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.

The Staves - Mexico

There are some very nice animated touches by Frater Films in this mostly live action music video for 'Mexico', the new single from The Staves. 'Mexico' is taken from the forthcoming Mexico EP due for release on December 11th 2011.

David O'Reilly: Story Of Genki

Following on from Cyriak's 'Welcome To Kitty City' comes more feline freakiness. This is an excerpt from an episode of 'Tim And Eric' animated by the brilliant if mildly insane David O'Reilly. I recommend following David's Twitter feed too, it's funny and disturbing in equal measures.

Welcome To Kitty City

More mutated madness from the disturbed mind of Cyriak Harris...

84th Academy Awards - Animated Feature

Eighteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 84th Academy Awards. Should all 18 films complete their qualifying runs and meet the eligibility criteria, there will be five nominations this year for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

The 18 submitted features are:

• The Adventures of Tintin
• Alois Nebel
• Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
• Arthur Christmas
• Cars 2
• A Cat in Paris
• Chico & Rita
• Gnomeo & Juliet
• Happy Feet Two
• Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil
• Kung Fu Panda 2
• Mars Needs Moms
• Puss in Boots
• Rango
• Rio
• The Smurfs
• Winnie the Pooh
• Wrinkles

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 'The Adventures Of Tintin', 'Alois Nebel', 'Arthur Christmas', 'A Cat In Paris' and 'Chico And Rita' make the final five selected for the Best Animated Feature award.

However, I suspect the academy will want to feature the usual studios and the five shortlisted films will be 'The Adventures Of Tintin', 'Arthur Christmas', 'Cars 2', 'Puss In Boots' and 'Rango'.

Studio AKA For Statoil

Here is the newest spot from Studio AKA. Designed and directed by David Prosser for the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil. Commissioned by McCann Oslo, the piece is a magical combination of live action and CG animation.

Stash Latin America Book + DVD

From Stash Magazine comes this wonderful looking collection of Latin American animation, VFX and motion graphics. You can preview the contents and buy yourself a copy here: Stash Media

"Among the many joys of editing Stash Magazine, the most satisfying by far is the opportunity to showcase worthy talent to a wider audience.

The hunt for that talent involves tracking hundreds of animation, VFX and motion studios across six continents. After seven years in the business, we were fully confident in our system and our knowledge base – then we started this book.

Suddenly we realized the Latin American post and design market was not a handful of outstanding companies but a thriving ecosystem of established and emerging talent handling a prodigious range of work for national and international clients.

Stash Latin America presents 35 companies with unique perspectives and solid production skills, but it also offers a glimpse at mighty things to come from this vibrant and passionate chunk of the planet."

Kina Grannis - In Your Arms

Whilst I massively dislike the music I can't ignore the painstakingly impressive stop motion animation in this music video for Kina Grannis track 'In Your Arms'. Directed by Greg Jardin, the idea was based on 'Jelly Bean Paintings', but a huge and complex moving one. It took as long as you might think to animate with 2,460 frames shot over a period of 22 months.

The Grand Appeal

The Grand Appeal charity fronted by Aardman's Wallace and Gromit is holding an animation art auction on Ebay until the 10th of November. All proceeds go to the Grand Appeal and the Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to provide comforts and facilities for patients and their families in the Hospital which the charity fundraises for.

There are some fantastic animation treasures up for grabs by a wide variety of people including Nick Park and Peter Lord from Aardman, Tomm Moore, John Lasseter, Richard Williams, Pete Doctor, Brian Cosgrove, Ray Harryhausen and more. View the full listings here: The Grand Appeal Ebay Listings

I've included some pictures of a few of my favourite pieces available:

Iluzia Short Film

Brilliantly blended animation techniques by Bezalel students Udi Asoulin and Uriah Naeh, all held together with a wonderful musical score by the Panic Ensemble.

Mirai Mizue: Timbre A To Z

Earlier this year Mirai Mizue released a short animated film for each letter of the alphabet, one a day for 26 consecutive days. 'Timbre A To Z' sees the 26 films edited together into one 13 minute beauty.

"Mirai Mizue is a representative figure of the new generation of abstract animation in Japan. His films have been shown in more than 100 festivals in about 20 countries. His strong obsession towards cells forces him to draw every frame with surprising density. His rhythmical animation overwhelms viewers. Recently he has been trying to step into new territory: minimalistic abstract animation using linear figures."