Animation Archive

  1. Please-list

    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.

  8. Holden

    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.

  13. Childline-list

    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.

  14. P_p-list

    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.

  15. Bang-list

    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.

  19. Circle-list

    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.

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    Well this is just wonderfully weird. Geoffrey Lillemon (who you may remember from this enjoyably insane look book we posted last year) has teamed up with Evan Roth for a new project called Images of Edessa. They describe it as an exploration of “the notion of worship, the Internet and identity” and it comprises two manic GIF-based videos and an oddly addictive interactive website. I’m not going to pretend I totally get the point Geoffrey and Evan are making, but hot dang did I enjoy the ride.

  21. God-list

    Jesus H Christ it’s time to hold on to your hats kids because this is one of the finest pieces of animation we’ve ever laid eyes on. Created from the hive mind of Nicos Livesey and Tom Bunker (members of the illustrious This Is It collective) this recent promo for Binary’s G.O.D takes a depressing look at life in a fictional factory world of geometric precision – under the scrutinising gaze of a militant foreman – before spectacularly turning the whole scene on its head in an exuberant wash of vibrant colour. SERIOUSLY. BIG. STUFF. Even the tune is an absolute belter!

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    Certain people need to be told how to “say f**k you to the world once in a while” as Sol LeWitt knew, and in his 1965 letter to sculptor Eva Hesse he advised her to say just that. I don’t know if Eva took his advice – this was before the punk revolution so perhaps it was a little bit lost – but MOCAtv have brought this conversation back to life in the form of this animation by Aaron Rose and Thomas McMahon.

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    We shouldn’t need to convince you how enamoured we are by the creative process – in fact if you didn’t know that about us then I think we should see other people. But even by our own insatiable standards, a new lovely book by Laura Heit has ticked all sorts of boxes. Animation Sketchbooks does exactly what it says on the tin (cover), opening up the notebooks and skecthpads of more than 50 top animators working across a host of styles. Featuring the likes of David Shrigley, Isabel Herguera, Jeff Scher and Koji Yamamura, it’s a beautiful and insightful peek into the way these leading lights work on paper. From really minimalist markings to full colour treatments via lists and storyboards, it’s a good reminder of how everyone has their own way of doing things.

  24. Donottouch

    Today’s music video is a little later in the day than usual – so that we can bring you an exclusive first look at a brilliant new video from Moniker. Somewhere between music video and video game, Do Not Touch invites the viewer to use their mouse pointer to complete various tasks, from staying in a certain area of the screen, to avoiding a naked model and being the opponent for a scantily clad boxer. Beautifully simple and super effective as we’ve come to expect from Moniker – and I’m sure Dutch band Light Light are suitably thrilled. Get touching.

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    I don’t know what’s better about this song, the fact that it’s a song about poo sung by a funny Scottish man for the NHS, or the YouTube comments, some of which include: “This is a shite for sore eyes” and “Let’s get it on Top Of The Poops.” In this very simple yet effective video, the NHS is encouraging older men and women to regularly check their poo for signs of bowel cancer, an increasingly big problem in Scotland. Featuring funny paper pictures and lyrics such as: “Tell your mum, tell your dad, tell your second uncle Vlad” this is definitely worth watching and, if you’re of a certain age, taking note of.

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    “If I were a dog would you let me bury my boner in your back garden?” is one of the opening lines of the new Layzell Bros animation which, like everything else they’ve ever made, is an example of what all animation should be like: puerile and neon yet still subtly hilarious and clever.

  27. Lupfer-list

    If fashion designer Markus Lupfer is to be believed, trendy men everywhere will be breaking out polkadot kilts and sweaters with marching bugs on them this summer. I’m all for it. Looking ahead to AW2013 Markus predicts a more restrained selection of gentleman’s skirts paired with camouflage shirts, surfing mice and an agile crab. At least that’s what we’re taking away from this promo video from illustrating whizz Rose Blake and animator Andy Baker that features a colourful array of inquisitive animated wildlife interacting with a rather sombre pair of grey models. Look out for the mouse with the hosepipe tail, he’s a real mischief-maker…

  28. Darracott-list

    When Wallpaper produce something slick, you can guarantee it’ll be the slickest thing out there; these folks are consummate professionals. So when they needed to create a promotional video for their 2013 Design Awards they turned to the master of seamless, polished film, Mr Tom Darracott to turn out a one-and-a-half minute sashay through each of their chosen categories. It’s a surprisingly stirring piece of promotional footage that piqued my curiosity for areas of commercial design that I usually consider to be well outside my field of interest. Grooming products? You’ve opened my eyes!

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    It’s hard to find a new take on the centuries-old practice of artists honing their craft through life drawing, but this film by Wriggles & Robins is really nicely done. Commissioned to help promote the life-drawing classes at east London’s Book Club, the duo created this short and sweet stop-motion in which the model is drawn and then dances across various easels. An exquisite reminder of the beauty of both life drawing and filmmaking – sign us up!

  30. Bbcdnalist

    I’d love to say I jump at the chance of being educated, but really anything that would take me longer than five minutes to digest goes in one ear and out the other. If you are like me, then look no further. Brought to you by the BBC, Will Samuel and Territory Studio have created a bite-size chunk of knowledge which outlines the basic structure of DNA and the repercussions of our understanding of genetic engineering. Using simple graphics, Will harks back to school textbooks while keeping it engaging with a consistent flow of insights. Now excuse me while I go genetically modify my cat…

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    Do you ever want to fall down on your knees in the pouring rain and scream to the sky “Is there anything that GIFs can’t do?!” If the answer is yes, and you’re also partial to a little bit of comics every now and again, I think you’ll like this. Stephen Vuillemin is an illustrator based in London whose colourful comics and beautiful editorial illustrations are brought to life via GIF to become something pretty breathtaking indeed. This comic strip of GIFS turns into a kind of endearing short animation the more you scroll — and has brought us all a lot of joy today. Regrettably we can’t show you moving images on _our_site but you can see them in their full glory here.

  32. Wolves-list

    Valentina’s delicate and haunting new single Wolves gets a beautiful visual accompaniment in Richard Forbes-Hamilton’s video. From an eerie, hesitant beginning the track builds momentum to become almost anthemic. Through flickering blue and purple brushstrokes a young boy appears, his towering surroundings disintegrate and lights explode. Half-way through, echoing heartbeats kick in like pounding footsteps and the boy runs and runs, like the truant in the final scene of Truffaut’s 400 Blows.

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    It’s very, very depressing here in England as we crawl on our hands and knees to the end of February, which is why we look to our Californian friends to help us through it. Luckily we’ve just seen that illustrators Andy Rementer and Honet have released two fun, quick animations for LacosteLIVE. Andy’s focuses around a shade-wearing, graffiti-spraying alligator created using what can only be described as a palette more often seen in an ice cream parlour. The second animation, by Honet, The Story Behind The Mask features an array of cleverly-illustrated tribal scenes to celebrate the famed Lacoste alligator logo. Nice!

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    Of all the speakers at our creative symposium Here last summer, BAFTA-winning animator Grant Orchard was one of the most honest. Grant spoke about the challenges of trying to find time to do fun stuff amid the personal and professional whirlwind and was refreshing and funny about the difficulties this poses. Most of the talks from last year’s event are now live as we crank up the expectation ahead of this year’s Here which takes place in London in June. We have already confirmed Adam Buxton, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Erik Kessels and Rafael Rozendaal and we are poised to unveil some new names shortly.

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    Want to see how to promote a design event? Right this way then because for the second year running Alexander Lis and HORT’s Eike König have done the business with their collateral for the After School Club festival. The event – which runs during the lecture-freee downtime at the HfG University of Art and Design Offenbach (March 18 until 23) – takes over the university with workshops, lectures, concerts and exhibitions. This year big names signed-up include Kate Moross, Anthony Burrill and Antoine et Manuel but as befitting such an exciting design-centric celebration, it was crying out for some really great promotional tools. And after last year’s success, this year’s posters and brilliant animation prove the organisers’ skills are second-to-none.

  36. 140-list

    As a kid I spent more than my fair share of time moving pixels around on a screen about half the size of an iPhone. I could kill hours in this fashion, endlessly tapping away at buttons that only made the most incremental differences to the images that appeared in front of me. Back then it never crossed my mind that platform gaming wasn’t the height of interactive excitement and that one day games like Grand Theft Auto would completely blow my mind.

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    Here’s a fun fact to definitely not make you feel old: The Lion King came out 19 years ago. Since then, in my own humble opinion, the quality of Disney’s productions hasn’t quite reached a similar standard. Until, that is, today when we came across this utterly mesmerising short film entitled Paperman straight from Walt Disney Studios themselves. The way they capture you is by no means groundbreaking, but is a surefire way to get you all weepy and slushy on a Wednesday morning.

  38. Watercycle-list

    Ain’t it grand when people collaborate? Yeah it is. Especially when those collaborators have niche skills that unite to produce something bigger than the sum of their parts. Photographer Chris Turner, animator Jess Deacon and paper sculptor extraordinaire Helen Friel have just finished work on a beautiful piece of animation that tells the story of the modern water cycle through the medium of an ingeniously animated pop-up book. Unlike the water cycle of my own childhood, this one travels in reverse, from the kitchen tap right back to stormy dark rainclouds, and illustrates this pre-school geography staple with real flair, gently reminding us of the intricacies of a process we so often take for granted.

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    Another cracker here from the Layzell Bros who are quickly becoming the go-to guys for anything humorous and animated — before we even see one of their videos I know it’s already my new favourite. Chicks with Cheeks is pretty self explanatory; it’s a celebration of girls with natural, fleshy pouches on either their faces or behinds. Silly, short, colourful and hilarious — is there anything else you could possibly want from your animation? More please Layzell Bros, more!

  40. Thework-list

    Ben Campbell has been in the business of design and art direction for over ten years, working under the moniker of There Work. He specialises in motion graphics with a particular focus on indents, tittle sequences and animated logos. While his portfolio of commercial work definitely demonstrates impressive skill, we’re incredibly partial to his personal experiments in motion graphics. His blog is full of looped animations, taking recognisable geometric forms (think Pepsi logo and RCA’s old vinyl centre labels) and turning them into mind-bending gifs. There’s a real charm to seeing these beautiful marks moving with such fluidity and we’d urge you to go and have a look at them all for yourself. Lovely stuff Ben!