ParaNorman

I have a weakness for animation and even weaker for stop-motion – it’s the hands-on craft, the attention to detail, the amazing vision and patience – I’m in awe of the shear commitment to an idea and the dedication it takes to bring it to life – and what reward for the animators as they see their vision and immense effort come to life.

I don’t often feature stop-motion animation on this blog but this one had to be mentioned. I have been following the team at Laika crafting the latest block-buster stop-motion animation ‘ParaNorman’ for a long time now. Though the audience is targeted at children I think I will be jostling for best seats when it comes to cinemas, which I presume will be later this month.

Laika have given us a lot of insight into the making of this movie and I suspect these scenes will impressive me more than the final film, where my mind will probably quickly forget the painstaking efforts each move of each character takes.

See more scenes here

ParaNorman

 


Love Sport

Is dominos a sport? – it is according to Studio Aka. This animation is part of a series of 15 to be released each day throughout the olympic season. I couldn’t resist posting this as it is such a good example of simplifying graphics to their bare minimum yet it carries so much humour and expression leaving us to place meaning to the forms – reminds me of playing with lego as a kid where 2 blocks represented a horse and a cowboy.

More of these very entertaining animations here


Hat

For the joy of animation and line.

See more from the artist Michael Fragstein here


Mary Mungo and Midge

Perhaps I’ll reveal my age by bringing up this animation from the 60s that I recall from my childhood, Mary Mungo and Midge – on viewing it again recently I was taken back to my early love of animation and illustration – and not surprising when presented with cartoons as illustrative as this. Yes, the story is slow and aimed at the young and that cut out cartoon method looks clunky but the overall affect still has charm. In this episode Mungo teaches Mary about the difference between painting and printing – you may learn something too!


MIAF 2010

I’ve just come back from seeing my first session of international short animations at the Melbourne International Animation Festival. And with every year, and with each session, it can always be relied on that there is an outstanding animation feature – and for me this session it was from Canada’s animator Theodore Ushev, titled ‘Lipsett Diaries’, written by Chris Robinson – a short animation based on a diary from Arthur Lipsett who was a Canadian avant-garde director of short experimental films (13 May 1936 – May 1, 1986). This is their interpretation of these diaries – find out more on the film here. Certainly worth taking a look.

And an insight into the painstaking process Theodore Ushev undertook to creative this lavish animation.


The Third & The Seventh

This stunning film was produced by Alex Roman – it’s a fully CG animation and looks amazing, beautifully composed. “Architecture through the cinematographic lens. The visual fusion between the third and the seventh arts”. Make sure you watch it full screen. Find out more here

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.


Vanishing Point

From Bonsajo – a visual performance unit from Japan – comes ‘Vanishing Point’ – a short but impressive graphic animation.

Vanishing Point from Bonsajo on Vimeo.


A lot to learn

I know – there seems to be a lot of video posts going on here lately – it’s because there are so many inspiring videos around – like this one, a lovely, wormy animation from designer Christian Borstlap. A fab example of a simple visual concept that clearly helps communicate while entertaining. And I like the message – there certainly is a lot to learn – it’s never ending – that’s the joy of life!

things to learn from Matt Edgar on Vimeo.


Running with origami

2 of my favorite things – paper and stop-frame animation – together here in this multi-award winning animation for Asics by Nordpol + Hamburg.

Origami In the Pursuit of Perfection from MABONA ORIGAMI on Vimeo.


Western Spaghetti

I’ve been meaning to post this stop frame animation for a while now, created by PES – it’s been around for a while now but it is a gem – it was the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Winner, 2009 Audience Award, Annecy Animation Festival and TIME Magazine voted #2 Viral Video of the Year.