This new music video from independent studio ONIONSKIN, made to accompany the track 'Dream Of Kemuriyoru', taken from Mori Wa Ikiteiru's second album 'Good Night', sees a panoramic illustration brought to spectacular life through the magic of barrier grid animation.
Take a look at Ariel Victor's animated tribute to his favourite Childhood cartoons.
Featuring: Hey Arnold!, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Powerpuff Girls, CatDog, Pokemon, The Little Mermaid, Blue's Clues, Road Runner and Sonic The Hedgehog!
SBTRKT's new release 'Wonder Where We Land' is the second album offering from the producer Aaron Jerome and follows his 2011 self-titled debut.
For the new single 'New Dorp. New York', featuring Vampire Weekend's Eza Koenig, SBTRKT have released their first animated music video. Collaborating with director Fons Schiedon and A Hidden Place, the video features the sleek mask-wearing dog (as seen on the album artwork) stalk the smokey alleyways of New York city!
Following on from 'Sophomore', Greek graphic designer and animator Constantinos Chaidalis is back with another sublimely animated collage.
Titled 'Senior', this new short explores anticipation, loss and sorrow.
Bristol-based artist, illustrator, designer, photographer and all-round talented bastard 45RPM made this kit-bashed Goofy wrestling figure for the Streets Of Beige 'Plastik Schmack!' bootleg toy exhibition. We especially like the card back depicting Goofy kicking the shit out of Pluto, egged on by the rest of the Club House gang!
'Plastik Schmack!' is the third Streets Of Beige exhibition, and their second foray into the increasingly prominent bootleg toy scene. They released TMNT homage, 'Nobody Likes Leonardo' with RichT & Goodleg Toys earlier this year. Alongside 'Goofe', the exhibition featured a freakish array of mangled characters, including several nods towards 'The Simpsons'... An extra special "Swag Hipster" edition of Ash Davies' 'Bartholio', Andrew Richmond's 'Bad-Ass Grampa', and a tribute to Action Bronson customised from a Comic Book Guy figure by SOB x Bernard Rollins!
'Goofe' is still available to purchase through the SOB online store, priced £100.
Independent UK animator Thomas Knowler devised a series of wacky mechanical doodads and seemingly pointless thingamyjigs, powered by tiny yellow and blue imps, to accompany the new Alphabets Heaven & Deft track, 'Pride & Joy'.
Each machine powers the next... But what is exactly at the end of that cable!?
'Pride & Joy' comes from the new Alphabets Heaven EP 'Everything Stays The Same', available digitally from King Deluxe: store.kingdeluxe.ca
Slovakian director and animator Andrej Kolenčík (aka Admiral) teamed up with Peter Skala in the creation of this animated music video for DVA track, 'No Survi'.
'No Survi' is taken from the new DVA album 'NIPOMO', released via Northern Spry Records.
'Company of Parrots' is the online retail outlet for the uber-cool publishing platform 'It's Nice That', and their magazine publication 'Printed Pages'. Over the years they have been able to commission some brilliant creatives in the production of exclusive items, including this, their latest collaboration with Eike König and HORT studio.
HORT are currently celebrating over 20 years of genre-blurring graphic design work with an exhibition at London's KK Outlet. This momentous achievement has been marked with the release of three specially-commissioned T-shirts, the highlight for us being this delightfully creepy amalgamation of Mickey Mouse and Pinocchio.
Like some sort of dirty protest on the walls of a Disney World jail, the T-shirt depicts a cheeky mouse with a huge nose smeared in black on an otherwise pristine white cotton tee.
Available now via the Company Of Parrots online store, priced £25.00
Before embarking on his career in animation, Steven Mertens was a session bass player with The Moldy Peaches, Adam Green and Here We Go Magic, amongst many others. This background in music has allowed Steven to seamlessly connect his stop-motion skills with numerous musical collaborations, including videos for Nickel Creek, Skaters, The Chapin Sisters, Deca, Streets of Laredo and Boogarins.
His latest animated music video is his second outing with the UK pop-punk outfit The Subways. Made to accompany the track 'I'm In Love And It's Burning In My Soul', the paper cut-out stop motion animation is a melange of hearts, fire and hypnotic eyes, all mashed together in blur of surreal romance.
Brooklyn-based artists & illustrator Wizard Skull, infamous for his fantastically irreverent interpretations of classic cartoon imagery, has teamed up with Australian print-house Stupid Krap to release three ridiculously wonderful prints.
The A4, archival colourfast ink digital prints, are limited to an edition size of 40, all signed and numbered by the artist. Pick up a copy via the Stupid Krap online store whilst you still can.
Over the last decade, Chad VanGaalen has been producing his own brand of spookily weird music, drawings, modified instruments, animation and performances. He frequently makes his own album artwork and has even animated music videos to accompany several of his songs, including 'Clinically Dead', 'Flower Gardens', 'Red Hot Drops', 'Molten Light', and his newest release... 'Monster'!
The disturbingly freakish music video features a bestiary of nightmarish creatures from deformed fetuses clawing at their own eye sockets, to a moss covered toad-like creature vomiting living purple goo!
The Art Of Smallfilms - The Work Of Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin
Hardback: 320 pages
Publisher: Four Corners Books (Oct 2014)
Unfortunately, it seems all the major studios publish an 'Art of...' book to accompany every film they release purely as a cash-cow marketing necessity! Whilst the concept artwork is always undeniably stunning, there are so many to books/films to choose from it has inevitably all become a bit samey and stale.
It is hugely refreshing to see a publication of this nature delving into a tiny British animation production company, like Smallfilms, with the same visual indulgence as we've come to expect from the major studios. Jonny Trunk has trawled through the extensive Smallfilms archive, and presented the collection of lovingly crafted puppets, cut-out, props, artwork and studio relics, as if detailing some much-admired 20th Century art movement.
Fittingly released to coincided with the revival of Smallfilms (now with Oliver's son Daniel Postgate at the helm) and the announcement that The Clangers will be returning to our screens in 2015!
"Working from a barn in Kent, Postgate and Firmin produced some of the best-loved children's television of the 1960s and 1970s, including 'Bagpuss', 'The Clangers', 'Ivor The Engine' and 'Noggin The Nog'. This book presents the Smallfilms archive - the puppets and cut-outs from these series, along with insights into how they were made. It's a book full of pipe cleaners, cotton wool, wire and ping-pong balls, and celebrates the imagination and ingenuity of two artists who shaped the childhoods of a generation."
Check out Chris O'Hara's looping animated tribute to some of his favourite childhood cartoon characters.
Featuring: Alvin, Captain Planet, Taz, Throttle, Tommy Pickles, The Tick, Arnold, Michelangelo, CatDog, Doug, Dagget & Norbert Beaver, He-Man, Count Duckula, Bert Raccoon, Smurf, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Snorkmaiden, Ren & Stimpy, Earthworm Jim, Krumm, Cow & Chicken, Yakko, Streex, Buster & Babs Bunny, Inspector Gadget, Dogtanian, Dexter, Babar the Elephant, Chip & Dale and Goliath.