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Rick and Morty’s Latest Multiverse Trip Takes Them to My Little Pony

Rick and Morty’s interdimensional travels have taken them to worlds of pizza, hamster butts, and anthropomorphised corn. But now they’re about to see something truly shocking: the Land of Ponies. Read More >>

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This AI Can Automatically Animate New Flintstones Cartoons

The Flintstones, a cartoon about life in the Stone Age, has just surpassed The Jetsons, a cartoon about life in the distant future, when it comes to technological innovation. Researchers have successfully trained artificial intelligence to generate new clips of the prehistoric animated series based on nothing but random text descriptions of what’s happening in a scene. Read More >>

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Lush Animation Brings This Soulful Poem to Life

Good animation can make tiny details sing. It can invest the most simple objects with life and spirit, expanding them into entire worlds. Like, say, a toothbrush. Read More >>

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How Aardman’s Stop-Motion Animators Used VFX Shortcuts to Create Thousands of Sports Fans

Aardman Animations is one of only a few studios keeping the art of stop-motion animation alive. But for its latest feature, Early Man, even Aardman’s talented animators took advantage of modern filmmaking tricks to help bring an entire stadium full of Bronze Age soccer fans to life. Read More >>

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An Artist Turned the Chaos of Urban Sprawl Into a Series of Hypnotic Animations

At some point, you’ve probably found yourself mindlessly scrolling around Google Maps’ satellite view while bored at work. But artist Páraic McGloughlin saw Google Maps as more than just a distraction, and by painstakingly capturing very specific road layouts and agricultural features, he was able to create a series of captivating animations. Read More >>

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Rick and Morty Shorts And 3D Printing Make For A Heavily Intoxicated Good Time

The 3D Print Guy has a brilliant YouTube gimmick: he 3D prints plastic figures, and then he animates them. This time, he sculpts and animates the sneakiest, most mischievous Rick of all: Tiny Rick. Read More >>

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Here’s the Sequel to ‘End of Ze World,’ the First Viral Video Ever

The new “End of Ze World” video looks just like the original for exactly two seconds. A few moments later, the long-awaited sequel to what many call the world’s first viral video displays a collage of missiles, pumpjacks, a Nazi flag, a hurricane, and protest signs. Your eyes will immediately drop to the one that says boldly, “WTF?!” This is “End of Ze World… Probably for Real This Time,” and it’s haunting. Read More >>

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A Hero’s Journey Spans Just Two Minutes in This Hilariously Breakneck Short

A reluctant hero, a frantic wizard, and a hodgepodge of fantasy tropes (including a damsel in distress) make for what may be the fastest-paced adventure tale ever. It’s called Short and Sweet and you might forget to take a breath while you’re watching it, at least until it makes you chuckle. Read More >>

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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 >>