Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Cracks, attributed to Cosmo Anzilotti, 1975

On Thursday 31 December, 1975, during Sesame Street Episode #818, aired, for the first time, a 1:29 short involving a girl seeing patterns in the cracks on her walls, from a camel, a monkey, a hen, and, most significantly, the eerie Crack Master that appears. The short is narrated (and partially sung) by a woman.

It was rumoured to have been created by animator Cosmo Anzilotti, though when dycaite contacted him regarding it, he simply had no memory of ever working on the short, and suggested that it had been credited to him by mistake...

This short was said to be very frightening, as many people recount seeing it as children, and have posted their terrifying experiences on numerous forums. It aired a total of only 11 times over the course of 3 and a half years, with its final airing taking place on May 2, 1980.

Via the Lost Media Wiki.

If anyone can provide any information about who directed this short, please let me know, and definitely swing by and tell the lostmedia folks, as I am sure they would be thrilled.

Stuck in a Groove, Clemens Kogler, 2010

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blade Runner: Aquarelle Edition, Anders Ramsell, 2013

This animation consists of 12 597 handmade aquarelle paintings, each painting is approximately 1,5*3cm in size. Together they form my 35 minute long paraphrase on the motion picture Blade Runner (1982) by Ridley Scott.
- Anders Ramsell

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kitty, N.Konstantinov, 1968

Soviet computer animation was made in 1968. A group of russian physicists and mathematicians with N.Konstantinov in the head of it created mathematic model of the cat and its moving and realized this model in the program for the computer "BESM-4". Computer printed hundreds of frames on the paper using alphabet symbols and then they were converted to the cinefilm.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Confessions of a Nutzy Spy, Norm McCabe, 1943

It occurs to me that Porky Pig, given his usual choice of attire, is kind of our spirit animal.

I mean, you guys know what Porky Piggin' is right?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This Way Up, Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes, 2008

Because when you can describe a film using words like "delightful," "slapstick," and "coffin," I am so there for you.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Motherfucking Pterodactyl, Matthew Inman, 2012

NSFW, duh.

Paul Kirby thought I would like this, and walked all the way to the email to tell me so. Good thing I have bad taste and I am twelve he was right.

Yes, that is Matthew Inamn of The Oatmeal.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lost and Found,Jeff Scher, 2007

"Lost and Found" is an animated valentine to my favorite early animators.
There is a giddy joy in the possibility of (literally) anything on the screen coming alive and joining in the general chaos.

-Jeff Scher

Given its subject matter, I can't believe I haven't posted this before.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Bang Bang, Jeff Scher, 1998

Experiemtnal animation by Jeff Scher.

VERY FLASHY, if you are sensitive to flashiness. I;m just a blogger, I don't wanna hurt anyone.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ketsujiru Juke, Sawako Kabuki, 2013

Here is what animator Sawako Kabuki has to say about her (VERY NSFW) new work:

After breaking up with my ex-boyfriend, I was heartbroken but I had to
think about the theme for my next animation film. Just then I had a
dream of this ex-boyfriend. This animation film is based on that
In Japan, on 11th March 2011, we had great earthquakes and aftershocks
followed over and over. And not only earthquakes but also how to face
the nuclear power is one of the hottest issues in our country. I think
that dream is the mixture of this charged atmosphere of Japan and my
heartbreaking depression. So I "re-mixed" what I had in my head. By
the way, he used to like enema. So in this song, the word of "ass" and
its related words are fluttering. All of these are linked to the
memories of him so I decided to use this song. In that dream the face
of my ex-boyfriend was not clear, so in this animation, his face is
drawn just like "ass".。

SO BASICALLY this is just another sappy break-up animation.

Via Cartoon Brew

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Lizard of Oz, Vincent Collins, 2013

New Vince Collins, doing that thing that he does.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Scarlet Flower, Lev Atamanov ,1952

More Beauty and the Beast. I give you two versions, an English dub:

And a higher quality subtitled version.

Choose wisely.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Story From South America, Garrett Davis, 2013

Not as charming as its Northern predecessor, but apparently Lou Reed.

Tip o'the pants to Hillary.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fox Pop, Chuck Jones, 1942

thanks to Mr. Cavin for the heads up re: me posting wrong.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hello, Fred Stuhr and John Sjogren, 1989

ETA - John Sjogren stopped by to give some backstory.

this film (referred to by it's creator fred stuhr as "The hello boy") was shot at the art center college of design in pasadena on the animation table. 16mm black and white film. all the double exposures and dissolves were done in camera. fred and i shot this in 1989 i think over the thanksgiving weekend. this entire film was drawn and shot if front of the camera at school. the school didn't want to allow us to use the camera for the needed amount time so fred stuhr (1967-1997) and i locked ourselves into the animation room with food and hid in there over the long weekend and created this piece. Fred proceeded to draw each scene with charcoal as i shot it. the film is a series of 6 frame dissolves with some double exposures for the rain etc. hope you like it - john sjogren

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Thief and the Cobbler, Richard Williams, 1964-1995 (with ongoing recobbling by Garrett Gilchrist)

So it's my birthday! And I like to do special things for my birthday, even though I have had lots and lots of them. And I like to bring you all treats on my birthday, though this one is bittersweet.

I think we all suppose, at one time or another, that it must be a fine thing indeed to be a genius. But as liberating and wonderful as genius can be, it can also quite often be a curse.

The story of Richard Williams' film The Thief and the Cobbler has been written about by much more erudite and educated people than myself.
There is a recent documentary which I did not get to see at the Minneapolis/St.Paul International Film Festival, because there is no justice in this world (i.e. the only screening was when I had to work, which was total bullshit.)

The short and sloppy version is this: Williams began the film in 1964, struggled along to secure independent funding for two decades. In 1988, Warner Brothers agreed to finance and distribute the film, but pulled out when it began to run late and over budget. The rights were taken from Williams, and the project was handed over to Fred Calvert, who was pretty much instructed to finish it as quickly and cheaply as possible. Calvert completely re-edited the whole thing, some slapdash animation was added to make the whole thing into a narrative, and it sucked.

Recently, an effort is being made to restore Williams version to his original vision. This valiant effort is being spearheaded by animator Garrett Gilchrist, who is also doing the lion's share the work himself.

ENOUGH OF MY BLATHERING. Here is the rough of The Recobbled Cut, from The Thief Archive.

NOT the final version. An early rough cut of the new restoration of the unfinished animated masterpiece from 3-time Oscar-winning animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A Christmas Carol). Almost no music has been added yet, and most audio is just the audio from Richard Williams' workprint. Color correction is not final, HD material has not been cleaned up to remove dirt and splices (apart from a few scenes), SD material has black level issues. We will also be doing some additional work, cleanup and new artwork here and there.


(Rumor had it that "The 35mm reel of (the last) sequence was found in Warner Animation head Jean Macurdy's trash by a former "Thief" animator."

And a comparison of the HD restoration:

Oh check it out deleted scenes:

There's more at The Thief Archive. You must run and subscribe to their channel immediately.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bolso, Rose Stiebra, 1988

Again, no English subs. But more nice animation from Latvia!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Schoolhouse Rock: No More Kings, Phil Kimmelman, 1975

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Latvian cartoon with no subtitles* for USA! USA! USA!

And the hilarity of King George.

*My family were once Latvians with no subtitles. They let us in anyway. Wasn't that nice?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Branco, Edmunds Jansons, 2001

I can't find a version of this with English subs, but it's nice anyway.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Beep, Beep, Beep, Jeremy Diamond, 2013

This is a cartoon about th eintersection of Franklin and East River Parkway.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Cat March, Hironobu Araya, 2013

I have watched this like ten times and I think I might be dead.

Via Metafilter

Monday, June 24, 2013

Dumb Ways to Die, Julian Frost, 2012


ALSO there is a parody.

(Simon Jago & Ryan Casey, 2013)


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pikapew Poop Chew, Pendleton Ward , 2011

I don't think we've had a good fart joke in at least a week or two.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Barrista, Pendleton Ward, 2007

From the creator of the esteemed Adventure Time.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Solamente Cloud, Deems, 2012

Music video for New Beard (you didn't think I was finished with the beard thing, did you?)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Little Island, Richard Williams, 1958

The first animated film by the great, fantastic and awesome Richard Williams.

ALSO! You should watch this. I couldn't justify making it a separate post, as it is a documentary. But it is a documentary about Richard Williams, so WATCH IT.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ah Pook is Here, Philip Hunt, 1994

Crafted around narration by William S. Burroughs. Featuring music by John Cale.