Ninja Turtles Sex Museum

With the release of Nickelodeon’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ reboot looming we thought this would be an opportune time to post about James Unsworth’s ‘Ninja Turtle Sex Museum’.

First printed by Ditto Press back in 2010, reprinted in 2011 with another reprint due later this month... this incredibly grotesque book features “lots of TMNT-related gay horror action” – it’s really, really, really not for children!

James describes working on the project:

“I plundered the dark depths of my imagination for this one, it was therapeutic and a bit scary... don’t look at these pictures for too long.”

We’ve posted a couple of images here, but if you head over to Unsworth’s blog you can view the whole series of illustrations in all their repulsive glory! There is also a T-Shirt available via the online store available in all four Turtle colours. James urges customers to get it now before he’s sued to death.

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The Machitos Magnificent Moments

Animated by Diego Huacuja at Basa Estudio in Mexico City, 'The Machitos Magnificent Moments' features characters who take something from everyday routine and create "magnificent moments".

Tyler Nicolson: No Noodles

Tyler Nicolson likes playing with his food... and plasticine. He's combined the two in this fun stop motion short about noodles, in which "small creatures explore and inhabit an even smaller world".

Epic Sneak Peek Trailer

20th Century-Fox and Blue Sky have released a teaser trailer for their next film, 'Epic'.

'Epic' tells the story of the ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teenage girl finds herself transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world... and ours.

Visit the official website for more information and updates.

Kapow For 4 Pines

Kapow animated this sci-fi themed spot for 4 Pines Brewing Company.

Oru Burus Animated Short

A short preview of a new student film out of Supinfocom titled 'Oru Burus'. The project was directed by Anton Brand, Guillaume Klein, Charlotte Quillet and Raphaël Théolade.

Emotion Bulb

'Emotion Bulb' is an animated short exploring emotion, that Danielle Dim and Tom Apfel (both recent graduates from the Bezalel academy) completed in just 5 days!

DR.ME Art Simpson Zine

This 'Art Simpson' zine from Manchester based art/design studio DR.ME follows on from our last post, 'Ludicrous Simpsons Walk Cycles', perfectly.

The zine was published last year and limited to just 50 copies, but a few copies are still available here. The opportunity to share it now on the Animated Review was too good to miss.

DR.ME asked a selection of their favourite artists to draw Bart Simpson from memory, the resulting zine is the fruits of their labour. Collaborating artists include:

Hannah Mort, Sion Evans, Joe Bailey, Arran Murphy, Rob Bailey, Chris Scanlon, Matt Sidebottom, Ellery Roberts, Chris Gray, Mike Perry, Ryan Doyle, Mark Edwards, Ste Beed, Adam Brandon, Ben Kither & John Doe.

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Ludicrous Simpsons Walk Cycles

Ludicrously hilarious ‘Simpsons’ walk cycles by 1st year Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology students Jorsh Trotter and Andrew Onorato. Hopefully we’ll see Lisa and Maggie added to their vimeo channels in the near future.

New Disney Inspired Imbue Artwork

Imbue, the Brighton based street artist, had a one night only show at the Green Door Store last night (22/06/12). Exhibiting a new collection of paintings, screen prints, sculpture and video... including the Disney inspired pieces we've posted below. Some of these pieces are still up for sale via Imbue's online store, but act now, they're sure to be snapped up quick!

'Ice Cream Sunday' - A paint and resin cast Mickey Mouse Crucifix on a wooden box canvas.

'Dumbo Can't Fly' - Collaged paper with paint and print float mounted in a custom box frame. Edition of 4.

'Mustang Snowy' - Collaged paper with paint and screen print. Float mounted in a custom box frame. Edition of 6.

Doit Science - City Planning

We've been a fan of Japanese animation studio, Onionskin, for quite some time now and have featured a couple of their music video on the Animated Review before (Kingdom Of Heaven & dOPPO.) This is their latest offering for Doit Science track, 'City Planning'.

My Robot Friend - Goodbye

The official music video for 'Goodbye' by My Robot Friend. Animated by the London based multi-disciplinary creative studio, MakeMake.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sneak Peek

We posted some poster art for this Nickelodeon re-boot of 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' back in April 2012. Even just from those few images we had a sneaking suspicion this wasn't going to be particularly good... the first footage has been released online and confirms our fears.

Katarzyna Kijek: Get A Real Job

Polish animator/director Katarzyna Kijek, who’s MV for We Cut Corners featured on the Animated Review last October, has a message for all professional footballers... 'Get A Real Job.'

Giant Ant Media For MEC

Giant Ant Media created this spot for Mountain Equipment Co-op (Canada's leading supplier of quality outdoor gear, clothing and camping equipment) to remind them of the entrepreneurial spirit and curiosity that inspired their beginnings — the same outlook that will keep them relevant moving forward.

Parallel For Pernod Ricard

Parallel is formed by Parisians Quentin Baillieux (an illustrator) and Raphaëlle Tinland (a photographer). They have created this lovely commercial for Pernod Ricard.

Disney's The 7D

'The 7D' is an upcoming Disney Junior series centring around the seven dwarfs Bashful, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, and Doc from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.' Being a Disney production it's no doubt going to be criticised when compared to the 1937 feature film, but baring in mind it's 75 years later and aimed at a totally different audience we think the show has potential. Especially considering Tom Ruegger ('Animaniacs') exec produces, Alfred Gimeno ('Tiny Toon Adventures') directs, Sherri Stoner ('Pinky And The Brain') story edits and 'Fish Hooks' creator Noah Z. Jones designed the characters.

Monsters University Trailer

Instead of releasing just the one, Pixar have released four slightly different teaser trailers for the long-awaited prequel to 'Monsters Inc.' - 'Monsters University'. The trailer shows the two friendly monsters Sully and Mike in their college days. Each of the trailers has Mike muttering something slightly different in his sleep, as Sully plays a prank on his friend. Pixar are encouraging fans to vote for which trailer they prefer .

Barber Filth Pink Panters T-Shirt

We've featured a lot of Barber Filth's excellent animation inspired artwork on the Animated Review. Most recently we posted his Pink Panther 'X2' risograph print which is now available as the amazing 'Pink Panters' T-Shirt (with one slight alteration to the illustration) via Tshirt Store.

Salon Alpin: Much Better Now

Lisbon based studio Salon Alpin combines live-action, stop-motion and 3D animation to tell the story of a bookmark stuck in a forgotten book that is one day knocked over by wind. It experiences its environment by surfing the pages that turn in to ocean-waves, enjoying the ride of its life. As the book cover closes light reveals new challenges.

“Over one year we developed a simple idea into a five-minute mixed-media short-film… combining our knowledge from commercial motion-design and visual art. To work on this project had the same creative impulse on us as the wind has on our little character.”

Eoin Duffy: On Departure Trailer

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Watch the enticing trailer for Eoin Duffy's latest short film for the Irish Film Board, 'On Departure'. The film depicts a lone traveller making his way through an airport before finally accepting his journey's end. Visit the 'On Departure' website for further information and updates.

Gergely Wootsch: This Is Not Real

Fresh off the festival circuit, Gergely Wootsch’s trippy graduation film from UK’s Royal College of Art. Definatley influenced by the work of David O'Reilly, 'This Is Not Real' tells the story of a young boy's chimerical journey from a small English town to the Himalayas with an all defining conclusion.

Mechanical Apple: Winter Fox

Another unseasonably wintery post... Mechanical Apple is an animation studio led by Ari Gibson & Jason Pamment (we posted their MV for The Audreys back in March 2011) this excellent 'Winter Fox' short film was recently uploaded to the studios new Vimeo page.

We've also posted their music video for Gotye track 'Bronte', because that's excellent too!

SpongeBob Christmas Stop-Motion

SpongeBob will star in his first full-length stop-motion animated special 'It’s A SpongeBob Christmas!', this holiday season. Inspired by the classic Rankin/Bass ('Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' & 'Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town') TV specials, and the popular SpongeBob song released in 2009, 'Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christmas,' written by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) and Andy Paley, the new show is animated by the talented team at L.A.’s Screen Novelties studio. Screen Novelties have animated sequences for 'SpongeBob', 'Chowder' and 'Marvellous Misadventures Of Flapjack', but this is their first full-length episode. Watch a Screen Novelties Showreel posted on the Animated Review and the 'SpongeBob' trailer posted below.

Asterix 3D Feature Film

Rumours of a 3D Asterix feature film, adapted from 'The Mansion Of The Gods', have been circulating since late 2010. The first official still from 'Asterix Et Le Domaine Des Dieux', has now been released online. There have been 8 previous animated Asterix films but this is the first 3D CG feature. The still depicts a rather convincingly rendered CGI Obelix sampling some magic potion... can't wait to see more, but we might have to wait until the 2014 release date.

Directed by Louis de Clichy ('WALL·E' and 'Up') and Alexandre Astier and produced by VFX/post house Mikros Image... Mikros Image announced earlier this month that they’ve launched a new studio dedicated to feature animation, and they intend to produce a film every 18-20 months.

Matt Sullivan: Reviving Redwood

Directed and created by Matt Sullivan at Ringling College of Art and Design, this is the story of an old man's struggle to bring life back to an abandoned logging town...

Emil Sellström For MTV

Truly brilliant montage of MTV idents by Emil Sellström... hilarious!

Friends With You Animated Series

Miami based art collaborative FriendsWithYou was created with one basic concept in mind; to become Friends With You! Their work, which ranges from fine art and performance pieces at major cultural events to playgrounds, toys, interactive products, and apparel is now developing into a new animated preschool show titled 'Wish Come True.'

Exploring the magical world of wishes, the 52 X11-minute CG show revolves around a clever, nine-year-old girl named True and her adventures in the faraway land of the Rainbow King.

Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval at FWY had this to say about the project:

“Our mission here at FWY is to use our art to spread the ideas of magic, love and friendship all around the world, no matter what platform we are working with. We intend on bringing our unique and signature style to Wish Come True and a world-wide audience of preschoolers working with this great group of talented professionals.”

Daniel Semanas For 91 Rock

Daniel Semanas and ParanoidBR excavate the graveyard of Rock and Roll tragedies to demonstrate the dangers of drinking and driving whilst simultaneously promoting radio station '91 Rock'.

Trunk Animation For Sparkle

A brillaint series of vibrant and engaging spots for Sparkle (Telecom Italia Group) directed by Sebas & Clim at Trunk Animation. Here we've posted a montage of the 4 spots...

Alek Wasilewski: Lucky Day Forever

In Alek Wasilewski's Sci-fi animated short 'Lucky Day Forever' we see a society of workers dreaming of winning the lottery and joining the beautiful carefree White society...

"Prole 514 dreams about winning the Great Lottery. The lottery winner is transformed and allowed admission into the elite White society, where everyone is beautiful, young and happy and people spend their carefree lives solely on fun and partying. One day, 514's wish comes true... but was this what he really wanted?"

Slow Joe and The Ginger Accident - Cover Me Over

There are some brilliant Flesisher-esq characters in this cute music video for Slow Joe and The Ginger Accident track 'Cover Me Over'. Animated by the very talented Jean-Matthieu Tanguy & Stéphane Cronier.

Anikey Studio: Little Quentin

Paco Vink and Albert ‘t Hooft of Anikey Studios created 'Little Quentin', a stylish piece of animated film noir... with a twist.

My Dry Wet Mess - Etcetera

Directed by the multi-talented Martin Allais, whose animated spot for Top Trumps we recently posted, check out this MV for 'My Dry Wet Mess track 'Etcetera'.

Imbue Mickey Shoota' T-Shirt

Imbue, the self styled 'Banksy of Brighton', has a new one night only exhibition at The Green Door Store on the 22nd of June. The night boasts DJ's from Hit & Hope Records, mash-up films, popcorn, new screen prints and this splendid 'Mickey Shoota' T-Shirt'!

Gobelins Irish Tribute

As they do every year French animation school Gobelins produced the opening films for each day at the Annecy festival. This year the festival is paying tribute to Ireland and the animation output of the country. Following the 'Beyond The Sea' short we posted last week here are a couple more for your enjoyment, 'Hurley's Irish' and 'Holy Sheep'.

Moones - Better Energy

This music video for the Moones single 'Better Energy' looks amazing! Director Peter Sluszka has created a fun-filled few minutes mixing animation and zany footage... there's salty seaodgs, expolding fish and penguins that give you massages.

Jan Švankmajer DVD Release

New Wave Films are planning to release a series of Jan Švankmajer films on DVD. Starting with 'Surviving Life' today (11/06/12) and following up with 'Conspirators Of Pleasure' and 'Lunacy' later in the month.

'Surviving Life' is the latest 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. The DVD also boasts an impressive batch of extras including 3 background documentaries (45 minutes in total), 2 trailers, an alternative ending and a photo gallery.

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Stephen Ong: The Frogs' Bollocks

Hilarious animated walk cycle from Stephen Ong, an award winning graphic designer from the UK.

John Kricfalusi Stussy T-Shirts

'Ren and Stimpy' creator John Kricfalusi made this animated commercial for Stussy to advertise the four new T-shirt designs he's created for them. John K. also participated in the artist series of Stussy's Marvel comic range of t-shirt produced, and feature on the Animated Review, last May.

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Yang Tzu Ting: Murder

This is Yang Tzu Ting's graduation project from the 'National Taiwan University of Arts' and their 'Multimedia and Animation Arts' course. In 'Murder' we see a mad scientist create a cloning machine, attempting to clone himself he ultimately becomes his own murderer. Stuck in a perpetual loop of cloning himself and murdering his predecessor, 'Murder' is confusing but fantastic!

Ewa Borysewicz: Euro Fan

Host country national, Ewa Borysewicz, created these animated promotional spots for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. The spots promote good manners whilst visiting Poland and the Ukraine to support your favourite team.

Polder: Now You Know It Anyway

Polder Animation is an animation studio based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Their latest animated short, 'Now You Know It Anyway', preceded 'The Smurfs' movie in all Pathe Cinemas across Netherlands. If it had preceded the screenings here in the UK we might have bothered to watch 'The Smurfs' just to have seen this on the big screen.

Ursus Trailer

Latvian illustrator Reinis Petersons, did the artwork and directed this animated short. Here we've posted the trailer of 'Ursus'... it's a story about a bear who works as an acrobat-motorcyclist in a traveling circus during the day, but yearns for wildlife and forest at night, where his true happiness seems to dwell. One day, the bear decides to leave everything and takes off to the forest.

Cpt. Cornelius Cartoon's Cartoon Lagoon

Manny Galan & Pat Giles have created a new puppet project titled 'Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon'. The show will unearth the worst cartoons ever, and stitch them together with beautiful puppet animation bumpers. Here’s the teaser below. The 1st DVD is due out in Autumn 2012. Check out the Cartoon Lagoon Show Blog.

Muzski's Weird Adventures Of Tintin

Muzski‘s illustration work mixes Herge's Adventures Of Tintin and the cosmic horror of H. P. Lovecraft. We just love the whole series...

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Andrew Bird - Eyeoneye

At the Animated Review we love the music of Andrew Bird, so we're delighted his latest release has an animated video giving us an excuse to share it here. The MV for 'Eyeoneye', taken from the album 'Break It Yourself', was animated in a fuzzy felt/papercraft style by Yu “Ewan” Morita via the Naked Inc. creative team. Fittingly enough, because of its craft-like nature, the video premiered on Etsy.

Pour Une Pepite De Plus

'Pour Une Pepite De Plus' ('For a Gold Nugget More') is a new stop motion short created by Frenchmen Antoine Kinget and Remi Parisse. We've posted the 'making of' below too.

Julia Srednicki: Big Sur

Julia Srednicki's 4th year film at CalArts, 'Big Sur'.

More Kevin Kirkpatrick Sculpture

We posted the excellently creepy Beavis and Butthead sculptures created by Kevin Kirkpatrick in January. Kirkpatrick has now created an equally disturbing sculpture of Carl from 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' for Juxtapoz magazine and their upcoming Adult Swim issue.

Base14: The Girl And The Fox

Base14 is an LA based award-winning multimedia design company that specialises in animation. There latest short, 'The Girl And The Fox', has just finished a rather successful festival running picking up several nominations and awards. In 'The Girl And The Fox' we meet, Ilona, a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father. Food is running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange creature in order to ensure the survival of her family...

Wreck-It Ralph Sneak Peek

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This week we are getting our first look at Disney’s next animated feature, 'Wreck-It Ralph'. USA Today got these exclusive first pictures from Rich Moore’s film – and the teaser trailer should be online tomorrow!

Read our previous post on 'Wreck-It Ralph' for the synopsis and more from director 'Rich Moore'.

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Kali Briis - I Like Your Face

Chintis Lundgren mostly draws silly animations about birds... and if not about birds then at least featuring birds. Sometimes it can also happen that she will make an animation about something other than birds, but not this case. The music video for Kali Briis track, 'I Like Your Face', is full of them!

1stAveMachine For Coke Fuze Tea

1stAveMachine illustrate Fuze Tea’s belief that bringing good things together creates even better things, the viewer is then presented with multiple zoetropes (12 carousels were used in all) that bring together people, joy, activity and delight to help convey the refreshing, sensorial experience of the Coke's new tea and fruit fusion drinks.

The whole zoetrope structure was handcrafted with more than 900 individual components... 545 silhouettes were used to show consumers on their journey, 90 lemons hand cast & hand painted and 36 sculptures of the flower turning into a gramophone. 1stAveMachine director Ben Steiger Levine has pushed the recently popular zoetrope theme into a new dimension of animated complexity.

Yellow Submarine DVD & Bluray

The Beatles' groundbreaking 1968 animated classic, 'Yellow Submarine', was reissued in a digitally restored format on DVD and Blu-ray on May 28.

The artwork wizards at Triage Motion Picture Services have meticulously cleaned the original elements by hand, resulting in a stunning new presentation of the film.

The releases are also packed with bonus features including a Making Of documentary, the original theatrical trailer, an audio commentary from the producers, interview clips, storyboards and a gallery of behind the scenes photos. An essay by John Lasseter is included in a 16-page booklet.

Beyond The Sea Gobelins Short

From 2012 Gobelins graduates Marthe Delaporte, Christine Shin, Chloé Nicolay, Guillaume Dousse and Cyrille Chauvin comes 'Beyond The Sea.' This wonderful animated short sees a young Irish boy fall asleep on the Giant's Causeway, just before boarding a ship destined for new discoveries...

Mirror Mirror Opening Credits

Tarsem Singh’s 'Mirror Mirror' looks simply awful, so we were surprised to see Ben Hibon lending his storytelling expertise to the opening title sequence.

Ben Hibon was born in Geneva, Switzerland where he studied in Fine Art. He moved to London to study Graphic Design at the Central Saint Martins. The award winning short 'Codehunters' for MTV was the first time we encountered Ben's work, back in 2006 not long after his graduation. He has gone on to create other amazing projects such as the shorts for Playstation 3 game 'Heavenly Sword, sequences for Zach Snyder's 'Sucker Punch' and the critically acclaimed animated segment of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.'

As well as the 'Mirror Mirror' sequence we've also posted 'Codehunters' and the Harry Potter 'The Tale Of The Three Brothers' sequence for your enjoyment.

ChezEddy: The Ghosts Of Père Lachaise

The famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, the final resting place of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, Sartre and Chopin, comes to life in an amusing musical narrative in 'The Ghosts of Père Lachaise'. Written and directed by Antoine Colomb & Guillaume Rioand and produced at ChezEddy.

Kid Acne's Zebra Face Storyboards

If you’re a regular follower of the Animated Review you'll know we love Graffiti Artist / Illustrator / Musician Kid Acne. An animated version of his 'Zebra Face' comic book has been in the pipeline for over a decade and bit by bit it seems to be finally coming to fruition. Kid Acne has recently posted these storyboards for the project on his blog and we're excited!

Koja For Hemnet App

The Animated Review posted Koja's painstakingly crafted spot for the Body Shop last September. Tobias Eiving & Ulrika Axen have resurrected the same process for this spot launching the new Hemnet app. Each piece is hand crafted, with all individual parts carefully sanded and painted, creating unbelievable smooth stop motion animation. We've also posted a making of video to give a little more insight into the preparations and process.

Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2012

Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2012

Paperback: 200+ pages
Publisher: BNN Inc (26 Apr 2012)
Language: Japanese/English
ISBN-13: 978-4-86100-824-5

The newest volume in the 'Japanese Motion Graphic Creators' has now been released. The book shows you the latest projects from 100 Japanese motion graphic creators, including a DVD with 50 minutes of footage. Showcasing the latest Japanese projection mapping techniques, datamosh, Ustream, Animation, 3D, AR and international movie festivals the book is a must for anybody interested in these fields.

We also recommend reading the previous 6 volumes, they're all excellent.

Lorn - Ghosst(s)

Another wonderful animated music video, this time directed by Paris-based collective CRCR. Taken from the forthcoming Lorn album ‘Ask The Dust’ check out 'Ghosst(s)'.

We Cut Corners - The Male Mind

Montreal director and visual artist Remy Larochelle has unleashed a psychotropic animated MV for the Irish band We Cut Corners and their track 'The Male Mind'.

Studio AKA For Lloyds TSB

To date Agency RKCR/Y&R have commissioned Studio AKA to design & direct over 40 spots for Lloyds TSB. The adverts feature a series of recurring characters and although the newest advert features their new owl character their green hooded train spotter from the earlier adverts make a Where's Wally style cameo... you have to be pretty sharp eyed to spot him. We've posted the latest advert below but you can watch the full archive of ads here: Studio AKA.

Tim Burton Caketrope

We posted one of Alexandre Dubosc's edible cake-zoetropes last year and now he's back with a chocolate cake zoetrope tribute to Tim Burton... Yum!

Nick Dorkin For Regent Pesticide

Disturbingly disgusting animated creatures in Nick Dorkin's 'A Bug's Death' advert for Indonesia Regent Pesticide.

Dan MacKenzie: Create

We posted the trailer for Dan MacKenzie's claymation short 'Create' last July. After nearly a year on the festival circuit the short is finally up online in full. 'Create' was Dan's senior film while attending Savannah College of Art and Design, created over 6 months and shot entirely in his dorm room. 'Create' sees a young mad scientist set out to create a pet monster within parallel worlds of an imaginary laboratory and the reality of the boy's bedroom.