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    • CommentTimeApr 10th 2010
    Hey, the Hedgehog in the fog! Love that one. Absolutely astoundingly well-made.
    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010 edited
    The black hole from the Dr Who episode, THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET. The animators perfectly captured the terrifying reality of the phenomenon - a gigantic emptiness that swallows everything in its path.
    The Black Hole
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    /\ @ Greasmonkey - that is brilliant. Good point. I think they might have had help from the Greenwich Planetarium team on that one - if ever you get the chance to go there for a show, I'd recommend it. I saw one where Liam Neeson was the narrator for a season on black holes and the animations looked similar if not more involving for their incredible scope and the hlaf-leaned-back vantage point you get.
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    • CommentTimeApr 21st 2010
    a friend showed me this recently:
    The Ark
    powerful little thing
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    @Ben - I wouldn't be surprised if Russell T Davies happened to visit the Greenwich Planetarium in 2005, saw the black hole exhibit, and thought to himself "I fucking WANT this in the show!". Hiring the planetarium animators would be the logical choice at that point.
    • CommentAuthorSkiriki
    • CommentTimeMay 17th 2010

    I'd like to link a friend of mine who does traditional hand-drawn animation (although he colors them with computer); he has very distinctive style, and he's now working on more material. I've known him for ten years or thereabouts, and he's a big fan of comics; some characters featured in this clip are very reminescent of the Hulk. He recently graduated, and has been released into the wilds of the job market.

    Link to the page, since I seem to have some problems with embedding the video itself (about a minute in length, since it is a sample).

    I personally find his animation style interesting: it is somewhere between anime and traditional animation, and he has a good eye for characters and backgrounds.
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    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2010
    The only thing I would dare to submit here I can't find. So maybe one of you have heard of it. I believe it was called "The Custodian" and I believe it came out some time in the mid 1990s, but I just can't recall what year. I am fairly certain, however, that it won the Oscar for Best Animated Movie in Short Form. I think.

    It's drawn very simply, basically black ink only. And is the narrative of the Custodian who is literally in custody over Earth and Humanity. He cleans up after people and feels a bit frustrated over the messes we make but has a grudging love for us. His narrative includes "The Kid" (Jesus) who listened too intently to his stories and ultimately decided to visit Earth and live among the people, which didn't go very well for him. Simple, sweet without being cloying, and haunting. And the damn thing is I have only seen it once, when it aired on PBS perhaps 15 years ago. Can't find it online anywhere.

    I *hope* have the details right. Anyone?
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    Fantastic Planet was a bizarre Eurocinema offering aimed at people who like watching films under the influence of psychedelics

    Fantastic Planet
    • CommentAuthorSkiriki
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2010
    Oh, yeah. And I forgot to link to more detailed studies of the character animation and such which is also available for your viewing pleasure:
    Available here.
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    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2010
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    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2010
    By Ben Hibon and Axis Animation
    a slice of post-apocalyptic SF that rocks my world
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2010 edited
    Computer animation:

    Tool - Vicarious

    All of Tool's videos have little bits of awesome in them, from the Quay influences to the collaborations with people like Chet Zar and Alex Grey. The stop motion vid for "├ćnema" is actually my favorite Tool vid, but I thought this one was the most ambitious.

    Flash/cel animation:

    The Cat Piano

    This went around for a while, and I came across it from Coilhouse. Amazing animation, and bonus points for Nick Cave narration. Watching it in HD is glorious.

    Cel Animation:

    No conversation is complete without Duck Amuck

    I'd add some stop motion if it weren't for the fact that Harryhausen has already been covered, and the whole world knows about Selick's work on Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline.

    Special mention also to Richard Linklater for Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, and Wes Anderson's Fantasitc Mr. Fox.
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    Fantastic Mr Fox must've taken forever to animate, given Wes Anderson's love of intricate, ornate visuals.
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2010

    Terrible quality but I always loved Stevie Washington. They were first shown on MTV as a series of shorts. Later, Liquid Television played the shorts collected as one long short.
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    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2010
    The Third and the Seventh.

    Sorry for the click through but it's worth it. Also, watch it in HD, anything less is criminal.
    I watch this at least three times a week as a meditation.
    Seriously, this is the movie that Inception wanted to be to my mind. I'd compare this with any masterpiece by Vermeer, Renoir, Monnet, whoever your favorite painter is.
    Take take 15 minutes on your own with absolutely no distractions and be amazed.
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2010
    Great thread.
    Draug, thanks for posting The Raftman's Razor. I had never seen it before and have watched it a half dozen times this morning. Great work. I wish they would have published the five issues of the comic, could have been a great little promotional thing.
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2010 edited
    Red Hot Riding Hood. Slapstick silliness and the gorgeous painted scenery that was a trademark of Tex Avery's work.

    Red Hot Riding Hood
    • CommentTimeAug 10th 2010

    Lapis - James Whitney (1966)

    First time I saw this I realised I had to go to art school.
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    More Tom And Jerry.