Power Ball Trailer

Alphanim (Gaumont Group) produces and distributes audio visual and cinematic programmes for young and family audiences. Their back catalogue includes 'Redwall', 'Robotboy', 'Mona The Vampire' and 'Galactic Football'. They've recently released a trailer of another forthcoming football themed show called 'Power Ball'. We've posted the synopsis and trailer below.

Here is Alphanim's synopsis for the show:

"An ancient evil threatens Planet Earth and 12-year-old Storm Curtis is the only one who has the power to summon Earth's defences. Using the force of the earth's Underground Sun, he is thrown into an epic duel! Storm will answer the call of destiny, learn about team spirit and face the ups and downs of communal living - not so easy sharing the bathroom with a monkey! Get ready for Football like you've never seen before."

Dandypunk: The Alchemy Of Light

We've posted several examples of live performance combined with choreographed animated projections on the Animated Review. Recent examples include Retchy's animated backdrops for a Scottish Dance Theatre performance and Dave Jones' 'Highly Strung'.

In this piece by A Dandypunk the performance and projection mapping elements are perfectly synchronised despite its rapid pacing. 'The Alchemy Of Light' is especially impressive when considering the live performance, direction, illustration and the majority of the animation was all created by just one man.

In 'The Alchemy Of Light' a dandypunk travels through various fantastical worlds, interacting with strange characters and treacherous landscapes, in the hope of unfolding the secrets and learning the techniques from an ancient book."


Digital District For La Poste

Director Edouard Salier has teamed up with French CG powerhouse Digital District in this new advert for La Poste group. The spot introduces viewers to La Poste's new services through an unfolding visual world made out of paper, a material that is fundamental to the company's history.


Daniel Moreno Cordero: Halloween!

VILM is dedicated to making beautiful animated content easily available to use in our daily lives. The brainchild of motion graphics pioneer Seth Epstein, VILM works with animators, illustrators and filmmakers from around the world to create digital invitation cards and announcements.

This is a Halloween invitation animated by Daniel Moreno Cordero. We can't wait for October the 31st to roll around so we can send this out to people.


Nick Khoo: Don't Look!

Nick Khoo's 'Don't Look' is "a morality tale of what happens to a young man when he simply cannot resist the temptation to simply take a look."

Mary Blair Treasury Of Golden Books



Mary Blair Treasury Of Golden Books

Publisher: Golden Books
Release Date: Sept 2012
Features: 160 pages, Hardback
Language: English
ISBN: 9780375870446

Fans of illustrator Mary Blair will cherish this never-before-published treasury of her Golden Books, which includes material that hasn't been in print in decades. 'I Can Fly' is here in its unabridged glory, as are 'Baby's House', 'The Up And Down Book', and 'The Golden Book Of Little Verses'. Many of the finest pages from 'The New Golden Song Book' are included, to round out this gorgeous collection. All of the original artwork has been digitally reproduced, and has never looked more breathtaking!

Academy Award-winning animator John Canemaker—author of The Art and Flair of Mary Blair—wrote the foreword for this highly anticipated book honouring one of the most beloved illustrators of our time.

Wilco: Sunloathe

Wilco have released a wonderfully trippy new music video for their track 'Sunloathe' taken from 'The Whole Love' album. Directed by Peter Glantz and artwork provided by Nathaniel Murphy gives the video a children's fairy-tale book quality that sits well with the song. Enjoy!

J. Lieuwma: Things You'd Better Not Mix Up

Animator Joost Lieuwma graduated in 2005 from the Utrecht School of Arts and has since then been working as a freelance animator in The Netherlands. 'Things You'd Better Not Mix Up' is his first independent animated short, it's an absurd and hysterical montage of situations in which intent or items were swapped... and bad things happen!


Benjamin Arcand: Wackatdooo

Benjamin Arcand has released a preview for his forthcoming animated short 'Wackatdooo' as a way to raise funds for its completion via Indiegogo. Benjamin has worked on uninspiring projects in the animation industry for over 10 years, with 'Wackatdoo' being a personal outlet for his creativity. We really hope Benjamin raise the funds he requires to finish the film and his dream of releasing his "cartoon short film colored with crazy swing jazz and pure animation frenzy" comes to fruition.

Monsieur Flap

Despite all its silliness 'Monsieur Flap', animated by Nicolas Athané, Brice Chevillard, Alexis Liddell and Françoise Losito, carries an important message to accept people for who they are.


David Vandervoort: Pinched

David Vandervoort, who recently worked as a character designer on the Laika stop motion feature 'ParaNorman', wrote and directed this slick animated short back in 2009 whilst at Titmouse. David has only recently debuted 'Pinched' online, so we thought we'd share it here for us all to enjoy.


AllaKinda: Manolito's Dream

AllaKinda have revived one of their beloved characters, Manolito, for this new animated short called 'Manolito's Dream'. The piece features an original score by Josep Maria Baldomà whose composed music for numerous animated works.

The short takes us on a fascinating journey through the subconscious of Manolito. We're carried away by strange beings back and forth through the bizarre landscapes of Manolito's Dream!

Jeremy Scott SpongeBob Necklace



Fashion designer Jeremy Scott is clearly a huge fan of cartoons and animation in the past his designs have feature 'Mickey Mouse' and 'The Simpsons'. More recently, in Jeremy Scott's Spring 2013 Runway Show, he was seen wearing a custom 24K gold SpongeBob Pharaoh Necklace.

The necklace is actually a Burger King toy from 2005 painted with an electro-conductive spray paint and electro-formed over a period of two weeks coating the soft plastic toy in an even copper shell. The figure was then plated in a layer of nickel and then a layer of 24kt gold. As a finishing touch jet black Swarovski Crystals were flush set into the eyes!

It's amazing to think a cheaply made plastic toy can be transformed into something so expensive, we'd be fascinated to know just how expensive.

Barbara Bakos: Lady With Long Hair

Barbara Bakos is in her 5th year studying animation at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary. Barbara recently posted a teaser trailer for her latest animated short 'Lady With Long Hair' to her Vimeo channel, with the final edit being worked on as we post this the full film should be up online very soon. We look forward to seeing it.

Santlov Instagram



Santlov is mad for toys and Instagram, he combines these two loves with some icon animated characters. We've posted a few of our favourites here, but you should check out his instagram page for the full series.


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Philipp Artus: Snail Trail

The Animated Review posted Philipp Artus' 'Snail Trail' back in February in its original projected phosphorescent sculptural format, but now it's be re-tweaked and developed for the final instalment to Cartoon Brew's 3rd annual Student Animation Festival.

In the sculptural format an animation of a snail is projected onto a drum coated with 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 around the cylinder. It's difficult to describe the piece and do it justice, 'Snail Trail' is a truly visual extravaganza, Artus’ vision is startlingly beautiful.

To achieve this newly developed version Artus applied a similar technique to the real-time projection by using the same 3D Max animated character projected with a laser onto a phosphorescent sheet and recording it frame by frame with Dragon Stop Motion, with some post production tweaks in After Effects. This proved to be a very time consuming process, but it achieves a unique style that looks both digital and hand-drawn. This progression has taken this new piece to a step above the original installation.


Paris Vs New York

Based on Vahram Muratyan’s stunning book of illustrations setting the sights, sounds and smells of Paris & New York against each other, Tony Miotto has created this fantastic animated version of 'Paris Versus New York: A Tally Of Two Cities'.


New Barber Prints



Barber, one of our favourite print makers to feature on the Animated Review, is back with two new animation inspired pieces.

'El Barto' is a two colour Risograph print, signed and numbered in a small edition of 15. 'Boob Mickey' is a fluorescent pink revamp of an older print in which Barber throws potato printing out of the window and uses breast printing as a base for this image of a cultural icon. 'Boob Mickey' is also a two colour Risograph print, signed and numbered in an even smaller run of just 10!

Head over to Barber's online store now and grab one before they're all gone!

James Jarvis For MTV

We posted the first four in a series of collaborative MTV idents in July last year. MTV World Design Studios have got together with various select artists and studios from around the world. So far we've seen idents from The Mill, David Lobser at Blacklist, I Love Dust, and Mate Steinforth at Sehsucht Berlin.

Since then we've been waiting for more to appear and we're happy to report that the latest ident is a collaboration with Shynola's Richard Kenworthy and one of our favourite illustrators, James Jarvis.

'Bro Down' is the first time Jarvis and Kenworthy have collaborated on an animated film since they conspired to create the beautifully observed 'Onwards' film for Nike back in 2009.


Flying Lotus - Putty Boy Strut

Another excellent music video from Cyriak Harris, we only posted his MV for El Ten Eleven last week. This time it's for the Warp Records signed Flying Lotus to promote their forthcoming album 'Until The Quiet Comes'.

The video features the track 'Putty Boy Strut' and sees a circuit-board-style world taken over by a robot who wants everything for itself.


Kingdom Crumbs - Evoking Spirits

Ori Toor teamed up with Seattle experimental hip-hop group - Kingdom Crumbs, to create this video for their new single 'Evoking Spirits'. The inspired piece is a series of Flash animated loops brought together in a mass of hypnotic pulsating geometric shapes.


N.C. Winters TMNT Prints



N.C. Winters has released his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series of paintings as limited edition high-quality giclée prints.

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael are available signed and numbered in a super limited edition of 20 copies each, at $40 plus shipping. As with some previous N.C. Winters print runs the first five prints of each turtle will be mounted to a birch panel and coated in resin. These limited quantity variations will sell for $100 each!

At the time of posting the prints were selling quickly, but a few copies still remained in Winters online store. If your fast you may still be able to grab yourself one.

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Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art

When Marion Deuchars released her book 'Let's Make Some Great Art' through Laurence King last year there were three sweet animated promos released to accompany the launch.

Marion now has a follow up publication available, 'Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art', and again a short animated promo has been posted online to commemorate the release.

This time the animation comes courtesy of the London based studio Animade, who are fast becoming a regular feature on the Animated Review.


Hundred Waters - Thistle

The multi-talented Martin Allais has appeared on the Animated Review before with his excellent spot for Top Trumps and more recently with a music video for My Dry Wet Mess track 'Etcetera'.

Now Martin is back with another superb music video this time for Hundred Waters and their track 'Thistle'. The film sees a stop motion piñata style horse running in front of dream-like live action backgrounds. We imagine the horse was shot in front of a green screen with these live action backdrops added later, either that or Martin has precisely timed the stop motion with a projected back drop.

Either way we'd love to see a behind-the-scenes/making-of to satisfy our curiosity.


Kenny Random Snoopy Print



Kenny Random released a small selection of Snoopy inspired prints and some originals via his RandomGallery website on September 18th. Now 2 days later they're all sold out, but we thought we'd share our favourite anyway. This is 'Hardtimes'... a signed and numbered mixed media canvas in a varied edition of 15, sale price €2000

Ben Wheele: Decoration

Ben Wheele describes his 2011 graduation film from the Royal College of Art as "a sci-fi Baroque fairy tale". The incredibly visceral animation is "literally dripping with misanthropic venom"... In 'Decoration' we see an elegant vase inside the body of a girl. The vase repeatedly depicts a childhood memory of her dead pet hamster, using her living tissue.


Animade: Full Secs

London based studio Animade have launched a new Vimeo channel called 'Full Secs' to present their series of animated snippets. The project revolves around a simple concept - a title card and a one second blast of animation. So far 4 shorts have been uploaded to the channel, with hopefully more to follow.

Here we've posted 'Best Before', 'Fish Fingers', 'The Inevitable' and 'Happy Baby'.








Sawe: Mute 'Enjoy The Silence'

Catalan graffiti writer, Sawe, released a collaborative video with Herokid and his 'Concrete Walls' project back in June. Unlike the shaky, out of focus, poorly shot graffiti videos usually posted online, Sawe used his illustrative characters to animate over a well shot video intentionally framed to incorporate these animated elements.

In his latest audiovisual collaboration, Sawe has teamed up with Montana Colors and created a similar video. This new collaboration is to market and highlight the usefulness of the 'Mute Magnet', a magnetic disc designed to silence your spray cans rattle... essential for that illegal late night painting!

Below we've posted Sawe's original piece with Herokid and 'Mute: Enjoy The Silence', the new collaborative promo for Montana.



Charlie Miller: Perceptive

Bristol based freelance animator and illustrator Charlie Miller created the animated detective thriller 'Perceptive' in under 2 weeks!

The film noir animated short sees a British Police Detective arrive at an old barn house whilst hunting for evidence related to a missing person case. Whilst there he discovers more than he expected.

The short was inspired by the films 'Se7en' and 'Vertigo', and the art style of Saul Bass.

Lorn - Weigh Me Down

This is the second animated music video for Lorn to appear on the Animated Review, we posted the video for 'Ghosst(s)' back in June.

This new video, directed, produced and animated by Max Friedrich, is for 'Weigh Me Down' taken from the album 'Ask The Dust', out now on Ninja Tunes.

Funko POP! Vinyl



We've been resisting the temptation to purchase some of the cute character vinyl released by Funko in their POP! series for quite a while now. By way of satisfying our obsessive compulsion to collect dozens of mini figures to fill up our shelves Funko have put together a nice looking coffee table guide illustrating every single last POP! release (up to and including the forthcoming Lord Of The Rings series).

We've pictured some of our favourite animation inspired POP! figures here, but owning 'World Of POP! Volume 1', with the Vinyl figures photographed in various settings and backgrounds, is like owning the entire collection without it taking up all your shelf space.


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El Ten Eleven - Yellow Bridges

Cyriak has created a new music video for El Ten Eleven and their latest release 'Yellow Bridges'. Whilst it's not as creepily disturbing as Cyriaks usual output it is typically complex and dense with looping imagery.


Danny Brown Gypped By A Crackhead

Animated Review recently posted the Ruff Mercy animated music video for the House Shoes X Danny Brown track 'Sweet'. Whilst checking out Danny Brown's music online we stumbled upon a series of animated musical anecdotes called 'Frames'. In the Pitchfork.TV made web-series each episode highlights a first-person story from a select musician, in the case of their latest instalment Danny Brown recalls being 'Gypped By A Crackhead'. Funny stuff, but being animated in the style of a Hanna-Barbera 'Top Cat' episode made it all the more amusing.


J. J. Harrison Adventure Time Print



J. J. Harrison is clearly a huge fan of ‘Adventure Time’, there are dozens of tribute illustrations, doodles and prints over on his blog.

Harrison is probably best known for the still-in-high-demand and hard to come by (there were only 40) 'My Neighbor Jake' giclee print released back during Mondo’s Adventure Time gallery show. This new print from Mondo is also sure to be in high demand, based on 'The Creeps' episode it's very different to Harrisons other 'Adventure Time' prints, but still stunningly brilliant!

To show the variety of Harrisons work and his love of 'Adventure Time' we've posted an image of 'The Creeps' print alongside 'My Neighbor Jake' and our personal favourite print 'A.T.', an 'E.T.' & 'Adventure Time' mash-up.

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Steve Jobs Resurrection

In anticipation of the new iPhone 5 announced today Mondo Media released this great animated parody last week. In 'Steve Jobs: Resurrection' a holographic version of Steve returns as a rapper to introduce the iPhone 5. Directed by Aaron Simpson, written by Andy Ochiltree and with music by Markaholic.

The Beards - Got Me A Beard

Australian band The Beards (who perform songs exclusively about beards) have a new animated music video for their latest release 'Got Me A Beard', take from their 3rd album 'Having A Beard Is The New Not Having A Beard' (who knew you could write so much material focused exclusively around facial hair!)

The funny video sees a proud beard wearer shunned by the people of Shaverton. He's forced to leave, but meets like-minded individuals in Beardtown. They return to Shaverton to wage war on it's clean shaven residents. It's the perfect blend of cute charm and bloody violence!

Monsterbox Animated Short



'Monsterbox' is an impressive CG short directed by Ludovic Gavillet, Lucas Hudson, Colin Jean-Saunier and Derya Kocaurlu, all graduating students at Bellecour Ecoles d’Art in France. Our French isn't up to much, but there looks to be some interesting making-of/behind the scenes stuff over on the Bellecour blog.

Witte Van Der Tempel: Lunacy

'Lunacy' is Witte Van Der Tempel's latest short from his studies at Utrecht School of Arts, Netherlands. Made over a period of a year and a half, the film is a beautiful narrative about fear and enlightenment.

"I wanted to make a gripping film in which the character would undergo the deepest terror and anxiety and come out transformed and illuminated.

Visually this film had to represent something essential about my style. My favourite drawing technique has always been to scratch the image onto the page in an almost psychotic way - allowing the pen to "find" the picture. I wanted to examine to what degree this could be applied in animation, and secondly how well it could combine with 3D elements."

TWiN: Little Kaiju

Rabbit directing duo Jonathan and Josh Baker aka TWiN just shared this sweet short film on their Vimeo channel. 'Little Kaiju' (Kaiju translates as "strange beast" or "monster") sees a mysterious vending machine dwelling creature explore the shadowy corners of Tokyo after dark.

The film was shot on location in Tokyo over 2 nights, with the Rabbit animation staff then taking a further five months to integrate the GC character. The character was incidentally resurrected from a failed commercial pitch which TWiN had fallen in love with. This short was a simply a means to keep this character alive. They love this character so much a limited edition toy may soon be released! Keep an eye on the films Facebook page for further updates.

Rok Predin: Curiosity Killed The Cat

Trunk director Rok Predin animated this funny little short called 'Curiosity Killed The Cat'. The title is a major spoiler, but it's still a great piece of animation inspired by the recent Mars Rover landing.

The Pirates! Sainsbury's Exclusive DVD



Aardman's superb stop motion masterpiece 'The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists' was released on DVD today.

We opted to purchase this, the 2 Disc special edition exclusively available through Sainsbury's for a limited time only. The second disc contains 4 additional bonus features not included on the standard one disc edition available everywhere else. The additional features include 'The Pirate Captain: The Man, The Beard, The Legend', 'Shiver Me Timbers: The Pirate Ship Builders', 'The Voices Behind The Pirates!' and 'Meet The Animators'.

This is the second "supermarket exclusive" DVD promotion for 'Pirates!' with the all new animated short 'So You Want To Be A Pirate!' being released exclusively with Tesco stores last month. This DVD also boasted an impressive selection of bonus features!

Along with the 4 special feature included on the standard DVD (‘Mr. Bobo’s Flash Card Challenge’, ‘Filmmaker’s Commentry’, From Stop To Motion’ and ‘Creating The Bath Chase’) you get a whole host of exciting additional fun and behind the scenes making-of insight.

Max Hattler: X

It doesn't see that long ago we were posting about Max Hattler and his latest visual triumph, but he's already back with another stunning project.

Max's Canal Commission: 'X', part of the Vauxhall Ampera Season at KXFS in King's Cross, launched last Thursday (6th September) and runs every evening until the 16th. If you can't get to London to see it live Max has kindly posted a video of the piece on his Vimeo channel which can be viewed below.

We're a big fan of Max's visual output and each piece seems to have surpassed the last. 'X' is no exception, albeit taking a unique departure from his other recent works. The kinetic futuristic geometric neon visuals are back-projected onto a 10x15m screen of water rising from the canal giving the animation a ghostly shimmer. So whilst 'X' is a continuation of Max's abstract exploration into his other-worldly aesthetic, it's a whole new experience. One we hope to experience again in subsequent works, and with Max's prolific output we shouldn't have to wait too long.


Marc Chevry: L'Oursin

In Marc Chevry's cute animated short 'L'Oursin' we meet a sedentary sea urchin who dreams of sprouting legs and meeting new friends...

A-Dep For Nidar

Norwegian animation studio Animasjonsdepartementet (which means something like “ministry of animation", but are happily referred to as "A-Dep") created this enjoyable spot for Nidar Favoritter sweets. The advert sees a fun filled factory full of weird machinery busily making the confectionery, if sweets weren't enticing enough already this advert succeeds in making them even more appealing.


Melissa Morin Les Minuscules



Whilst on Maxime Mary's blog we discovered these cute pearl beading mini characters made by his girlfriend Melissa Morin.

Melissa posts all her creations on her 'Les Minuscules' Blog, some of which are inspired by computer games, popular cartoon characters and even less well known animation like the figure from Céline Desrumaux's short film 'Countdown'.

Here we've posted a few of our favourites.



House Shoes X Danny Brown - Sweet

Ruff Mercy have animated some spectacular music videos. Their latest work is this piece for House Shoes X Danny Brown track 'Sweet'. With the assistance of fellow animators Ewen Farr and Jonathan Jönsson they've created something rather special done in their inimitable style.


New Maxime Mary Project



We've posted several new shorts from very talented Gobelins students over the last few weeks which reminded us of the excellent 'Who's Afraid Of Mr Greedy?' partly directed by Gobelins graduate Maxime Mary in 2011. This prompted us to check out what Max has been up to since then (aside from working as a designer on the beautiful looking 'My Family And The Wolf'.)

Max's blog revealed the early stages of a new illustrated project he's working on. So far all we have is a glimpse of a new character simply called 'The Thief'. Here we've posted a couple of concept illustartions of this new character and his dog.



We'll definitely be making frequent visits to Max's blog to keep an eye on this already intriguing project.

Eric Ko: Troubleshooting

Cartoon Brew’s 3rd annual Student Animation Festival continues with 'Troubleshooting’ by Eric Ko, of the Rhode Island School of Design. Ko uses only simple line figures in black and white to achieve a beautiful minimalist style. The film takes us on a journey, from a routine morning bus ride to a spectacular sci-fi apocalypse, with one surprise after another. The short centres around one simple concept “What if the end of the world wasn’t such a big deal, and some guy fixed it every now and then?"


Ginz: Land Of OOO

There is lots of this type of 3D floating island animated short on Vimeo. We thought we'd share this piece by Daniel Ginzburg here simply because it's of the 'Land Of OOO' from the totally brilliant 'Adventure Time'.


Toca Band App

This 'music video' from Toca Boca was created as a promo teaser for the release of their next digital toy App 'Toca Band'. The App is a musical toy featuring 16 fun and interactive band members and is due for release via the App Store on Thursday, September 20th, at $1.99. Check out the teaser 'music video' and official game play trailer below.




Helene Leroux: Metamorphosis

Gobelins student Helene Leroux has released 'Metamorphosis' in the Cartooning For Peace series. It's a beautifully blasphemous short about a man who grows a tale!


Legend Of Korra & Lego



We've already posted a couple of animation inspired LEGO creations by the very talented model maker Iain Heath before. Check out his amazingly detailed Studio Ghibli & Adventure Time collections.

For the 2012 BrickCon, coming up this October, Iain has created a few more cartoon inspired pieces for a Darlings collaborative display as a tribute to the Darlings recently deceased creator Heather Braaten. Whilst the Darlings are far simpler in their design than the models we're used to seeing from Iain, their restricted design presents a new challenge in creating recognisable characters with so few LEGO bricks.

I think you'll agree these 'Legend OF Korra', 'Avatar The Last Airbender' and 'Dragon's Lair' Darlings are pretty amazing!


Caroline Attia: Cycles

Caroline Attia has just released her latest short 'Cycles', in which she explores the complex nature of a modern life cycle in only 45 seconds.

Caroline explains – “I wanted to make a more adult piece, with a lot of comedy to it which I had not done a lot. ‘Cycles’ is a film about how life repeats itself and we always make the same mistakes. I tried to simplify female and male shape to a minimum to get those very graphic character but still keeping a hand drawn feel to the film with textures, brushed and hand-written types.”

Little Miss Stella



Stella McCartney is launching a capsule collection of childrenswear inspired by the Little Miss Stella character, both of which hit the stores recently. The Little Miss collection comprises of seven pieces - including a T-shirt, jumper, pyjamas, bag and a baby all-in-one - and all come with a set of fabric pens that can be used to draw on and customise the items.



The Little Miss Stella character first appeared back in 2006/07 when author and illustrator Adam Hargreaves created a 32 page story in the style of the original books as an invitation for a fashion show. The book tells the story of Little Miss Stella meeting Little Miss Nobody, who is constantly bumping into people because no one notices her. Little Miss Stella solves Nobody's problem by designing a bespoke suit, magically transforming her into "somebody".

Whilst the story in the book sounds horribly shallow the range of clothing and the sweet animated promo from Bill Porter (posted below) are pretty nice!


Anaïs Dauvergne: Superstition

Recent EMCA graduate Anaïs Dauvergne has created a nice blend of live action and animated elements for her graduation short 'Superstition'.

In 'Superstition we see a man lost in a strange forest after a violent car crash. He tries to flee the visions of his own death.


Distance

This is another excellent short from Gobelins. Todd Dejong, Tom Law, Wandrille Maunoury, Etienne Metois and Jonathan Vermersch have collaborated to bring us 'Distance'. The film see's an American high school girl overcome by fear when she tries to approach a boy she likes. We love this film because it starts simply enough but the surreal madness builds along with our protagonists fear... The music by Martin Sumeire is brilliant too!



Louis Thomas: Le Ballet

Following on from our last post this animated short from Louis Thomas really helps highlight the variety of work produced at Gobelins. Admittedly the short was, at least partly, made whilst on an exchange programme with Calarts in California, but this probably only help accentuate the European vibe to the aesthetic. The illustrative children's book character design and spotting the famous faces in the crowd only enhance the enjoyment of the piece.

We've also posted a brief 'Making of' from Lois Thomas' Vimeo page.




Eclipse

Another beautifully rendered animated short from the über-talented students from Gobelins, Paris. Théo Guignard, Nöé Lecombre and Hugo Moreno devised this superb sci-fi short in which we see two scientists on a distant planet encounter extraordinary phenomena linked to a lunar eclipse.

We've also posted a brief 'making of' from Nöé Lecombre's Vimeo channel.




Liquid For London Paralympics 2012

Channel 4's coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics is in full swing and this years tournament stands to be the most popular to date with the profile of the games reaching new heights.

To match this unprecedented coverage multi-award winning London based creative agency Liquid knew they had to create something special for the Channel 4 idents. They created this dynamic spot with geometric athletes forging their way past all the most recognisable London landmarks.

Kyle Mowat: Ballpit

The latest edition to Cartoon Brew’s 3rd annual Student Animation Festival comes 'Ballpit' by Kyle Mowat of Canada’s Sheridan College. What begins as seemingly pure abstraction, the short slowly reveals itself to be "an evolutionary tale–albeit an unconventional evolution that blends organic materials with the mechanical."

Mowat has applied unusual shapes and a rather striking colour palette inspired by coral reefs and deep ocean life and pacing influenced by the likes of Norman Mclaren and Charles & Ray Eames to create a purely visual delight!

Tilt X Monster 'Daffy' T-Shirt



An image of Daffy Duck from Tilt’s 2010 exhibition 'My love letters' at Galeris Celal in Paris has been put on a t-shirt by Monstershop who release limited edition collaborative runs with their favourite graffiti artists. This is the latest in a series of collaboration between Tilt and Monstershop having released an Elmo and SpongeBob designs from the same series of paintings back in 2011.

Gal Shkedi: Hank & Jona's Back To School

Tel-Aviv based Gal Shkedi illustrated directed and animated this animal alphabet short with a black and white high contrast aesthetic to captivate it intended viewers...

"Although we see the world with easy clarity, babies need 6-8 months to strengthen their sight after birth. The contrast and simplicity of black & white patterns and shapes are a great way to aid your child in this developmental process."

The short was created on behalf of Hank & Jona, a children's lifestyle brand based out of Brooklyn and Tel Aviv designing clothes and accessories.

Quay Brothers MOMA Book



Quay Brothers: On Deciphering The Pharmacists Prescription For Lip-Reading Puppets

Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Release Date: Aug 2012
Features: 64 pages, Paperback, MOMA exhibition catalogue
Language: English
ISBN: 9780870708435

Identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay are internationally renowned moving image artists and designers who for over thirty years have been in the avant-garde of stop motion puppet animation. Creating work in the tradition of Czech surrealists Jan Svankmajer and Jiri Trnka, Russian animator Yuri Norstein and Polish animator Walerian Borowczyk, they practice a design aesthetic influenced by Polish graphic artists such as Jan Lenica, Roman Cieslewicz, Franciszek Starowieyski and Henryk Tomaszewski. Since 1971, they have produced over forty-five moving images, including features, music videos, dance films, documentaries and signature personal works, and have designed sets and projections for opera, drama and concert performances.

Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art the first presentation of the Quay Brothers work in all their fields of creative activity this richly illustrated publication presents their betterknown films as well as previously unseen moving image works and a little-known body of works on paper, including graphic design, drawings, typography and notebooks for films.

This book is available now via the Animated Review online shop. Click on the shopping basket below:

Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja

We've already posted about Kevin Dart and his excellent Yuki7 books and animated shorts 'Looks That Kill' and 'A Kiss From Tokyo' on the Animated Review.

Kevin now has directed the opening title sequence for a Disney commissioned TV series called 'Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja' which is set to premiere on US screens later this month.

The cartoon is set in a town called Norrisville which has been protected by a ninja for 800 years. But what the citizens of Norrisville don't know is that a new ninja is selected every four years. 9th grade teenager, Randy Cunningham, is the next ninja. Randy is bummed, however, that he can't tell anyone. So instead of telling his best friend, Howard, that he's the ninja, he comes to the school for a "meet and greet", not knowing that an evil sorcerer is planning to destroy the ninja!

With the creative input of Jhonen Vasquez (the creator of Nickelodeon's under appreciated 'Invader Zim') as a character designer, this show is shaping up to sound pretty good!

If the show look half a good as this newly released title sequence we're in for a right treat! We're already drooling at the prospect of seeing the first episode.

Buho Graphics: Sie7e

Another animated piece of motion graphic, this time from Madrid based Buho Graphics. A graphic design collective who share a natural kinship with owls, are obsessed with art and illustration and have been extremely influenced by cinema and music.

The beauty of the piece lies in the simplicity of its design. You don't need to speak Spanish to recognise the seven deadly sins shown in the short. Purely through a couple of circles moving round a simple grid and subtle colour changes, Buho Graphics effectively illustrate pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth.


Monstro For The Post Carbon Institute

Alexander Perry and Michael Wilson of Monstro animated this slick infographic on behalf of the Post Carbon Institute. The animated visuals are strong and feature some great transitions. This is one of the best infographics we've seen in a while.

The following is a message from the Post Carbon Institute:

"In recent months we've seen a spate of assertions that peak oil is a worry of the past thanks to so-called "new technologies" that can tap massive amounts of previously inaccessible stores of "unconventional" oil. "Don't worry, drive on," we're told.

We can fall for the oil industry hype and keep ourselves chained to a resource that's depleting and comes with ever increasing economic and environmental costs, or we can recognize that the days of cheap and abundant oil (not to mention coal and natural gas) are over.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media and politicians on both sides of the aisle are parroting the hype, claiming — in Obama's case — that unconventional oil can play a key role in an "all of the above" energy strategy and — in Romney's — that increased production of tight oil and tar sands can make North America energy independent by the end of his second term."