Animation Archive

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    Sometimes collaborations are just made in heaven. It’s a matter of personal taste but to me when Bryan Adams and Mel C collaborated to make 1998’s No.3 hit Baby When You’re Gone, my life was kind of complete. Another example of a dream-team collab is the recent video for NB Studio, animated by legendary Johnny Kelly, illustrated by James Graham and narrated by Michael Wolff of Wolff Olins fame.

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    In the advertising world, Rory Sutherland is less a man made of flesh and blood and more of a phenomenon made of ideas and rhetoric. Last year we were fortunate enough to publish The Wiki Man which brought together the Ogilvy executive creative director’s musings, blog posts and insights. Now the good folk at Animade and Moth Collective have brought one of Rory’s favourite behavioural anecdotes to life in this super animation based on his TED talk. It’s a great credit to its creators that the animation works perfectly in harmony with the excerpt rather than fighting with it for attention. Also, it’s nice to hear the phrase “dot matrix” on a Wednesday…

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    Paris and New York, New York and Paris – a tale of two cities, of two sets of values and two manifestations of the city spirit. You may remember back in April when we featured Vahram Muratyan’s stunning book of illustrations setting the city’s sights, sounds and smells against each other, well now Tony Miotto has created this fantastic animated version of this trans-Atlantic head-to-head. If you see a finer abstract illustration of a hot-dog this week then you’re probably wasting your life.

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    Anyone mediating a major international conflict should just give illustrator Marion Deuchars a call because her work is so ruddy charming I’m confident it could disarm even the best of enemies. In last week’s Things we praised to the high heavens her new book Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art but the treats just keep on coming thanks to this beautiful short trailer.

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    Some of the greatest stories human beings have ever told have been about redemption, and it might be time to add another name to that canon. Australian band The Beards have just released their new single Got Me A Beard which tells the story of a proud beard-wearer who is jilted by his girlfriend and then society at large. But our intrepid hero finds solace in a place where the beard is revered, and then him and his new friends return to the real world to wreak a shocking, hilarious revenge. Animators Chris Edser, Bill Northcott and Jarrod Prince have created a weird and wonderful world which works perfectly with the song, and it’s a must watch for both hairy hipsters and pogonophobes alike.

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    Imagine you were asked to make a film out of the late, great Monty Python’s star Graham Chapman’s life. Now imagine that true to Python form and spirit you decided to make it an animation. How on earth would you begin to decide on a look and feel that could communicate this extraordinary man and his ridiculous talent? Easy, you don’t decide on one look and feel, you decide on loads.

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    Somewhere between Moon, The Fifth Element, Tintin: Destination Moon and 2001: A Space Odyssey sits Eclipse, a brand new piece of animation from Gobelins students (yes, students) Theo Guignard, Noé Lecombre and Hugo Moreno. It’s got all the classic sci-fi staples – eerie soundtrack, mysterious evil/benign paranormal entity, barren lunar landscape – and it’s drawn in a style evocative of the classic cartoon greats. That’s all the information we’re prepared to supply for fear of ruining the experience of this perfectly-paced, beautifully atmospheric animation.

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    Seeing as it’s nearly autumn and the sky is clouding over, I’ll just take the liberty of whisking you away into a dark chasm of snowy trees, brick walls and terrifying woodland via the impressively fast-paced animations of Jake Fried. In his latest animation entitled Sick Leave, Jake drags us naked and screaming through a world made of ink and white-out to enjoy the scenery that he has so painstakingly created. It’s not as torturous as it sounds, it’s actually extremely enjoyable, and one of the most stubborn and original styles we’ve seen in a long time.

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    Having rehabilitated the reputations of single men whose best friends are dogs (Wallace & Gromit) and pirates (Pirates), top animation studio Aardman have turned their talents to Britain’s most unfairly maligned city.

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    Now we know we’ve posted a couple of Adam Buxton’s BUG videos recently (here and here) but this is so bursting with colour and mad imagery that we couldn’t resist. Whereas previous offerings have fused interesting visuals with Buxton’s trademark irreverence, this new piece Livin In The Sunlight, Lovin In The Moonlight is first and foremost an aesthetic treat. With illustrator Jim Stoten and animators the Layzell Bros on board (all creatives we’ve admired for some time) it was always going to be a treat but this slick slice of surreal silliness is well worth surrendering to.

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    The legacy of London 2012 will be hotly debated over coming months but forget the UK’s new sense of identity, the embracing of volunteering or even world-class sporting facilities, for us there’s one clear winner. Grant Orchard’s Love Sport Game On animations have long been a great source of joy in their colourful, to-the-point celebrations of pursuits from ski-jumping to dominoes, but during the Olympics not only did Studio AKA re-release the original set but also four brand new films covering weightlifting, fencing, synchronised swimming and equestrian. Now even Seb Coe will admit that’s made it all worthwhile.

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    We’re big fans of Mr Richard Hogg. He’s got a charming way with line that never fails to please us here in the studio, whether he’s doing a lovely drawing of a breakneck mountain biker or decorating the walls of one of our favourite Lebanese restaurants. So we were delighted to find out (albeit slightly belatedly) that he’s turned his talented hand to the world of astronomy for the Royal Greenwich Observatory, teaching us space-ignorant folks all about the wonders of the universe and the planets that surround our Earth. It looks great, sounds ace and it’s got the added bonus of being chock full of useful astronomical information. Winner!

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    If you like Russian Constructivism, 1940s all-American advertising and vintage comic books and have a sideline interest in muscle cars, superheroes and team sports then allow me to present your new favourite illustrator, Tavis Coburn. Tavis graduated from the legendary Art Centre Pasadena many years ago and immediately launched himself into a fiercely prolific illustration career, working for all of the major players in editorial, music and sportswear. He doesn’t just do still images either, regularly producing slick motion graphics for similarly big-name clients. Most recently Londoners, and probably a large number of tourists, will have seen his handiwork draped across the front page of Metro depicting the mighty Chris Hoy as a masked crusader for Adidas’ record-breaking ad campaign. Powerful stuff!

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    You know that mid Wednesday afternoon slump that’s threatening to get in between you and the weekend? Well here’s something sure to get you safely over – Adam Buxton’s Counting Song, a delightful-cum-dark guide to the perils of numeracy has been released online. Brought to life by illustrator Sarah Brown and director Cyriak Harris, the pair have created the perfect visual accompaniment for Adam’s bonkers, brilliant ditty. Crank it up, and then it’s full sped towards Friday!

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    The good folks over at Animade (in collaboration with Build) have just released an absolutely stellar set of teaser spots for Plus Plus, a brand new children’s TV channel in Ukraine, that feature a charming gang of boggle-eyed characters all frolicking across the local landscape.The animation, sound effects and comic timing are 100% spot on and we defy you not to grin from start to finish. Wonderful stuff.

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    There’s a lesson here for all of us – if you think of something hilarious, make it into an animation immediately, because I guarantee that this short animation by Amael and Leo (in association with Beakus studio) is going to make you laugh, nay hold your attention, for longer than the actual Olympic games ever will. One of the best things about this short film is perhaps the brutal honesty at which Leo and Amael have conveyed the sheer amount of litter and chicken boxes present all over the streets and riverbanks of London. The other best bit? The expression on the face of the rat gormlessly holding up the fag-end – beautiful!

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    Studio AKA’s Dave Prosser has just released (literally this very morning) a new piece of personal work inspired by the city of Seoul, South Korea, funded by the Seoul International cartoon and Animation Festival. Dave’s trademark degraded vectors appear in a whole new (and surprisingly bold) colour palette for the usually monochromatic animator, reflecting the neon-clad facades of Seoul’s cityscape.

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    Motion designers ATYP have just produced a literally mind-blowing (you’ll see when you watch it) promo for electronic musician Si Begg’s latest single, Permission to Explode. It’s a powerful combination of hands-on traditional animation techniques and computer-generated imagery that has a familiar digital feel. However, the hand-rendered aspect to the project elevates it beyond a simple digital aesthetic, taking the transient waveforms of Begg’s glitchy compositions and rendering them physical with vibrant style. We caught up with ATYP to find out a little bit more about how the project came about.

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    Last year Art and Graft charmed our socks off with a short animation promoting Cornish autism charity Spectrum and so inspired were they by the organisation’s amazing work that they’ve been back – and this time they took some friends. They asked four of the best animators around – Mikey Please, Matthias Hoegg, Kristian Andrews and UFO – to create four portraits of individuals whose lives had been turned around by Spectrum (and they also made another piece themselves).

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    If I had a finite number of screen-grabs left in me – in the same way that I know I can only play Allesi Brothers’ Seabird a few more times before it will cease to be enjoyable – I’d use most of them up on this one-minute-20 wonder animation, Cascade, by Timothy LaPointe.

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    We’re no experts on the Chinese calendar and so, rather embarrassingly, were quite unaware of the recent dragon boat festivities that take place annually in remembrance of Qu Yan, Chinese poet and ancient political activist. To celebrate the event Nowness commissioned Dutch animator and art director Christian Borstlap to produce a moving image work that took the viewer on a journey though China’s pivotal industrial and cultural achievements, from gunpowder to Bruce Lee (is he a cultural achievement?) culminating in the Beijing Olympics.

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    Now that graduate season has come back around, it’s interesting to consider what has become of those we featured way back when The Graduates, our annual showcase, started. Well, in 2009 animator Daniel Britt was one of our first ever – and since then, his career has gone from strength to strength. He has just completed this beautiful animation, A Thousand Reasons, for the WMD Awareness Programme, which raises issues surrounding the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The short film involves an arresting use of origami; the pace and progression are very smooth, while the fragility of the materials and the care taken in their construction provide a stirring counterpoint to the annihilation under discussion.

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    One of the most popular posts of 2012 so far featured Andy Gilmore’s colour-rich kaleidoscope compositions and so it’s a pleasure to see his work again, this time in a more commercial context. To mark the opening of Audi City, a new high-tech space in London, Audi are planning an as yet under-wraps collaboration with Chris Cunningham which will be unveiled in a couple of weeks. They approached Andy to create an illustration for the invites, inspired by the idea of repurposing space. His work was then developed into this really striking, intelligent design which can be enjoyed in more detail via the animation below.

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    Benjamin Renner’s A Mouse’s Tale takes Aesop’s fable of The Lion and the Mouse and embellishes it with a machiavelian twist, imagining how the story might have panned out had the mouse possessed a little more cunning and nous. Benjamin’s reductive character design and simple textural backgrounds give the animation just the right amount of pathos, developing the villain/victim relationship between lion and mouse beyond stereotypical traditions. Adding to this is a perfectly paced score from Christophe Héral that finishes the film beautifully. Absolutely worth a four minute break from your daily grind.

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    TED Talks are free and pretty bloody good if you didn’t already know and, over the last few years, this goodness has widened its free gamut to include the TED brand, methods and formats. As TEDGlobal’s director Bruno Giussani puts it: “The more you give away the more you get back.”

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    Oh Part & Parcel, I can just imagine what it’s like to work for you. A nice little studio in New York, beers after work, antics on a roof terrace, a little shelf of comic books, good looking bearded friends asking if they can leave their bike in the studio for a bit (which, of course, they can). Okay, well who knows what it’s like in Part & Parcel but judging by their superb, growing selection of happy animations, videos, comics – life’s pretty good.

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    After watching some of the entries on the LoopdeLoop website I’m pretty sure you’ll never need to watch a full length film ever again after they prove to you that yes, a 15-second animation on loop can be enough to satisfy your viewing needs. LoopdeLoop is an online Australian “animation challenge” which publishes a theme – this month is “play” – and invites animators from all over the world to submit very short shorts to their site to be judged accordingly. The best one then aired to a live audience in Loop, an arty Melbourne bar.

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    I became pretty obsessed with the idea of working at NASA after visiting the Kennedy Space Center as a kid and being treated to astronaut’s ice cream (like real ice cream but in small round balls). Then various dream-spoilers (parents, careers advisors and the like) dissuaded me by pointing out that it was all very science-y and quite serious and I was utterly unsuited to this kind of lifestyle, tiny-balled ice cream or not.

  29. Marriane

    Marriane is Benoît Bohuin’s (aka BenBenWorld) newest and neatest typeface. This lovely little video will say more than I can about how great it looks in it’s infinite potential for bold, slogan-like graphics. Indeed, that is the inspiration: “headline lineal and protest writing (caps only), made of tape modules joined by drawing a typical notch.” The zeitgeist for pithy protests is ever-present and now they can have some serious design kudos. Kudos, Benoît!

  30. Hogan

    I can’t really explain what this animation Hogan is about beyond the obvious: 1990s fancy-dress stalwart Hulk Hogan appears to be labouring (enjoyably) under an acid-like morphing – at times a many-headed hydra that imbibes itself, at others giving the viewer a singular, relentlessly bleak stare. Its animator is Peter Millard who has been studying at the Royal College of Art and has potentially been troubled by the image of Hogan for some time – it’s the only way I can explain it.

  31. Onionskin

    Japanese animation team ONIONSKIN have somehow harnessed the delicious satisfaction you feel in successfully launching a scrunched up piece of paper into a bin from a distance and converted it into animated form. In this very sweet and unassuming short, ONIONSKIN manage to sync the rhythm of the song to the movements of the Sim City-like scene to absolute perfection. It’s not often you see a track with a music video that so perfectly fits the tone, but this one does. Perhaps that’s also down to the track being a music video creators dream. Doit Science, the band responsible describe it as “repeatedly complete imperfect Texture and too much Chorus.” Um, okay!

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    “Behind the housing estates and bedroom windows of Scunthorpe hides a cyber-world in which I am insignificant…” What an opening line! This perfectly-crafted short film was actually produced for Random House to promote Misha Glenny’s book Dark Market (which, after seeing this, I’m definitely going to read.) So behold this animation from “We am the Kestrel”, a collaborative team made up of Stephen Middleton, Theo Nunn, Phoebe Halstead and Nuno Neves, featuring a man trudging through Scunthorpe in all its glory whilst tendril-like feelers and creatures emerge out of the gloomy corners. Short, sweet, and very powerful – this must be the best method of promoting a new novel.

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    After a year of worldwide screenings and festivals, Gergely Wootsch’s delightful This is Not Real, his graduating animation from the Royal College of Art, is now available to watch online in full. The story follows a small boy on his “chimerical journey” from despondent reality to something altogether brighter and dreamily disconnected, depicted with devices unique to the high quality of digital craft Gergely employs.

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    Take a look at Andy Baker’s animated black and white music video for Society’s All That We’ve Become. The shadowy, pen-and-pencil aesthetic is very suited to the narrative’s connotations of teenage angst, while the hand-drawn qualities – in particular, the texture of the rotating record – present the “craft” elements of the production alongside its overall high finish. The use of lighting in the work – the electronic glow from the television, for example – is particularly beautiful.

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    You know when something makes no sense at all and yet at the same time is completely comprehensible? Well that, one hundred times that, courtesy of Stockholm-based duo Kungen and Hertigen. Their Night Videos for MTV are surreal slices of stunningly-animated silliness, but like a dream it has its own narrative which somehow keeps the whole thing from tipping off the edge of sanity. I want to live in this world, I want horizontal hair, a square jaw and weird elongated arms. But life’s not fair so I will have to be content with watching this over and over again.

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    Louis Vuitton have been dipping their toes into the art world further and further in the last few years, and no one seems to mind –perhaps that’s because they seem to have a knack of commissioning the best people for the job every time. We’ve seen a fantastic Christian Bortslap animation, Michael Landy’s destructive in-store sculpture, and Julie Verhoeven collaborating with their design team.

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    So the heavens have well and truly decided to open herein London (you’ll know this if you live here as you’ll be soaking and miserable) but it could be worse, at least it’s not very cold. But hang on, according to this video for the Moones single Better Energy living in Arctic conditions can be really exciting. There’s salty seaodgs, expolding fish and penguins that give you massages. This looks amazing! Director Peter Sluszka has created a fun-filled few minutes mixing animation and zany footage for a bang tidy way to kick start Monday morning.

  38. Vfalist

    Debates will always rage over the merit of creative awards and the value of pitting diverse projects against each other, but at the very least they act as interesting bellwethers of the Zeigeist. This is especially true of the Vimeo awards which has the admirable ambition of recognising the very best work uploaded on the site across 13 categories.

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    The best infographics are able to take complex, nuanced and important data and present them in a clear and memorable way – looking good and communicating clearly are equally imperative if they are to have maximum impact. German studio UHS’ animation for the Ocean2012 campaign organisation is tremendous, taking an issue most people are at least vaguely aware of and rendering it in a vivid, powerful way with some lovely creative touches along the way. A fine example of this artform at its best.

  40. Speed-of-light

    The writer/director team Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp aka The Theory put themselves firmly in the forward-animation spectrum with their brilliantly innovative (and viral) Address is Approximate film last year. Their latest offering Speed of Light is no less ingenious in its effort to tell a good story using unique methods, this time with projection mapping on a tiny scale. Using the smallest “pocket video projectors” and some crafty, CGI-free editing, they directed a Lilliputian jail-break and tiniest ever police car chase across a random interior that sees everyday items help and hinder the dramatic race. Lovely stuff.