Parasol Island For MTV

These 'Jem' inspired MTV spots animated by Parasol Island for Grey advertising agency are a stark contrast to the work Grey recently produced for Toshiba. I can't wait to see what animated goodness they collaborate on next. In the meantime check out two of the 'Sex Is No Accident' MTV bumps.



Peter Sluszka For Citroen

After recently featuring 'The Chronicles Of Lenoil' on the Animated Review we've been watching a lot of fine examples of pixilation.

Besides from Aardmans Peter Gabriel 'Sledgehammer' music video and 'The Secret Adventures Of Tom Thumb' by the Bolex Brothers, this spot for Citroen animated by Peter Sluszka must be one of the finest examples of the technique we've seen.

Chllngr - Change

Ryan Todd and Chad Turner created this rotoscoped music video for the group Chllngr and their track 'Change'.

Rew Day Trailer

Bulgarian animator Svilen Dimitrov recently released this trailer for his forthcoming short film 'Rew. Day'.

"A day of a man’s life is seen as on a videotape which is being rewound. When he wakes up in the morning he has no idea what lays ahead."

Seed



An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers that vie for the attention of a transistor radio. With its complex characterization and narrative of animal evolution, competition and reproduction, 'Seed' is a beautiful and sinister stop-motion story about the struggle to survive. Directed and animated by Ben Richardson and Daniel Bird.

'Seed' is nothing short of a masterpiece. It has the aesthetic of Jan Svankmajer, one of my favourite film makers, which isn't at all surprising seeing as Daniel worked for him as a model maker and animator.

Zséman

'Zséman' is a quirky stop motion paper cut-out film made by Hanna Carlson, Milán Kopasz, Maja Szakadát and Nadja Andrasev as part of their fifth semester at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. The piece was created to answer a lip sync brief, however the dialogue in the film is just gibberish, which is a neat idea for a lip sync project.

Three Last Christmas Treats


('Share The Joy' by Shed MTL)


('Christmas Card For Friends' by Stephen Fitzgerald)


('Condor's 2012 Wishes' by Condor Digital Media)

An Extra Three Christmas Treats


('Holiday Card 2011' by Malcolm Sutherland)


('White And Tasteful Christmas' by Tolm)


('Joyeuses Fêtes!' by Marc-Antoine Richard)

Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo Xmas Flipbook

The Animated Review has featured the beautifully illustrated Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo flipbooks before. As a Christmas treat there is a new flipbook available complete with a festive jingle bell...

Festive Greetings From Cyriak

There is absolutley nothing jolly about Cyriaks 'Festive Greeting', in fact it's pretty upsetting. Be warned this video contains Noel Edmonds!

Peter Sluszka: Morphology

Peter Sluszka has been uploading lots of older animation projects to Vimeo recently, it's been consistently fantastic. You may remember the G4 Monkeys posted on the Animated Review earlier this month. Here we have what is simply a short piece of test footage on clay morphing...

Linnea Sterte: Lonely Little Teacup

Linnea Sterte is an artist living in Stockholm, Sweden. 'Lonely Little Teacup' is her first film. Some of Linnea's friends say "it's good", I say it's brilliant!

Olly Reid: E4 Christmas Idents

These E4 idents directed by Olly Reid of Hot Head Films feature a nice mix of CG and puppets (the puppets were created by Scary Cat Studios.) My favourite Ident is the one with the dancing Christmas Trees in the forest... Awesome!



(Thanks Olly)

The Chronicles Of Lenoil

Martin Wilson's 'Lead Head' stop motion short featured on the Animated Review back in January. Martin had a hand in the production of this 'Chronicles Of Lenoil' pixilation animation created prior to 'Lead Head', but only recently presented online. Apparently a second episode will go into production early 2012.

The Maccabees - Pelican

David Wilson is a director and animator based in London. He has worked on many musical collaborations his latest being this music video for Maccabees track 'Pelican'. David is currently also working on an animated musical advent calendar posting a new clip every day. The project features collaborations between David Wilson and a variety of different musical artists who have provided exclusive new and rare tracks for the project. Check out David's Vimeo page for the daily update.

Three more Christmas Treats

Three more animated Christmas greetings...


('Orange - Noël' by Akama Studio)


('Wintersun' by Mummu)


(Greetings Card 2012 by Emmanuel Linderer)

Olly Moss Totoro Print



Mondo announced their first-ever print for a Studio Ghibli film, Hayao Miyazaki's incomparable classic 'My Neighbor Totoro'. The first poster in Mondo’s Studio Ghibli series is from artist Olly Moss, whose work has featured on the Animated Review in the past. The limited edition, hand-numbered prints went on sale yesterday (Friday, December 16th) and sold out instantly. Shame I missed out on this one, but I'm looking forward to seeing any subsequent Mondo/Ghibli collaborative prints.

Bird Box Studio's Singing Hedgehogs

The talented animators at London’s Bird Box Studio have delivered 'Singing Christmas Hedgehogs', one of the most inventive, fun and interactive animated Christmas Card promo pieces I've ever seen!


(After you click one of the onscreen buttons, you’ll have to click the play button again. Persevere with the interactive element, it's worth it.)

Grey For Toshiba

This beautifully shot and brilliantly executed commercial by Grey for Toshiba is the world’s first stop-motion stereoscopic commercial (at least that’s the claim, since there currently isn’t a 3D version of the commercial available online.) The origami models seen in the advert were all crafted by hand and filmed in stop-motion, with no computer manipulation. Watch the advert and making of video below.



Periwinkle Around the World

Aaron Springer created a series of Periwinkle shorts in 2004 for Cartoon Network. Originally intended as a pilot, the network asked him to instead transform it into a series of two-minute vignettes that it wanted to use as cell phone content. They were eventually aired on a short-lived series called Sunday Pants and never shown again... until now.

Kristofer Ström: A Piece Of Christmas

Kristofer Ström directed and animated this festive promotion for Hobby Animation, in which we see Santa chopped into pieces and gift wrapped by his elves... jolly.

The Ambassadors DNA For Louis Vuitton

For Louis Vuitton's release of the Balloon Bag charm, Christian Borstlap (aka Part Of A Bigger Plan) in collaboartion with The Ambassadors DNA, imagined an adventure where the bag charm wanders through an unknown and ancient world.

Thundercats Snarf Short

The new series of Thundercats is currently being aired on Cartoon Network in the UK. Fans of the show in American we rewarded with this Looney Tunes style 'Snarf In Butterfly Blues' short, which aired earlier this week. Enjoy...

Yum Yum For Kwality

One in a series of four animated commercials for the new 'Kwality' ice-cream. Each commercial depicts two opposing characters who put aside their differences for their love of ice-cream.

David Lea: The Last Christmas...

A festive tale of woe, depression and dementia told through a cheery song that climaxes with an uplifting ending.....sort of.

1938 Walt Disney Christmas Card

Check out this beautifully illustrated vintage Disney Christmas Card from 1938.

"Not a creature was stirring… except Mickey Mouse!"













Isca Mayo: Illuminated

Isca Mayo made 'Illuminated' as a third year final project at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.

Sehsucht For Vorwerk & Co

Mate Steinforth at Sehsucht directed this advert for Vorwerk & Co. vacuum cleaners. The ad see's a dust mite city growing in your couch, each time a disaster threatens to wipe them out they comeback with a vengeance until they encounter a Vorwerk Vacuum...

Studio Ronda: Domino Party

Studio Ronda has been creating TV spots and station Idents in Argentina since 2007. Here’s a new short they've made in collaboration with Sonni Studios during their free time:

A Trio Of Christmas Treats

There are lots of animated 'Christmas Cards' cropping up on Vimeo so I've posted a trio of treats below...


('Xmass card 2011' by Jacques Khouri)


('Happy Holidays' by Koji Nakagawa)


('Beakus Christmas 2011' by Beakus)

Jake Fried: Last Meal

Jake Fried is primarily known for his paintings, however Fried is currently working on a series of animated short films, or 'moving paintings'. 'Last Meal' is the third film in this series. I've also posted the previous two films, 'Headache' and 'Nightfall', for your enjoyment...





Paranorman Second Trailer

A second trailer for Laika’s 'Paranorman' has been released. Combined with the first teaser it gives us a more fleshed out idea of what to expect. So far it's looking pretty darn good.

Persevere through the irritating Garmin advert to see the trailer...

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Burayan: Proteigon

Burayan's graduation short 'Frictions' featured on the Animated Review back in September. After an two month internship with Luca Fiore at Partizan, Burayan's back with his latest short 'Proteigon'...

More Of The Gruffalo's Child



Two more wonderful teasers for the forthcoming 'Gruffalo's Child'...

Above we have a seasonal postcard image from Studio Soi, below is a BBC ident featuring the Gruffalo and his child.

A Petite, Yet Extraordinary Holiday Greeting

'A Petite, Yet Extraordinary Holiday Greeting' from multimedia masters Tripp and Jenna Watt ...



(Thanks Tripp)

Tom Hunter: Hotdog Hustle

This Man vs. Meat animated short by Tom Hunter has kind of put me off eating a hotdog ever again.

Oni

'Oni' is a short animated FX test created by Augustin Clermont, Guillaume Dousse, Thibaud Petipas, Adrien Gromelle and Cyrille Chauvin, students at Gobelins, Paris.


Goose

'Goose' is a short animation created as a self promotion piece by Dor Shamir, Shai Halfon and Oryan Medina. All established in their respective fields, 'Goose' was developed in their spare time.

A Wintery Tale From The Chobani Family

Here’s a surprisingly beautiful holiday short by Yves Gelyn created on behalf of Chobani Greek Yogurt . 'A Wintery Tale From The Chobani Family' tells the story of people who give without asking for anything in return. Chobani like to call these people shepherds. So to shine a little light on them, Chobani founded the Shepherd's Gift Foundation.

Milkyeyes: Topo Glassato al Cioccolato

Watch Italian director/animator Donato Sansone aka Milkyeyes newest manically surreal short called 'Topo Glassato al Cioccolato'...

Happy Holidays From Selvedge Magazine

Illustrator Lesley Barnes animated this Christmas Card for textiles magazine Selvedge .

Body Language - Holiday

Body Language return with a brand new stop-motion music video for 'Holiday'. 'Holiday' can be found of their new release 'Social Studies' out now on Lavish Habits / Om Records. The video was produced by Starburns Industries , the team behind Adult Swim's 'Frankenhole', Community's 'Holiday Episode' and more.

Jan Svankmajer: Surviving Life

'Surviving Life' is the new feature film by internationally acclaimed director and animator, Jan Švankmajer. Using a mix of cut-out animation from photographs and live-action segments, 'Surviving Life' brings with it another extraordinary offering from Svankmajer's unique and surreal vision, told through the darkly humorous story of a married man who lives a double life in his dreams.

Featuring an eye-popping array of giant snakes, chickens, eggs and feet, which constantly pop out of photographed Czech buildings, 'Surviving Life' has been described as an offbeat, 'psychoanalytical comedy'. It premiered at the 67th Venice International Film Festival and will be released in the UK on 2 December 2011 (although I can't find it being screened anywhere yet.)

Glimpse Of The Gruffalo's Childs

These brief clips of the forthcoming 'Gruffalo's Child' short come from BBC compilation spots for their Christmas TV schedule, hence the briefness of the footage and the broken music. Nonetheless they offer an exciting glimpse of what to look forward to come December 25th. I'll certainly be tuning in to watch.

Happy Holidays From Plymptoons Studios

An animated Christmas greeting from Bill Plympton and his team at Plymptoons Studio ...

Gareth O'Brien: Navy

Chris Silas Neal's illustration, Gareth O’Brien animation and music by Antfood come together for animated short 'Navy' and the Kate Spade year of color series.

Peter Sluszka's G4 Monkeys

Peter Sluszka's stop-motion monkey spots for G4's Midnight Spank...



CRCR For Amnesty International

Following up on their short films Vésuves and Les Chiens Isolés , the French animation team CRCR have revealed a new spot for Amnesty International. CRCR is comprised of Rémi Bastie, Nicolas Dehghani, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Nicolas Pegon and Jérémy Pires, all Gobliens graduates. The piece was produced in conjunction with WIZZprod.

Annie Awards 2012



The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the nominations for its 39th Annual Annie Awards, recognising the year’s best in the field of animation.

The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features this year includes:

•A Cat in Paris
•Arrugas (Wrinkles)
•Arthur Christmas
•Cars 2
•Chico & Rita
•Kung Fu Panda 2
•Puss In Boots
•Rango
•Rio
•The Adventures of Tintin

Do you have a favourite?

Gruffalo's Child Animation



Studio Soi and the BBC are following up their hugely successful animated version of Julia Donaldson's 'The Gruffalo' from 2009 with 'The Gruffalo's Child' this Christmas. I'm glad they didn't rush out this second film and push for a Christmas 2010 release. It seems they’ve taken their time to re-unite the original voice cast and the animation team at Studio Soi, to create something special and a worthy sequel to the original. I for one can’t wait.

You can watch the half-hour animated film, based on the best-selling children's picture book, at 6:30 Christmas Day on BBC1.

"One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warnings and bravely tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. She meets Snake, Owl and Fox but no sign of the fabled Mouse. He doesn't really exist - or does he?"

If you haven't watched the first Gruffalo short... you should! Studio Soi created a wonderful piece of animation blending real set pieces with CG characters to achieve an aesthetic similar to the Axel Scheffler illustrations seen in the book. Watch the trailer for ‘The Gruffalo’ below, to see what you’ve missed and for a taste of what to expect in ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’.

Lightning Bolt - Crown Of Storms



Jonathan Lindley single-handedly animated this unofficial papercraft stop-motion music video for Lightning Bolt track 'Crown Of Storms'.

Also watch the making of posted below. I've never seen one man cut out so many little bits of brightly coloured paper...

Elastic For Educate Our State

Elastic Design Studio created this nicely animated character based infographic about California's education system.

Tiny Little Horse Print

Red Dog Design have launched an online shop where you can buy wonderful Hand Made, Irish Made and Irish Designed products for yourself and man's best friend. I really want this limited edition print by Dublin artists and illustrators, Bren B and Gavin Beattie from Tiny Little Horse.

Some of the characters may be obvious to you but you may be stumped on a few so I've listed who’s who beneath the images below.





Who’s who (appearing left to right):

Droopy Dawg
Snowy (from Tintin)
Scooby Doo
Pongo and Perdita (101 Dalmatians parents)
Brian (Family Guy)
Snoopy
Rowlf (Muppet Show)
Gromit
Muttley

A Letter To Momo Second Trailer

Here is a new longer trailer for Hiroyuki Okiura's highly anticipated 'A Letter To Momo'...

Andrew Kaiko: Orbis Park

2006 RISD illustration graduate Andrew Kaiko, whose passion for animation work has resulted in 'Orbis Park', his first full animated short since graduating college!

“Orbis Park is my first short as a professional animator since my college senior thesis five years ago. This is an attempt to display the type of animation I always wanted to do and the inspirations that I am affected by every day. It is also the first short where I wanted to gather a more solid crew – basically all of it brought in online.”

84th Academy Awards - Animated Short



Whittled down from the original fortyfour qualifying pictures in the category, here is the official short-list of the ten qualified animated shorts. These ten will be stripped down to the five final nominees for this year’s Academy Award.

•‘Dimanche/Sunday’ - Patrick Doyon
•‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’ - William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
•‘I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat’ - Matthew O'Callaghan
•‘La Luna’ - Enrico Casarosa
•‘Luminaris’ - Juan Pablo Zaramella
•‘Magic Piano’ - Martin Clapp
•‘A Morning Stroll’ - Grant Orchard
•‘Paths of Hate’ - Damian Nenow
•‘Specky Four-Eyes’ - Jean-Claude Rozec
•‘Wild Life’ - Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Which five films would you like to see make the final selection and which five films do you think are most likely to make the selection?

I'd like to see 'Dimanche/Sunday’, 'La Luna’, 'A Morning Stroll’, 'Paths of Hate’ and 'Wild Life’ make the final five selected for the Best Animated Short award.



I suspect the five final nominations will be 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’, 'I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat’, 'La Luna’, 'A Morning Stroll’ and 'Paths of Hate’...

Charlie Brown Poster By Tom Whalen

The Animated Review recently posted Tom Whalen's excellent modern vintage style Disney Posters. Today, Whalen's new Peanuts Christmas Special print went on sale via eMoviePosters.com. Nice!

Tribute To Drive

An awesome tribute to the film 'Drive', from Paris-based duo Tom Haugomat & Bruno Mangyoko.

Bent Image Lab For Bing!

The talented Bent Image Lab created these holiday-themed Rankin/Bass influenced TV spots for the search engine Bing. Here are a couple of the spots:



Airside 1998-2012



After 14 years of creating groundbreaking design, Airside have decided to close their doors for good at the end of March, 2012. To clarify the reasons behind the decision, the three founders, Alex, Nat and Fred have prepared the following statement:

"For the record, we aren’t going bust, in fact we’re currently thriving. We haven’t fallen out with each other, in fact we’re as close as we ever were. What has happened is that after fourteen years of working together we have grown into different people with different goals and despite all of our best efforts we can’t see a way for Airside to move forward and accommodate all of our individual ambitions. You could put it down to musical differences if you like!

The world has changed enormously since we started in 1998 and we feel we’ve been a big part of that change. We were lucky enough to be the first of a certain kind of design company that now feels like the norm. New paradigms are emerging and as individuals we want to explore them in a way that Airside is currently unable to. Our influence has been very clear on a generation of creative practitioners and that makes us feel good; it also feels like our work here is done."

Whilst this is very sad news, I love Airside, I can't wait to see where Alex, Nat and Fred channel their creative talents. In memorandum of Airside I’ve posted some of my favourite pieces of their animated output below...





Katy Beveridge: Bicycle Animation

Inspired by the likes of Jim Le Fevre, David Wilson and Tim Wheatley, Katy Beveridge created these Bicycle Animation pieces as part of her 3rd year dissertation project at Central Saint Martins College, London.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011

Last Thursday saw the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade work its way through the streets of New York.

Every year the parade features dozens of balloons many of them being cartoon characters, this year being no exception. Animation stars featured in the 2011 parade included Sonic The Hedgehog, Kung Fu Panda, Buzz Lightyear, Snoopy, Scooby Doo, Pikachu, Kermit The Frog and a new balloon in the 'Blue Sky Gallery' series by Tim Burton.











Felix The Cat was the first ever balloon featured in the Macy's parade back in 1927. He was only an eighth of the size of today's modern balloons and filled with hot air instead if helium, but he helped pave the way for the numerous animation inspired balloons that followed.

GlossyRey: Be A Vegetarian

Taking a break from their usual CG 3D film-making the team at GlossyRey Animation and Design have created 'Be A Vegetarian' to showcase their 2D talents. Nemanja Zivkovic came up with the story for 'Be A Vegetarian', in which we see various animals barf up their food wanting to become vegetarians. I don’t think I'll be turning veggie anytime soon, and I'm not sure why puking animals would convince anyone to convert, but it didn't half make me laugh.

Steve May: Amp!

Steve May's excellent electric guitar playing rabbit in 'Amp!'

Michael Paulus Animation Dissection

Yet more animation dissection this time from artist/illustrator Michael Paulus...

"Animation was the format of choice for children's television in the 1960s, a decade in which children's programming became almost entirely animated. Growing up in that period, I tended to take for granted the distortions and strange bodies of these entities. These Icons are usually grotesquely distorted from the human form from which they’re derived.

I decided to take a select few of these popular characters and render their skeletal systems as I imagine they might resemble if one truly had eye sockets half the size of its head, or fingerless-hands, or feet comprising 60% of its body mass.”







Gotye - Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You

Gotye always have beautifully animated music videos and the latest release, 'Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You', is no exception. Directed and animated by Greg Sharp and Ivan Dixon at Rubber House .

Animation Inspired Footwear

Cartoons and animation studios often inspire and or collaborate with fashion labels to produce clothing items. There are seemingly endless streetwear labels with a variation on the Mickey Mouse T-shirts. Recently I was tempted to purchase a pair of Kermit the frog inspired Adidas and felt compelled to share some animation inspired footwear with our followers...


Kermit The Frog - Adidas


Disney Villian - Melissa


Spongebob - Converse


Olive Oyle - Kobi Levi


Mickey Mouse - Adidas


Spongebob - Nike


Adult Swim - Etnies

Sticky Monster Lab: The Loner

Sticky Monster Lab is a Creative Studio in Korea, founded in 2007 by three founding members, each from different fields... Motion graphic, Illustration and Events. Founding member and studio director Fla wrote, directed and animated 'The Loner' short film featuring the distinctive Sticky Monster lab characters.

MGMT - All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

The Animated Review posted Ned Wenlock's innovative music video for Danger Beach back in early April. It was so well received Ned has stuck with a similar aesthetic for his new MGMT music video. The track 'All We Ever Wanted Was Everything' comes from the Late Night Tales compilation series.

Fleet Foxes - The Shrine / An Argument

Sean Pecknold directed this eight minute visual feast for Fleet Foxes 'The Shrine/An Argument' combo track music video. The video features illustration from Stacey Rozich animated by Pecknold and Britta Johnson.

Portugal. The Man - All Your Light

The Animated Review was introduced to Lee Hardcastle's horrific gore filled claymation shorts back in June, since then we've been avid followers of his massive YouTube output. He's been working on loads of great pieces including the fantastically disturbing 'T Is For Toilet' which has just won a competition to be included in the 'ABC's Of Death' feature film. This music video for Portugal. The Man track 'All Your Light' especially caught our attention. Bloody brilliant, literally.

Studio Shelter: Keep Drawing

The Animated Review posted 'Ah' the brilliant LEGO stop motion short by Korean-based Studio Shelter back in March. Studio Shelter are back with a rotoscoped hand drawn short 'Keep Drawing' directed by Ha Juan. Each time I've watched it I've spotted a new character, I pretty sure Boba Fett, Astro Boy, Spider Man, Jack Skellington and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fly past.

Brave Trailer

Mutatio Teaser Trailer



Talented young Mexican director and animator Leon Fernandez arrived on the scene this year with his short film 'Mutatio'. The short premiered at the Morelia festival, which created the teaser trailer you see below. It looks to be a fabulously crafted bit of dark fantasy with brilliant character design.

Patrick Wolf - The Falcons

Director and animator Noriko Okaku created this new music video for Patrick Wolf track 'The Falcons'. I love the beautiful simplicity to the animation, artistically matching the music perfectly.

My Bloody Lad

'My Bloody Lad' was created by the Dead Walter directing collective – a group of four first year Gobelins students, directors/animators: Cyrille Chauvin, Guillaume Dousse, Thibaud Petitpas and Pierre Rutz.

Marian Ruzzi & Sr. Amable - Una Pieza Más

Basa Estudio in Mexico City animated the illustrations of Luis Safa (aka caracrimen) for a new collaborative music project featuring two Mexican artists, Marian Ruzzi and Sr. Amable.

Pixar's Brave Characters Sneak Peek 2

Here are a few more sneak peek pictures of some of the characters from forthcoming Pixar feature 'Brave'. Really can't wait for this one it's going to be great.





The Cabinet Of Jan Švankmajer Book



The Cabinet Of Jan Švankmajer - The Pendulum, The Pit And Other Perculiarities

Hardcover: 220 pages
Publisher: Verlag fur moderne Kunst Nurnberg (1 Oct 2011)
ISBN-10: 3869842563
ISBN-13: 978-3869842561

Not to be confused with the Brothers Quay tribute of the same name 'The Cabinet Of Jan Švankmajer' is a new book introduced by Gerald A. Matt, the curator of exhibitions and director at Kunsthalle Wien and edited by Ursula Blicke. The book was published by the gallery to accompany an exhibition of Švankmajer's films, sculpture, etchings and collages. The book is a fantastic retrospective overview of Švankmajer's entire creative output. Even if you're a huge fan of Švankmajer's surreal feature films and shorts you're bound to find something new and unexpected in the rest of his body of work. Fantastically surreal, my favourite book purchased so far this year.

I've also posted the Brothers Quay film I mentioned just for your enjoyment.

Hungarian Rhapsody 2.00

'Hungarian Rhapsody 2.00' was animated by Szabó Máté in honour of the composers, Franz List's, 200th birthday.

"We can see the beauty of our world through the virtuoso's fingerprints."

Huson - Against The Grain

The new music video for ‘Against The Grain’ from indie-folk artist Hudson sees him collaborate with film maker, VJ and animator Dropbear aka Jonathan Chong. Jonathan’s concept was inspired by our humble artistic efforts as children with coloured pencils.

Bossini Toy Story Collection



Japanese fashion label Bossini have launched a range of Toy Story themed garments. Head over to Bossini's Facebook page to see the whole collection. I’ve also posted a video of the shoot below, I love the detail to the set styling and the inclusion of the ball from the ‘Luxo Jr.’ short was inspired.







Mastodon - Deathbound

Adult Swim recently unleashed a new Mastodon video for their track 'Deathbound' as part of the Adult Swim Singles Program. The video is full of chaotic madness parodying some classic Jim Henson characters from the Muppets, Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street.



(Thanks to Raul & Roxana)

Dongjie Zhu: Killer Toys

Recent graduate Dongjie Zhu produced this hand drawn animated short in his final year of study at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou south of Shanghai.

"It reflects a war between two children, which makes a scene of fighting of those weapons on the wall by two boys’ imagination . The relaxed film style makes a sharp contrast with the disastrous wars in reality."

Jesús Orellana: ROSA

I've been waiting a while to see this epic sci-fi short in full. The animated review posted a teaser trailer back in early September and since then it's been touring various festivals and screenings. It's unbelievable to think the film was created entirely by young comic-artist Jesús Orellana with no budget during a single year. Rightly so the film has attracted much attention and ROSA is already being developed into a live action feature.

Friendly Fires - Hurting

David Lewandowski’s ridiculous mocap short film, 'Going To The Store', created quite a buzz across the internet, with some people going as far to re-enact it live.

Well, Lewandowski is back with a music video for Friendly Fire track 'Hurting'. It's not quite as ridiculous but equally funny and entertaining.

I've also posted 'Going To The Store' below in case you missed it.



Studio AKA For the Meth Project

Studio AKA's talented roster of creative’s, directors and animators lend their varied talents to this series of short animated stories for The Meth Project, a large-scale US prevention program aimed at reducing first-time Methamphetamine use, particularly among teenagers.

The different styles for each of the six shorts reflect the personal recollections of the real addict’s recollections.

I've posted a couple in the series here, but head over to Studio AKA's Vimeo page to see all six.





Akama Studio For Volkswagen

Akama Studio who's recent short film 'Miam' that generated a lot of interest on the Animated Review are back with this cute spot for Volkswagen. The advert follows a pack of hedgehogs on a mysterious full moon pilgrimage to their idol – a VW sign – before revealing the cause of their worship, the brand’s security features that save hedgehog lives.

Animation Maakies By Tony Millionaire

In honour of Tony Millionaire's forthcoming new book '500 portraits' (and giving me an excuse to post about it) I've posted these recent Maakies strips featuring some famous animated faces. Click on the images for bigger versions.



Alain Bashung - Variations Sur Marilou



Chez Eddy director Maxime Bruneel directed this 9-minute musical short film featuring 'Variations sur Marilou' a song made famous by Serge Gainsbourg, but re-interpreted here by Alain Bashung. Read more about the short on Chez Eddy's website.

Best Before: Aioli

An interesting abstract piece by Berlin based artist Best Before. Be warned the soundtrack by Antonis Anissegos is fairly abstract and noisy too.

Disney Posters By Tom Whalen

A series of modern vintage style Disney posters from the creative hands of Tom Whalen. Some of these images are available to buy as prints from Whalen's own on-line store or via Sideshow Collectibles.