Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Roger Glover and the Butterfly Ball - Love is All, John Halas & Joy Batchelor,1976

A piece of music from a rock opera by Roger Glover of Deep Purple, based on the poem The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast by William Roscoe. This short was intended to be part of a longer film.

Yes, that is Ronnie James Dio singing.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bendito Machine I, II and III, Jossie Malis

Three episodes of Zumbkamera's fantastic Bendito Machine. (if you click on that link you can watch the videos there, and BUY STUFF FROM THEM, which is our favorite.)

Very nifty Flash animation.

(Thank you IAN)

Episode I

Episode II

Episode III

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Stop Driving Us Crazy! Mel Emde, 1959

Apparently, God doesn't like it when you drive like an asshole. So don't do that.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature, John and Faith Hubley, 1966

And now another musical interlude, featuring Herb alpert and the Tijuana Brass and the funky, Oscar-winning animation of the Hubleys.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Nisshin Seifun commercial, Katsuya Kondo, 2010

An irresistibly charming commercial from Studio Ghibli.

Via Twitch and many thanks to Ian.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

But I Was Cool, Barrie Nelson (Music by Oscar Brown Jr.) 1971

Sometimes in my travels, I run into a mystery animation that nobody seems to know anything about. This is one of them. Things like music videos and commercials can be especially problematic in this regard.

Youtube user floriankeller would also like to know:

Unknown Artist (Ralph Bakshi?) animated Oscar Brown Jr's "But I Was Cool"
recorded on VCR in 1988 from a Munich, Germany loval TV-Station.
If you have any further information on this clip, please contact

(The animation style does look a little similar to Bakshi's, but I'm not 100% convinced it's him. I'm tagging this as 1960s, as the song was recorded in 1960 and teh animation is stylistically consistent with that time period. I COULD BE TOTALLY WRONG)

I'll try to figure out who animated this and when, as I always like to credit the artists. Hopefully someone else can help. Apparently, this was part of a segment that appeared on Night Flight. We'll see if that helps.

ETA - I know it's been a while, but I am about, oh, 80% sure that the animator here is John Wilson. It looks like his style, and it seems like the kind of project he would do. Very much in his (ahem) wheelhouse.

MYSTERY SOLVED! The animator is Barrie Nelson, and this is an excerpt from the 1971 film Keep Cool.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cycles, Cyriak Harris, 2010


Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Flea Circus, Tex Avery, 1954

Leave it to Tex Avery to not only get the most out of a sight gag, but also to give you conflicted feelings about fleas.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Anti-drug PSA, Hanna-Barbera,1970

Finding out who directed the animation for most ads and PSAs is sometimes nearly impossible, but I want to post them anyway.

This one we know is by Hanna-Barbera.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ficções do Assombro: O Paciente (Fictions of Wonder; The Patient) Pedro Brito, 2003

From the "Fictions of Wonder" series by Portuguese studio Animanostra.

No subs, sorry. Also, very NSFW.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Joe and Petunia PIFs, 1968, 1970 plus more

Joe and Petunia were popular characters in a series of PIFs (what we call PSAs here in the You Ess of Ay.)

Here they are in their first adventure, in 1968

In this one, Joe wishes to swim, but Petunia's not having it.

Here's another PIF this one from 1972 (and possibly from teh same company) with an important lesson about swimming.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Russian Rhapsody, Bob Clampett, 1944

A WWII cartoon, with lots of histrionic Hitler and other oodies we've come to expect from the genre.

According Youtubist Lacedaemonia:

The original title of this cartoon was Gremlins from the Kremlin, but producer Leon Schlesinger changed the title to "Russian Rhapsody" when Disney began making its own wartime short about Gremlins, and asked other studios to not produce films about them.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Different Frequency, Charles Pieper and David Koenig, 2010

A nice gross monstery music video, brand spanking new.

I may never be able to eat apple sauce again.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Jimmy the C, James Picker, 1976

And now, a musical interlude featuring Predident Jimmy Carter.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

História Trágica Com Final Feliz(A Tragic Story with a Happy Ending) Regina Pessoa, 2005

I know I have a high tolerance for watching animation when I don't have English subtitles or dubbing. If it's cool enough, I post it in hopes that at least some of you have that same tolerance. (The fact that half the visitors I get are from countries where English isn't the first language emboldens me in that regard.)

Here, I have a few versions of the same animation, which handle the language differently.

The full version, in the original Portuguese:

With English narration:

And no narration:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Fehérlófia (Son of the White Mare)Marcell Jancovics, 1982

It's been a YEAR! I have posted 365 cartoons (I have too. The first post has the ones starting from March 13th, Mr. Picky Pants.)

A cartoon every damn day. A year without pants.

And I haven't run out. Not only that, people seem to be making more, and some of them are really good. I also keep finding gems that I have never seen before.

I hope it's been fun for you, because it's been incredible for me. Something that started out as a very casual thing has taught me a lot. I have seen so much beautiful, weird, stunning, disturbing, hilarious and amazing work from all over the world that I never would have sought out without the pressure of daily presentation. In the coming year, I promise will continue stuffing as much animation in my eyeholes as humanly possible, in lieu of doing something like ending world hunger or curing cancer and stuff, so that I may continue to bring your daily diversion.

There are so many brilliant and dedicated people in the world, bringing us this wonderful art. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for doing so. It's hard, frequently thankless and not terribly lucrative work (Please buy their stuff and give them money. Please.) Every animator out there who might be reading this, I appreciate you so much for everything you do, and for the joy you have brought to me and the eight other people who look at this blog. Thank you.


Today, you get a special treat. Normally, I wouldn't post a feature length film, but today is special and so is this.

Fehérlófia (Son of the White Mare) is an incredible film by Hungarian animator Marcell Jancovics. It's particularly fascinating because it maintains its lovely, colorful graphic style throughout - very unusual for a feature film. I have no idea how I hadn't heard of this before I did, because it's extraordinary.

It's in nine parts. I know that's not the ideal way to watch a feature. if anyone knows where I can buy this on DVD, please tell me.

ETA - The channel with the subbed version was taken down. Someone has uploaded the first two parts with subs: I have also found the full film without.



Or how 'bout let's try this version from our saviors at! Full movie with subtitles!

(I notice that this is one of my most frequently linked and visited posts, so I like to keep it fresh.)

Friday, March 12, 2010

There Once was a Dog, Eduard Nazarov, 1983

Wonderful award-winning short from Ukraine Russia.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Henry, 9 Til 5, Bob Godfrey, 1970

This saucy shot by Oscar winning animator Bob Godfrey about how one fellow gets through his dreary workday is, ironically enough, entirely, compltely and fully NSFW.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, Nicky Phelen, 2009

Yet another Academy Award nominee (I originally wasn't going to post these, but what the hey, I'm sure you're curious too.)

The charming Granny O' Grimm, from Ireland's Brown Bag Films.

Granny's Oscar message:

I hope she was gentle with Brad Clooney.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Lady and the Reaper, Javier Recio, 2009

Another one of the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

Produced by Antonio Banderas.

A different take on the subject (also from Spain)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Logorama, Nicolas Schmerkin, 2009

This action packed number is one of the nominees forthe WINNER of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. (Good work, folks!)

Chock full of logos and swearing!


Read the text of Nicolas Schmerkin's acceptance speech here

ETA: Congratulations, y'all.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

How the Light Came Anyway when the Sun Overslept, Hans Fischerkoesen, 1937

In a similar vein to Escbaugh's "The Sunshine Makers," this is an advertisement for Phillips made for the Norwegian market by German animator Hans Fischerkoesen.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Why Sea Water is Salty, Yasushi Murata, 1934

Silent film from 1934, without any soundtrack but the projector.