Sunday, May 31, 2009

Le Nez, Alexandre Alexieff and Claire Parker, 1963

Alexandre Alexieff invented pinscreen animation: the technique used to make this film.

ETA: whoops, got a little excited there.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sophie's Place, Larry Jordan, 1987

The eternal enternainment of the eternal spirit.

More Larry Jordan. I love Larry Jordan.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Fly, Fenrec Rofusz,1980

Oscar winning film documenting the POV of a fly.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Hasher's Delerium, Emil Cohl, 1910

Very early animation from Emil Cohl, way before Nancy Reagan told us to "Just Say No!"

Monday, May 25, 2009

REJECTED! Don Hertzfeld, 1999

In the spring of 1999, the Family Learning Channel commissioned animator Don Hertzfeld to produce promotional segments for their network.

The cartoons were completed in five weeks. The Family Learning Channel rejected all of them upon review, and they were never aired..."

And there's more rejection still herein. Lots and lots of rejection. Hertzfeld was nominated for an Academy Award for this film, but did not win. MORE REJECTION.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Moonbird, John Hubley, 1959

Academy Award winning film directed by John Hubley and voiced by Mark and Ray Hubley.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sebastians Voodoo,Joaquin Baldwin, 2009

This short film just won The National Film Board of Canada's NFB competition, netting Mr. Baldwin a kickass laptop and editing suite. Well done.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Unfaithful Portrait, Ewa Bibanska, 1982

Polish animator Ewa Bibanska's take on the perils of letting a hairy dude take over half of your face.

Wait, no, that's not right...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

What Maggie's Thinking, Matt Groening, 1987

Before The Simpsons became the longest running primetime sitcom, it started life as a humble series of short animated sketches that ran during The Tracy Ullman Show.

This short first aired on October 11, 1987.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

5/4, Ivan Maximov, 1990

I've restrained myself admirably, and held back from posting another Maximov cartoon for a good long while. I'm proud of myself.

Soundtrack by some guy called Dave Brubeck.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Clutch Cargo, Cambria Studios, 1959

Normally, I try to post animation that is good, or at least interesting, or entertaining, or well written.

Clutch Cargo is none of that, and more.

Clutch Cargo stumbled blindly onto the pages of history by virtue of its own cheapness. The makers of the series rarely employed any animation at all - not that they ever claimed to. They used whatever means they could to avoid animation, but the most infamous was a technique invented by cameraman Edwin Gillete known as Synchro-Vox, which superimposed footage of a moving human mouth over a still drawing. The effect was disturbing, but very memorable.

See? It's utter crap, but it's going to haunt your dreams forever.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Crusader Rabbit; Episode 1, Alex Anderson/ Jay Ward, 1950

Crusader Rabbit was the first American animated series made especially for television. It was produced by Jay Ward, who went on to bring us the very popular series Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Give up Your Aul Sins, Brown Bag Films, 2001

Kids telling Bible stories! Is that guaranteed delightful or what?*

*YES. Yes it is.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Father and Daughter, Michael Dudok deWitt, 2000

This, lovely, simple, melancholy film won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2000.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies, Brothers Quay, 1988

Brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay hardly need introduction. Which is odd, because the world they inhabit is so dark and strange. They revel in shadow and decay, and find grace in the grotesque.

This might be my favorite of their films.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Zvahlav, Klara Kohoutova, 2006

Czech animator Klara Kohoutova's unorthodox take on Lewis Carrol's Jaberwocky.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Weighing and Wanting, William Kentridge, 1997

South African animator William Kentridge animates drawing. He works into each drawing as he films, erasing, smudging, changing, building and destroying.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Five Minutes of Murder, Jozef Nepp, 1966

Does what it says on the tin.

There are subtitles for the (minimal) dialogue;however, the person who put this up was kind enough to offer a translation, which I've reprinted below the video.

Director: I've noticed that you are very much interested in films that offer MURDER, and I want your needs maximally satisfied in the next few minutes. Have a good time.

Director: Well, I hope you've had plenty of fun.
Man: Sir! You are not an artist but a sadistic beast! As such, you must be exterminated!
Young man: Aren't you ashamed? You killer!
Old man: Don't you know taking the justice in one's hand is inadmissible?
Woman: Won't this disgrace ever stop?...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Clinic, Alexandre Bubnov, 1993

Dark, surreal humor from Ukranian Studio Borsifen.

In 2 parts.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bambi Meets Godzilla, Marv Newland,1969

The one. The only. The LEGENDARY!

Two beast enter, one beast leaves!



It's kind of predictable, really.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Gas Planet, Eric Darnell, 1992

Continuing with the theme from yesterday, in a way.

A fun bit of computer animation from Pacific Data Images, 1992. The perils of a ... GAS PLANET.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Knorsong: Fopje Flauw Mopje

Roughly translated: "dumb joke." From the Belgian show Big en Betsy.

I am not posting this because it is of particular historical relevance, or because the animation is dazzling.

I am posting it because there is not any way a person can watch this and be bummed out. Because farts are funny. Even if you are too high and mighty to admit it, you think farts are funny. If you do not think farts are funny, you are cold and dead inside. Nobody likes you because you are no fun to be around at all.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Muto, Blu, 2008

The Italian animator and graffiti artist who calls himself Blu is an interesting fellow. He is best known for making animation by painting on walls. Muto was made in Buenos Aires and Balden, and includes the sequence Fantoche.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Les Escargots, Rene Laloux and Roland Topor, 1965

Rene Laloux and Roland Topor are best known as the creators of the 1973 cult animated feature Fantastic Planet.
Roland Topor was also a founding member of the Panic Movement with Alejandro Jodoworsky, and an actor who appeared in, among other things, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Mighty Heroes: The Junker, Ralph Bakshi/Terrytoons, !966

As I understand it, Terrytoons was fairly notorious for wanting to crank out animation as cheaply, crappily and quickly as possible. Ralph Bakshi directed this series when he was a young man of 27. It bears the early marks of his thoughtful television character design, which was styled specifically to work well with limited animation.