Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Bully Dance, Janet Perlman, 1997

Looks like this week is a tribute to the woman animators of Canada. I didn't plan it that way, it just kind of happened. But they are awesome and definitely deserve it.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Shrug, Alina Constantin, 2009

Lovely award winning student animation from Volda University College (Hello, Volda!) and ESSAT École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du Textile.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Hand, Jiří Trnka,1965

The last film of Czech stop-motion master Jiří Trnka.

Part One:

Part Two:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Symphony in Slang, Tex Avery, 1951

St. Peter doesn't know WTF to do with teh n00b. OMG.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Humans, Greg Gunn, Casey Hunt, Reza Rasoli,2006

I thought we sprayed for them.

Award winning student animation from Otis College of Art and Design.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Animated excerpts from The Wall, Gerald Scarfe, 1982

I am a little embarassed about how much I used to like Pink Floyd's overwrought, self indulgent film The Wall. However, I can't deny my continued fondness for Gerald Scarfe's sinuously stylized animation. I mean, c'mon, watch these, look me in the eye, and tell me honestly that your inner teenager doesn't think this is wicked badass.

Goodbye, Blue Sky:

Empty Spaces:

Waiting for the Worms (this sequence doesn't contain so much animation, but it does have the iconic Marching Hammers. I would be remiss to leave them out.)

The Trial:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Night on Bald Mountain, Galina Shakitskaya, 1998

The environment in which this film was made was as turbulent as its soundtrack.

According to Youtube user Niffiwan:

This was the ONLY film that Soyuzmultfilm released in 1998, and in 1999 they released no films at all. At the time that this film was being made, the once-mighty studio was in its death throes. Its management had become tied to organized crime and the studio's assets were deliberately being sold to enrich the bosses. Hired mafia thugs were being used to keep the employees in line and the police didn't dare interfere. It was a regular occurrence for animators to come to their desk only to find all of the materials gone, sold to the highest bidder. These events are described in more detail in Georgiy Borodin's 2003 article. That was the environment in which this impressive film got made.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Zdarzenie (The Occurrence) Hieronim Neumann, 1988

A mixture of live action and animation effects that brings to mind the work of Zbig Rybczynski. And I LOVE IT.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Plaza(The Beach) Eduard Sturlis,1964

'HEY, I thought this was gonna be a dead man's chest!"

(I'll show myself out.)

Goofy experimental animation from Poland.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The TV Show, Sugimoto Kosuke,2009

More manic, bandwidth munching madness from Sugimoto Kosuke.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Three Subtle videos, SSSR ( Marc Reisberg, Kristian Hammerstad,Yu Sato) 2006

These lovely videos be Norwegian/ Japanese animation collective SSSR are available on the CD/DVD Wishingbone, which you can purchase RIGHT HERE from Lex Records.


The Long Vein of the Law:

Swan Meat:

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shakespeare Animated Tales: The Tempest, Stanislav Sokolov, 1992

Shakespeare: The Animated Tales was a brief series that was commissioned be BBCWales and first aired in 1992 and 1994. The animation was done in Russia by Christmasfilms, using a wide variety of techniques.

(I am unsure why there are English subtitles.)

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Tale of Two Kitties, Bob Clampett, 1942

"If the Hayes office would only let me, I'd give 'im the boid, all right"
Classic Clampett. Responsible for the introduction of the loathesome Tweety Bird.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Dreammill (Álommalom), Dora Keresztes, 2008

Hungarian animation, very much reminiscent of Faith Hubley.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Good Wasp, Hamm Williams, 2009

More macabre eyebally goodness from these weird people.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010