Gotye - Easy Way Out

From director/animator Darcy Pendergrast at Oh Yeah Wow in Melbourne comes this excellent music video for Gotye track 'Easy Way Out'.

2012 Academy Awards For Animation

Last night the Oscar for Best Animated Short was awarded to 'The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore' by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg at Moonbot Studios.



The Best Animated Feature went to 'Rango' which also won the BAFTA and Annie awards in the same category earlier in the year.

Informotion - Animated Infographics Book



Infomation - Animated Infographics

Editors: Tim Finke, Sebastian Manger, Stefan Fichtel
Release Date: March 201
Format: 24 x 28 cm
Features: 208 pages, full color, hardcover, incl. video downloads
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3-89955-415-1

At the nexus of design and journalism, the field of information graphics offers some of the most exciting and dynamic work for creatives. Today, even more so than static versions, animated information graphics are serving to communicate complex correlations succinctly. The production of such animations on the basis of up-to-the-minute data is already common practice in select TV programs. Now, these moving formats are finding wider application in television and on the internet, as well as on an increasing number of mobile devices, and in public places. They can be seen in editorial contexts and in the areas of advertising and corporate communication.

Thanks to current advances in hardware and software, the sky is the limit for the forms of animated infographics that can be created. But a wide range of technical possibilities does not always mean high quality in terms of content and presentation. Especially when conveying crucial or sensitive information, effective communication hinges upon the details of the execution. Consequently, those who work or want to work successfully with animated information graphics must be well versed in all available tools and formats.

'Informotion' is the first book to document the fundamentals needed to create compelling animated infographics and to explain them with numerous examples. It focuses on key aspects of visualizing data, current forms of information graphics, and future possibilities for moving images. The publication also outlines the factors that improve the viewer’s ability to absorb information.

Each book contains a unique log-in code for accessing a wide selection of animated information graphics as well as their making-of videos online. The interplay between the detailed descriptions in the print edition and the diverse motion material makes 'Informotion' an essential reference for students and newcomers as well as a trusty guide for design and media professionals.

The book is edited by Tim Finke and Sebastian Manger with Stefan Fichtel. Fichtel, who also wrote the preface, currently runs ixtract, his own studio with clients including Porsche, Siemens, WWF, Handelsblatt, Bayer, and National Geographic.

Brave Poster And Footage



Above is the official cinema lobby poster for Pixars forthcoming Scottish epic 'Brave'. Below we've posted the latest teaser footage leaked online.

Grzegorz Nowiński: The Royal Castle

'The Royal Castle – From Destruction to Reconstruction' by Grzegorz Nowiński of Novina Studio revolves around the rise, fall and eventual return of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

Studio Yog: XYZ



Dezeen magazine started back in 2006 as an online blog with a simple mission: to bring its readers a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world before anyone else. They've gone from strength to strength excelling in their mission.

The Dezeen Vimeo Channel brings the same criteria to a strictly curated selection of inspiration videos. Below we've posted the most recently featured piece of animation on the channel... 'XYZ' animated by Studio Yog and LOBOTOMY was drawn on the isometric grid of XYZ Note, a sketchbook designed by Seoul studio KAMKAM. Each drawing in the animation responds to the rhythm of the music beautifully.

Frankenweenie Poster



Check out this teaser poster for forthcoming Tim Burton stop motion feature film 'Frankenweenie'. As more and more information and images are released about this project the more excited we get. It looks like it could be a good one... I hope it is, the last few Tim Burton features have been pretty disappointing.

Josh Ritter - Love Is Making Its Way Back Home

'Love Is Making Its Way Back Home' is featured on Josh Ritter's new EP, 'Bringing In The Darlings' which was released yesterday. The track features a wonderful papercraft animated music video created with over 12,000 pieces of construction paper, shown as it was shot, with no effects added in post. Directed by Erez Horovitz with illustrations by Sarah Graves. The wonderful papercraft artist Jen Stark whose work has been featured on the Animated Review is cited by the director as an inspiration for the project.

Pixelord - Keramika

Pixelord, aka Alexey Devyanin, is already a veteran of electronic music. The Moscow based producer has gained international recognition for his sound, which is the perfect cocktail of synth driven alternative bleeps and bass heavy beats. This new music video for 'Keramika' directed by Alex Sky synchronises with the music perfectly. 'Keramika' was released on Hit And Hope records last week, which you can buy via Boomkat.

Omer Ben David: For The Remainder

Omer Ben David has just posted his Bezalel graduation short 'For The Remainder' online. It's a beautiful animated piece with a 3D painterly aesthetic featuring an almost skeletal looking old house cat who bids farewell to his home and owner in his final moments.

Evan Seitz: ABCinema

Check out Evan Seitz's animated alphabet 'ABCinema', referencing all his favourite movies. How many film titles can you name?

Fragment - Narrow Cosmos 104

Self styled "pirates of design" TYMOTE animated this music video for Fragment track 'Narrow Cosmos 104'. It's a totally mesmerising and fitting interpretation of the music.

The Animation Workshop: Ride Of Passage

Students from The Animation Workshop Bachelor film project created this wonderfully cute and colourful short. Animated by Christian Bøving-Andersen, Casper Michelsen, Eva Lee Wallberg, Tina Lykke Thorn, Søren B. Nørbæk, Allan Lønskov, Jakob Kousholt and David F. Otzen.

"Toki's tribe expects him to bring home the head of the biggest animal possible. In return, he will receive honour and respect. However, this rite of passage does not turn out as planned. With the help of a colourful new friend, he achieves something much bigger."

Bugs And Heroes Trailer

Serbian director Petar Pasic’s upcoming live action/animation hybrid follows a night guard, who is living an unfulfilled and static life who slowly befriends the characters he is meets in the mall. Unknown to the human characters there is a parallel microcosm of insects inhabiting the walls. The two worlds begin to impact on each other until both their destinies become intertwined in an unusual way. Sounds intriguingly brilliant!

Philipp Artus: Snail Trail

'Snail Trail' by Philipp Artus is an utterly unique piece of animation. A laser animation of a snail is projected onto a cylindrical column. The audience has to walk around the column to follow the course of the snail. The projection surface is coated in a phosphorescent material, which creates an after-glowing trail, fading out slowly. The animated sequence ends where it started so can be watched as a perpetual loop.

Mickey Mouse X Pinocchio



Vinyl toy manufactures Play Imaginative will be releasing a line of Disney product in the coming months. The most spectacular of the planned line-up is this strange Mickey Mouse and Pinocchio mash-up fibreglass statue which stands at an impressive 70cm in height, housed in a custom wooden chest and limited to just 10 pieces worldwide.

Collapsing Cooling Towers - Ecotricity

Britain’s "Big Six" energy companies are at the centre of a political storm over ethical violations and the lack of progress in moving toward green energy. Ecotricity have stepped forward with a cute, albeit thought-provoking public service announcement to promote their philosophy in supporting clean forms of power. 'Collapsing Cooling Towers' asks the people of Britain to vote with their energy bills by moving to Ecotricity. By doing so they'll start to force the "Big Six' to start considering environmentally sound alternatives Ecotricity already offer, or lose out all together.

2012 BAFTA's For Animation



Yesterday BAFTAs were handed out, and the winners of the Animated Feature and Shorts categories were Gore Verbinski’s 'Rango' and Grant Orchard’s 'A Morning Stroll'.

The production design award went to 'Hugo', and the best Special/Visual Effects prize was awarded to 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2'.

'Rango' took home the Best Animated Feature award at the Annie Award ceremony last week and with 'Rango' having been shortlisted for an Oscar nomination it could be taking home a triple of top awards!

The Gruffalo's Child DVD



The Gruffalo's Child is released on DVD in the UK tomorrow (Monday, 13th February.) I know I'll be queuing up to get my copy.

"The Gruffalo's Child, another magical tale from best selling author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, will premier on BBC One as a highlight of their Christmas schedule this year.

Its some years later and The Gruffalo now has a daughter. Curious about her father's fantastic stories of a Big Bad Mouse in the deep, dark woods, she sets out one snowy night on a thrilling journey of discovery.

Produced by Magic Light Pictures, a half hour animated film from the same team behind the hugely successful The Gruffalo."

Jónsi - Gathering Stories

Jón Þór Birgisson (a.k.a. Jónsi) of Sigur Rós recently released this new track. 'Gathering Stories' makes up part of the soundtrack Jónsi has written with director Cameron Crowe for the upcoming film, 'We bought a Zoo', staring Matt Damon.

The video, which features a huge menagerie of animals and an explorer going on a epic journey across ice and desert, was created by Crush Creative. Check out some stills and production art work here: www.crushed.co.uk

Dave Jones: Highly Strung

Not strictly animation, but as we've stated before puppetry shares much the same magical qualities as animation, so we're more than happy to share such pieces on the Animated Review. Australian filmmaker Dave Jones directed a live show the end of last year that combined interactive animated projections with large-scale puppetry.

“The show was performed outdoors on the side of a grain silo and featured a 14-meter tall puppet. It took ten people to operate the puppet whilst animation was used to create an interactive backdrop for the piece as well as to project the puppet’s face. For the mouth we actually mounted a projector inside the puppets head and gaffer taped it to an iPod which we could control wirelessly from the ground 20 meters below.”

Posted below is a 5 minute edit of the show (performed Oct. 28th 2011 at the Nati Frinj Festival in tiny Natimuk, Australia). Also visit Jones' blog for lots of behind the scenes and making-of information.

Lunchbox Awesome

I just stumbled across these amazing little animation themed Bento boxes at Lunchbox Awesome and I had to share them!







Yves Geleyn: Colosse

This trailer for Hornet director Yves Geleyn’s new short film 'Colosse' (combining CG and puppetry) promises a light and charming tale about a 30-foot wooden marionette robot and a pesky woodpecker. The films currently doing the festival circuit so it might be some time before we get to see the full film online.

Nearly Normal: The Wolf I Used To Be

London-based production studio Nearly Normal constructed this brooding and introspective short film using papercraft models in 'The Wolf I Used To Be'.

Niki & The Dove - The Fox

Seattle based interactive and motion graphics studio WINTR created this sweepingly beautiful music video for Niki & The Dove track 'The Fox'. Full of slick visuals and tight motion tracking. Enjoy!

Animation Inspired Skateboards

Continuing on from our post of animation inspired footwear we bring you this selection of animation inspired skateboards...


Snow White - Supreme


The Simpsons - Santa Cruz


Kermit The Frog - Supreme


Hello Kitty - Girl


Garfield - The Hundreds

BAA Public Choice Award 2012



The British Animation Awards are due to take place on March 15th at the BFI. Across the UK in various independent cinemas was your chance to vote for winners in the British Animation Awards 2012 - Public Choice Award! Across three specially selected programmes which contained a mix of animated shorts, music videos and commercials, offered a rare opportunity to see a fantastic range of animation films on the big screen.

I attended all three screenings at the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester last week. The selection of films across the three programmes was on the whole excellent with just a handful of disappointments mixed in.

Our personal favourites from programme one included Helen Dallat's 'Bare', David Prosser's 'Matter Fisher', Barry Purves' 'Tchaikovsky – An Elegy' and Francesca Adams' 'Bertie Crisp'. From programme two... Alois Di Leo's 'The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Lion', Mike Please's 'Eagleman Stag' and Grant Orchard's 'A Morning Stroll'. From programme three our highlights included... Elena Pomares' 'The Henhouse' and Eamonn O’Neill's 'I'm Fine Thanks'.

A full list of all the screened shorts is posted after the jump.

Super Bowl Sunday

As always the Super Bowl adverts were a veritable smorgasbord of animated treats. With advertising air time at a premium brands and animation studios took the opportunity ti showcase some of their best work. I've posted a couple of the best below...





The 2012 Annie Awards



'Rango' won the top feature film honors at the 39th Annual Annie Awards ceremony last Saturday. The film also took honors in 4 award categories (others being character design, writing and editing). However, ASIFA voters spread the love by giving the Best Director prize to Jennifer Yuh Nelson for Dreamworks’ 'Kung Fu Panda 2'. Best Animated Short Subject was presented to Minkyu Lee’s 'Adam and Dog' Adam and Dog.

A complete list of winners is after the jump.

Apologies

Apologies for the prolonged silence on the Animated Review. During a recent move we were temporarily without a broadband connection. Normal service will now resume after catching up with some posts on some key events we’ve missed over the last few weeks including the Annie Awards, Super Bowl commercials and the British Animation Awards Public Choice.