Imbue: Warp Disney Screen Print & Stickers

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Brighton based artist Imbue is back on the Animated Review! His latest Disney inspired screen print is up for pre-order via his online store now. The signed, limited edition, 3 colour screen print features Dumbo combined with Airfix style assembly instructions and is priced at just £20.00! As an added bonus you also receive a pack of 5 Disney inspired die-cut vinyl stickers. The Pinocchio sticker is especially great!

Mondo: Studio Ghibli - Kokyo Kyokushu LP

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Mondo have released an official compilation of selected tracks from five Studio Ghibli films ('Princess Mononoke,' 'Spirited Away,' Howl's Moving Castle,' 'The Cat Return's' and 'My Neighbors The Yamadas,') as performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

'Studio Ghibli Kokyo Kyokushu' is a limited 2XLP featuring stunning artwork by renowned Mondo artist Tyler Stout, representing each film across the four panels of the gatefold jacket, and the insert. There are three different versions to choose from, each featuring a different cover panel, and two different colour vinyl LPs.

Most Mondo releases sell out instantly! As we write this all three versions are still available for purchase, but act quick they're not going to be around forever. Chose between 'Howl’s Moving Castle' version (Purple & Pink vinyl,) 'Spirited Away' version (Yellow & green vinyl) or 'Princess Mononoke' version (Blue & Red vinyl,) they're all awesome! Sadly, for licensing reasons, the records are only available to residents in the USA and Canada.




Track listing:

1) Chapter One – The Legend Of Ashitaka
2) Chapter Four – Princess Mononoke
3) Chapter Eight – Ashitaka And San
4) The Theme of My Neighbors The Yamadas – Orchestral Version
5) Takashi And Matsuko’s Tango – Sinfonico
6) Always With Me – Orchestral Version
7) A Mysterious World
8) The Moving Castle
9) War War War
10) Cave Of The Mind
11) The Baron
12) Pastorale
13) Haru’s Memories

Tracks 1-3 From Symphonic Suite 'Princess Mononoke'
Tracks 4-5 From 'My Neighbors The Yamadas' – Classical Album
Track 6 From the film 'Spirited Away'
Tracks 7-10 From 'Howl’s Moving Castle' – Image Symphonic Suite
Tracks 11-13 From 'The Cat Returns' – Original Soundtrack Album

Renana Aldor & Stav Levi: Ouroboros

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design 2nd year students, Renana Aldor and Stav Levi, animated this infinitely looping opener for the 2013 Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival. Named after Ouroboros, the ancient symbol which represents eternal struggle, the short sees relentless warfare illustrated in Renana & Stav's stark black and white style.

Golden Wolf: Major Lazer Tour Into

The animation and motion graphics division of graphic design company I Love Dust, have separated to form a sister company now known as Golden Wolf. To mark this development they've taken over the old I Love Dust Vimeo account and release a multitude of new projects.

This animated introduction for musician Major Lazer and his world tour is one of those new projects. Golden Wolf worked closely with Major Lazer's creative director Ferry Gouw to create a film that carries on the Major Lazer story from where it left off from their first album.

Minnie Mouse LOVE Magazine Cover

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For the fifth anniversary issue of LOVE magazine, Minnie Mouse makes her debut as a fashion magazine cover star! The issue also features covers with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Cara Delevinge, Edie Campbell and Georgia May Jagger. Each model showcases bespoke ears specially made by luxury fashion houses, recruited to interpret the celebrated look of Minnie Mouse’s ears and distinctive bow. These include Gucci, Loewe, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu, whilst Minnie wears her own!

Eric Ko: Our Son

Here we present Eric Ko's 'Our Son,' the second short in this years batch of films from Cartoon Brew and their 4th annual Student Animation Festival.


Cuushie - Airy Me

This stunning music video for Japanese pop songstress Cuushe, and her track 'Airy Me', is the product of a graduate assignment completed by Japanese artist Yoko Kuno whilst studying at university. It took almost 2 years & 3000 individual hand-drawn illustrations, all done by Yoko Kuno herself, but now 'Airy Me' is finally ready for all to see.


Animography: Franchise Animated

'Franchise Animated' is a collaborative animated typeface created by a single type designer and 110 animators. Each animator was assigned a glyph and restricted to using only 4 colours and 25 frames in a 500×600 After Effects project. What they animated was left entirely up to them, and the diversity of the contributions is staggering. 

The incredible list of animators can be seen here. I'm sure a lot of the names will be familiar to regular visitors of the Animated Review.


Adventure Time Macy's Balloon

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Unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con, here is the first sneak peek of the 'Adventure Time' balloon which will be part of this year’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Finn and Jake are going to look epic floating through the streets of New York come November 28th!

Joe Sparks: Heavyweight

Joe Sparkes, a recent graduate of Kingston university, has released his animated short 'Heavyweight.'

This poignant tale, about a boxer at odds with the world's expectations of him, is beautifully told with no dialogue. We're looking forward to seeing what Joe does next.


David Maingault: Tacky, Sticky & Glutinous

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David Maingault is amazing! If you weren't already impressed by his animated tribute to Tim Burton or his short film 'The Pink Lady,' his EMCA graduation film 'Tacky, Sticky & Glutinous' will blow your socks off!!

The film shows an exhausted hotel desk clerk descend into madness as the lines between his frustrations, dreams and reality blur. Tormented by visions of drowning, fish and a giant frog he is the witness of his own insanity!



Eoin Duffy: The Missing Scarf Teaser Trailer

Having only just been able to share Eoin Duffy's last animated short ('On Departure,') we can't believe he is already back, teasing us with his next masterpiece.

George Takei narrates this tale of Albert the origami squirrel in search of his missing scarf, and the cute CMYK woodland creature he meets on his journey. 'The Missing Scarf', which beautifully blends CGI with bold motion graphics, is only just starting it's festival run now. We'll have to wait until later this year to see the film in full.


Felix Sputnik: Animated Striptease

Felix Sputnik likes animating naked ladies. Following on from the nude leapfrogging and the sexy nakedness of 'Walks And Runs' we've already posted on AR, he's back with an animated strip tease for a Dutch furniture designer. The actual advert can't be posted online just yet, so whilst we wait Felix has posted some looping re-edits for us to enjoy.



The Secret Of Kells Art Prints

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Cartoon Saloon have released a set of 16 different limited edition prints from its 2010 Academy award-nominated film 'The Secret of Kells.'

These one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted prints are gloriously high-resolution, gallery-quality scene illustrations from the critically acclaimed film and draw heavily on the ornate and richly textured Irish medieval art that influenced the film. Each scene illustration from the lovingly crafted film is limited to an edition of 100 copies, and individually signed & numbered by director Tomm Moore.

The images are printed using Epson Ultrachrome HDR archival quality pigment inks on museum quality Hahnemühle Cotton Rag 308g/m2 fine art paper. Housed floating in a deep, black timer, box frame the prints have a $500/€385 price tag, reflecting their quality.

Head over to www.secretofkellsstore.com to view the full range and purchase prints.


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Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song & Joon Soo Song: Brain Divided

Cartoon Brew have opened their 4th annual Student Animation Festival with this CG short titled 'Brain Divided', created by Ringling students Josiah Haworth, Joon Shik Song & Joon Soo Song.

The short tells the story of a man struggling to rationalise the two battling sides of his conscience. The lustful and emotional side of his brain competes with the sensible and intellectual side for control whilst on a date. The date goes disastrously until both sides start working together.

We're not particularly fond of the CG aesthetic, but it has been applied flawlessly in telling a humorous well thought out narrative.


Conor Finnegan: Fear Of Flying

We posted the trailer for Conor Finnegan's 'Fear Of Flying' short this time last year. After a year on the festival circuit and numerous awards, this gorgeous short (which is mostly puppetry with some 2D animation tweaks) it is finally online for us all to enjoy!

Gromit Unleashed Figurines

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To coincide with the Gromit Unleashed arts trail currently on across the city of Bristol, scaled down versions of the most popular designs will be released as collectable figurines. Priced at £35.00 per figure (£25.00 for a blank "design your own figure") these are restricted to one per customer and available to pre-order through the Gromit Unleashed website.


Beeld Motion for Telecine

Rio de Janeiro based design & animation studio Beeld animated this faux flip book ident for a Telecine cinema campaign called 'A Infância sob o olhar do cinema' (Childhood under the Gaze of Cinema.')

Presumably for a season of children's classics the spot features 'Kes', Life Is Beautiful' and 'Ponyo'.

TOKiMONSTA Feat. Gavin Turek – Clean Slate

Fourclops ::) and Overture collaborated on this Pokemon-esq interactive music video project called 'Toki Monstas.' The interactive music video is for TOKiMONSTA feat. Gavin Turek track 'Clean Slate.'

The artists are beamed down to Earth from a flying saucer full of alien "Monstas". While the video plays, the user can drag additional sticker Monstas into the image and design the page however they'd like. At the end of the video, you get three images of your own personalised sticker book artwork. These sticker book pages can be shared on facebook, twitter or saved as a jpg.

Below we've posted the non-interactive official music video release. Head over to the Toki Monstas website to have a play with the interactive version.

BAIT: Feet Off The Floor Flyer

Japanese Motion Graphics studio BAIT animated this energetic flyer for the first anniversary event of the 'Feet Off The Floor' club night at the Womb Lounge in Shibuya.

Kelpe - Puds

Abandon Buildings is a primarily a record label, but seemingly one of their musical roster also moonlights as an animator creating music videos, not only for artists on their own label, but for others as well. We posted the Set In Sand animated, wacky, collage-esq music video for Plaid's 'At Last' back in October, 2011. Now Abandon Buildings and Set In Sand are back with more... This time they've created a video to accompany Kelpe track 'Puds.'

Luke Sanders: One Minute Memories

Luke Sanders completed this personal project, inspired by his travels through Indonesia, in his spare time working late into the night and fueled by numerous cups of coffee! Luke Sanders day job is with Jumbla, a communication design agency based in Australia, but he yearns to make it in music video production. Somebody should let this guy make a music video for them. It'd be awesome!

Laura Carton: Fellows In The Woods

Laura Canton's touching EMCA graduation short 'Fellows In The Woods,' sees a lonely young boy escape his alcoholic, chain-smoking, lumberjack father. Fleeing into the woods he encounters a menagerie of bizarre woodland creatures who teach him the value of independence.

Olly Moss Studio Ghibli Prints



Frequent visitors to the AR blog will know we adore Olly Moss and everything he produces. Having already put his own unique stamp on 'My Neighbour Totoro' and 'Princess Mononoke', prints produced in collaboration with Mondo, he's back with two more Studio Ghibli tributes.

Both these Japanese variants of 'Howl's Moving Castle' and 'Spirited Away' have gone up for pre-sale via Mondo's website, but you have to able to pick them up in person at this years San Diego Comic-Con, where they're being signed in person by Moss! As usual there is also an Regular/English language variant which will be available through Mondo's online store at a later date.

Victor Kerlow: Purple Changes

Victor Kerlow is a prolific illustrator with an impressive client list. He's best know for drawing the weekly illustrations for The Metro Diary in The New York Times and the animated spots he created for the History Channel. Alongside this commercial work Victor likes to work on personal projects such as this. Comprised of over 600 hand water-coloured frames, in 'Purple Changes,' we observe a series of random object transform and mutate into one another whilst also cycling through a variety of purple hues.

Ira Elshansky: White Gold

Based on a true event Bezalel Academy student Ira Elshansky encountered whilst travelling in India, 'White Gold' sees a calf starved of its mother's milk so there is enough left for the farmer. The piece is stop-motion animated in a beautifully textural and expressive raw natural clay.

Jack Teagle Animation 'Zines

At the recent ELCAF 2013 Festival Jack Teagle unveiled two animation inspired 'zine publications...

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The '100% Unofficial Simpsons Comix' is a 24 page collection of 'The Simpsons' comics Jack created to accompany his Simpsons Drawing Club website. The 'zine also includes a never before seen 10 page strip titled 'Bart and the Magic Apple.' Available now through Jacks online store for an incredibly bargainous £3.00, pick up a copy of this 1st print run whilst stocks last!




Also available was this simpler 'Turtles Fighters' publication. Based on the 'Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles' and presented in an unusual 4-page/A3-poster comic format the strip sees three turtle characters dispatch Foot Clan Ninjas with an strange arsenal of weapons. 'Turtles Fighters' is also available through Jacks online store for just £1.00!

Slightly Left Of Centre - Love The Way You Move

As far as music video concepts go this, by Oh Yeah Wow directors Aaron McDonald and Ben Ommundson, must be one of the strangest...

Three Russian scientists test their latest development, a pair of robotical dancing shoes. Various test subjects are all unable to handle the dancing caused by high levels of funk until Vladimir Putin steps in!

Weird right!?

The Retro Inc. Muppets Prints

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London based The Retro Inc. create minimalistic prints inspired by the pop culture character they grew up with.

The characters in the books, television shows and movies that we loved as children stay with us for the rest of our lives, we even have a desire to share the characters we loved with our own children. Because of the prints subject matter and their simplistic retro look they'd look equally at home in a child's bedroom or hanging in your living room.

Here we have a small selection of 'The Muppets Show' posters available, but if you check out their Society6 store you'll also find characters from 'Sesame Street' and 'Winnie The Pooh' too.

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The Boxtrolls Teaser Trailer

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Laika is following up 'Coraline' and 'ParaNorman' with a CG/stop-motion hybrid effort called 'The Boxtrolls'. Based on Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure novel 'Here Be Monsters' and directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.

Synopsis:

“The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.”

Martin Carolo: Shaman Fighters

Martin Carolo's bizarre animated short 'Shaman Fighters' depicts tree sprits felled and decapitated for some sort of shamanic ritual. We're not entirely sure what's going on, but it sure looks and sounds incredible...

Thomas Plaete: Nimbus Machina

Thomas Plaete's animated short 'Nimbus Machina' has been hugely successful on the festival circuit over the last few years and has now finally been released online. The short sees a pilot guide his steam-powered juggernaut as it spews out Nimbus clouds, when the machine breaks down he finds himself in a struggle to escape the monstrous storm he's created.

David O'Reilly: Adventure Time Psych Intro

David O'Reilly has taken the title sequence from his decidedly weird 'A Glitch Is A Glitch' episode of 'Adventure Time' and slapped a rainbow shader over everything to give it an intense psychedelic trippy vibe.

ICECREAM x Despicable Me 2 T-Shirts

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To coincide with the cinematic release of 'Despicable Me 2', Pharrell Williams' streetwear label ICECREAM have produced a series of T-shirts featuring the film's lovable minions. With Pharrell having composed music for both the 'Despicable Me' movies it makes for a rather fitting collaboration. Typically the graphics take an appropriate twist on the brand's logo which this time around takes the yellow minion characters and turns them into ice cream!

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Masanori Okamoto: I Am Alone Walking On The Straight Road

Tokyo University of the Arts graduate Masanori Okamoto has applied a simple stop motion paper cut-out animation technique to capture the subtle facial expressions of the shorts drunken protagonist Taneda Santōka, a Japanese author and poet known for his free verse haiku.

Mickey Please: Marilyn Myller Trailer

In May 2012 Mickey Please's seminal animated short 'The Eagleman Stag' was finally released online for the world to gawp in amazement at its incredible beauty. At the same time a teaser animatic for Mickey's next film, 'Marilyn Myller' (then called 'Martyn Myller'), also popped up online, which has now unfortunately been removed.

Fast forward just over a year and a pant-wettingly exciting teaser trailer for 'Marilyn Myller' has been released. In typical Please fashion little is being given away with regards to the narrative, but just look at it! You know it's going to be astonishingly good!

Vans Vault x Disney Collection

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Vans have once again dipped into their vault and have reissued these retro prints, originally designed with Disney in the early 1980s, for their tenth year of Vault by Vans classic collaborations.

Discontinued for decades these prints re-emerge for the Vault's 4th instalment of OG Classics. The collection includes Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse themed Sk8-Hi’s alongside Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Winnie-the-Pooh printed Authentic LXs. Furthermore, Vans Vault are also offering the same Authentic LX designs in toddler sizes too!

The range will roll out to select Vault retailers in early July and are already available to order via Proper now.

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Loopdeloop: Food

Check out this selection of gastronomic animated loops created for the Loopdeloop food themed challenge...

'Falcon Sandwich' by Ben Ommundson

'Food' by Sam Jones

'Bacon Egg And Cheese' by Evan Red Borja

Mathematic & UFO MTV Ident

Mathematic & UFO paired with director Roberto Bagatti, South Africa based designer/illustrator Gerhard Human and MTV World Design Studio for this hyperactive urban cycling obstacle course ident for 'MTV Adrenaline Rush'...