Ralp - Machine Iterations

Device, an audiovisual design studio based in Barcelona, animated this great music video comprised of monochromatic, geometrical loops.

The video accompanies the track 'Machine Iteration's, by circuit bending aficionado & experimental electronic musician Raül Peix aka Ralp, taken from the album 'Cyborgraph' released via Abstrakt Reflections.


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The Jezabels - Come Alive

This spectacular, textural and atmospheric paint-on-glass animation, directed by Darcy Prendergast & Xin Li at Oh Yeah Wow, accompanies the track 'Come Alive' by The Jezabels.


Yangzi She: Eggplant

'Eggplant,' Yangzi She's UCLA thesis animation, tells the story of Durian, a young boy whose facial expression shows the opposite of what he's actually feeling... When he's happy he cries and in moments of great pain and sadness he smiles uncontrollably!

The short is partly inspired by the language barrier issues Yangzi encountered when translating her scripts from Chinese to English, so much subtle emotion and subtext were lost in translation. Without wanting the story to be about specific languages, Yangzi's story centers around the more universal language of expression and emotion.


Open Reel Ensemble - KAI-TEN-RYO-KOU-KI

Composer Ei Wada and four musician friends, Kimitoshi Sato, Takuya Namba, Yu Yoshida and Tadashi Yoshida, formed the Open Reel Ensemble in 2009. Their unusual music is generated by mixing sounds from old rolls of magnetic tape on open reel decks, with computer-digitized samples, frequently including guitar & bass licks, percussion, their own vocals, old CRT TVs and even a vacuum cleaner as sampling sources.

Their latest track 'KAI・TEN・RYO・KOU・KI', with vocal from Tavito Nanao, features a gorgeous painterly animated music video, directed by ShiShi Yamazaki.


Justine Vuylsteker: Paris

Made entirely from paper, sand and dried flowers, this animated short was created as part of the TV Collection 'En Sortant de l'école', dedicated to the work of the french poet Robert Desnos.

Directed by Justine Vuylsteker, and primarily animated by Marion Auvin, this touching film takes us on a guided tour of Paris. A blind man takes an early morning walk through parks, along boulevards and to the Seine River, inviting us to listen carefully to the noises and sounds of the city as it awakes.


Moonbabies - 24

Ukranian animator Yuriy Miron, known for his kaleidoscopic GIFS and psychedelic live performance work, created this hypnotic music video for Swedish indie-pop duo Moonbabies.

Watch the official music video for the track '24', taken from the new album 'Wizards On The Beach', posted below...

Radkey - Glore

In just over two minutes, we're taken on a psychedelic, mind-bending, face-melting clatmation trip through the morphing world of what Radkey love and hate. Alongside a particular hatred for Eliza from 'The Wild Thornberrys', the video also incorporates more favoured references to cartoon pop-culture... Keep your eyes peeled for cameo appearances from SpongeBob SquarePants, He-Man, Beavis & Butthead, Bart Simpson, Hypnotoad, Mordecai & Rigby, and many others!

Directed by Nicos Livesey (Throne - 'Tharsis Sleeps' MV) at Blinkink for Channel 4's Random Acts, the time-intensive production consumed 435 bars of clay and required the talents of five stop-motion animators, Andy Biddle, Luke George, Lee Hardcastle, Nicos Livesey and Carmen Mason, in it's completion.

Think 'Celebrity Death Match' meets 'Jackass' meets skateboarding, fun-loving kids who just don’t give a fuck... and you’ve got 'GLORE'!!!

Young: I Didn't Know That Episode 3

Manchester-based animation studio Young continue their series of "factual" infographics, this time taking a pop at Kate Middleton. Did you know that it is illegal to name your dog Kate Middelton in England and Wales!?


Tomek Pilarski: Waddup Fish!

'Whaddup Fish!' by Polish animator Tomek Pilarski, follows an marine biologist who accidentally stumbles upon an underwater rave complete with twerking mermaids!


Murray Sommerville: Cartoon Network Print



We're loving this Cartoon Network inspired print by illustrator Murray Somerville, celebrating both the classics and the current. The print encompasses all the best Cartoon Network shows from nostalgic greats like 'Space Ghost Coast to Coast' & 'Johnny Bravo' through to present-day favourites like 'Adventure Time' & 'Steven Universe.'

Excitingly their is also a matching Nickelodeon-themed print to follow shortly!

The '*UNOFFICIAL* WE LOVE CARTOON NETWORK' A3 digital print is available now via the Melonshrub online store, priced £10!

Katharina Huber: NO SIGNAL

Watch Katharina Huber's 2014 RCA graduation short 'NO SIGNAL' posted below...

"The violence is planned. Whether as a protest or simply a statement, the manifesto and the stone to throw are ready. Now it’s a matter of waiting, killing time and mentally preparing for the confrontation. Like a warrior. But the fear won’t go away and every sound, every movement reminds you of what may be about to happen." - Annegret Richter (DOK Leipzig 2015)


Extrarradio - Devolverla Mejorada

Barcelona-based studio Manson and artist Pau Sampera (previously known as graffiti artist Faif) created this excellent MV for Extrarradio’s 'Devolverla Mejorada.'

We love the juxtaposition of the rough textural claymation (especially the strata-cut fly-though of a cigarette)  and the fuzzily undefined, pastel-hued, geometric sequences. Watch it below...


Beatsofreen - Slowly Rising

We've come to expect fantastically varied (but always enjoyable) animated music videos accompanying the releases via King Deluxe Records. Unsurprisingly, their latest offering is yet another musical/visual triumph!

Pairing spectacular kaleidoscopic & mesmeric animated visuals from Tokyo-based artist and graphic designer Hideki Inaba, with the chilled-out vibes of 'Slowly Rising' by Beatsofreen, results in a truly immersive and psychedelic form of hypnosis.

"A seed was born beneath the sun, the source of all existence. The seed absorbed the light. It created more seeds like itself, gradually increasing in number. Time passed, but still their numbers slowly continued to rise, and before long they were quietly swallowed up by their own shadows. After everything that had lived had perished, nothing but an empty world remained. There, once again, an environment where the next living things could grow silently began to spread." - Hideki Inaba
 

Jez Pennington: Pigeon Kids

A nomadic child attempts to explain his feelings of homesickness and homelessness.

Kingston University graduate Jez Pennington, finally shares his 2014 animated short 'Pigeon Kids' online...

Alden Viguilla: He-Man VS Skeletor Print



Freelance illustrator and print-maker Alden Viguilla obsesses over superheroes, video games, manga and cartoons! His online store is packed with works based on iconic pop-culture characters, including Sailor Moon, Batman, Naruto and even He-Man!

This 8"x10" 6-colour silkscreen print of the muscle-bound hero, sees him locked in battle with his arch nemesis Skeletor. The print is limited to a numbered edition of just 29 pieces and is available now, priced $20!




Jesse Collett: Boom Is Life

Jesse Collett's 2014 RCA graduation short 'Boom Is Life' amalgamates an inventive blend of 2D animated characters and real 3D environments. The deliberately limited colour palette, UV glow, consistent character design and tricks like projecting animated shadows into the 3D sets, have all helped form its cohesively strong and thoroughly enjoyable aesthetic.

'Boom Is Life' isn't all style over substance, the impressive animation is also paired with an innovative and cerebral narrative... It poetically explores the incomprehensible vastness of the universe, taking the viewer on an existential journey shattering the reality of their everyday mundanity.

Watch a fascinating insight into Collett's animation process in the 'The Making of Boom is Life,' also posted below.



Media Design School: Escargore

'Escargore' is the latest third year production from Media Design School's Bachelor of Art and Design course. The project took around four months of intensive work to complete by a group of 22 students.

Claude and his friends are out of their element and in a whole lot of trouble when they choose the wrong lettuce for lunch. They must now find their way out of this world of horrors before they end up on the menu! This inventive snail-horror is so scary, it'll shock your shell off!

Body of Songs - Appendix

'Body of Songs' is a collection of 10 tracks from a variety of UK artists, inspired by the body’s organs, including contributions from Bat For Lashes, Goldie, and Ghostpoet! Each artist explores an internal organ with the help of medical experts, to find out how it works and unlock its mysteries and myths through music. The full collection is scheduled for release sometime this Autumn. www.bodyofsongs.co.uk

Raf Daddy (one half of The 2 Bears,) alongside technical advise from pathologist Dr Ian Proctor, surgeon Dr Andrew Williams, and specialist Dr William Parker, decided to tackle the appendix, an organ surplus to requirements and worse than useless. An accident waiting to happen, whose function has been been rendered pointless by the super-santised world in which we live. The accompanying music video, animated by Ben Wheele, depicts a frustrated appendix, grotesquely and vividly personified in the guise of a disaffected teenager...

Picturesmith: Pumpkintrope

For Halloween Picturesmith put their carving skills to the test and made this pretty spectacular Pumpkintrope...

Sarina Nihei: Small People With Hats

Having graduated from Tama Art University in Tokyo with a BA in graphic design in 2012, Sarina Nihei moved to London to start a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London. After graduating from the RCA with an MA in animation, she now works as a successful freelance animator and illustrator.

Sarina Nihei's 2014 RCA graduation short, 'Small People With Hats', is now online and captures a strange reality in which small people wearing hats find themselves subjected to ridiculous and fatal situations.

The beautifully realised hand-drawn animation (in textural acrylic paints and black pen on paper) is brilliantly scripted, visually stylish and, despite it's absurdest style, a successfully compelling commentary on politically driven social cleansing.

Pixar x Studio Trigger: Battlesaurs

This 'Battlesaurs' faux-intro, steeped in '80s cartoon nostalgia, is to be included as a bonus feature on the forthcoming American Bluray release of 'Toy Story That Time Forgot'.

The surprising collaboration between Pixar and Japanese studio Trigger is the directorial work of Hiroyuki Imaishi, and bears all the hallmarks of his distinctively frantic anime style.

The Wisdom of Pessimism

In this film for the School of Life, Claudio Salas teamed up with a myriad of amazing artists, exploring a mix of different animation techniques to advise you on becoming a good pessimist.

"How do you ensure contentment? A good pessimist knows just how..."

Dan Britt: Pop Idents

Dan Britt designed and directed these humorous Halloween idents for the kids TV channel Pop.

Each of the eight sequences involves a different monster in a spooky goof-up! A vampire flies into a closed window, a slimy swamp creature slips down some stairs and a tiny Godzilla is devoured by a pigeon!

Peter Millard: London

Peter Millard captures the raucous hustle and bustle of life in London in this animation, commissioned by Winsor & Newton to promote their new range of Pigment Markers.

Pixelord - Rescue Cyber Party

'Rescue Cyber Party' by Pixelord has been release via King Deluxe records. Well-know to our regular readers as top quality purveyors of fantastic musical/animated collaborations.

This latest release pairs Pixelord's futuristic beats with psychedelic visuals from Parisian animator Alexandre Louvenaz. The video follows a ragtag team of virtual superheroes, including a mace-handed cyborg, a pipe-smoking gnome, a vomiting brain in a glass dome, and a snorkeler with a pet parrot, on a mission to rescue a lackluster party in a cyber world! 

Find out what happened and how the mission went...

'fō - North

'fō, the musical side-project of American TV-actor Josh Cooke, just released 'North', the first track taken from his forthcoming self-titled debut album.

The hauntingly beautiful acoustic composition has been paired with some equally stunning visuals, animated by Josh Shaffner. The animation, hand-drawn using chalk on black paper, depicts sweeping cloud banks, crashing waves and the occasional glimpse of a figurative character... All rendered in Shaffner's atmospheric monochromatic style.

The Incredible Kirk Van Houten



'The Incredible Kirk Van Houten' bootleg action figure is now available, in a limited edition of just 10 pieces, via the Streets Of Beige online store priced £50!

The figure which realises a Hulkified version of Milhouse Van Houten's deadbeat dad was designed by illustrator/artist Felix Altreus, for the 'Kill Your Shelf' bootleg toy exhibition last April, and hand-cast & painted by Adam Williams (aka Twisty.)

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared: 5

Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling have returned to nourish our obsession with the 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared' series.

In the fifth installment of the nightmarish Muppet-esque saga we learn all about food! A giant steak and a tin can teach us about the digestive system, the health risks associated with fancy foods, the danger of eating from a stranger's plate, conscious surgery and cannibalism.

Enjoy the madness!

Marcus Armitage: My Dad

'My Dad', Marcus Armitage's 2014 RCA graduation short, depicts a fathers's influence on a young boy's life. His judgmental character mixed with the boys fondness for his dad prove to be a toxic mix that tears away at a world of opportunity and experience. Inherited opinions, inherited isolation...

Jeff Cinco: Handsome Bart Lapel Pin



Jeff Cinco has unveiled a limited edition lapel pin combining Bart Simpson and Handsome Squidward from the season five episode of SpongeBob SquarePants 'The Two Faces Of Squidward'. As far as bootleg Simpsons merchandise goes, this has to be one of the most obscure mashups we've encountered... We love it!

Buy one here: Jeff Cinco Etsy

Séléna Picque: Dark Light Bright Stars

Following a crash in which her co-pilot is killed, a cosmonaut attempts to make her way back to the safety of the space station. With her oxygen running low and haunted by memories of the accident, will she survive the night on this dark and cold planet?

Watch Séléna Picque's 2015 EMCA graduation short 'Dark Light Bright Stars'...

Stephen Irwin: The Obvious Child

Stephen Irwin’s 'The Obvious Child' features feverishly surreal visuals, a dark & morbid sense of humor and a challenging narrative about how deeply confusing religion can be for a young child.

The bleak short depicts a devoted rabbit, an angry girl and her gruesome attempts to get her parents dismembered bodies to heaven.

Clap! Clap! - Playfulness

Italian producer and jazz multi-instrumentalist Clap! Clap! (aka Cristiano Crisci) has release his latest 6-track EP 'Simple' on The Black Acre label, a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2014 album 'Tayi Bebba.'

Clap! Clap! recorded much of the new EP during his girlfriend's pregnancy. Inspired by the "simplicity of creation" and the time spent with his new baby daughter, the music strives to encapsulate the purest form of child-like playfulness and joy. "Having a baby daughter, I pass most of the time playing with her and she's always smiling, she is so full of playfulness in a natural and simple way," he describes. "I tried to represent that kind of playfulness, using cheerful rhythms and using samples that represent to me the simple sense of... happiness."

The music video accompanying the track 'Playfulness', animated by French director Loup Blaster, is equally entertaining, colourful and joyous as the music itself!

Vampillia - Lilac (Bombs Jun Togawa)

Independent Japanese animation collective, ONIONSKIN are back with yet another brilliantly innovative music video, marking their third collaborative outing with intense pop-orchestra, Vampillia.

Their previous Vampillia videos included hellish (although gorgeously animated) sequences featuring decapitation, face-melting, vomiting and exploding heads! So it should come as no surprise that this new video, accompanying the track Lilac (Bombs Jun Togawa), is equally horrifying and beautiful.

The superb animation depicts the flesh slowly tearing and bursting from the body of a drowning school girl, before the corpse is re-animated by worms infesting the skeletal remains. Interspersed with flashes of childhood memories, the short piece captures the final terrifyingly-painful moments of this young life.


Vanilla Seed: Anna & Froga

Vanilla Seed animation studio created this super cute teaser for a TV adaptation of Anouk Ricard's 'Anna & Froga' books.

The animated series will follow the adventures of a little girl named Anna and her gang of animal friends. Anna's best friend is the titular Froga, and they often hang out with Bubu the dog (an aspiring artist), Christopher the gourmand earthworm, and Ron (a practical joker of a cat).


Thumbs: Adventure Time Mashups



Nick Thompson aka Thumbs is a London-based graphic designer, illustrator and self-professed sticker addicted. For fun he mashes together cartoon characters and applies these illustrations to t-shirts, prints and of course, stickers! Amidst the items for sale in the Thumbs Etsy store you'll find Popeye with Squidward's legs, The Simpsons family re-imagined as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Maggie as Master Splinter!) and Goofy as Lady Rainicorn. A recurring obsession is to depict various iconic cartoon duos as 'Adventure Time' protagonists Finn & Jake!







Dewy Sinatra - Bubble

Following on from the release of his debut EP 'Wasted Youth', songwriter Dewy Sinatra shares his latest offering 'Bubble'. Accompanied by a great music video animated by Jeannette Lee.

A dog, a bubble, a jacket...


King Raam - Pegasus

The Iran-based Hoorakhsh Studio animated this anime-influenced music video for King Raam's track 'Pegasus' using a combination of Flash, Photoshop, After Effects, premiere, and Maya.

Directed by the studio founder Ashkan Rahgozar, the video draws strongly from Katsuhiro Otomo's 'Akira' depicting a man whose body breaks the confinement of its own skin, before engulfing his entire apartment block. There are also anime references in some of Hoorakhsh’s other work too... Their earlier music video 'If You Go Away' was a self-professed tribute to Mamoru Oshii’s 'Ghost in the Shell'.


PilotPriest - The Last Goodbye

In 2014, French directors/animators Thibaud Clergue, Aurélien Duhayon, Sébastien Iglesias and Camille Perrin fresh out of Supinfocom, formed the BRVTVS Collective. Their debut film was the John Carpenter-esque biker gang mini-horror 'Horde', in which we see a demonic biker gang "recruit" a new member for their undead throng.

Following the resounding success of 'Horde', musician and film-maker PilotPriest, aka Anthony Scott Burns, asked BRVTVS to create a music video to accompany the track 'The Last Goodbye' taken from his 'W​/​W​/​D​/​K​/​F' album. Having mastered the horror genre with their first short, BRVTVS turned their attention to science fiction, which is also a great source of inspiration for PilotPriest and his synthesizer-heavy cinematic compositions.

Influenced by black and white movies of Fritz Lang ('Metropolis') and other German expressionist directors, the resulting video is epic in its cinematic scope and steeped in sci-fi nostalgia. The narrative sees a female astronaut pursue her college through space, before encountering a strange mirrored barrier which transports her into the unknown...


Jonah Burke Primiano: IDLE

Watch Jonah Burke Primiano's Savannah College of Art and Design 2015 graduation film 'IDLE'...

"An isolated gas station pulls into focus the difference between our current generations. The younger unwilling to identify with the older. The older disappointed with the younger. Despite each being characterized by their differences, they are both rooted in the same existential doubts."


Ana Mouyis: Pussy!

Brooklyn-based freelance illustrator and animator Anastasia Mouyis has released her debut short film, titled 'Pussy!'

The short animation follows an insecure but ambitious feline and her attempts at learning to swim. The mixed-media film, which incorporates 2D animation, hand-painted backgrounds, paint-on-glass animation and stop motion, poses the questions... "Can cats swim? Should they?!"


Psychonauts Trailer



'Psiconautas' ('Psychonauts'), a new 78-minute Spanish animated feature film directed by Alberto Vazquez, and produced by Zircozine and Basque Films, just premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Based on Vazquez's own comic book of the same name, 'Psychonauts' follows Birdboy and Dinki on their harrowing journey to escape an island devastated by an ecological catastrophe.

Watch the teaser trailer (with English subtitles) below:

Aardman Nathan Love: Full ANL

Nathan Love is now Aardman Nathan Love... The new brand is the result of Aardman Animations becoming a majority stakeholder in NYC-based Nathan Love, which was announced through the magnificently conceived 'Full ANL' logo reveal.

The inspiration for the film comes from Aardman's stop-motion roots with the clay-like, characteristically rubbery Aardman-style eyes & mouths, combined with Nathan Love's typically impressive and detailed CGI.


Streets Of Beige: Bootleg Simpsons T-shirt



The once peaceful town of Springfield has been taken over by a criminal syndicate, including the police. Mass violence has become extremely dominant and no one is safe. Bart Simpson (an accomplished boxer), Milhouse Van Houten (skilled martial artist) and Lisa Simpson (judo expert) are young ex-police officers who had to quit the force in order to fight back the syndicate...

Streets Of Beige (lowbrow art bloggers and purveyors of fine bootleg merchandise) have collaborated with illustrator Dan Evans (aka Danxdraws) and Bristol-based screen printers Not Guilty Press in the release of this superb Simpsons Vs. Street Of Rage mash-up tee.

The T-shirt sports a Bart Simpson skull and crossbones pocket print and an impressive back print featuring Bart, Milhouse and Lisa (as Axel, Adam and Blaze) ready to fuck shit up!

The 3-colour, screen-printed heavyweight Gildan tee is available from the Streets Of Beige online store, priced just £16.50!



Yoann Hervo: Weird Simpsons

Director and animator Yoann Hervo, along with the help of Hugo Moreno, created this deliberately shonky, wonderfully weird and mind-meltingly strange tribute to The Simpsons.

The piece was originally intended to be just a small part of a collaboration project, including Charles Huettner, Ivan Dixon and James Hatley, in which animators created (in their own style) a short story based in the Simpsons universe. The project was ultimately abandoned, but happily Yoann persisted and finished his contribution.

With any luck Yoann Hervo's brilliantly nightmarish interpretation of the opening credits will follow in the footsteps of Paul Robertson & Ivan Dixon's pixel art tribute, which was picked up by the show's creators and ended up being screened as the opening of episode 14, season 26, My Fare Lady.


Matt Reynolds: Sport In The Land Of Plenty

In this madcap short from Matt Reynolds we observe the supreme beings of The Land of Plenty enjoying their murderous leisure time...


Vincent Tsui - Made In China

Vincent Tsui's darkly comic short depicts a world of wooden toys striving to act like humans, despite their physical limitations.

Their rigid inanimate bodies, expressionless faces and uniform appearance make it impossible to perform everyday tasks like waling the dog, drinking a cup of coffee or speed dating. The animation takes a melancholic turn as characters are seen to be identifying a criminal in a police lineup, failing to extinguish a fire and even attempting to commit suicide!


Himuro Yoshiteru - Fushigi Man

King Deluxe, who frequently grace our blog with their artists' incredible animated music videos, presents a short but sweet release from Japanese electronic musician Himuro Yoshiteru. A digital version of the 'Fushigi Man EP' is available now priced $3 via King Deluxe Records.

Julian Glander applies his iconic visual flair and quirky animation style in the "fishy fun" music video accompanying the title track 'Fushigi Man'...


Over the Garden Wall "For Sara" Cassette



Fans of Cartoon Network's 'Over The Garden Wall' will already be familiar with the "For Sara" cassette, Wirt's heartfelt love letter mix-tape of poetry and clarinet for his school crush Sara. The tape went unheard in the 10-chapter mini-series but Mondo have ventured into The Unknown and released (and immediately sold out) a physical version of the "For Sara" cassette.

The limited edition release (there were only 1000), features 20+ minutes of all new, never before heard material, produced and performed by the shows original composers Josh Kaufman & Justin Rubenstein, aka The Petrojvic Blasting Company. Elijah Wood even reprises his role was Wirt to perform the vocals.


Scarlett Parade - White River

'White River' by Scarlett Parade, taken from their debut EP 'Wildwoods', is accompanied by a mini-epic fantasy music video which tells the story of a vanished kingdom, a forgotten hero and a once sacred place...

The four-minute animation shows a central heroic character, reflecting on a time he was called upon to defend his city and it's people but at a great personal cost. Inspired by 'Game of Thrones' and 'The Name of the Wind', the bands directorial vision for the video was stunningly brought to life by former Gobelins and Disney students Anthony Lejeune, Lea Justum and Manddy Wyckens.

Jake Fried: Night Vision

'Night Vision' continues Jake Fried's instantly recognisable series of moving paintings, dense with mind-boggling visual imagery, patterns and texture, created with nothing more than ink, gouache, white-out and coffee!

High quality Giclée mini-prints of stills from Jake Fried's animated shorts can be purchased through his Society6 online store.


Darlings - I Love You Too

Director Ricardo Villavicencio and his creative partner and lead animator Ben Hill combined forces to produce this fantastic music video for Brooklyn-based garage pop quartet Darlings.


Emancipator - Ocelot

Doug Appling aka Emancipator teases the release of his new album 'Seven Seas' (out now on Loci Records) with the track 'Ocelot' and it's accompanying animated music video.

The 20x20 video fuses faceted crystalline creatures, including deer, wolves, bears, spiders and giraffe, frozen into a series of atmospherically misty natural settings. We then see an army of UFOs abduct these beautiful creatures... Only the ocelot remains!


Blue Zoo: Commuter Glitch

This exquisite corpse style animation, in which 30 Blue Zoo artist created adjoining sequences without seeing what each other had done, channels more than a little of David Oreily's glitced charm and sees a commuter takes a tripped-out psychedelic tube journey!


Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2015



Japanese Motion Graphic Creators 2015

Paperback: 256 pages & DVD
Publisher: BNN Inc. (Apr 2015)
Language: Japanese/English
ISBN-13: 978-4-86100-984-6

BNN's annual showcase of the latest in Japanese motion graphics features the usual spectrum of amazing animation creatives. Spanning work ranging from hand-drawn to CG animation, character narratives to abstract compositions, animated fragments to feature length movie production and everything in-between, together with samples of their stunning works on the accompanying 52 minute DVD.

This celebratory 10th Anniversary edition of the 'Japanese Motion Graphic Creators' series also traces back over the last decade, featuring a chronological table looking at key moments seen in various fields including Music Video, Commercial, and Media Art.

Ira Elshansky: Warm Snow

Ira Elshansky's textural claymation 'Warm Snow' depicts the tempestuous relationship between a father and his now grown-up daughter.

The short starts in a fairly ordinary domestic setting... At the dinner table the girl is annoyed by her father's persistence that she "Try the pickles". The spilt white grains from an upset sugar bowl suddenly evoke a poignant memory of a time they spent together sledding in the snow. As the film progresses the situation transforms into a surrealistic world full of heart-warming love and melancholic pain.


Young: I Didn't Know That Episode 2

Following on from their Elton John episode, Manchester-based design and animation studio, Young now share their humorously spurious facts about The Beatles.

Did you know... In 2014 John Lennon's first guitar was sold for 35 Euros, including delivery on Etsy, after being up-cycled into a tennis racket!?


Nathan Love: ANL#1

New York-based studio Nathan Love are promising something big... and this teaser featuring strange chanting disembodied heads has certainly grabbed our attention.


Sophie Koko Gate: Half Wet

Watch Sophie Koko Gate's 2014 RCA graduation short 'Half Wet'...

"We are all born as wet as a banana, around 75% water. By the time we reach adulthood that amount goes down to 54% water. Gus bumps into Tiny Eyes at dusk, on the eve of his 25th birthday."


Ely Dagher: Self Help Dance

This animated teaser, dreamed up to accompany the new EP from producer Matthew Wilcock aka Model 86, features a series of bizarre, wonderful and erotic vignettes from Ely Dagher.

Each track from 'Self Help Dance' is paired perfectly with surrealist black and white visuals in which we see plenty of exposed flesh, heads roll back in orgasmic ecstasy and strange encounters with doppelgängers.


NOVA SEED Trailer



Gorgon Pictures Inc, a small independent animation studio located in Fukuoka Japan and helmed by Canadian directer/animator Nick DiLiberto, have unveiled an incredible teaser trailer for their first feature film called 'NOVA SEED'.

Human Human - Love

Montreal-based illustrator and animator Louis Roy created this sublime and strikingly minimal music video for the band Human Human and their song 'Love'.


CheesyBricks: Horse In Motion

Jon Rolph aka CheesyBricks, who stunned us with his stop motion "brickfilm" in which he recreates a Piet Modrian painting, has now adapted a LEGO brick interpretation of Eadweard Muybridge's 1887 Horse in Motion (Animal locomotion - Plate 626).


A rather pleasing glossy A1 poster recreating the originally published 'Horse in Motion' cabinet cards is also available via Jon Rolph's online store, priced £12.



The King's Parade - Bunched Up Letters

RCA graduate Lily Fang painstakingly animated this gorgeous paper-puppet stop motion music video over six month period to accompany The King's Parade debut single 'Bunched Up Letters'.

The video follows a downtrodden musician suffering from a wordy parody of The Midas Touch! Everything he comes into contact with, including his own mother, crumbles into a myriad of their component letters. As everything collapses around him, he discovers only his instruments seem to be immune to his cursed touch. Is it too late to play one last tune?


Gesu no Kiwami Otome - Innocent Season

A lovelorn three-eyed winged creature roams the classrooms and corridors of a school searching for romance in this ONIONSKIN animated music video for Gesu no Kiwami Otome (Girl at the Height of Rudeness) track 'Innocent Season'.

Simon Partington: Sumberless

Directed and animated by Simon Partington, 'Slumberless' tells the tale of a sleep-deprived man whose usual dull night is interrupted by an incredible visitor...


The Line: Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit

The intro to the best TV-series that never was...

Independent London-based animation studio The Line have brought to life 'Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit', the comic book hero created by director Wesley Louis when he was just a 13 years old.

Influenced by their favourite Saturday morning cartoon from the 80s and 90s you quickly pick up on references gleaned from 'Bucky O'Hare', 'The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' and a whole-load-of the 'Thundercats'! Not to mention 'Samurai Pizza Cats', 'Transformers', 'Captain Planet', 'Galaxy Rangers', 'Jayce And The Wheeled Warriors', 'Ulysses 31' and 'The Mysterious Cities of Gold'!

Support The Line and their continued production of excellent independent animation by purchasing the detailed digital art of book 'Super Turbo Atomic Ninja Rabbit - Groundworks' available here: gumroad.com/theline


Emanuele Kabu: Infinite Lust

In his latest cathartic animated short, London-based animator Emanuele Kabu reflects on his past relationships. 'Infinite Lust' encompasses all the intimate sweetness, lust and pain experienced by Emanuele over the last 15 years.

Realised through a series of abstract locations (inspired by both real and imaginary places associated with his former loved ones) Emanuele has turned this animation into a very personal form of therapy. His animation process of painting over each frame with the next has enabled him to slowly but physically unload this emotional baggage, break the pattern of his previous relationships and start anew.


GUNSHIP - Tech Noir

Written and directed by gross-out claymation master Lee Hardcastle, GUNSHIP's 'Tech Noir' music video features a mix of live-action and stop motion footage centered around a post-apocalyptic future, in which people can insert VHS tapes into their chests and take on the personas of the heroes and villains featured in those films.

In the animated sequences we get to see iconic movie characters pit themselves against one another, with claymation appearances from Robocop, Rocky Balboa, He-Man, Jason Voorhees from 'Friday the 13th Part', an 'Alien' Xenomorph, Leatherface from 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser‘s Pinhead, and rather unexpectedly... Tenderheart Bear from 'Care Bears To The Rescue'!


Daniela Sherer: Blue

"While a man's past experience needs to be surgically removed, somewhere a woman takes a bath and contemplates delicate and pleasurable kinds of pain..."

This latest abstract narrative from indie animator Daniela Sherer is titled 'Blue' and accompanied by an impressive orchestral composition by Duncan Thum (also entitled 'Blue').


Jeroen Ceulebrouck: Oak

"A lonesome woodcutter living a peaceful life in the woods. Although something seems to be a little off. A strange obsession seems to control his everyday life..."


Clinic Presents: Can I Borrow A Feeling?


Cover Image by Charlotte Mei

Alongside Clinic's multi-disciplinary performance events, which aim to integrate poetry with other artistic practices, they occasionally publish books and pamphlets showcasing the best of these collaborations. Their latest anthology 'Clinic Presents: Can I Borrow A Feeling?', named after Kirk Van Houten's demo tape and painfully cringeworthy attempt at reconciling his marriage, is an impressive anthology of poetry and illustration inspired by 'The Simpsons'.

With original contributions by: Ellie Andrews, Dan Barrow, Crispin Best, Amy Blakemore, Harry Burke, Vahni Capildeo, Josh Checkley, Dan Clarke, Sophie Collins, Angela Dalinger, Sam Donsky, Lauren Doughty, Joe Dunthorne, Aisha Franz, Sam Grinberg, Grace Helmer, James Howard, Kirsten Irving, Holly Isemonger, Kevin Jackson, Katie Johnstone, Paul Layzell, Megan Levad, Harriet Lee-Merrion, Charlene Man, Željka Maroševic, Alex MacDonald, Ella McLean, Charlotte Mei, Rebecca Perry, JJ Regan, Jonny Reid, Sam Riviere, Peter Rhodes, Jack Sachs, Jack Taylor, Sam Taylor, Olly Todd, Emily Toder, Jack Underwood, Mark Waldron and James Womack.

Editors: Rachael Allen, Sam Buchan-Watts, Sean Roy Parker, Andrew Parkes

Buy a copy (priced £6.99) here: www.clinicpresents.com


Lisa Simpson by Jack Sachs


Homer Simpson by Harriet Lee-Merrion

Fred Burdy: Forest Lights

Alone in a petrified, long dead forest, a strange creature looks for a last spark of life...


Mimi Leung: Balls

London-based animator Mimi Leung has unveiled 'Balls', an animated short inspired by athleticism, the sports-loving nature of people and... balls!


Silkie - Love Affair

This new music video for Solomon Rose, more widely known as the London Grime turned Dubstep producer Silkie, is accompanied by another flawless piece of animation from Simon Landrein!

Typical of Simon's recent style this latest video encapsulates an epic sci-fi narrative with an odd smattering of sexually suggestive imagery, all achieved with his trademarked square-framed aspect ratio, a minimal colour palette and a pared-down visual aesthetic.


The Risks Of The Everyday

Accompanied by gorgeously animated visuals from Andrew Khosravani, Jared Diamond shares what he learnt about risk and everyday life from the tribes of Papua New Guinea.

Pullitzer Prize-winner Jared Diamond discusses how insights from the lifestyles of far-removed cultures can impact the way we think about our own lives. Is it worth worrying about the risk of everyday actions like falling in the shower or tripping on the street? Each time you do these things, the risk of mishap is low, but we do them every single day. Over time, does that mean these tiny risks accumulate to become almost inevitable?


Delta Heavy - Ghost

Delta Heavy's animated music video, for their new single 'Ghost', features an endless stream of computer-based nostalgia for users of Windows operating systems.

Remember Clippit, the irritatingly chirpy paper clip that endless popped up to offer unsolicited advice on writing a letter? The video humorously follows this renowned 90's icon from contemplating suicide in the dark recesses of forgotten software, through 20 years of digital progress, before finally seeing him hack into the global network and wreaking his terrible revenge.


Earl Sweatshirt - Off Top

Earl Sweatshirt has unveiled an animated music video for his track 'Off Top', which comes from his album 'I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside'. The Ralph Bakshi inspired visuals, depicting Earl travelling through an increasingly hostile city complete with rabid dogs, masked assailants and porcine police officers, were directed by Taylor Johnson and animated by Alex Barrella, Taylor Johnson & Tara Sinn.

Late Night Work Club: Strangers

It has been nearly two years since the Late Night Work Club blew our minds with their outstanding animated collection of 'Ghost Stories'! We're unbelievably excited to hear that, with an amended line-up of animators, the LNWC will return with a second anthology under the title 'Strangers'.

Featuring new work by: Jake Armstrong, Sean Buckelew, Nicolas Menard, Kirsten Lepore, Conor Finnegan, Alex Grigg, Jeanette Bonds, Moth Collective, Sara Pocock, Kyle Mowat, Eamonn O'neill, Charles Huettner, Loup Blaster, Caleb Wood, Olivia Huynh, Scott Benson + others.

Get all of the info at www.latenightworkclub.com


Hiraoka Masanobu: My New Animation

'My New Animation' is the latest mind-meltingly surreal and fluid short from Japanese animator Hiraoka Masanobu. Despite it's unimaginative title, the animation still remains as incredible as ever!


Will Blood: Book Of Bare Bones



Like a macabre taxidermist, Brighton-based artist Will Blood has skeletonised all of your favourite cartoon characters into a fantastic series of 'Bare Bones' illustrations.

Based on their online popularity, Will has decided to publish a book collating all the characters drawn to date. 'The Book of Bare Bones' Kickstarter campaign launched on the 16/07/15 and was fully funded within 48 hours! With the pledged amount already exceeding £3000, there is still plenty of time to bag yourself a copy along with a variety of other rewards, including stickers, postcards, pin badges, prints and even original drawings!



Every pledge of £5 or more will receive a signed and embossed copy of the book. The publication is likely to take the form of an A5 booklet, featuring a embossed glossy black cover and approximately 40 pages containing the following characters: Spongebob Squarepants, Mickey Mouse, Finn & Jake, Yosemite Sam, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Popeye, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter, Scooby Doo, Ray Man, Mario, Sonic The Hedgehog, Earl Lemongrab, Pikachu, Beavis & Butthead, Pac-Man, Peppa Pig, Smurfette, Totoro, Hello Kitty, Felix The Cat, My Little Pony, Roger, Ren & Stimpy, Betty Boop, Minion, Garfield, Cartman, Stewie Griffin, Taz, Moogle, Lord Nibbler, Leela, Link, Marvin the Martian, Elmer Fudd, The Great Gazoo, Plankton, Tom & Jerry, Pinky and the Brain and more!





NETWORKS - SIZQ

We first encountered the zany work of independent Japanese animator Kohei Yoshino in a music video for PACO, which featured a distinctive style of GC animation devoid of shading, lighting and outlines, focusing purely on colour, shape and movement.

This new music video, a collaboration with Osaka-based minimal dance outfit NETWORKS and their track 'SIZQ', features a similar aesthetic and a beautifully surreal narrative centered around a pair of humanoid-microorganisms. 


Dono: Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

French animator Dono pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki by seamlessly blending 2D animation elements spanning Miyazaki's accomplished career, including everything from the pre-Ghibli 'Castle Of Cagliostro' right up to 'The Wind Rises', alongside his own Ghibli-esque 3D environments!

It works surprisingly well as a celebration of the characters and landscapes from the beloved Japanese master, blending the varied Studio Ghibli output into one cohesive whole.


Rory Waudby-Tolley: TUSK

Rory Waudby-Trolley's 'TUSK' tells the tragic tale of a mammoth defrosted into an unrecognizable future. Forced to live like her evolved decedents... walk upright, cut her hair, wear clothes and get a job, she yearns for her ancient herd lost in a snow storm hundreds of thousands of years earlier.


Malcolm Sutherland: Deathsong

'Deathsong' by Canadian animator Malcolm Sutherland depicts the final meditative moments of a Buddhist Monk. In his vision his body begin to lose cohesion and form, he envisions reaching into a dark primordial ooze which makes his flesh wither and die, before final birthing new life in the form of a single plant seed!


Jebediah Springfield Lapel Pin



Lost World Clothing have teamed up with Dave Walker (aka Tattoo Dave) on this fantastic lapel pin inspired by the severed head of the Jebediah Springfield bronze statue.

The 1.5" die-struck pin is limited to 200 signed and numbered pieces, with 100 available via Lost World Clothing and an additional 100 direct from Tattoo Dave.

Pick one up via either store for just £5.00, but be quick, stock is already running low!

Ryan Gillis: Palm Rot

"Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage. Curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls the crate unto his airboat. That's just the first in a series of decisions he learns to regret."

Watch Ryan Gillis' 'Palm Rot'...


Marianna Raskin: Wojtek The Polish Soldier Bear

Marianna Raskin's graduation film from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design tells the bitter-sweet (and true) story of Wojtek, a bear adopted by a group of Polish soldiers during the Second World War.


D.A.N. - Ghana

Ryu Okubo directed and animated this music video to accompany the track 'Ghana' by Japanese three-piece band D.A.N. (Daigo Sakuragi, Jinya Ichikawa & Teru Kawakami.)

Alongside splodgy & painterly rendered excerpts of the band, we're treated to a stream of bizarre abstract visuals including burning Ferris wheels, floating cacti and hypnotically spinning psychedelic spirals.


Guts - Brand New Revolution

The track 'Brand New Revolution', from Guts' album 'Paradise For All', is a wonderfully enjoyable track enhanced by the stunning animated visuals created by experimental Japanese animator Mirai Mizue.

Piers Atkinson: Minions Hats



To mark the release of the Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's 'Minions' film, Parisian boutique Colette launched the 'Minions Bello Yellow Collection' inspired by the lovably mischievous 'Despicable Me' henchmen.

The 'Minions Bello Yellow Collection' features garments made by 6 international designers (Rupert Sanderson, Giles Deacon, Piers Atkinson, Tatty Devine, Criminal Damage and SJYP) with this capsule collection of head-wear from London-based milliner Piers Atkinson being particularly pleasing.

Prices range from £290 for a 'Bob' beanie adorned with a yellow & blue pom-pom with googly-eyes and spiky hair to £505 for a more elaborate 'Stuart, Kevin & Bob' headband featuring a Swarovski crystal half-face veil and yellow & blue pom-pom likenesses of the trio.

Check out the full collection here: www.piersatkinson.com



Anchi Shen: Rabies

Anchi Shen's TNUA animation graduate film plays out an epic rivalry between a hunting dachshund and an enraged rabbit...


Helio Sequence - Battle Lines

Emanuele Kabu co-directed (alongside Robin Washburn) and animated this remarkable music video for the Helio Sequence and their track 'Battle Lines', out now on Sub Pop Records.

Typical of Emanuele's recent output, and his previous collaboration with the Helio Sequence, the video combines a dazzling array of animation techniques. Filtered live footage, hand-drawn animation and stop motion amalgamate into an impressively coherent whole.


Simon Landrein: Bart Simpson Bootleg

Check out Simon Landrein's short animated tribute to Bart Simpson, created for the Be Street - Bootleg Bart Creative Contest.

This animation, alongside a number of other works, will be presented at the Be Street Weeknd in Los Angeles on July 25th/26th 2015 and in Paris on October 3rd/4th 2015. This unique experience is going to be amazing, with an interactive and original scenography for the perfect immersion into this subversive version of Springfield!


More Amazing Simpsons Patches


"My Eyes! The Goggles Do Nothing" patch by Instant Classic

We love seeing a good Simpsons inspired sew-on patch, a new one seems to crop up on Instagram every couple of days. Here is a round-up of the latest and greatest creations finding their way into existence.


Girl Power patch by Terms And Conditions*


"Grease Me Up Woman!" patch by The Wily Fox


Mr. Burns "I Bring You Love" patch by Mike McCabe


Nuke The Whales patch by Pyramid Scheme


Dirty Hand patch by Pizza Press


Liberal Animation patch by Cheat Death Corp.


Hotdog VanHouten patch by Really, Man?


"Marge Better Have My Honey" patch by Spoking Fun

Elior Ziegelwax: Pavlov

Elior Ziegelwax's Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design 2015 graduation film, tells the story of young writer struggling with manic depression and the love-hate relationship he has with his partner's Pit Bull hybrid, Pavlov.