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
Why does Mondays feel like this?
This simple animation tells a simple tale of gladiatorial combat – with a twist.
A man finds himself thrown into combat against a mysterious other figures. In a battle to the death, two stories emerge.
The tune is a hypnotic electronic down-beat cruiser by Lorn, aka Marcos Ortega.
The year 2100. In an effort to combat overpopulation, the postmortem social network “Anvil” is released.
The video carries a certain elegance in the flow of it. Possibly from the way that, using only three colors, the scenes are filled and complex and easily morph through the story.
Animation by Antoine Caëcke and Hélène Jeudy.
I’m an old-school metal-head and grew up on Sabbath, Zepp, Rush, and the like, and this tune is right there. That it is an adult satire of a children’s tale by a band that can laugh at itself turns it up to 11.
Rocketh on, verily.
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.
A quick one today.
This is the simplest form of animation, the precursor to it all. That said, this short shows a sophisticated version of the art to celebrate 40 years of the Alien franchise.
Which reminds me – it’s about time I did a rewatch of the series…
A psychedelic seaside is drawn into the abyss.
Simple. Elegant. Vivid. Kaleidoscopic. The use of color, and flow of the film, is excellent.
Animated by Marco Wey.
It’s Monday. This short seems appropriate.
A character tries to out-think the box.
This is stop-motion animation at it’s finest. The simple loose-jointed manikin is expressive and exudes concentration and exasperation trying to solve the puzzle. Even the background, the smooth grey walls and the light, are characters.
This short reminds me a lot of Balance, an Oscar winning short in 1989. Some for the character(s) and setting style, but more for the eloquence of movement in reacting to the environment.
Written and directed by Michal Struss.
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.
A short film about discovering the things that make life worth living. A pigeon meets a dove and faces the decision on whether or not to leave the life he has built for himself in favor of following his heart.
The bird models are great! What more can I say? A classic pigeon-meets-dove, pigeon-loses-dove, pigeon-finds-dove love story played by characters that make me giggle. (yes, giggle. i’m not too proud to admit it)
Created by Jake Wegesin, music by Jordan Ruiz