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Singing Christmas Hedgehogs
12.16.2011
02:48 pm

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The talented bods at Bird Box Studios have made this fun animation, Singing Christmas Hedgehogs, where you can pick and dress a hedgehog to serenade you. How neat is that?
 

 
Via b3ta
 

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Hardcore or Die! Animated hardcore punk tribute
12.15.2011
01:31 pm

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Radio Soulwax’s ambitious punk mash-up mix is the “Stars on 45” of hardcore.
 

 
Thank you Glen E. Friedman of New York City, NY!

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Some Crazy Magic: Meeting Harry Smith


Photo by Allen Ginsberg

This wonderful short animated film by Drew Christie recounts musicologist John Cohen’s first meeting with Harry Everett Smith, polymath autodidact weirdo, experimental filmmaker and the Grammy-award-winning compiler of the classic Anthology of American Folk Music.

It’s an absolute delight! Guaranteed to make you smile or double your money back.

There are several similarly charming Harry Smith anecdotes like this one recounted in books such as Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular (Andrew Perchuck and Rani Singh); Think of the Self Speaking (edited by Rani Singh); American Magus: Harry Smith (edited by Paola Igliori) and the monograph Harry Smith: Fragments of a Northwest Life (Darrin Daniel).

My favorite Smith anecdote, and I think this one comes via Allen Ginsberg—pretty sure—is that Smith usually wore eyeglasses that he found in the trash. If he happened upon some discarded glasses, tried them on and they were better than the ones he was wearing, he’d toss the old ones and keep the new ones!

And speaking of Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, if the animation intrigues you, and his Anthology box set is something that you are unfamiliar with, you can listen to this special podcast about it on the American Standard Time blog’s Roadhouse Radio show.
 

 
Via John Coulthart

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Charley says: Kenny Everett as a talking cat in classic Public Information Films
12.14.2011
06:32 pm

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Charley says… was a series of Public Information Films, shown in the UK during the 1970s and 1980s, in which a talkative cat, Charley, advised a young boy, Tony, about everyday safety issues. Along with my fellow generation of young things, I learnt not to go off with strangers, never play with matches, and beware the dangers of tables. Sadly, these days charlie usually advises me to do all of the above.

The voice of the incomprehensible ginger tomcat was supplied by Kenny Everett, while the boy was voiced by the child of one of producer Richard Taylor’s neighbors. The Charley says… animations were so popular that they were voted the UK’s favorite Public Information Film, and came in at number 95 in Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Cartoons in 2005.
 

 
More miaows of wisdom from Charley, after the jump…
 

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Animated Tribute to ‘Drive’
12.01.2011
01:43 pm

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Nice animated tribute to Drive produced by Tom Haugomat and Bruno Mangyoku. The soundtrack is Glass Candy’s “Digital Versicolor.”
 

 
(via Mister Honk)

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Judy and Liza go grocery shopping
11.30.2011
09:01 pm

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I was happy to see that those purveyors of fine campy video products, Punchy Players, have returned with another animated adventure of Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli.

This time, the mega-talented mother-daughter duo goes grocery shopping and meets Ann Miller. It’s pretty great. Like all their other ones.
 

 
Via our friends at World of Wonder

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Welcome to the Machine: Incredible animated Pink Floyd film from 1977
11.30.2011
03:25 pm

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This amazing animation was originally projected behind Pink Floyd when they promoted the Animals album on their “In the Flesh” tour in 1977. It was directed by Gerald Scarfe who also worked on the album cover, tour, film and theatrical adaptation of The Wall .

Eventually the record label turned it into a music video and it can been seen from time to time on Vh1 Classics. Can you imagine what this was like to see screened back then and with this number being played live and loud by Pink Floyd?

It’s still mind-blowing. I’ve always loved this song, but this film gave me a new appreciation for it. The film is included in the new Wish You Were Here Immersion box set in a 5.1 surround mix.
 

 

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Death to Pennies: Why pennies should be abolished
11.30.2011
02:47 pm

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C.G.P. Grey argues “why Pennies are economically inefficient and should be abolished.”

I totally agree. However, without pennies, the world wouldn’t have a giant penis made from 100,000 pennies proudly erected at the Heritage Erotic Museum.
 

 
(via Laughing Squid )

 

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Excellent Animated Comic Book Covers
11.29.2011
07:15 pm

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Awesome animated comic book GIFs by Kerry Callen. I’m digging on The Amazing Spider-Man #33!

 
More after the jump…

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Occupy Gotham City: Batman vs the 99%
11.15.2011
03:05 pm

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A rightwing asshole version of the caped crusader (did Frank Miller script this???) confronts the 99% with GOP talking points and general bullshit.
 

 
Animation from the folks at Dorkly/Via the Comics Alliance

 

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