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
A simple story of making friends that hits you right in the feels.
A Pixar SparkShort directed by Rosana Sullivan.
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.
While there is some mild disagreements on the lyrics to this song, the brilliantly simple line animation perfectly compliments the boppy tune. Great for a Friday night music video.
Animation by Studio Film Bilder, the tune is Bla Bla Bla by Gigi D’Agostino
A blend of different animation styles, quick patter, and a broken 4th wall make this short great – unless you’re a 3D animation student.
In a hospital for animated characters, a classic 2d doctor and a clay animation nurse must operate on a broken 3d model.
Animated by Sawyer Geffert at Ringling College.
Have you ever wondered what your cat does when they’re out? Well, this documentary short tells all. (Well, it may not be an actual documentary, but I’m sure it’s close)
Animation by Victoria Vincent.
A fun little vignette from the National Film Board of Canada to start the week off.
A modern day Gepetto sends his son into the world to find success…and Spinnolio does just that. I think we all know a Spinnolio at our workplace.
Animated by John Weldon.
A surprisingly accurate allegory on the world today.
By the one and only Steve Cutts.
This NFBC short was both an Oscar and Annie selection in 2012 and tells the story of a boy’s attempts to fend off boredom. The grandma’s candy dish resonated particularly with me.
Albert the Squirrel’s scarf is missing. During his search he gives thoughtful advice to his forest neighbors. What a happy little story. Right?
Narrated by the incomparable George Takei. Animated by Eoin Duffy.
A delightful little animation that will make you look at rain storms just a bit differently.
Animated by Jacob Streilein.