Megalizer II

'Megalizer II' is a collaborative dance-inspired animation jam by sixteen French animators, all set to the track 'If You Crump Stand Up' by edIT.

Conceived and organised by Vic Chhun & Mohamed Fadera, whose own animated sequences respectively open and close the piece, 'Megalizer II' also features stunningly inventive contributions from William Laborie, David Maingault, Leyla Kaddoura, Faouzi Hammadi, Anne-Lou Erambert, Raphaël Chabassol, Abdel Raouf Zaidi, Yvon Jardel, Thierno Bah, Viviane Karpp, Jeremy Pires, Delphine Dussoubs, Jonathan Djob Nkondo and Mehdi Tebbakh.

We've also posted the original 'Megalizer' jam, featuring a similar line-up of creative talent, but set to the music of B'zwax.

Decovocal - Creative Muse

The 'Creative Muse', a mystical deity of originality, unleashes inspirational energy into the universe in this mad-cap animated fragment from Decovocal...

Yellowshed: Noir (Trailer)

Yellowshed is a collaborative effort between artists Soyeon Kim & Todd Hemker. They share a common love of drawing, painting, and making stuff... Working together since 2001 as animators, designers, and directors on a variety of commercial and personal projects.

Their latest charmingly animated short film 'Noir', helmed by Soyeon, tells the story of a solitary black crow. Interestingly the short has been projected as part of an interactive, walk-through experiment in visual storytelling, recently exhibited at the CSU Monterey Bay Cinematic Arts Studio.

Yoshiko Hanzaki - People Heading Towards Tomorrow

Yoshiko Hanzaki has released an animated music video to accompany the release of the title track from her new album 'People Heading Towards Tomorrow', released via Space Shower Music.

The video, animated by independent animator Toshiaki Hanzaki, features a giant salamander and a firefly larvae on a perilous journey along the riverbed.

Art & Graft: The Walk

Inspired by the picturesque scenery of the Lake District, 'The Walk' by London-based studio Art & Graft is a short film about the simple pleasure of putting one foot in front of the other.

John Edmark: Animated Cactus

John Edmark, designer, sculptor, artist, animator and the man behind the fascinating series of 3-D printed zoetropic structures called 'Bloom', has created a series of stop-motion shorts with Cacti. The films illustrate the inspiration and natural growth-pattern behind the 'Bloom' sculptures.

"For each frame of the animation the cactus is rotated 137.5º (the golden angle) which creates the illusion that the areoles are emerging from the center of the cactus. The reason this works is that the cactus grows by producing new areoles one at a time, with each new areole positioned 137.5º around the center from the previous areole. So, in a sense, the animation reiterates the cactus's growth process." - John Edmark

Swap Meet

Orchestrated by Caleb Wood, 'Swap Meet' is an animated collaborative experiment between 14 artists from around the globe. Each contributing animator created a background, these backgrounds were then traded randomly among the group and then animated upon freely. The resulting compilation of surreal compositions has yielded some surprisingly terrific results!

The contributing artist are as follows: Caleb Wood, Charles Huettner, David Prosser, Elli Vuorinen, Grace Nayoon Rhee, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Kyle Mowat, Lee Kyu-tae, Lilli Carre, Loup Blaster, Nicolas Menard, Nelson Boles, Shin Hashimoto & Shen Jie.

The Moomins Theme Tune 7"

Record Store Day 2015 will see the first ever release of the music from the cult 1983 television series 'The Moomins.' Limited to 900 copies and housed in a custom-made fuzzy felt style sleeve, depicting original production stills reproduced with a special print process, the release is sure to be sought after by soundtrack collectors, domestic electronic fans, absent bygone tele addicts as well as animation & design enthusiasts.

The monumental endeavors of re-issue label Finders Keepers, and it's co-founders Andy Votel, Doug Shipton and Dom Thomas, in bringing this 7" into reality reads like one of Tove Jansson's epic adventures.

The investigation into releasing the wonky ocarina/electronic rhythm led Moomins theme took ten years... Searching "the undergrowth of four distant countries" for this lost music dates back to the inception of the Finders Keepers label itself!

Even after 10-years in the making this problem fraught release had to overcome one final obstacle. Two days before Record Store Day it transpired 50% of the 900 pressed copies were lost in transit. Andy Votel, Doug Shipton, Dom Thomas and a small number of courier volunteers (dubbed the Moomin Liberation Society) took it upon themselves to hand-deliver the remaining stock. With the majority of a heroic 400 mile "multi-store round-trip record-drop" now completed, hopefully you'll be able to track down a copy!

Eventually successful in their quest, Finders Keepers and The Moomin Liberation Society we're able to fulfill their decade long labor of love!

Clément Morin: One Bright Dot

Motion graphic designer Clément Morin has unveiled his latest animated short. 'One Bright Dot' follows a speck of light rise from the oceans depths, congregate with other glowing orbs and culminates with an impressive celestial twist.

Joe Bichard: The Waldgeist & Me

Joe Bichard's 2014 RCA graduation short 'The Waldgeist & Me', a disturbingly dark and humorous tale of love and dismemberment, is finally online!

Goodleg Toys: He-Fuck

Goodleg Toys are set to release 'He-Fuck'... Betrayed, robbed and beaten, he's the definitive He-Man bootleg figure.

He-Man's chiseled good looks have been replaced with a battered, bruised and misshapen face. Quite frankly it was about time somebody gave that overprivileged bastard Prince Adam a damn good kicking!

The 5" tall, hand-cast, hand-painted, solid resin figure is now available to pre-order via the Goodleg online store, priced $55. Goodleg releases are usually pretty limited, so get your order in quick.

Kingship - Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely

The flamboyant Kingship strike again, this time with a jacked-up interpretation of the Backstreet Boys' 1999 hit 'Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely.'

Accompanied by an animated visuals from Steven Mertens, the video can only be described as an epic glam-rock space-opera of lonely interstellar travel!

ALB - The Road

Julien Lassort, a french art & film director represented by Solab Pictures in Paris, directed this infinite zoom animation to accompany 'The Road' by French electro-pop musician Clément Daquin aka ALB.

The monochromatic visuals, including stark landscapes, falling axes, floating skulls and Jim Phillips-esque screaming hands, are exceptionally well suited and synchronised with the steady beat of this melancholic track.

Gwenn Germain: Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux

Gwenn Germain's 5th year of studies at Créapole ESDI in Paris cumlminated with this epic faux-trailer for a ecological futuristic sci-fi film called 'Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux.'

Unsurprisingly Gwenn cites Hayao Miyazaki as one of his main inspirations for the piece. Visually it draws particularly heavily from 'Princess Mononoke' and 'Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind'. The narrative tells the story of a “young boy who lives in a village on a giant tree. He falls into the depth of the forest where he meets two strange natives who will help him to go back home.”

Adventure Time Valerobots

Rupert Valero is a US soldier and model-making hobbyist who hand-crafts Adventure Time 'Valerobots' from recycled junk including discarded plastic containers, bottle tops, wire coat-hangers, DVD cases and even the odd piece of LEGO. Algebraic!

Each creation is unique and sold via the Valerobots online store for approximately £15 - £25 a piece.