Yellow Subversion — The Artwork Of Yellow Submarine

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'Yellow Subversion — The Artwork Of Yellow Submarine'

Publisher: 50by70
Release Date: November 2012
Features: 40 pages, Five screen prints 50cm x 70cm on Colorplan, Edition of 350
Language: English

To celebrate the Beatles’ 50th anniversary 50by70 has published the first ever set of fine art prints of the stunning artwork from the classic 1968 animated film 'Yellow Submarine'. Released today, the 28th of November, the £395.00 volume is limited to just 350 copies worldwide... a true collector’s piece!

'Yellow Subversion — The Artwork Of Yellow Submarine' in it's strictly limited edition boxed set, containing five full colour screen prints, is also accompanied by a book featuring an essay by the legendary 'Simpsons' writer, showrunner and producer Josh Weinstein who describes how the film influenced animation and inspired his career.

As Josh Weinstein writes, ‘Before 'Yellow Submarine' it was a mild, goody-goody animated world of personality-less gloved mice and cartoon bears stealing pic-a-nic baskets. But after 'Yellow Submarine' it was a wholly different world of animation. It wasn’t just for kids. It was satire and art and most of all, subversion.’

For the 5 prints, aside from the 16 colour print of John, Paul, George and Ringo peering through those iconic submarine portholes, 50by70 have focused their attention on some of the more obscure characters from the film. Characters that "best represent the visionary approach of art director Heinz Edelmann and his team of animators and that illustrate why the artwork of 'Yellow Submarine' is still as fresh and influential today as it was 44 years ago."

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Shugo Tokumaru - Decorate

We've posted the fabulous music video work from Japanese animation studio, Onionskin on the Animated Review before. By happy coincidence their latest creation happens to be for one of our favourite Japanese recording artists, Shugo Tokumaru, who has also been featured on AR in the past.

Shugo Tokumaru's latest track, 'Decorate', is taken from his new album titled 'In Focus?' and the video features a phonotrope-style animation, which seems to be popular at the moment. Tokumaru's music videos tend to be animated, so we look forward to seeing what visuals accompany subsequent releases from this new album.


Niwouinwouin - The Phone

Check out the Jullien Brother’s latest music video for their band Niwouinwouin. 'The Phone' sees a variety of Wacky Races-like characters all pursuing the latest piece of Smartphone technology.

Also take a look at the Niwouinwouin 'Troll Slayer' MV we posted back in January.


Amanda Visell's Wood Idols

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Amanda Visell has just released her latest batch of 'Wood Idols', these one-of-a-king sculptures sell out so quickly by the time we've posted this they'll have probably gone. This latest wave includes various Muppet characters and a He-Man figure. We've also picked out some of our favourite animation themed creations from previous releases. Head over to Switcheroo to check on prices and availability.

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Jose Miguel Méndez: Weird Dreams

Jose Miguel Méndez is a Spanish illustrator and graphic designer now working in London. Alongside his freelance graphic design work he is also studying for an MA in Graphic Moving Image at the London College of Communication, where he is applying his bold typography and humorous illustrative style to a variety of animated works including this latest piece, 'Weird Dreams'.


Sarah Xu: One For Me

Sarah Xu is a freelance animator and illustrator living in Vancouver, where she recently graduated from the classical animation program at the Vancouver Film School, having already acquired a Bachelor's in Game Design from the China Academy of Art.

'One For Me' is her graduation project.

"It's a story about a scorned lover getting her revenge in a tale of romance and redemption. Kitty is a beautiful cabaret dancer with a broken heart, and she puts on quite a show of getting her revenge against Chester, her former beau."


The Imbue Bootleg Colouring Book

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AR favourite, Imbue, has released a colouring book packed with 10 of his Disney/Barbie themed images as seen in his Artwork-A-Day series. The 'Imbue Bootleg Colouring Book' is a professionally printed and bound A4 book with 10 images ready to colour in. Signed and numbered in an edition of 100. Each book also comes with an exclusive 'Gold Mickey' screen print which is also signed and numbered. A bargain at just £20.00... it's on our Christmas wish list!

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Carlín Díaz: Interaction De-Formes

Watch this superb abstract animation by Carlín Díaz. The kinetic art, directly inspired by the sound of Sinitus Tempo, is achieved through the interation of the geometric form, colour and perspective.

Tobias Larson: Guilt (Teaser Trailer)

Tobias Larson is releasing his latest animated short, created whilst studying at Kävesta Folk High School, on the 4th of January 2013. Be sure to mark the date on your calendars... this teaser trailer for 'Guilt' makes it look absolutely great.


Michael Fragstein: Undercurrents

Michael Fragstein, co-founding member of the Stuttgart based design firm 'Büro Achter April' and director of 'Orpheu's Pony', recently got in touch to tell us about his latest project.

This latest animated short, 'Undercurrents', is based on a series of interviews collected by Tobias Hülswitt, who asked different people to explain how the world works and they came up with the broadest variety of answers. 'Undercurrents' by Norman Morris was one of the first contributions recorded.

The Illustration & Animation was done by Bernd Zeier.

Bad Apple by Goin

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Mighty Jaxx have collaborated with Goin on 'Bad Apple', the first collectable resin figure by the French graffiti artists. Based on his famous street art piece of the same name, seen across Europe's main cities, 'Bad Apple' stands 20cm tall and finished in this luscious high gloss pink. This colourway is limited to 300 pieces worldwide, but two further colourways are planned, simply dubbed '37 and '71. The '37 hints at the original release date of Disney's 'Snow White', so we're expecting to see a classic colour scheme. The '71 colourway might be themed around the 'Disney World' opening in 1971, but we're not sure what to expect.

The finished figure is yet to be unveiled the images seen here are 3D renderings, but we've read that the embossed detailing on the bandana (seen in the white render below) will also feature on the finished pink model.

"Dripping with the original spirit of punk and a relentless flood of socially, politically and consciously engaged ideas, French artist Goin is priming the charges and leaving creativity’s spark to light the fuse of a new humanist activism. Emancipation, liberation, rebellion and the punishing vagaries of power’s endless cycles of corruption run deep into his work as powerful aesthetics take shape under the conceptual hammer. Laced with a superbly black sense of humour and forcefulness a visceral energy that bursts off his pieces Goin’s work wreaks chaos onto order and snatches moments of lucid disorder out of the volatile forge of history’s spiral."

Pre-order now from Mighty Jaxx, due early 2013.

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Steve Adey - Laughing

Whilst studying at Edinburgh College of Art, Romanian born animator Oana Nechifor created this music video for Steve Adey and his track 'Laughing'. 'Laughing' is taken from Adey's new album 'The Tower Of Silence', released via Grand Harmonium on November 26th 2012. Steve says... "I was tipped off and told to check out Oana's work. I was attracted to the darker elements through her animation, juxtaposed against beautiful creatures (and other stuff)... I thought that contrast would fit the song meaning..."

Oana describes the piece as "a nice experimentation with both digital and traditional painting for animation... I wanted to create a sense of struggle within two people, trying to come together in a state of communion, facing fears and hopes until becoming one" She's also a painter and muralist and it's interesting to see her consistently apply her message and style across these different mediums. We'll certainly look forward to seeing more from Oana.


Fred Deakin (ft R. Kelly) - Body Call

Manchester based creative agency Young and Buenos Aires based Graphic Design agency Place, who provided the animation, collaborated on this music video for Fred Deakin's 'Body Call' track.

The video mixes 3D character animation and motion capture dancing ("to make if feel really alive") into its exquisite corpse style. 'Body Call' premiered as part of Channel 4's Random Acts series.

Enjoy!


Arthur Christmas DVD

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With the slew of additional material and exclusive DVD's released for Aardman's last film, 'The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientist!', we were looking forward to a similar feast of bonus material with 'Arthur Christmas', released today (19/11/2012) on Blu-ray & DVD. Sadly the best they could muster was the music video and 'behind the scenes' of Justin Bieber's 'Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town', which was nearly enough to put us off from buying it!

If you're in the USA you can get this DVD gift-set which includes a reindeer toy, but that's all the additional goodies to be had with this DVD release. Good job the films so fantastic!

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Royalchord - Beautiful Boys

Kathy Kwon and her creative cohort, and sister, Sara Kwon collectively animate as Cunningyouth. Cunningyouth’s most recent creation being this unofficial music video for, folktronica band, Royalchord and their gender-swapped cover version of Sean Kinston's 'Beautiful Girls'.

Adam Rosette: Monkey (Teaser Trailer)

We posted Adam Rosette's animated fragment, 'Fantastic Monkey', back in May. At the time there was no hint of what may come, it was just a cool bit of animation with a monkey, and monkeys are fun! 'Monkey' has since developed into a short film featuring a karate-chopping tuxedo-wearing primate. Due for release in May 2013, in the meantime enjoy the trailer:


Gromit Unleased

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Back in 2004 the 'Cow Parade', an international public art exhibition featuring fibreglass sculptures of cows decorated by local artists, came to Manchester city centre.

This is much, much more exciting...

Led by the internationally renowned Aardman Animations, 'Gromit Unleashed' is a similar public art exhibition set in the city of Bristol. Giant fibreglass sculptures of Gromit, standing 5ft tall, will be 'unleashed' onto the streets of Bristol and the surrounding area.

Each sculpture will be individually designed and created by invited artists, creating a trail of sixty unique pieces of art and will form an art exhibition for ten weeks over the summer of 2013. No artists are yet to be confirmed, they're still accepting proposals, so if you are an artist, designer, illustrator, or creative and would like to find out more about submitting a design head over to the 'Gromit Unleashed' website now!

At the end of the public art exhibition, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children's Hospital Charity. We want one already!

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Nate Milton: Tank (Teaser Trailer)

Nate Milton , co-founder of The Amigo Unit (a group of like-minded friends who do creative works in all mediums) is in the process of directing and producing the short animated film 'TANK'. The short is due for release in early spring 2013, but until then we can enjoy this exquisite trailer. Nate has also put together a comprehensive production blog, giving us an insight into the vast amount of work and dedication needed for such a project.


Make For QuitSmoking.com

MAKE is a visual effects and animation studio. Providing design, edit, visual effects, animation and motion graphics services for commercial purposes. They created these clever short PSA's for QuitSmoking.com




Disney X Barneys New York Revealed

The Disney X Barneys New York holiday campaign collaborative venture, 'Electric Holiday', as feature on AR last August, has now yielded this animated sequence. The animation is set to run in Barney’s flagship store as video wallpaper to a special window installation highlighting their latest collection.

The concept for the short centres around Minnie Mouse’s fantasy to be at the Paris shows. There she comes across key Disney characters all decked out in designer clothes. Mickey is dressed by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Minnie by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Goofy by Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Daisy by Dolce & Gabbana, Cruella by Rick Owens, Princess Tiana by Proenza Schouler and Snow White by Peter Copping for Nina Ricci. She also rubs shoulders with various fashion personalities from Linda Evangelista, Bryan Boy, Suzi Menkes, Anna Della Russo, Carine Roitfeld, to Juergen Teller, Mario Sorenti and Lady Gaga.

It's great picking out your favourite Disney characters and fashionista celebrities amongst the crowds in this incredibly detailed animated sequence. We loved seeing the Cheshire Cat sat smiling next to Naomi Campbell and Captain Hook raising an eyebrow as Cruella DeVil saunters down the catwalk, superb!


Dumb Ways To Die

'Dumb Ways To Die' is a cute & funny PSA created by Melbourne, Australia’s Metro Trains in an effort to educate the people on the do's and don’ts of dealing with railway safety.

Local musician, Tangerine Kitty was asked to write and record the music (also available for download), which was then set to the cutest and dumbest animated death sequences your ever likely to see.

This animated video isn’t the only feature of the campaign. They're also running print and radio ads, as well as posters inside train stations featuring some of the characters and the lyrics from the song. There’s even a Tumblr blog set up with fun GIFs of various 'Dumb Ways To Die'.

If anybody has any idea who is behind the animation let us know.


Jack Teagle Devil Family Simpsons Print



Jack Teagle, who set up The Simpsons Drawing Club with his illustrator friends, has released one of his contributions to the group as a 4 colour, A3 risograph print in a limited signed edition of just 60 copies. 'Devil Family' is yours for just £15.00 via Jack's online store.

Late Night Work Club

The Late Night Work Club is a somewhat secretive collective of indie animators. Seemingly masterminded by Scott Benson, Charles Huettner and Eimhin McNamara along with their animating chums, the group of around 15 plus, but yet undisclosed, creatives come together to create something independent, non-commercial and simply fantastic just for the love of their craft. The teaser recently posted online is very enticing and we look forward to seeing what will appear over the coming months.

Hopefully more information on who is definitely involved with the LNWC will be revealed. There is a sprinkling of clues across their various social media outlets and from what we can tell the following people are in some way involved with the project, you'll probably recognise some of this talented bunch from earlier AR posts.

Eimhin McNamara, Charles Huettner, Scott Benson, Louise Bagnall, Jake Armstrong, Erin Kilkenny, Sean Buckelew, Conor Finnegan, Alex Grigg, Tom Hunter, Caleb Wood, Christen Bach, David Prosser, Daniella Orsini, Joe Orton & Eamonn O'Neill.

Exciting times!


Tetsuo Artwork By Michael Latimer



Michael Latimer’s latest batch of hand-sprayed originals have gone up for sale via Lowercase Industry. The piece is called 'Tetsuo' and features teenage biker Tetsuo Shima from Katsuhiro Otomo's manga series and classic Anime, 'Akira'.

The run of 20 originals is signed, numbered and hand-painted/hand-sprayed on heavyweight luxury watercolour paper with acrylics and spray paint. Because all 20 are completely hand painted there will be slight differences in each, but nothing too drastically removed from the picture we've posted here. At just £65.00 these are sure to shift quickly!

Giant Ant For Eco Justice

Vancouver based motion graphics studio, Giant Ant, have animated this PSA for the charitable organisation Eco Justice.

Eco Justice is a charity using the law to protect and restore the Canadian environment, they fight for change on issues like the one shown in this animation. In the case study shown, Eco Justice compare two valleys: one in Canada, one of the richest countries in the world, and one in Brazil, a developing nation which has taken bigger steps to protect the environmental rights of its people.


Sehsucht For MTV EMA 2012

Sehsucht worked in partnership with MTV, for the 19th annual MTV European Music Award, broadcasted live from Frankfurt last Sunday. As part of the show package they worked on is this GCI animation based on a fast-moving zoetrope carousel.

It’s an incredibly complex design, since the complete 'zoetrope' is a virtual scale model, nothing is faked, it still had to work like an actual zoetrope would. Therefore, everything had to work in loops built in 24 single 'sculptures'. The perfect execution of this technique, combined with the incredibly realistic 3D render, means you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for an actual built sculpture.

The animated sequence is a journey of a band living the American Dream. We see the ascent of a basement musician to stardom across the horizontal zoetrope layers. They move from the underground scene to stardom with the help of their fans and social networks, finally reaching the top of the carousel (the pinnacle of their career) and perform at the MTV EMA. The fact the 'zoetrope’s' silhouette resembles a mushroom cloud symbolising the bands 'explosion' into music stardom is also a nice touch.


A Pocket Companion To Books From The Simpsons In Alphabetical Order

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'Olivier Lebrun: A Pocket Companion To Books From The Simpsons In Alphabetical Order'

Publisher: Rollo Press
Release Date: November 2012
Features: 352 pages, Offset Print, Softcover, Simpsons Yellow Pages
Language: English
ISBN: 978-3905999334

Over the last couple of years, French graphic designer Olivier Lebrun has been trawling through the 600+ episodes of 'The Simpsons' and collecting screenshots that display book covers. Rollo Press have lovingly put together this anthology, assembling 174 of the funniest, weirdest and best from his collection, in a small, desirable and suitably glossy Simpsons yellow zine.

Not included are 'The Simpsons' magazines, newspapers and other printed matter, which possibly could serve as material for a follow-up to this project!

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Eamonn O'Neill: I'm Fine Thanks

Eamonn O'Neill, who was recently signed to Studio AKA as an animation director and designer, will be screenings his latest short, 'Left', for the first time at the Cork Film Festival tomorrow (13th Nov) and again at The Bradford Animation Festival on the following day.

Eamonn celebrated Left's looming premier by releasing a trailer and the full version of his previous, multi-award winning, 2011 student short 'I'm Fine Thanks'.

We're pleased to present both here for you immediate viewing pleasure.



Everything Is Fun For Life Elia

Everything Is Fun is a young collective composed mainly of two La Cambre graduates, Thibault Jadoul and Nicolas Felten, each working in graphic design. Alongside these two are other talented partners including Nicolas Fong who animated these promos for Life Elia on their behalf.

Life Elia is a charity focused on restoring the biodiversity to areas destroyed by manmade forest corridors and poor farming practices. Posted here a two animated promos highlighting their work in creating green corridors underneath overhead power lines.




Ronnie Cutrone & Miguel Parades Paintings

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American Pop artist Ronnie Cutrone, best known for his large-scale paintings of classic cartoon characters such as Felix The Cat, Pink Panther and Woody Woodpecker, will be exhibiting a new series of paintings in collaboration with fellow artist Miguel Parades.

Cutrone was Andy Warhol's immediate assistant at the factory during the notorious artist's most productive and prestigious year. Parades cites Cutrone as his mentor and a direct influence in his own artist career, with Cutrone's constant use of bright florescent colours shaping his own colour palette choices. Seeing the two collaborate together, re-working each other’s iconic pieces, will certainly yield fascinating result.

The collaborative collection includes five paintings where Paredes has incorporated his style on Cutrone's pieces of famed animated characters like the 'Woody the Woodpecker', 'Felix the Cat', and 'Woody Woodpecker/Buggs Bunny/Pink Panther/Daffy Duck Frankenstein mash-up' pieces we've posted here.

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Kris Menace - Hide

Kris Menace recently unveiled the first single, titled ‘Hide', taken from his forthcoming album ‘Features’.

The track is accompanied by a hypnotic animated music video directed by Mathieu Bétard and Parisian production house Quad/WizzProd. The piece was animated by Mathieu Bétard, Pierre Ruitz and Jonathan Djob Nkondo.

AR recently posted a promo for Good Books called 'Havana Heat'... One of the animators on the project was Jonathan Djob Nkondo which, rather pleasingly, lead us to discovering this fantastic music video!


Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

London based collective THIS IS IT is bursting with talented artistic individuals, you only need to take a look at 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared' and Daniel Britt’s recent music video for Yo Gabba Gabba to know this is true.

Further proof comes from THIS IS IT directing duo Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling and their new, and suitably psychedelic, music video for Tame Impala's latest single ' Feels Like We Only Go Backwards'. The film is comprised of 1000 separate plasticine collages all individually made by hand! It's satisfying to know that when animation is created in such a difficult and time consuming manner with such painstakingly detailed passion the results really speak volumes and be that little bit more impressive and awe-inspiring because of it.


J.Viewz - About The Sea

Taken from J.Viewz 'Rivers And Homes' album, the track 'About The Sea' has a visually stunning music video from Clement Picon, who was one of the winners in Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' Aniboom Animation Contest with his animated music video for their track 'Reckoner'.


The Mill For Good Books

Back in March AR posted the superbly trippy 'Metamorphosis' animated by Buck on behalf of Good Books, the online retailer who gives all the profit to Oxfam. This second film, 'Havana Heat', is a steamy love letter to Good Books in the bodice-ripping language made famous by Mills & Boon books. This time round the film was handled by New Zealand creative agency String Theory, The Mill directors Mcbess & Simon and Kwok Fung Lam and Jonathan Djob Nkondo for the animation. It's strange to see Mcbess' inimitable stylistic influence in colour for a change but hugely enjoyable nonetheless.


Bravest Warriors: Time Slime

Frederator Studios was founded by Fred Seibert in 1998. Since then the company has produced 16 series & over 200 short films including 'The Fairly OddParents', 'Fanboy & Chum Chum', and 'Adventure Time'.

'Cartoon Hangover' started out as a show on Channel Frederator in 2009, now re-launched as a channel in its own right they make cartoons for the internet because they're too weird, wild, and crazy for television. The channel features James Kochalka’s 'SuperF*ckers', the 'Cartoon Hangover Show' and Pendleton Ward’s excellent new show 'Bravest Warriors'.

The first episode of 'Bravest Warriors' was released online today and it's totally awesome!

"With their parents gone, the Bravest Warriors must step up. Wallow connects with a love from his past and The Bravest Warriors must save Glendale, or be forever stuck in a time loop!"


Olly Moss Batman/Adventure Time Gif

Olly Moss is undeniably a very talented chap! Amongst his prolific output of incredible work he likes to muck about on personal snippets of fun. This Batman, with an 'Adventure Time' twist, animated Gif was just created over "another wasted lunchtime."

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More Animation Inspired Minuscules

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We've already posted once about Melissa Morin and her animation inspired 'Minuscules' creations on the Animated Review. Since then several more characters have been added to her Blog and with the launch of her online store looming we thought we’d share a couple more of beading masterpieces.

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Katie Turnbull: Wonder Trope Remixer

Australian animator Katie Turnbull has recently undated her Vimeo channel with some three dimensional phonotrope experimentation which we'll be keeping an eye on as it develops. These recent additions did however draw our attention to an older project from the animator, her 'Wonder Trope Remixer' project from 2009. The 'Wonder Trope Remixer' is a contemporary take on a praxinoscope that allows you to play animation discs on a record player and also ‘remix’ the figurative animation into abstract forms... Incredibly clever!


Pjoni - Chasm

Another fabulous music video... this one is animated by Czech Republic-based artist/designer duo Jan Šrámek & Martin Búřil for electronic/acoustic performer Pjoni. The almost isometric layout, simplistic design and cleanness of the video perfectly pairs with the mathematical experimental electronic sound of the track. It's an artistic match made in heaven.


Stereolove - I Wish That

Oh Yeah Wow director Jayden Dowler co-animated this music video with the assistance of Andrew Bowler and Keith Crawford. Created for the Stereolove track 'I Wish That', the video features soldier’s break-dancing in military formation!


Cartoon Characters For Movember

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. In honor of the good work this charity achieves each year AR have compiled their top ten mustachioed cartoon characters...



10 – At number ten is Ace, leader of the Gangreen Gang, from the’ Powerpuff Girls’. It’s not a substantial growth... more of a bad teenage moustache, but a valiant effort!

09 – At number nine we have Duncan aka Man-At-Arms from ‘He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe’. It was mandatory for father figures in 1980’s cartoons to have some sort of facial hair so we feel Duncan could have been a bit more creative.

08 – At number 8 is Cleveland Brown from ‘Family Guy’ and ‘The Cleveland Show’. Cleveland subscribes to ‘Moustache Aficionado’ magazine so clearly takes his moustache growing seriously.

07 – Ned Flanders is at number 7. No list of tache wearing cartoon characters would be complete without Ned and his “cookie duster”.

06 – From ‘Chowder’, Mung Daal sneaks in at number 6. Mungs moustache used to be part of a beard-moustache combo until Truffles tore off the beard for interrupting her game of Mah-jongg!

05 – At number 5... Monterey Jack from the ‘Rescue Rangers’. Monterey’s moustache is seemingly normal until he gets a whiff of cheese upon which it twists and writhes like it has a mind of its own.

04 – Yosemite Sam takes the number 4 spot simply because his moustache is so huge and ginger... nice!

03 – Pops, from ‘Regular Show’, and his well groomed gentlemanly moustache is at number 3. Like Cleveland, Pops takes his facial hair seriously and only reads ‘Moustache Monthly’ magazine.

02 – From ‘Danger Mouse’ comes a controversial choice at number 2. Some would consider Colonel K’s facial hair more beard than moustache... we feel the shaved chin separating the two sides gives it a more mustachio vibe. The colonel’s moustache often has him mistaken for a Walrus (common amongst moustache wearers) but he’s actually a chinchilla!

01 – At the coveted number one spot we have ‘Wacky Races’ bad guy Dick Dastardly and his impressively sleek Salvador Dali moustache. Looking closely at Dick and his “moustache” the hair seems to be coming from his nose rather than his top lip... maybe he’s disguising his excessive nasal hair as a stylish tache! Tache or nasal hair, either way he’s to be commended.

Clockwork Orchestra - Paper Purse

This beautiful paper craft stop-motion music video for the track 'Paper Purse', from Paul Mangan aka Clockwork Orchestra's debut album 'Friends Without Names', was animated by Danish artist Anne-Sophie Rosenvinge Skov. The album is released on CD tomorrow (5th Nov) on White Label Music, it's also available to listen to via SoundCloud.

The animation "explores the themes of an unresolved fairytale; the echo of a triangular heart beat, sinking ships and temperamental clockwork mechanisms", crafted from assorted paper cut-offs and found scraps of material, which Anne-Sophie seems to have a passion for in her work.


The Last Mountain

'The Last Mountain' is a short animated film by Eva Figueroa and Juan Pedro Arroyo. The film tells of a time in which mountains freely wandered the Earth defended by a mysterious masked guardian as these stone giants are prayed on by the humans for their natural resources.


Hidetake Takayama - Express

Kohta Morie at Transistor Studio ia a master of this type of animation, combining 3D animation with a 2D aesthetic, having already directed several music videos in this style. His latest is for the track 'Express' taken from Hidetake Takayama's second album 'Asterism'. Nice!


Alfred Steiner Bleeding Afro Exhibition

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We posted some of Alfred Steiner’s disturbingly wonderful watercolours when we first came across his work in the 'Bitches Brew' exhibition last year. His works are so detailed they look more like collaged photography where he brings together an abundance of meticulously selected objects that weave in and out of each other and in their optical wizardry they become cartoon characters or other recognisable characters from pop culture.

Alfred recently sent us an email telling us his new exhibition, 'Bleeding Afro', opens at the Poulsen Gallery in Copenhagen tomorrow night. The show features yet more familiar animated characters comprised from surprising elements. The image of the usually cute and cuddly Pikachu is constructed from primarily masculine components such as ties, cigar, penises and Viagra pills! This juxtaposition in Steiner’s artworks challenges and plays tricks on us. We alternate between zooming in on the individual parts and viewing the character they comprise, it's virtually impossible to see the two perspectives at once.
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Home & Dry - Ghosts Are Dancing

Directed by Maxime Causeret & Gilles Deschaud and animated by VFX studio Teresuac for their fellow Parisians, rock band Home & Dry, this music video for their track 'Ghost Are Dancing' is mesmerizingly beautiful.

Daniel Britt: Yo Gabba Gabba

Daniel Britt of This Is It Collective, who's excellent short, 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared' featured on AR last year, directed this sweet music video for Nickelodeon 'Yo Gabba Gabba'. It makes me happy!