Monday, February 28, 2011

The Gruffalo, Max Lang and Jakob Schuh, 2009

One of the nominees for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

Of course, we know that Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing won. But IT WAS AN HONOR JUST TO BE NOMINATED.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

American Lady, Jesus Camillo Barros and Hugo Nicolas Rivera, 2006

No subtitles (sorry) but it's not difficult to understand what's going on.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan, 2010

The Lost Thing is nominated for a WON! the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Deuce, Monica Cook, 2010

Now with director's commentary from Monica Cook!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Internet's Gone Down, Mike Booth, 2008

Mike Booth's Some Grey Bloke is really taking things in stride, all things considered. You should see me when my internet goes down.

Well, no, you shouldn't. Nobody should see that.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Oedipus, Starring Vegetables, Jason Wishnow, 2004

Bonus; Me and my Potato - the making of Oedipus, Starring Vegetables:

AND MORE - the storyboards for Oedipus, Starring Vegetables

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Madagascar, Carnet et Voyage, Bastien Dubois, 2009

This lovely short, from Sacrebleu Films, is nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hook and Ladder Hokum or A Fireman's Life, George Stallings and Frank Tashlin, 1933

Featuring Tom and Jerry.

No, the other Tom and Jerry. Not the cat and the mouse. Two dudes.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

excerpt from Plasticene Crow, Aleksandr Tatarskiy, 1981

The lyrics, as translated by the invaluable Youtube denizen Niffiwan:

There is a simple folk tale
or maybe not a folk tale
or maybe not so simple
that we'd like you to hear

we know it from our childhood
or maybe from adulthood
or maybe we don't know it
but hope it will appear.

One time there was a crow
or possibly a dog
or possibly a cow
who struck a lucky score:

she found a piece of cheese
about 200 grams
or possibly 300
or maybe even more.

She flew right up a pine
or maybe didn't fly
or maybe up a palm tree
she ran right up from thence

and there for some nice breakfasting
or maybe for some dinner
or maybe even suppertime
she quickly made her plans.

But here a fox was running
or maybe wasn't running
or maybe a mad ostrich
or kind, we might presume

Or possibly a sweeper
who traipsed along the countryside
to find the nearest hazel tree
and carve himself a broom.

"Oh listen my dear crow
unless you are a dog
or possibly a cow
the finest cow of all

your feathers are exquisite
your horns are really something
your hooves are nice and slim
and what a kindly soul!

If ever you should sing
or maybe if you woof
or if you started mooing
(since cows moo a lot)

then you'll get a big saddle
a carpet and a TV;
nice presents will be gotten
or maybe will be got."

And so, the stupid crow,
or possibly the dog,
or possibly the cow,
began to sing and crow...

And from such awful singing,
which may not have been singing,
our population fainted
as if from a great blow.

The crow lost the cheese,
or possibly the dog,
perhaps it was the cow;
on this we are agreed,

and right atop the fox
or possibly the ostrich
or possibly the sweeper
it fell with some great speed.

The moral of this tale,
which may not be a tale,
not just a grown adult;
a dwarf should understand

don't ever stand, don't jump around,
don't sing or even try to dance
in off-limits construction zones
where heavy things might land!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Little Tiger on the Sunflower, Leonid Nosyrev, 1981

*races breathlessly into room* HERE'S YOUR CARTOON! I DIDN'T FORGET! HERE IT IS! *pant pant*