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Rollin’ Safari

Life on the African plains can be treacherous, but the students at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany take a light-hearted look at it in their trailers for an upcoming animation and visual effects conference.

In each of the animated shorts for Rollin’ Safari, we see animals like flamingos and zebras in their natural habitat when they’re set upon by predators. But things don’t go according to plan due to some hilarious changes to their physical characteristics. I’d rather not spoil it for you so have a look at the four animated shorts after the jump.

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We Review: Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Every once in a while, there comes a game that brings back my faith in a given genre of video games where all else makes that genre look tired, clichéd, and overtroped. If you’re not aware by now, Ni No Kuni is the first non-Pokémon JRPG to top the UK game charts in ten years. I’m going to tell you why. And why—even if you don’t generally enjoy RPGs—you should play this game.

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Quirky Stereographic Drawings by Dain Fagerholm

The humble animated GIF is one of the older image formats. First introduced in 1987, there has been a resurgence in the use of animated GIFs in recent years, be it in memes or the more arty cinemagraphs.

Illustrator Dain Fagerholm creates some wonderfully quirky animations that he calls stereographic drawings. By constantly flitting between two images, the animations trick our eyes, giving us the impression that they are in 3D. Using this technique, Fagerholm brings his adorable hand-drawn monsters to life. Have a look at some of them after the jump.

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Anime Ping Pong

It’s a common myth that all Asians know kung fu. Freddie Wong’s Kung Fooled certainly reminds us of that. This is also true for the game of table tennis, however when a friendly game between two Asians becomes heated, it quickly turns into a match of epic proportions. This is Ping Pong.

[via Stuff I Stole From the Internet]

The Scale of the Universe

We’ve seen enough documentaries to know that the universe is rather large. These shows have compared the relative sizes of the planetary bodies in our solar system and taken us on trips to distant worlds in outer space. And projects like THINGS (The HI Nearby Galaxy Survey) have gone to great ends to catalogue the galaxies that have been observed thus far.

The Scale of the Universe is an informative Flash that shows the universe from the tiniest particles at fractions of a yoctometre (10-24 of a metre) to humans to giant nebulas that look like testicles to the very edge of what we can observe, many many gigaparsecs away.

Take that intergalactic trip in fullscreen here.

The animation was created by a 14-year-old Cary Huang, with help from his twin brother Michael.

[via PS3ZA]

The Starry Night: An Interactive Animation

The view outside his sanitarium room window at night has become one of Vincent van Gogh’s most recognizable paintings. With the use of some fancy C++ programming, Greek artist Petros Vrellis imagines The Starry Night as if it were a moving and interactive piece of art.

The animation comprises some 80,000 swirly “particles” that are responsive to the touch. The music too responds to the flow of the animation. Watch as Vrellis touches The Starry Night.

[via The Verge]

George Learns Self-Defense

Meet George. George is a nobody who gets beat up in alleyways. That is, until he attends some classes in self-defense. Things turn out quite differently after that.

This educational film was created by Chris Harding.

[via Short of the Week]

Address is Approximate

If you enjoyed the Cinemascapes by Aaron Hobson, you may like the direction that Address is Approximate takes.

Shot on a Canon 5D Mk II, Address is Approximate is an endearing (and a tad depressing) short film that was produced, animated, and edited by Tom Jenkins of UK-based production company, The Theory. The stop-motion animation tells the story of a cute toy robot who uses Google Street View to trade the confines of the office for a driving adventure along the Pacific coast of the United States.

[via Gizmodo]

Entering The Stronghold

Entering The Stronghold is also known by its other, more factual name, 7 billion particles per frame.

Created by German visuall effects artist Matthias Müller, it is reported that each frame this audio visual animation actually contains seven billion particles. Be amazed! I know I am, but then again it is late in the night, I’m a litle drunk, and easily impressed. The trippy visuals are complemented by a stirring soundtrack by film music composer, Denny Schneidemesser.

[via Wimp]

Bob the Hamster is in Love

This endearing animated short film by Jacob Frey tells the story of Bob, a hamster who finds love but must chase it around the world. He pursues his goal with ardour of a stalker, will he catch up to it? Find out below, and be sure to watch until after the credits ;)

BOB was created in 2009 and took six months to make. In the next couple of months, it travels to many film festivals. For more info, visit bob-film.com.

[via Paranoias]