Wednesday, September 29, 2010

ffwd, blu, 2006

Most people know Blu for his epic wall painted animations, but he plays indoors as well.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cool Cat: Alex Lovy,1967

Normally, I try to feature cartoons that are good.

This is not good. Really, really not good.

This is what became of Warner Brothers in the late 60s, in case you were wondering what the "Looney Toons" appelation was doing attached to something so lame. Tragic, ain't it?

But hey, Larry Storch!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Trip (aka Travel) Kihachiro Kawamoto, 1973

I was saddened to learn recently that the great stop-motion animator Kihachiro Kawamoto passed away on August 23rd of this year, at the age of 85.

Though he studied and worked alongside the giants of Czech stop-motion, he retained a deep love of traditional Japanese puppet technique and theater.

His films were masterful, compelling and beautiful. I've posted a few before (Farce Anthropo-Cynique, The Demon, and The House of Flame.)


Part 1:

Part 2:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Little Cow, Igor Lazin, 2001

Sometimes, frequently, I will post cartoons that are not subtitled or otherwise translated. Generally this is because I find them enjoyable regardless of the dialogue, or the dialogue is sparse enough or the action clear enough that it doesn't impede my understanding.

However, there are also occasions where the words are integral to the piece. On those occasions, I am grateful that a translation is available, even I know it can never capture the nuances of the mother tongue.

Here is an example. Here's the cartoon in Hungarian:

And here is the same cartoon, dubbed in English:

I know I learned a beautiful lesson about life, just now.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Synchromie, Norman McLaren, 1971

Made with an optical printer, this film utilized McLaren's technique of rendering the sound directly onto the film.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Voyage to Next, John and Faith Hubley, 1974

ETA - I just learned of the passing of animator Bill Littlejohn, who worked with the Hubleys on many of their films, including this one. R.I.P.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kozete (Cosette) Arnolds Burovs, 1977

No subtitles, but there's only a little narration at the beginning and end.

Monday, September 13, 2010

All The Tears, Jossie Malis, 2009

It is now time for the heavy metal musics. Please to be banging your heads.

Video for Gojira's All the Tears.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bluebeard, Alexander Bubnov, 1996

Another interpretation of the story of Bluebeard, this time from Ukranian studio Borisfen.

Part One:

Part 2:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Big Snit, Richard Condie, 1985

It completely blows my mind that I haven't posted Richard Condie's classic The Big Snit before today.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rotate the Completor #6, Emily Kaplan, 2010

I have been debating with myself whether or not I should post this here. I wouldn't necessarily presume to compare myself to the animators I post every day.

On the other hand, I worked my ass off on this. And this is MY BLOG.

I decided to compromise and make it a bonus feature today.


This is a video for song #6 from Rotate The Completors: Completed Rotations Of The... LP, available from Roaratorio.

I just finished it yesterday. Now I am going to.. I dunno, read a book or something. Try to regain my social skills.

Punch and Judy, Jan Svankmajer, 1966