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
The Temple is the last track of The Mind’s Eye, a series of short 3D, computer animated films released in 1990 on VHS videotape. (yeah, almost 30 years ago) It loosely told the tale of Earth, from creation onward. I was completely enthralled with this video and wore out this section of tape a few times.
This track, the whole tape really, marks when I truly came to believe that 3D computer animation had finally matured past a nerdy diversion and into a mainstream entertainment medium. The animation was bleeding-edge for 1990, and the soundtrack was synced well and pretty good all on it’s own.
Sure you still needed top-of-the-line hardware, and probably had to write half your own software, and motion was still rather stiff, and hair?, never mind about hair. But it was getting easier, and cheaper, and more artists were flocking to the medium. The boundaries of worlds were being pushed rather than simply trying to replicate reality. To me, this was the official opening of a new frontier.
There were 3 more collections in The Mind’s Eye series, one released every two years until 1996; Beyond the Mind’s Eye, The Gate to the Mind’s Eye, and Odyssey Into the Mind’s Eye
(You may recognize the surroundings and birds from the second installment, Civilization Rising, (or 03 per the video itself) as the animation between about the 50 second mark to about 1’20” looks to be from just before this video.)
You know the destruction a kitten, puppy, or baby can do in a matter of moments. Now imagine what a young pair of scissors can accomplish.
Created by Soo Choi and Nancy Jing at the Ringling College of Art + Design.
By Alli Norman and Carla Lutz (Squash and Stretch), from the Ringling College of Art and Design.
A news writer has nothing new to report on until his neighbor from the comics section takes him on an adventure.
Alan Parsons was primarily an album engineer and music producer when he teamed up with Eric Woolfson in 1974. Best known for his engineering work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and a couple of Beatles albums, Parsons was becoming a bit exasperated with the musicians he generally worked with and wanted to create music his way. Woolfson, a composer and musician, had a large work based on Edgar Alan Poe’s stories that wasn’t easy to produce.
Thus came Tales of Mystery and Imagination in 1976.
As a fan of Poe, and a fan of long progressive rock story tracks ala Rush, it got my attention right away. When The Alan Parsons Project released I Robot in 1977 I was completely hooked. I blame I Robot for my enduring love of electronic music.
This is the video for the title track from The Time Machine, released in 1999, animated by Ben Liebrand.
Finally, after many requests the instrumental version of this track with video clip as it was originally intended. This 3D animation was made in 1999 as the official video-promo for Alan Parsons – Time Machine. Mere days before completion, in surfaced that the latest Austin Powers movie at that time would mention “Alan Parsons Project”. At the very last minute a version was made with quotes from the movie, reasoning that one would benefit the other. Now for the first time ever, I present you the clip as it was intended, without Mike Myers’ quotes. – Ben Liebrand
In the 1930s, mafia gangs clash on the mean streets of New York. Teddy Toad and his band of frogs engage in a battle with the powerful rhino White Coal for the affections of the delicious Horny Lady. Between love and vengeance – music, immerse yourself in the ruthless world of Omerta, and break the Law of Silence.
It’s a fun little story, but where this short film really shines is the music! Swing, jazz, and blues tunes of the time meld together and give the animation a cohesion. The composer took riffs out of a great array of tunes and melded and played with them wonderfully. Look for the scene where the frog is stomping around angrily in mud puddles – you’ll hear a “Singing in the Rain” riff through there and see a bit of Gene Kelly, and that’s not the only spot you’ll recognize a classic.
Animated by Nicolas Loudot, Fabrice Fiteni, Gaspard Roche, and Arnaud Janvier of Rubika School of Design, Animation, Game, in France.
Music composed by Raphael Chambouvet.
Adam lost his beloved and his muse. To regain it he sets out to rebuild… First step, speed dating at his local cafe!
Animated by Galaad Alais, Benjamin Bourmier, Stephanie De Fortis, Amelie Gavard, Arnaud Lapeyre, Amelie N’Guekora, and Magali Vidal from Isart Digital.
Since the advent of the PC, and even more so the creation of the game console, parenting has never been the same. This is a story of one parent’s ordeal…
Animated by Alon Tako, Guy Elnathan, Daniel Lichter, and Sivan Kotek, with music by Assaf Shlomi, from the Bezalel Academy of the Arts.
A most excellent unscheduled weekend music video for this, a very metal weekend.
There’s quite a few Iron Maiden cartoons out there, but this is the best of the bunch in my opinion. I like Iron Maiden and have always loved their album covers featuring Eddie, so a well done animated music video with him creating mayhem on his way through a string of classic arcade and console games is, like, pretty killer, man.
Speed of Light, from the album A Book of Souls.
Goutte d’Or is a fantastic stop-motion short film by Christophe Peladan. A love-story about a pirate and his encounter with the beautiful queen and the annoying octopus. With sword fighting and wonderful music by Les Primitives du Futur.