30.09.14 by Jeff

The Weirdest Couch Gag in the History of The Simpsons by Animator Don Hertzfeldt

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The Simpsons recently tapped Oscar-nominated animator Don Hertzfeldt to animate the opening title couch gag and, well, it’s as weird as you’d expect it to be if you’re familiar with his work. To be honest, it’s not really my thing, but I like how left field it is. The show has been unfunny for so long, can anything save it?

I’ve said it before, I think it would be cool if they allowed different artists to do entire episodes. Like the episode where they paid tribute to Hayao Miyazaki would have been so much cooler if it was entire episode produced by Studio Ghibli. The best thing they’ve done in recent years was that intro to the show by Banksy.

Watch Don Hertzfeldt’s weird couch gag animation below.

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18.09.14 by Jeff

Music Video: TJH87 “Good Life” Featuring Artwork by Illustrator Jon Boam

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I’ve always wanted to see Jon Boam’s illustrations brought to life and now thanks to animator Kalle Kotila I have! Watch this little music video for TJH87 below.

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19.08.14 by Jeff

Animation: “Nightingale and Canary” by Andy Thomas

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According to his Vimeo bio, Australian artist Andy Thomas “specialises in particle simulation based motion graphics, inspired by nature and technology”. A simpler way of saying it might be that he makes shapes that react to sounds.

In the video below Thomas makes visuals for two bird sounds from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s archives. It kinda reminds me of that scene in Ratatouille where Remy imagines the colours of taste.

Watch “Nightingale and Canary” below!

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19.08.14 by Jeff

Animation: “The Collagist” by Amy Lockhart and Marc Bell

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Love this little animation by Amy Lockhart and Marc Bell. It’s several years old now so if Maisie over at It’s Nice That hadn’t dug it up I might have never seen it. Watch the animation below!

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13.08.14 by Jeff

Rubber House for Adult Swim

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My favourite animation studio, Australia’s Rubber House, is back with some new work. Greg and Ivan were recently presented with a dream opportunity from Adult Swim; carte blanche to write, design, and produce as many short animations as they could come up with.

There are eight shorts currently airing on Adult Swim and the duo are posting them, one by one, to their tumblr (here) every day this week. Watch two of my favourites so far, below.

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04.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: HNN “Je Pars”

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This video directed by Hugo Arcier is like that one scene in “Under The Skin”. I’m never fully sold on a video that relies on one effect for the entire clip but it is definitely cool/weird enough to hold your attention. Watch “Je Pars” below.

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04.08.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Efrat Ben Zur “Robin”

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A terrific stop-motion animation for Efrat Ben Zur’s song “Robin”, by Yuval and Merav Nathan. I love the design of the bird. Watch the music video below.

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29.07.14 by Jeff

Stop-motion Animations by Simon Gerbaud

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Animator Simon Gerbaud creates stop-motion animations of objects slowly disappearing into dust. Watch the video below!

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