10.01.14 by Jeff

The Simpsons Pay Tribute to Legendary Japanese Animator Hayao Miyazaki

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I haven’t watched The Simpsons in years but I might have to this Sunday. The teaser for the next episode reveals it to be a tribute to Japanese director, animator, Hayao Miyazaki. It will be an entire episode brimming with references to Studio Ghibli films.

*Edit – it was not an entire episode, it was just this sequence unfortunately.

The teaser has glimpses of My Neighbor TotoroHowl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, well, you get the idea.

I was thinking though, how cool would it have been to have Studio Ghibli actually produce the episode of The Simpsons? In their style! I guess, this is the next best thing.

Watch the video below!

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03.01.14 by Jeff

Experimental Animation Meets Pottery

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Animator Jim Le Fevre, whom I posted about way back in 2008 (See here: “Phonographantasmascope”), teamed up with Roops and Al Johnstone to make a fantastic phonotrope animation for the Crafts Council.

Roops and Al Johnstone make earthenware under the name RAMP, which stands for Roop and Al Make Pots. I can only imagine how anxious they must have been waiting for this thing to fire in the kiln, hoping nothing went wrong after all their hard work.

 

 

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12.12.13 by Jeff

Behind the Scenes of Michel Gondry’s film “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?”

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Michel Gondry’s latest film “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?” is now up on iTunes. If you’ve already seen it, here’s an extra dose of inspiration in the form of a 9-minute clip of Gondry drawing and talking about the film.

Just watching him work makes me wanna throw my calendar out the window and just doodle all day. Watch below!

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06.12.13 by Jeff

“Wind” animation by Robert Loebel

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Here’s a fantastic little graduate film about inhabitants of a strange windy land, by Robert Löbel. The sounds come courtesy of the always brilliant David Kamp. This is a perfect piece of storytelling. Watch the animation “Wind” below!

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03.12.13 by Jeff

Yule Log 2.0

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This year that boring old Yule Log loop has been re-imagined by animators from all around the world. Great idea for a holiday project!

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28.11.13 by Jeff

Networks “Ake-Vono”

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The second half of this animation by Kohei Yoshino is glorious. It reminds me of the work of Yuichi Yokoyama. Watch below!

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04.11.13 by Jeff

“Late for Meeting” another absurd animation by David Lewandowski

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David Lewandowski’s weird naked rubber man is back! If you missed the first video, you can (should) watch it here, it remains one of the best things ever uploaded to the Internet.

Watch “Late for Meeting” below!

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16.10.13 by Jeff

“It’s Paper” Animation by Pingo van der Brinkloev

It's Paper Animation by Pingo van der Brinkloev

One look at these mesmerizing animated loops by Pingo van der Brinkloev and it’s obvious that it’s getting harder to tell what’s what these days. The fact that none of this is actual paper doesn’t make it any less impressive. Watch below!

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