Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
In a near future, a lonely man is addicted to a product called ‘’Best Friend” which offers him perfect virtual friends.
I was born at a time when phones had actual dials and mail required a stamp. (My imaginary friend says that I’m old. Being a mature being, I stuck my tongue out at them.) In that short space of time our technology has raced into realms I’d only read about in science fiction stories. In many cases, the stories were conservative in their estimations of the future and we’ve blown right past their predictions.
With the speed we’ve attained these new heights, we still have feet of clay when it comes to guarding ourselves from the often unintended consequences of new technology. It’s not that tech is the culprit, the issue lies with ourselves. As our civilization’s tools mature, so do we need to advance along with it. So far we’ve been lucky.
A simple story of making friends that hits you right in the feels.
A Pixar SparkShort directed by Rosana Sullivan.
This is less a story than a moment in time. You can feel the heaviness of the atmosphere and the weight of time passing as the denizens of the hotel mark the minutes of eternity.
Early 1950s. In the tropics. A luxurious hotel dives mysteriously in the darkness. All it’s clients sink into an oppressive atmosphere …
Made at Supinfocom Rubika in Valenciennes, France.
In a world of robots where the mobility of energy is power, two tethered locomotive robots become friends and decide it is time to risk everything to be free.
A Pixar SparkShort by Brian Larsen.
Animation by Flint 4K for an original song sung by SquigglyDigg and Swiblet, and written by Flint 4K and Maple. Composed by David Berube.
For this Valentine’s Day I offer up a wonderful little short film from the National Film Board of Canada about the awkwardness of a crush. It is also a timely reminder that crushes and romance happen at any age.
I love the animations that the NFB looses into the wild, and I love my own Valentine, Mrs Crow, who’s shared my nest for nigh on three decades now. And I am here to tell ya, indeed, romance is not only for the young.
Phil is a security nanobot and his territory has been invaded. It’s not glamorous, and it is dangerous, but Phil is just the nano to deal with it.
By the students at 3Dsense Media School in Singapore.
Perhaps due to my own certain age, I tend to particularly enjoy the shorts when an older person outwits or non-plusses the Grim Reaper. It’s not an uncommon story, there are a few laying around the crow’s nest here already, and I love ’em.
This animation is also in French – with French subtitles. I don’t know French. There is a lot of dialogue, or at least monologue – in French. Which I don’t know.
And I don’t think it matters. The story is independent of the dialogue and is a fun bit of romp.
From the folks at ESMA.