The stuffing hits the fan big time in Matt Burniston’s action series, The Mega Plush. The animated shorts tell the story of good versus evil, bear versus sock monkey as the SOC (Society of Chimps) army launch a manhunt for a group of four plush toy vigilantes. Check out the first two episodes after the jump, be warned the second episode does contain exotic dancing of a stuffed nature and could be NSFW.
In this short film by Whovian John Smith, the viewer is placed in a spooky rain-soaked maze with nothing more than a dinky flash light. Around a few corners, and we are suddenly faced with one of those psychopathic hunters, the Weeping Angels. What happens next — do we heed any of the Doctor’s advice or does this cat-and-mouse game end badly for us? Find out in STONE.
The only things certain in life are death and taxes, or so the saying goes. However, in this animated short film, death isn’t such a sure thing as a trainee reaper rolls in to a ghost town to claim the soul of the last inhabitant. Check out what happens in Reaping for Dummies below.
Reaping for Dummies was created by a group of five students as a graduation project for the 3D design and animation course at the Idèfagskolen school in Tønsberg, Norway.
Mickey Mouse started out in cartoon shorts back in 1928 with Disney’s Steamboat Willie. Hundreds of appearances later and we see the affable mouse return to his roots in a brand new series. During the course of the year Disney is going to release 19 comedic animated shorts simply entitled “Mickey Mouse” and the first in the series is Croissant de Triomphe.
Combining the hand-drawn 2D animation style reminiscent of Disney in the early 30s with fancy CGI elements from present day, Croissant de Triomphe shows Mickey battling his way through traffic jams and popular Parisian landmarks on a time-sensitive mission to deliver croissants to Minnie’s café. Watch Croissant de Triomphe below.
Try as he might, the impossibly small arms of Tyrannosaurus Rex mean that it can’t take its own profile picture, zip up a sleeping bag, or even hold hands with a She-Rex.
It’s an equally trying time for Toy Story’s plastic dinosaur Rex who wants to shed his party pooper image. In Disney Pixar’s latest animated short, Rex finds himself in a position where he can use his arms to get a (bath time) party started. It’s disco lights and dance tunes, an epic bubble bash like no other, and it’s all thanks to the king of the hot tub Partysaurus Rex.
[via Laughing Squid]
From the high-speed pursuit to the slo-mo big air jump to the classic train escape, the chase scene is an integral part of movies.
In his short film, Wes Ball of Oddball Animation studio creates the thrilling post-apocalyptic chase sequence in which an unnamed protagonist is invariably spotted by a flying sentry and must take to his trusty Yamaha motorcycle to escape. Check out RUIN below.
Ball’s short film leaves off where all good teasers should—with you eager to know more. To see behind-the-scenes work on RUIN, be sure to check out Oddball Animation’s concepts page.
Pixar Animation Studios has made a metric ton of cash. Its films have grossed USD 7 billion worldwide! In his series of posters, designer Wonchan Lee pays tribute to Pixar, not for its money-making abilities but for all the wonderful cute and heart-warming tales that they have created in the last 26 years. Have a look at Lee’s minimalist Pixar movie posters after the jump.
In this seven-minute short, the French video game company uses their new motion-picture technology and the processing power of the PlayStation 3 to create a story of a humanoid robot that is being assembled. Conversant in over 300 languages and designed to be a general house helper (and sexual companion if need be), a third generation AX-400 android is being put through some standard tests, it soon becomes apparent to the operator that there are some ghosts in the machine…
Quantic Dream are quick to downplay the talk that Project KARA may be a scene from an upcoming game. It’s reportedly just a tech demo.
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]
You may recall Jesús Orellana’s ROSA and wonder who else may have made amazing, no-budget short films. In his labour of love, conceptual artist Aaron Sims explores the trope of ridiculously human robots. His 7-minute sci-fi short, Archetype, mixes CGI and live action to tell the story of RL7, a bi-pedal battle machine that starts acting outside the parameters of its programming.
RL7 is an eight-foot tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.
I’m sure that was the creator’s intention, but Archetype certainly leaves me wanting more. Here’s hoping Sims can find the funding he needs to complete the project.
[via Live for Films]