations of Tetris, in which the tetronimoes are rubbery, jelly-like solids that glisten as they wobble into place. It's an incredibly soothing thing to watch (C4D4U calls them "ASMR for my eyes") and part of a wider genre of softbody sims. JWZ argues that this "becomes intolerable" upon the "realization that completed rows don't liquify" but if that's your thing, you need SOFTBODY TETRIS V9. Read the rest
Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of Dexter's Lab) has a new cartoon on Adult Swim called Primal. I guess it takes place on the same planet the Flintstones live on because humans and dinosaurs coexist. The animation is superb. Here's a fight scene to give you an idea of how violent it is.
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Joan and Peter Foldes directed this incredible animation, titled "A Short Vision," in 1956. The couple created the film -- based on a poem by Peter -- in their kitchen. It was funded by a grant from the British Film Institute's Experimental Film Fund. From Wikipedia:
Ed Sullivan saw A Short Vision in England, and promised an American showing. He said his motive was a "plea for peace" However, he may have shown it because of his relationship with George K. Arthur, A Short Vision's distributor. Ten days after he saw it, Sullivan showed A Short Vision on his popular Sunday night show The Ed Sullivan Show on 27 May 1956. Sullivan told the audience to tell their children in the room to not be alarmed, because of its animated nature. The film was very popular, and it was shown again on 10 June; Sullivan told parents to take children out of the room.
If you like Green Eggs and Ham you still might not like the upcoming Netflix animated series of the same name if the trailer above is any indication. I was hoping the cartoon would use the limited color palette from the book, but of course it wouldn't.
The character design is bland, too. Here's the original art for comparison:
Tusalava (1929) is a splended experimental animation by New Zealand avant-garde filmmaker and kinetic artist Len Lye. The original film featured a piano score by Jack Ellitt that has unfortunately been lost. (The video above has contemporary music by Andrew Pask who uploaded the film to YouTube.) From the Len Lye Foundation:
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The film imagines the beginnings of life on earth. Single-cell creatures evolve into more complex forms of life. Evolution leads to conflict, and two species fight for supremacy. The title is a Samoan word which suggests that things go full circle. In this film Lye based his style of animation partly on the ancient Aboriginal art of Australia. Tusalava is unique as a film example of what art critics describe as “modernist primitivism”. In contrast to the Cubist painters (who were influenced by African art), Lye drew upon traditions of indigenous art from his own region of the world (New Zealand, Australia and Samoa).
— beeple (@beeple) October 9, 2019
Here's another, starring that darn mouse.
— beeple (@beeple) October 8, 2019
[[You may know Richard Littler from the astounding dystopian alternate fiction/bleak humour series Scarfolk (previously). He's been working on an on-again/off-again animated series that is, at long last, on. I was honoured to be offered the opportunity to launch the series here today!]]
Dick and Stewart is a series of short animations set in either Britain’s dismal past or the Britain that’s soon to come. It's hard to tell nowadays, isn't it? Either way, just imagine what it would be like if children's TV programmes were written by George Orwell or Franz Kafka. Or the government itself. Read the rest
Snoopy has been a NASA mascot for more than 50 years going back to the Apollo missions. Now, Snoopy is headed to the International Space Station for a new cartoon series, Snoopy In Space, launching November 1 on Apple TV+.
NASA image below: "Headed for the launch pad, Apollo 10 Commander Tom Stafford pats the nose of a stuffed Snoopy held by Jamye Flowers (Coplin), astronaut Gordon Cooper’s secretary."