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‘Hitch’ - the ultimate Alfred Hitchcock cook book
07.09.2011
03:57 pm

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Hitch is a graduation project made by Felix Meyer, Pascal Monaco, Torsten Strer, at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. Hitch is:

The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook, an animated book containing the recipes for Alfred Hitchcock’s classics. It’s made for Hitchcock enthusiasts and every other couch potato out there.

 

 
With thanks to Maria Guimil
 

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‘The Wanna Be Oddie’: Awesome ‘retro 3D’ animation
07.07.2011
08:46 am

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“The Wanna Be Oddie” is a short animated film made by Ben Lam as his MFA project at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In it, he masterfully appropriates certain qualities of vintage, black and white animation, then updates them with 3D graphics and a kooky homage to Transformers, for one of the most charming animations I’ve seen in some time. Thoroughly modern, yet retro (in the best sense), too.

When I was a little kid, I used to collect silent movie comedies on Super 8 film from Blackhawk Films. I’d project them on the wall in my parent’s basement and I’d watch them over and over again. I really studied them and I must say, Ben Lam must’ve watched the same stuff, because he really perfectly abstracts and captures the “vintageness” (and all that would imply) of Chaplin, Keaton, Harold Lloyd, early Mickey Mouse, Ub Iwerks and Max Fleischer cartoons. He didn’t just slap a scratch filter over his animation, in other words, there’s some organic magic happening here that really puts his work at the head of the class. When you get the small details right, the bigger picture is so much more vivid.

Even in this crappy job market, I’m sure a talent like Ben’s was snapped up by the likes of Pixar, post haste. If this was a Coca-Cola commercial and only the difference was that the vending machine and bottles were red and sported logos, not much would change, and it would still be just as great.

Stated differently, If advertising was this cool, I wouldn’t tune it out.

Ben Lam’s blog.
 

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Classic skateboard graphics in motion
07.06.2011
12:07 pm

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Natas Kaupas


 
Last month La Gaité Lyrique in Paris launched a large scale exhibit devoted to skateboard culture.This video by skateboarding legend and deck designer Natas Kaupas animates some classic board graphics.

For a close-up look at the animated graphics check out Cargo’s website.
 

 
Via Skate And Annoy

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Mastodon mauled by psycho puppets
07.04.2011
11:18 am

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Music

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Adult Swim
Mastodon


 
An unreleased song from Mastodon gets the Adult Swim treatment as part of their “10 Free tracks” series of videos featuring never-before-released material from some very cool bands.

Mastodon meets Mr. Rogers and some psychopathic denizens of Fraggle Rock in “Deathbound” from the Crack The Skye sessions.
 

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John Butler’s latest animation: ‘Freedom Device’
06.29.2011
03:08 pm

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John Butler
Butler Brothers

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More from John Butler: this his current work-in-progress, Freedom Device, a look at the “Free World” of “Value Added Transactions” - a companion piece to his excellent Ethical Governor.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

John Butler’s brilliant animation ‘T.R.I.A.G.E.’


 

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Interactive Scale of the Universe
06.28.2011
02:05 pm

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Animation

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Size does matter, as this rather lovely Interactive Scale of the Universe shows.

See it here.
 

 
With thanks to Steve Duffy
 
Bonus Big Stuff animation of planetary scale, after the jump…
 

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Travis Bickle’s got the shakes
06.23.2011
09:38 pm

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Are the Smurfs Communist Nazis?


Image by Bit Weird.

I’d heard the theory that the Smurfs were a ploy to get us used to the imminent arrival of little blue aliens, but this is news to me. A French academic has published a book claiming that the Smurfs were both Communist and anti-Semitic, claims that have met with a backlash from fans of the little blue guys. From The Guardian:

Antoine Buéno, a lecturer at Sciences Po university in Paris, makes the claims in his new book Le Petit Livre Bleu: Analyse critique et politique de la société des Schtroumpfs, in which he points out that the Smurfs live in a world where private initiative is rarely rewarded, where meals are all taken together in a communal room, where there is one leader and where the Smurfs rarely leave their small country.

“Does that not remind you of anything? A political dictatorship, for example?” asks Buéno, going on to compare the Smurfs’ world to a totalitarian utopia reminiscent of Stalinist communism (Papa wears a red outfit and resembles Stalin, while Brainy is similar to Trotsky) and nazism (the character of the Smurfs’ enemy Gargamel is an antisemitic caricature of a Jew, he proposes). A story about the Black Smurfs, meanwhile, in which the Smurfs are bitten by a fly which turns their skin black and renders them unable to speak, has colonial overtones.

Reactions to the book were immediate and hostile, with commenters on Smurf fansites calling Buéno a “dream breaker”, an imbecile and a crook with “paranoid delusions”, who is ruining childhood memories.

 
Is this strange video perhaps more proof of a connection?
 

 
Thanks to Nicola Blackmore.

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‘Butterflies are self propelled flowers’
05.26.2011
12:09 am

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“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”  ~R.A. Heinlein
 
Via Timothy Buckwalter

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Spider-Man feelin’ squirly
05.21.2011
09:22 am

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“My spider sense is tingling…”
 
Via Fuckyeahdementia

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