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
Bretislav Pojar’s animated short explores the human phenomenon of resorting to violence over reason. […] Winner of the 1973 Grand Prix du Festival for Short Film at the International Film Festival in Cannes.
Take one homicidal cat given side-scroller game inspirations, add an atmosphere of smoky electro-swing, and this is what you get.
Song by Cazzette.
If this short teaches us anything it is that, parents never let you do anything fun and, cats are bad news but mean well.
A young girl is separated from her mother at a Singaporean night market and meets a cat who brings her deep into the underbelly of the bazaar where fantasy meets reality.
Written by Ervin Han and animated at Robot Playground Media.
Some missions are dangerous, some just end up that way.
A space bounty hunter travels to a lonely planet to kill a terrible monster.
Animated by Jake Armstrong
I really like this 2-plus-1 color animation – simple, stylish, brutal. While I suppose it could be a sort of love story, everything about it shouts addiction to me. A song I know all too well. The eyes floating out of his drink, the wolves chasing – it all resonates.
Whatever the story, it’s great animation and a a catchy tune by Siames and perfect for a Friday night music video.
A bit longer than usual at 19 minutes, but well worth the time.
The film was created using ‘old-school’ technology: 35,000 hand-drawn and hand-painted pieces of artwork, shot directly onto 35mm film with a rostrum camera, to achieve a traditional ‘cartoon’ feel. via
Directed by Neil Boyle, music by Stuart Hancock & The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra
An oft-told vignette of man’s demise, but this charming animation tells it well through a simple, but rich, anime style.
A small robot awakes many years after a mysterious mass-extinction. Driven only by the fragmented recordings of his creator, he wanders the ruins searching for answers.
Created by David James Armsby.
There’s a lot going on in this short film, not to mention role changes and abrupt twists. You may need to take notes.
Directed and animated by Alex Budovskiy.
I’ve had this conversation with myself a few times at least. As the narrator says, it is rather comforting to know I’m not the only one who has. Aside from the winding philosophy, the animation uses an incredible number of styles to tell it’s tale and it would be riveting for that alone.
Deepness of the Fry is an absurd existential crisis disguised as a collage film. Living in a world where everything’s already been said, felt, and done before, can anyone truly be unique? And is thinking about this too much really a good idea?
Another great film from The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark.
As a parent, I quite understand that there is a time when the kids need to leave the nest. I also am well familiar with the worry and loneliness when they do. I was a mess for a while after my son moved out and, with him off working in far-away Birmingham UK, and even after he’s been out on his own for a few years now, the concern and wistfulness just won’t move out with him.
The time has come that a young adult man has to leave his parental home and stand on his own two feet, or so his father believes. The boy sets out to the world, but somehow it is impossible for him to leave. In this light, absurd and comical little drama, the boy’s journey is obstructed by the weirdest of reasons. Or is there something else holding him back?
One good lesson from this delightful animation is that learning how to spread jam on one’s toast is a definite confidence builder and serves adulthood well.
Animated by Joost Lieuwma.