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I’m Completely Hypnotised by These Strutting Randomly-Generated Monsters

If you scroll through your phone, you’ll undoubtedly find a bunch of novelty apps you rarely use. The same fate could eventually befall a simple PC and Mac app called Random Access Character that generates an infinite number of bizarre characters using random shapes and textures—but only if you somehow get tired of watching them sassily stroll across your screen. Read More >>

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Gotham by Gaslight Trailer Pits the Bat and the Cat Against a Serial Killer

It’s Batman: The Steampunk Series. The first full trailer is out for Warner Bros.’ next DC animated movie, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, where the Dark Knight (in a fancy cravat) goes up against one of the most notorious serial killers in history. Read More >>

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This Animated Short’s Pastoral Beauty is a Perfect Respite

“Fox and the Whale” is a brief animated film about a fantastical meeting between two creatures from different parts of the natural world. It’s the perfect breather after a long week. Read More >>

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This Freaky CG Title Sequence is So Beautiful I Can’t Stop Watching

Forget the uncanny valley and not-quite-perfect CG humans freaking you out, this title sequence for London’s recent OFFF digital arts festival will make you so uncomfortable you’ll want to burn your laptop. But at the same time the animation is so beautiful you might find yourself watching it two or three times instead. Read More >>

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Aardman’s New Film “Early Man” Looks Absolutely Delightful

Nick Park, the legendary animator is one of my childhood heroes. The creator of Wallace and Gromit, he's responsible for arguably the greatest series of animated films ever made. By using stop-motion animation combined with his distinctive visual style, his work is imbued with a hand-crafted charm that it is impossible for CGI blockbusters to ever compete with. And this is why I was very exciting last Friday to be invited to see some early footage from Aardman's next film, Early Man, which will be released on the 26th January next year. Read More >>

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With the Rise of CGI, Animated Storytelling Went From Conservative to Progressive

Look, I know this sounds silly, but bear with me for a moment: have you ever considered traditional animation as conservative, and 3D animation - progressive? Politically? Read More >>

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A Furless, Skinless CG Rocket Raccoon Will Fuel Your Nightmares Tonight

As fascinating as behind the scenes looks at Hollywood blockbusters can be, there are some secrets you probably don’t want to know. For example, to make living creatures move as realistically as possible, visual effects artists will create full skeletal and muscle systems under a character’s simulated skin, as is horribly revealed in this Guardians of the Galaxy 2 VFX breakdown reel by Framestore. Read More >>

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Fascinating Video Explores How CGI Might Have Changed Animated Storytelling For Good

When CGI became a useful means of creating animated features, it changed the shape of films radically. New contenders like Pixar entered and then dominated the animated filmmaking space. And according to one interpretation, they changed more than just the visuals. Read More >>

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Experience the Growth of Studio Ghibli In This Beautiful Montage

Studio Ghibli has, as a whole, one of the most impressive and beautiful libraries of any film studio in history. In one montage, see how the studio’s ideas and style have taken shape over its history. Read More >>

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Star Wars Rounds Out a Trio of Animated Shorts With an Adorable Porg Attack

The official Star Wars Twitter has dropped three brief “Star Wars Blips” animated shorts in just as many days, filling our Labor Day weekend with a joyful look at BB-8's overwhelmingly cute cartoon existence. I hope these never stop coming. Read More >>

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The Latest Star Wars Animated Short Spotlight’s R2-D2’s Adoring Fans

Just a day after posting an animated short about BB-8 and his beyond precious evil twin, the Star Wars Twitter is back with another, this one about the eclipsing fame of everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2 himself. Read More >>

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The Never-Ending Descent Into This Infinite Fractal City Will Melt Your Brain

In Julius Horsthuis’ short film Recurrence, he takes the audience on a slow descent into a sprawling metropolis he’s created. But as you get closer and closer to the city, and try to make out details like houses and skyscrapers, you start to realise that those tiny details only reveal more of the same, and that your descent is never going to end. Read More >>

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These Animated Vintage Textbooks Would Make School Feel Like an Acid Trip

Secondary school is that boring stepping stone in life between primary school (when you have "play time" twice a day) and college (where you can skip class without getting in trouble). But wouldn’t getting your GCSEs be far more enjoyable if the minimalist covers on your textbooks were turned into trippy animations you could stare at through every class? Read More >>

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A Very Cute and Very Literal Short About the Undeniable Spark of Attraction

In Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann’s animated short, Extinguished, love is represented literally—as a flame right where a person’s heart beats in his or her chest. A dejected young man’s fire goes out, until a pretty new neighbor moves in. Can he play it cool or will his, ah, burning attraction get the better of him? Read More >>

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A Tattoo Artist Inked 19 Different People to Create This Bart Simpson Flipbook

Getting a tattoo is (mostly) a lifelong commitment. So what’s more impressive than this Bart Simpson kickflip animation is that tattoo artist Phil Berge somehow convinced 19 different people that The Simpsons was still cool and relevant enough to get random frames of this flipbook inked on various body parts. Read More >>