Nate Milton: Gator Skater

Watch Nate Milton's sublimely silly 'Gator Skater'...


Max Litvinov: Birder Dash

Russian animation artist, illustrator and "occasional game designer", Max Litvinov (aka KClogg) has released his first, and rather excellent, attempt at a full animated short.

Having dabbled frequently in animated loops and GIFs, Max has applied this cyclic aesthetic to great effect in 'Birder Dash'. The short sees a manic bird catcher pursuing a variety of exotic fowl, who combine forces to defeat him!


Bus Gas - Snake Hymns Teaser

Caleb Coppock (Uphill Downhill) has utilised the illustration of Matt Carlson in this animated promo for Bus Gas' forthcoming album 'Snake Hymns'.

'Snake Hymn' is their third full-length album, continuing their instrumental, ambient drone, writhing improvisations. Visit Bus Gas' Bandcamp page to listen to the previous two releases, 'Train Out' and 'Six Movements In Four Hours'.


Caleb Wood: Totem

Caleb Wood's latest animated fragment, created for Adult Swim's 'Off The Air' animation anthology, is a hypnotic showcase of mesmerising hand-drawn looping motion.


Bob 2: Pink Panther Chair Print



Following on quickly from his last 'Pink Panther' inspired print, Bob 2 is back with yet another classic adaptation. Simply titled 'Chair', this new illustration features the Pink Panther relaxing in an equally pink armchair whilst enjoying a smoke!

The two colour Risograph print, on 240gsm Munken Lynx stock, is limited to an edition of 20 signed and number copies and available now via the Spray Gang online store for just £25 plus shipping.

Uchu-jin - The Beginning of the Conclusion

Saigo No Shudan ('The Last Resort') is a collective of audio visual artists based in Japan. Founded in 2009 the collective consists of Ayumu Arisaka, Ren Kohata and Oitama. The three met during their studies at the Tokyo National University Of Fine Arts And Music, and since their graduation in 2010 they've mainly worked together on music videos and short films.

This, their third music video to feature on the Animated Review, was created to accompany the track 'The Beginning of the Conclusion', taken from the 'Old Man' EP by Uchu-jin.


RichT: Nobody Like Leonardo Toy



Last year RichT published a 'zine called 'Nobody Likes Leonardo', a tribute to the bossy, boring and blue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Streets of Beige were so taken with RichT's adaptation of Leo they've collaborated with their friends at Goodleg Toys to bring him to life as an extremity limited resin collectible figure.

Kit-bashed from a Mexican 5.5” Luchador and a Polish TMNT bootleg, the figure will come hand-cast in translucent neon-green resin, featuring 4 points of articulation, a sword, and a copy of the original fanzine.

"Straight from the underground's gnarliest sewer, babtized in Ooze! Streets of Beige present a RichT x Goodleg Toys resin toy release. "Nobody Likes Leonardo", the most toxic TMNT bootleg the world has ever seen!" - Goodleg Toys

The exact edition number, price and release date are yet to be announced. Typically Goodleg produce runs of around 5-10 pieces priced at around £50.00 each, so if you want one you'll have to be quick!

Masaaki Yuasa: Adventure Time

Following in the footsteps of David O'Reilly, Japanese director Massaki Yuasa ('Mind Game', 'Kick-Heart') has written, story-boarded, and directed an upcoming episode of 'Adventure Time'.

Like O'Reilly, it seems Yuasa was given free reign to make a self-contained episode in his own inimitable style. 'Food Chain' sees Finn and Jake on a field trip to the Candy Kingdom Museum of Natural History, where they learn about the food chain by becoming part of the food chain!

Equateur - The Lava

Kadavre Exquis, a French graphic designer and animator also known simply as Françoise, directed this sci-fi infused music video for Equateur and their new release 'The Lava'. You can buy the 'The Lava' EP here: iTunes

The video ends enticingly suggesting the narrative will continue in subsequent Music Video collaborations, we can't wait to see what comes next!


Kokooma: Each Other

Korean animator Lee Kyu-tae (Kokooma) has released a new gorgeously illustrated animated short, titled 'Each Other'. Lee also infrequently publishes small-run illustrated picture books, so it's pleasing to see he has also produced one to accompany this wonderful short.



Alex Schubert: Blobby Boys in Max's Song

Alex Schubert aka Zine Police, an illustrator whose work frequently adorns the pages of 'Vice' magazine and a multitude of self-published simple and puerile comics, has unleashed a new episode of his seminal 'Blobby Boys' cartoon!

Bob 2: Panther (End Version) Print



This is the forth and possibly final colour variant of Bob 2's classic 'Cider Panther' image. The illustration of Pink Panther, relaxing in his leopard print thong whilst enjoying a smoke and a 2ltr bottle of White Lightning, has previously appeared as 'Original', 'Gold' and the green 'Feeling Off Colour' variants.

Whilst the green 'Feeling Off Colour' variant was inspired by the classic 'Pink Punch' episode from 1966, perhaps this new 'blue' interpretation was influenced by the 'Pickled Pink' episode, in which Pinky is turned blue in the fridge!

The two colour Risograph print is limited to an edition of 20 signed and number copies and available now via the Spray Gang online store for just £25 plus shipping.

Mondo: Coraline & ParaNorman LP's

This month Mondo is celebrating the works of LAIKA Animation Studios with the premiere release of the soundtracks to both 'Coraline' and 'ParaNorman' on deluxe limited edition vinyl. Both records will be available in limited numbers via Mondo on April 22nd. A special edition of 'ParaNorman', featuring a randomly inserted clear splatter disc that glows in one of three colors, will be available at select Independent retailers as part of US Record Store Day on April 19th.



'Coraline' - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Bruno Coulais
Original Song by They Might Be Giants
Artwork by Michael DePippo
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black vinyl with randomly-inserted Black & White Swirl Vinyl - $32




"The soundtrack to 'Coraline' is haunting, and beautiful. With the help of the Budapest Orchestra and Choir behind him, Coulais captures the dark child-like imagination of the titular protagonist with a menace and aplomb. Without seeing the film you can follow the musical journey of the story from Coraline’s angsty reality, to her dreamy uneasiness, to the ultimate unraveling."



'ParaNorman' - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Jon Brion
Artwork by DKNG
2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black vinyl with randomly-inserted “Aggie Fights” Highlighter Yellow Vinyl, with Bone Haze - $30



"For those familiar with the works of Jon Brion ('Magnolia', 'Punch Drunk Love') you’ll immediately recognize the melancholy, ear-worm melodies in his score to 'ParaNorman'. Mixed with 80′s slasher throwback motifs and a whimsical family sensibility it is a terrific score front-to-back."



'ParaNorman' - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack RSD Exlcusive



"The Record Store Day version of 'ParaNorman' features variant Glow-in-the-Dark artwork, as well as mystery colored Glow-in-the-Dark vinyl. This edition is Limited to 500 copies, and each copy comes with a randomly inserted clear splatter disc that glows one of three colors (RED, BLUE or GREEN)."

Sander Joon: Humr Sampson


DBLG: Bears On Stairs

DBLG's in-house studio projects are a platform for them to experiment with creative concepts. For their latest self-initiated project they wanted to explore and combine 3D animation, 3D printing and stop motion!.

Working alongside Blue Zoo, who created the character rig and animated the walk cycle, DBLG created 50 3D printed model bears each acting a single pose in a then traditionally animated stop motion loop.



Club America - All The Things I've Done

Brazilian synth-pop duo Club America asked Daniel Bruson to create an animated music video to accompany the second single from their album 'To Get There', released in 2013.

Blessed with complete creative freedom, Daniel decided to tell a cartoonish and delirious tale about the bands encounter with, 'All The Things I've Done' collaborator and hip-hop emcee, Da Deputy.


Juan Fontanive: Flip Book Machines

Juan Fontanive makes animated installations, often recycling the mechanical parts of found clocks and bikes in the creation of his sculptural flip book machines. His hand-drawn characters contained with the leaves of these machines, often Animalia in their subject matter, cascade like a paper fountain in a sequential and repetitive loop.


'Vivarium' 2014


'Ornithology E' 2013


'Colibri' 2011


'The Lake' 2006

Shugo Tokumaru - Poker

Regular visitors to the Animated Review will know we love Shugo Tokumaru’s music and the consistently beautiful animated visuals that go hand in hand with each release.

For his latest collaboration, Shugo Tokumaru has teamed-up with acclaimed independent Japanese animator Mirai Mizue & Yukie Nakauchi! The official music video for 'Poker', the third single release from Shugo's 'In Focus?' album, sees Mirai's micro-organism characters (typical of his recent work) pulsate in time with music before building into a crescendo of colour and intensity... Spectacular!

Imbue: Acid Mickey Print



This new screen print released by Imbue, titled 'Acid Mickey', features a classic Imbue Mickey Mouse image in both red and blue variants. The large format screen print (50x70cm) is hand-printed on 310gsm archival print-making paper, signed and numbered in pencil and limited to just 15 copies of each colour-way.

You can grab one, red or blue, for £50.00 each from the Imbue online store. You can also so buy them as a set at a discounted price of £90.00 for the pair.

The Serpent Princess

'The Serpent Princess', a 'Conan the Barbarian' inspired animated short directed by Ilya Shekiladze, Elena Volk, Denis Pisarev and Ivan Pozdnyakov, will open the 2014 Open Festival of Animated Films in Suzdal, Russia.


Lei Lei: Animafest, Zagreb 2014

Chinese animator Lei Lei (aka "Ray" Lei) has created this Wacky Races-esque trailer for the 2014 Zagreb Animafest, in Croatia.


Simon Landrein: Helf

Following on from his wonderful 'Michel Homm' short, Simon Landrein continues his stylised and erotically suggestive animated series with a second installment. 'Helf' is a sexually charged encounter between two drivers, played out through their provocative petrol station forecourt snacking!

Booger Kids: Animation T-shirt



The Booger Kids Spring 2014 T-shirt collection contains Bart Simpson and 'Rocko's Modern Life' tributes.

Done in their typically humorous and irreverent style, Bart Simpson is re-imagined as a slice of pepperoni pizza and Rocko has been modified with various hip-hop accoutrements!

Both these T-shirts are now available for $28 a pop via the Booger Kids online store.

Karolina Glusiec: Kosmos

Karolina Glusiec created this gorgeous chalkboard animation to accompany the release of the new Etamski EP, titled 'Kosmos'.

The 'Kosmos' EP, released by Latarnia Records, is out now and available for download via: www.etamski.bandcamp.com


Aleix Pitarch: Doraemon at the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Game

Aleix Pitarch took it upon himself to animate this brilliant 'Doraemon' and 'Akira' mash-up in recognition of Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Apparently, Doraemon has been appointed as a special ambassador by the Tokyo Olympic Committee and Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo predicted the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games way back in 1982!!! These two bizarre nuggets of trivia combined in Aleix's mind, resulting in 'Doraemon at the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympic Games'... Enjoy!


PES: Swan Song

KesselsKramer wanted to make an animated spot as part of their campaign to launch the new citizenM Hotel in New York's Times Square.

Stop motion maestro PES was appointed to create a film highlighting that traditional hotel hospitality, like ridiculous towel swans and a mint on the pillow, are very much a thing of the past. PES' cliche-busting 'Swan Song' short powerfully makes its point with a wonderfully surprising climax!

DADA GAUGUIN - Robert De Niro

Illustrator and animator Saki Iyori has released this wonderful music video for DADA GAUGUIN, and their new track 'Robert De Niro'.

Pavel Pogudin: Ancient Movie

Pavel Pogudin animated this petroglyphic intro for the Russian Anthropological Film Festival in Yekaterinburg. The short sees a primitive hunter pursue his prey across increasingly challenging terrain, but not all is as it seems...


Johnny Kelly: Shape

'Shape', the animated short by Johnny Kelly, is part of a project to get young people thinking about how the world around them is made, and how good design ties it all together.

This film, and the accompanying website, were commissioned by Pivot Dublin and Dublin City Council to promote wider acceptance and use of design as a tool for positive change... "If for one day you had the power to make your world work better, what would you change?"


Hutch LA: Ralphie Lauren T-shirt



Hutch LA have mastered the art of mash-up tribute apparel with their Bleu&Cream 'Simpsons' capsule collection, the highlight of which is their 'Ralphie Lauren' T-shirt. The tee features Ralph Wiggum riding a pony in a humorous parody of the Ralph Lauren Polo logo!

This, and other items in the range, are available for a limited time only via Hutch LA.

Carly Paradis - The Hope of a Favourable Outcome

The Brothers Lynch, sibling writer/directors David and Keith Lynch, have just released their new music video for Carly Paradis and her song 'The Hope of a Favourable Outcome', taken from her debut album, 'Hearts to Symphony'.

The video is comprised of digitised Phenakistoscope discs, composited together to give the illusion of a hypnotic infinite loop of Victorian imagery!


Nychos: Dissection Of The Little Mermaid



Dissection graffiti muralist Nychos has painted anatomical exploded views of cartoon characters for years. His 'Silly Slicesophy' solo exhibition at Mighty Tanaka gallery in 2013, saw morbid depictions of Disney characters such as Mickey, Donald, Pluto, Goofy and others, whilst Nickelodeon Animation Studio commissioned a mural depicting a vivisected SpongeBob SqaurePants!

The latest cartoon character to go under his spray-can scalpel is Ariel, The Little Mermaid. Painted on a glass facade during the Nextcomic festival in Linz, Austria, the 'Dissection Of The Little Mermaid' depicts the imaginary internal workings of the iconic Disney mermaid.


Nicolas Ménard: About Me

Nicolas Ménard animated 'About Me', a short film based on an "Extreme Selfie" theme, in just three and a half hours!

During the Adobe Creative Jam, in London, a group of six illustrators competed in a still image competition, whilst a group of six animators and motion designers created moving image shorts. Edward Monaghan took home the prize in the illustration challenge, whilst Nicolas won in the animation category.


MIXIMAL App

Following on from the hugely enjoyable Drawnimals App, Lucas Zanotto has conceived, designed and animated another sweet animal themed App for kids!

'MIXIMAL' is a twist on the Exquisite Corpse game, taking and mixing animal body parts and names to create new weird and wonderful creatures. There are over a thousand unique combinations, packed with a multitude of humerous animated sequences and sound effects.

'MIXIMAL' can be purchased here: iTunes App Store


Talib Kweli - State of Grace

Daniel Cordero animated this excellent new music video for Talib Kweli's single 'State of Grace' featuring Abby Dobson, taken from his new album 'Gravitas'.

Codero decided to craft a video transforming Kweli's lyrics into a showcase of hand-drawn, Hip Hop-esque, kinetic typography, based on Jean-Michel Basquiat's archetypal colour palette and raw elemental style.


Chloe Batchelor: Thunder Kitty Print



Illustrator Chloe Batchelor is part of the Unlimited Collective, a graphic design studio and design-led shop & gallery, based in Brighton. For the second year running Unlimited will be attending Pick Me Up, London's contemporary graphic arts festival at Somerset House.

Chloe's contribution the Untitled range of prints being unveiled at Pick Me Up this year, is this superb 'Thunder Cats' inspired 4-colour screen print, titled 'Thunder Kitty'!