Animation Archive

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    Former Student of the Month and RCA animator extraordinaire Nicolas Ménard has just delivered his magnum opus, a 7-minute animation about a lost spaceman and a beautiful twelve-page risographed booklet about a couple of alien beings falling madly in love in the wilderness. I’m not really sure that I can do justice to Nicolas’ extraordinary efforts without ruining the magic of seeing this animation with fresh eyes; suffice to say it’s been one of the best seven minutes I’ve spent this week and I’m buying the zine later today. This guy kicks ass!

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    Love it or hate it, it’s been nigh on impossible to escape John Lewis’s new Christmas ad over the past few days. The pressure was on Adam&Eve/DDB to follow up their much-talked-about offerings from the past couple of years, and early indications suggest that whatever the cynics may say, the public have been charmed anew. But regardless of whether The Bear & The Hare makes you feel nicely festive or a bit nauseous, this “making of” is really interesting. Elliot Dear and Yves Geleyn of Blinkink/Hornet were the duo charged with bringing the ideas to life and you get a nice sense of the painstaking stop-motion process they went through over a period of several months. The song will be stuck in your head all day though.

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    Drawer of drawings, singer of songs, deziner of zines and doodler of doodles Joey Fourr has never gotten over that frantic childhood habit of drawing in the margins, letting the pure unbridled thoughts of a dreamer’s mind spill out onto pages of paper. His big, messy, psychedelic images take us back to a simpler time when all we wanted to do was carve elaborate cartoons into our desks and sack off learning maths.

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    Animation, when it’s done right, is such a thing to behold. Somehow the absence of reality allows you to become completely absorbed into the world you’re presented with to the point where monsters, aliens and the end of the world all seeming like plausible outcomes.

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    I’m going to level with you dear readers, I don’t really know what’s going on here; I just know that I like it. Murat Sayginer is a Czech-born, Istanbul-based artist whose work spans photography, graphics and digital animations such as this one. Ratio is weird, unsettling and dramatic with a level of technical finesse that is pretty astounding. There really isn’t much else we can suggest here apart from give it a proper watch, and try not to have nightmares…

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    Did you know that Elton pronounced backwards is “piano?” Well, now you did thanks to the guys over at Manchester animation studio Young. They’ve just released a charming and informative video teaching us all we need to know about lilac-spectacled ivory-tinkler Sir Elton John which we’ve been chuckling about to ourselves for the whole weekend. Why? Because this short animation is probably funnier than everything Elton John has ever done in his life. Mmmm, perhaps barring the time when he wore novelty piano-shaped glasses to sing heartfelt ballad Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word (not the Blue version). We cannot wait to see what this studio full of talented funny-men are going to come up with next in episode two of I Didn’t Know That.

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    Personally, the idea of a novelty CV or résumé kind of makes me want to turn around and hurl into the nearest bin. But when the novelty CV is a colourful pastiche, nay homage to Super Mario, I’m prepared to swallow the vomit and get playing immediately. Animator and designer Robby Leonardi has clocked on to a few things in making this interactive CV, predominantly that people like to complete small games therefore will probably read the entire CV in order to do so. His animation skills are clear, his personality comes straight through and you can even get a pretty good idea of what he looks like. Robby, you’re hired.

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    When I was a kid there was a huge encyclopaedia in the school library that had a great selection of different eye tests in it, designed to screen for colourblindness, highlight blind spots and just generally demonstrate the quirks of the human visual system. That book was INcredible and I used to kill a lot of lunch breaks staring at the pictures inside of it.

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    There’s a nice juxtaposition which occurs when you bring craft-intensive stop-motion together with big, significant themes and this latest work from east London-based Andersen M studio is a case in point. For a new show on the Discovery Channel documenting Ernest Shackleton’s perilous Antarctic rescue mission of 1914, they developed this stunning promo animation made solely from antique navigation maps of the South Pole region. This is a really beautiful and powerful piece of stop-motion excellence and manages to create a terrifyingly tense ambience: – Andersen M at their very very best.

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    Guillermo del Toro wakes up in his luxurious yet tasteful ocean-side condo. It is 2am. He pads down his hallway to his study where mementos of his various films are kept alongside his awards and an old printer he never got round to throwing out. His eyes scan the posters, the props and the ephemera; Pan’s Labyrinth, HellBoy, Pacific Rim, And yet Guillermo feels sad; kind of empty.

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    Back in January we reflected on the absolute marvel that is Jack Cunningham whose hilarious animations and bloody brilliant illustrations melted the coldness of that bitter, bitter month. So we kept him close; his animations of punching ducks, robotic space men and smoothly boiling kettles reassuring us with all their wonderful weirdness on those darker days. So obviously we were ridiculously excited when we saw his blog updates announcing his new website covered in new work. And it’s all changed, his style refined but stronger than ever. Stripping back to finer lines and some brilliant black and white animations, this simplifying somehow just adds to their hilarity, articulating the giant conks and their flared nostril sneezing, the chair that walks to catch its owner at the end of the day or the businessman dreaming of water skiing. Peruse at your leisure.

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    If you thought that Johnny Depp made for a charming drug lord playing George Jung in Blow, please allow yourself to be swept away by the papier mâché realness being brought to you directly from the very skilled hands of William Child. For his final project the freelance illustrator, animator and designer made a brilliant short film about the bloody work of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, complete with hand-built sets, bags of powder stuffed into gutted fish, scuba divers and a jacuzzi. I know. I have no idea how he did it either.

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    Normally when I get really excited about things my ability to speak eloquently goes out the window, my verbal communication reduced to a short series of expletives. Sadly, writing for a website means that I have to curb that tendency and find other ways of getting my excitement across. SOMETIMES BY BEING REALLY SHOUTY and sometimes by trying to fit as many words into a really long but snappy, slightly confusing but communicative nevertheless sentence that wordily expresses that I’ve crossed over the threshold to a whole new level of frantic hysteria.

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    Desmondo Ray, aged 33 years and 3/4, enjoys peeing in the rain, altering offensive graffiti, collecting memorabilia, listening to sad music while having happy thoughts and watching old family footage, while his dislikes include the smell of burnt hair and magicians. Sound like somebody you want to know? If so that works out well, as he is (cue said voice) “Lonely, with love to give.”

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    Kids these days are spoilt. Not content with their televisions, laser tag, Subbuteo and Tomy products they’ve now got iPads, iPhones, miniature projectors, virtual reality headsets and each newborn child is surgically equipped with its own telescopic micro-scooter that folds out of the left leg for seamless travel to and from school. Those grinning little blighters have it all, except that last one – I made that up. Now they’ve got their grubby little hands on the very best animators around too with Cartoon Network recently commissioning some of the world’s best young talent to produce a spot for them.

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    “Keep well away from animation, it’s dangerous, nasty stuff, could be catching and most definitely will leave some very nasty scars, especially on those knee caps of yours.” Terry Gillam, flowing locks in tow, cardboard ventriloquist doll on his lap, speaks out from the screen of Bob Godfrey’s 1974 DIY Animation Show. The voice throwing alone was enough to win us over.

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    There’s nothing like a brilliantly illustrated short to get you thinking about somebody you see every day in new and perhaps unexpected ways. And I can assure you that the Anete Melece’s delightful short The Kiosk will evoke in you a newfound sympathy for the nice chap in the corner shop who sells your your Sunday paper, and who never judges you when you pick up the occasional lottery ticket.

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    In March last year Canadian animator Nicolas Ménard was studying at the Université du Québec à Montréal, making his way through a graphic design degree. We crowned him Student of the Month for his beautifully abstract animations and strangely beguiling characters. Since then he’s relocated to the RCA to pursue a masters in animation, maintaining the same creative rigour as he did during his undergraduate study with some remarkably polished results.

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    Ronan Keating is a wise man. Sometimes people really do say it best when they say nothing all. Take this wordless animation about a boxer by recent Kingston graduate Joe Sparkes. It’s one of the most beautiful, affecting, quietly sad little pieces I have ever seen – the simple tale of a man at odds with the world’s expectations of him. It looks great, there’s a tautness to the storytelling and Joe steers just the right course between poignancy and sentimentality. The shoulder drop near the end absolutely did for me. I’m excited to see more from Joe in the future.

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    What separates us from the animals (yeah I’m getting all philosophical on yo’ ass on a Monday afternoon – deal with it)? Is it that we wear clothes? Or invented the meal deal? Well yes, and yes, but there’s other stuff too, including a concept of desires that extend beyond our immediate existential needs. Enter Wish List an enjoyably weird exploration of this idea from animator Griff and illustrator Scot Garrett. Its rogue gallery of oddball characters articulating their innermost dreams is compelling, funny, poignant, unsettling and wonderfully, undeniably weird.

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    What is it about animation that makes your heart rate quicken and pupils dilate? Nothing else seems to offer the same childlike sense of awe. Perhaps it’s seeing the impossible made possible in front of your very eyes, or the simple, fluid movement of objects that have no business moving as they do, or maybe it’s just because it takes a really, really long time to animate anything. Either way Maciek Janicki’s latest animated offering is breathtakingly beautiful and delivers on all the aforementioned levels – model cars can’t drive on their own, paper doesn’t move like that in the real world, and it must’ve taken him a hell of a long time to create. So sit back and enjoy as Maciek creates and destroys a paper metropolis before your very eyes.

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    Hold the f*****g phone (it’s imperative that I use an expletive here to emphasise just how excited I am about the news I’m preparing to divulge). Mikey Please has just released a 30 second trailer for his latest short film Marilyn Myller! Bomb. Dropped. In typical Please fashion, Mikey’s giving away little/nothing of the storyline and you’ll get almost no bearing on any narrative from the trailer (someone gets punched, hard, by a disembodied fist) but it feels really good to know that the brilliant mind behind The Eagleman Stag is up to his old tricks again, making pure, unadulterated stop-motion magic for us all to enjoy. Be excited, more will follow!

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    Laura Sicouri and Kadavre Exquis’s new animation has been doing the internet rounds of late, but it only took one watch of the short video to decide that this was a bandwagon we absolutely had to jump on. LSD ABC is a beautifully trippy visual exploration of the alphabet, illustrated by gorgeous animation which recalls the retro quality of 1980s graphics and technology in the absolute best light. The music and sound, designed by Kadavre, are the icing on this impeccably-executed cake; the ideal combination of sweet, funny, and cool slices of music cut with fuzzy feedback and crackling to match illustrations, such as “U is for Ultrafast” and “V is for VHS”." Educational is one way to describe it, but LSD ABC definitely trumps learning the conventional alphabet any day of the week.

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    So London has welcomed at last a bit of belated summer sunshine today and what better way to celebrate than with this beach-tastic animation from Joseph Mann? Sandy is a stop-frame piece which took eight months to create – “a lot of sand and hours of moulding anatomically correct private parts to create the film and its handmade set, complete with a bubble wrap sea and miniature rubber dinghy.”

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    There’s a suspension of reality that always seems to take place in airports –in a situation where everything is dedicated to transience, to impermanence the normal rules don’t seem to apply. That is, I believe, why so many people will have a pint before their plane no matter what time they’re travelling. This amazing new animation by Eoin Duffy encapsulates this weird otherworld perfectly; a quietly discombobulating few minutes following a lone traveller through his journey. Very, very impressive stuff.

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    Do you like Vespas? Because if you don’t think that Piaggio’s greatest mechanical creation is a monument to Italian design just yet, we’re willing to bet that French creative agency Nomoon can change your mind with this craftily put-together little animation Vespalogy documenting the advancement of the classic scooter.

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    If your Twitter feed’s anything like mine, last night it would have been dominated with breathless reactions to Apple’s iOS7 launch. That’s not to say it was all positive; Apple’s way of talking about its products can split opinion and we’ve previously posted two very good spoofs in the form of this cider promo and this chewing gum spot.

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    Well this may well be the happiest animation ever to grace the pages of It’s Nice That. Sit back and watch as a fun, watercolour girl prances through Tokyo with some kind of 1960s art-house dance moves and some snacks to munch on as she goes. This film was made a few years ago and has since won a handful of animation awards and has been screened at places like SXSW.

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    One of the real keys to getting music video creation right is to appreciate and respect the tune you’re accompanying; to add a layer of understanding, rather than distract from the musical main event. Jack Featherstone’s latest animated effort (alongside Will Samuel) for Holden does exactly that, accompany the “appetite-whetting arpeggio extravaganza” with beautifully expressive and honest animated hieroglyphics that feel as though they were born with the track. Jack’s behind all of the visuals for Holden’s upcoming The Inheritors, so watch this space for some more where this came from.

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    What do you want to see when you sit down bleary-eyed and heavy-headed first thing on a Wednesday morning? Is it, by any chance, a lovely animated short featuring a spaceship, a rogue asteroid, a tiny chubby astronaut and a giant spinning vortex? Fortunately for you, this delightful animation, Spacetime Fabric Softener by Professor Soap, provides all of those things. Otherwise known as Ryan Mauskopf, the professor’s latest illustrated interstellar adventure hints at a whole galaxy of audiovisual treats to come.

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    Many major corporations have tapped into the benefits of having super-friendly, very lovely animations to promote their wares (yes that’s you, banks!) but this one seems much more, well, legit. onefinestay is a service that sets up your apartment or house when you go away so that people can come and stay and help you earn big dollar.

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    The terrific team at ManvsMachine have been at it again, turning their prodigious talents to a brilliant animation for Nike. The brand’s Reuse-a-Shoe scheme sees worn-out trainers recycled into Nike Grind, a material used for high-quality, tracks courts and sports fields. It’s a positive story about branding buzzword “sustainability” but in the wrong hands could have become something far too worthy. Fortunately ManvsMachine have nailed it with top-notch visuals used to strike the perfect tone.

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    I fear we are a little slow off the mark on this but no matter because this is definitely worth a look. French studio Patador Prod have created this excellent wire and paper stop-motion animation for Professor Kliq’s Plastic and Flashing Lights and it’s no exaggeration to say it’s one of the best executed and most uplifting pieces of moving image work we’ve seen in a while. Sit back, crank up the volume and enjoy, unless you work in an open-plan office, in which case PLEASE use headphones as a courtesy to your colleagues.

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    Creating a piece of animation designed to deal with the horrifying realities of child abuse is a pretty tall order, particularly when it’s for ChildLine and the people you’re attempting to communicate with are all under the age of 19. How does one go about discussing these delicate issues without intimidating your target audience and creating something that’s all-too harrowing for television? Buck and YCN Studio have recently come up with an incredibly effective solution, producing a four-minute film that gently but assertively discusses the issues facing victims of sexual abuse.

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    It’s nice when animation and education come together to produce something that’s really engaging rather than just pure eye-candy. Suddenly you’re struck by the ability of a such a fluid medium to communicate messages quickly and concisely without you even realising you’re learning. So it is in the case of Part and Parcel’s latest work for The Ford Foundation, Time To Succeed, a short animation that proposes a reform to the American education system. It’s a simple, unfussy look at something that many of us will know nothing about, but by the end you’ll find yourself agreeing with the message wholeheartedly.

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    You loved him in Ready, Steady, Bang, (actually you laughed as he was repeatedly and brutally murdered, but hey ho, live and let live) and now Cowboy is back for a bigger and better adventure with his dear hobby horse clasped firmly between his legs. This teaser trailer from Animade is only a precursor to the full-length animation but has all their trademark character development and style crammed into just a few seconds of footage. From his childlike galloping to the way he furtively pats his equine friend, Cowboy is probably one of the most loveable geometric characters we’ve ever come across and we can’t wait for his next adventure.

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    What is UP with Becky and Joe being so goddamn great all the time? First it’s a hand-crafted video for Tame Impala, then it’s the naughty puppets and now they’ve gone and triumphed again in this spectacular animation for Delicate Steve. Inspired by the likes of Man Ray, their technique of drawing, scratching and mark-making on actual super 8, 16, and 35mm film strips and acetate sheets is a nod to the animation of yore. Set to the dizzying, uplifting notes of the ever-popular Delicate Steve, this is a match made in heaven. More, Becky & Joe, we want more (in the meantime we’ll settle for the neat making-of below).

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    There are many things about this video that will blow you away, firstly this incredible feat of audio-visual amazing-ness is Daniel Sierra’s thesis animation. All of it was created with computer software which he only learnt to use a few months previously. Daniel wanted to “visualise waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerising audio-visual experience in which sign and sound work in unison to capture the viewer’s attention.”

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    The amount of online kudos Brian Anderson enjoys must be nothing less than stratospheric right now. It’s safe to say this kind of dedication to a TV series and the world of gaming deserves some sort of knighthood. He’s created what a LEGO computer game of Breaking Bad could look like if it was made. It’s hard to get your head around just how long Brian took to complete something that’s just a bit of fun considering its astounding detail, but that’s clearly just the way he does things.

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    Whether you’re a great lover of animation or don’t really give a toss about he medium at all I can almost guarantee you’ll enjoy Adam Wells’ latest offering The Circle Line. It’s a strange linear romp through a bizarre utopian/dystopian future where all of life’s strange twists and turns take place within a single shopping mall-like construction. The pacing is brilliant, the sound design absolutely perfect and we became almost immediately attached to Adam’s strange, spindly protagonist. This is definitely not one to miss.