Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Year 1812 (War and Peace) Sándor Reisenbüchler, 1972

I am super high on Sándor Reisenbüchler at the moment, so you get more of this sort of thing.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

barbarok ideje (The Age of the Barbarians) Sándor Reisenbüchler, 1970

IT IS CHRISTMAS AND MY BIRTHDAY AND THIS IS MY PONY. I have been wanting to see this piece for AGES and now I can and so can you.


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hisab, Ezra Wube, 2011

An African tale painted on a single canvas.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Eyewash (1959) and A Man and His Dog Out for Air(1956) Robert Breer

Yesterday, I found out that avante garde animator Robert Breer passed away at the age of 84.

R.I.P. I genuinely enjoyed your work, sir. Thank you.


A Man and His Dog Out For Air

I've featured his film REcreation before, but I'd like you to watch it with me now. It's a favorite of mine.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Treasure Island, D.Cherkasskiy, 1986, 1988

Part one is 47 minutes, part two is just shy of an hour.

Part one (1986)

Part two (1988)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Terry Gilliam's Do It Yourself Animation Show, Bob Godfrey, 1974

"Terry, what advice do you have for people out there who want to make film animation?"

"Well, Bob, don't. Keep well away from it - it's dangerous stuff.

In 1974, animator Bob Godfrey hosted the Do It Yourself Film Animation Show. He invited established animators to demonstrate their techniques, and inspired a new generation of British animators. (Oh look there's a book, too.

Anyway. It's my birthday. I love Terry Gilliam. Everything I am today is pretty much his fault.

So now you know how to do that, you can make me some cartoons. Get cracking, people.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Mouse and his Child, Charles Swenson and Fred Wolf, 1977

Adaptation of Russell Hoban's novel about two mechanical toy mice, and their quest to become "self-winding". via

The full length feature.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tom Waits for No One, John Lamb, 1979

Tom Waits performed in 1978 live at the La Brea stage in Hollywood, photographed and rotoscoped.The original live action was shot with 5 cameras - 2 high, 2 low and one hand held.. shot by Dan O'Dowd and crew..The music from "The One That Got Away" blared in the background as Tom sang the lyrics. Donna Gordon is the dancer performing as the stripper, 6 takes and 13 hours of video footage were edited to make a 5 1/2 minute live action short which we turned into animation. A total of 5,500 frames were captured, re-drawn, inked and painted by hand onto celluloid acitate to create this film. Produced by Lyon Lamb Video Animation Systems and directed by John Lamb, the film bore some cool new technology and talent ..and was created specifically for a burgeoning video music market that didn't yet exist and arguably may be the first music video created for the MTV market.However, a series of unfortunate events prohibited the film from ever
being released or sold commercially, consequently catapulting it into obscurity.
In 1979, an Academy Award was presented to Lyon Lamb for the technology used in this short.

Thanks, Ian.

ETA: some of the raw footage, prior to rotoscoping:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Valse Triste (Sad Waltz) Bruno Bozzetto, 1976

This is another segment of Bruno Bozzetto's brilliant Allegro Non Troppo, and is definitely a top contender for saddest cartoon ever.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gertie the Dinosaur, Winsor McCay, 1914

I have been posting animation for two years. How I have managed to NOT post this one blows my mind.