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‘Killing Time at Home’: A dark tale of our disposable world
06.22.2012
06:59 pm
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I greatly admire Neil Coslett‘s award-winning animation Killing Time at Home from 2003, it’s a dark little tale that stays with you long after viewing. Originally produced by Nicola Black as part of the Mesh scheme, which Blackwatch Media ran for Channel 4 television in 2000 and 2007, producing 27 new digital animations that were shown on TV and at film festivals. It would be good to see Black kick-start a scheme like this again, and hopefully have Coslett make a follow-up to his superb wee film.
 

 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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06.22.2012
06:59 pm
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Beautifully strange still portrait in motion
06.20.2012
02:24 pm
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“Hyper Trophies.” Moving still portrait sculptures. A collaboration with Berlin fashion label Franzius and Stink. More here.

Posted by Marc Campbell
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06.20.2012
02:24 pm
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Mesmerizing masks
06.19.2012
05:50 pm
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06.19.2012
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A couple morsels of psychedelic TV news & sports graphics
05.28.2012
08:33 pm
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The Lovely Sorts of Degenerates at Everything is Terrible bring you a sweet collage of opening graphics and other detritus from local shows during everyone’s fave decade…
 

 
After the jump: “And now, sports…”

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Posted by Ron Nachmann
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05.28.2012
08:33 pm
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‘Pink Elephants on Parade’ ala Sun Ra and his Arkestra
05.23.2012
01:28 pm
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From Hal Wilner’s 1988 tribute Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films comes this incredible version of “Baby Elephants on Parade” from Dumbo performed by none other than the amazing Sun Ra and his Arkestra.

Some enterprising person decided to sync the Sun Ra version up to the scene in the film. It’s highly enjoyable.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.23.2012
01:28 pm
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Punk rock humanoid cats and Iggy Pop in the animated flick ‘Rock & Rule’
05.20.2012
11:52 pm
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During its limited theatrical release in 1983 Rock & Rule was discounted by critics and ignored by audiences. But over the past three decades it has steadily gained a cult following, particularly among movie geeks who get a thrill out of watching anthropomorphic animals singing new wave songs.

With its amusing cyberpunk plot, clever direction by Clive Smith and a pretty fine soundtrack by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, Debbie Harry and Earth, Wind and Fire, Rock & Rule kept me engaged and entertained for the duration of its tight 77 minute running time…which is saying quite a bit considering I have little patience for animated movies. And it’s hard not to like a movie featuring an evil Mick Jagger in the form of a large cat-like humanoid.

If you like Ralph Bakshi and Heavy Metal, you should get a kick out of Rock & Rule.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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05.20.2012
11:52 pm
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Terry Gilliam: How he made stop-frame animation in his bedroom
05.17.2012
06:28 pm
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Now this is delightful. Terry Gilliam has always seen the world differently. One of his fellow Pythons (Michael Palin?) said Gilliam described the world through his own particular language. Once, while flying over the Atlantic Ocean, Gilliam looked out of the window and remarked, “Wow, a whole bunch of water.” It’s wrong, but it’s also wonderfully right.

Gilliam (along with Ronald Searle and Ralph Steadman) was a major influence on my mis-spent doodling career, not for the illustrative style but for his uniquely original approach to animation and story-telling, where stories didn’t have to be linear, or have endings, and ideas counted for more than punchlines.

Here is Gilliam, looking like a hot young film star, in the studio of his Putney home (actually his spare back bedroom), explaining how he put together his famous “Fig Leaf” animation, from 1970.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

British TV 1974: The secret teachings of Terry Gilliam

 
With thanks to Nellym
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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05.17.2012
06:28 pm
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Claymations that are Not for Children: Lee Hardcastle’s ‘The Raid’
05.11.2012
07:29 am
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Lee Hardcastle makes “claymations that are not for children”.  We’ve featured some of Lee’s excellent work before, and this is his latest Clay Cat Cinema presentation, a bloody great version of The Raid, which thoughtfully differs form the original to avoid any spoilers.
 

 
Bonus: ‘Clay Cat’s The Thing’ in 3D, after the jump…
 

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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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05.11.2012
07:29 am
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Taiwanese animators snort blue meth and hallucinate ‘Breaking Bad’s’ fifth season
05.07.2012
02:16 pm
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If you watch the show, you know Breaking Bad is as addicting as meth, but a lot more fun and better for your health. The fourth season is finished and the big question among fans is where is the show gonna go next in its twisty turny road to its fifth season conclusion. Well, those nutzoid Taiwanese animators over at Next Media Animation have come up with what they think is going to happen and it’s batshit crazy.

This is your brain on the blue shit.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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05.07.2012
02:16 pm
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Mindblowingly beautiful film on anatomical art
05.07.2012
01:25 pm
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In addition to being an illustrator for Disney, painter Frank Armitage is also known for his stunning medical art. In this 1970 educational film on anatomy, Armitage guides us through the human body in beautifully rendered paintings.

When I first watched this, I was reminded of the murals of Diego Rivera. I later discovered that Rivera was a big influence on Armitage. He also won an Academy Award for his set designs for the movie The Fantastic Voyage and that movie’s visual sensibility is clearly apparent in this amazing short film, which Armitage also narrates.
 

 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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05.07.2012
01:25 pm
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