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Watching Foods Deflate and Re-Inflate Has Left Me Starving and Confused

Mike Pelletier’s short film Still Life looks nothing like the classical paintings of bowls of fruit and flowers you’ll find in a stuffy art gallery. Using hyper-realistic computer animation, Pelletier’s film instead features fruits, vegetables, and breads that look like they’re secretly balloons as they deflate and then fill back up with air. Read More >>

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Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent the Next Video Game Animation Disaster

Human character animation has improved over the years, but it’s still one of the most recognisable issues when enjoying video games. Animations are normally a predetermined set of canned motions, and while real enough looking in the right setting, can totally break the immersive experience when they stray out of bounds. The uncanny valley is a particularly hard one to escape. Read More >>

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New Short for Pixar’s Coco Is as Cute as a Dog With(out) a Bone

Disney Pixar has released a new short for its upcoming animated film Coco, introducing main character Miguel’s hairless dog, Dante. All he wants is a little snack, but as he learns the hard way, you shouldn’t rob the dead. Read More >>

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You’ll Never See ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ the Same Way After This Video

Robert Zemeckis has been hit or miss for almost two decades. But in the eighties, he was on fire. Along with Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is just one of those movies that remains great no matter how many years pass and its technical achievements are still a marvel. But why does it work so well? Read More >>

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Learn to Love Loading Icons With This Beautiful Stop-Motion Short

It can mean that you’re experiencing a brief inconvenience or it can be a sign that you’re in for a major problem—either way, no one wants to see the loading icon. Unless, of course, that loader is made in a beautiful stop motion celebration of waiting for your dang computer to do its job. Read More >>

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Scenes from Shrek Side-By-Side With Scenes of the Films Shrek Makes Fun Of

Shrek is a good and fun films for kids because it follows a fun ogre with goofy sidekicks all through Shrek’s journey to find love. Shrek is a great and fantastically funny for adults because it never stops skewering the classic movies we once watched as kids. Read More >>

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Turning the Random Things That Kids Think Into Animation Is Silly Fun

You know those weird things you thought as a kid that make absolutely no sense now? The thoughts that were weirder and more personal than thinking Santa Claus was real, or that there were monsters under your bed. Those ones. Hearing them now is obviously silly, but seeing those wonderfully wonky ideas come alive through animation is even more embarrassing. Read More >>

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The Most Beautiful Shots in Disney Films

We loved Disney films as kids, but we might secretly love them even more after we’ve grown up. They’re almost always a fun ride, they almost always make our cold hearts feel something, and they almost always have a wonderful animation sequence that takes you to another place entirely. Read More >>

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How Do You Even Edit an Animated Movie?

The concept of editing a live action film is pretty easy to understand. There’s a bunch of footage that needs cutting to make the film work as a story. But how does editing work for an animated movie? Read More >>

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Watch the Evolution of Disney Animation Films from 1937 to 2016

From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves all the way back in 1937 to Zootopia which was released this year, this video features clips from over 45 Disney animated films and shows how Disney’s style has changed over the years. But what’s probably most impressive is how fantastic the animation from the old movies still look. It’s been nearly 80 years and some of those movies look so much better than what came after. [Bora Barroso via Kottke] Read More >>

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It Took Four Months to Recreate the TMNT Cartoon’s Intro Using Super Nintendo’s Mario Paint

The Super Nintendo is best remembered as defining the 16-bit era of video gaming, although many of us spent countless hours playing with Mario Paint instead. But that pales in comparison to the over four months Mike Matei spent recreating the opening to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ animated series using only the SNES’ beloved animation game. Read More >>

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Researchers Can Create Perfect CG Dentures Using Just a Video of Your Teeth

As we work towards crossing the uncanny valley so that computer-generated humans don’t look like horrific plastic mannequins, every last facial feature needs to be recreated perfectly. That even includes teeth, which can now be digitised using nothing but a video of someone smiling. Read More >>

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Totally Silly Animation Brings Random Objects to Life By Drawing Cute Faces on Them

Here’s a dopey animation from Sean Charmatz that imagines a world where every random object has a cute face. That means soup dumplings cling on to the paper when they get picked up, marshmallows enjoy a satisfying dip in hot chocolate, a glass pane closes its eye while getting washed, a Post-It note gets accidentally split apart, and so on. It’s like Sausage Party with cruder animations but less crude jokes. Read More >>

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A Fun Animated History of Iconic Cameras

It’s a little bit sad that phones have replaced cameras because after watching this animated history of cameras by Portero Delantero, you start to miss all that fun camera hardware with quirky designs and lovely character you just don’t get from a thin rectangular slab. Sure, the best camera is the one that’s with you (blah blah) but damn, come on, I’d love to be able to lug around a 1947 Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic today. Read More >>