Move over Holmes and Watson, there’s a new super-team of detectives solving crimes in Victorian London. Nips and Porkington, a cat and pig with actual police badges, handily solve the crime of a kidnapped egg in this animated short by Melody Wang. »
When a young man tries to propose on a dock, he ends up losing the engagement ring to the drink. Fortunately, he finds a friendly octopus willing to help him find it. Unfortunately, the ring has found its way into a wicked shark’s kingdom.
In “The Mountain King” by Brandon Wu, a simple fairy tale unfolds: in a land of gentle, helpful giants, one king finally goes too far. And the lack of aid from the the mountain giant teaches him a valuable lesson in humility and true leadership. »
How did civilization exist before we had this? A group of 49 animation students were each given 52 frames of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” music video, to rotoscope anyway they wanted. The results are surreal and astonishing. Can’t stop, won’t stop, watching this madness. »
The Globosomes are orb-like creatures that live on a distant planet, and in this short animated film, we witness everything from the birth of their planet, through the appearance of Globosome intelligence, and to the death of the entire alien species.
Now this is one of the sillier takes we’ve seen on Pluto’s journey from planet to dwarf planet, but it’s also pretty adorable. In the short film Stellar Moves: The Story of Pluto, Pluto is a young man who wants to join the popular dancers known as the Planets, but he’s going to need some astronomical help on his moves. »
Hikari Toriumi’s short anime film Koishi doesn’t need color to be to be utterly luminous. In fact, its grayscale palette makes its tale of a boy in mourning all the more the more breathtaking. »
Amumu: The Curse of the Sad Mummy provides the backstory for the League of Legends character of the same name, but even if you’re not familiar with the video game, it’s still great fun to watch the little cadaver wander through his strange world while the narrator sings his tragic tale. »
We’ve got the exclusive cover reveal for the the wildly wonderful, soon-to-be released Steven Universe guidebook. Plus, we take an in-depth look at the world of the Crystal Gems straight from Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar herself.
The PG-13 rating wasn’t introduced Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system until 1984, but why and how did it impact the ways that sex and violence are portrayed in mainstream American films? This video from Pitchfork takes a quick look at the history of PG-13 cinema. »
In the short film Red Witch, an aging geologist hopes to learn Mars’ history before terraforming alters the planet’s landscape forever. But she finds that the people she’s working with aren’t interested in hearing Mars’ story — they just want to prepare the planet for colonization. »
In the short film Dodoba, a toad is discovered over the murdered body of a frog in an Edo period Japanese village. But while the townsfolk are convinced he is guilty, the toad tells a strange story about the true culprit. »
Nata Metlukh’s graduation project takes a lovely turn, following a man whose phone reveals fears as black dots living on everyone’s shoulders. As you encounter the thing you fear, they grow in size and power. »
In the short animated film An Object at Rest, we see a sleepy, anthropomorphized rock changing and moving over the course of eons. But the rock’s journey really speeds up — and its rest interrupted — once humans enter the picture. »
A passion project for producer Salma Hayek, who also heads up the voice cast along with Liam Neeson, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet taps eight animators (including Bill Plympton and Nina Paley) to bring Gibran’s poetry to life. The frame story is helmed by The Lion King co-director Roger Allers. »
Brown-eyed beastie Chubzilla may seem like a harmlessly delusional fellow (except for all the indiscriminate stomping), but don’t get between him and dessert. Seriously, DON’T. This thesis film was co-directed Elizabeth Lee and Dominik Koscinski, students at New York City’s School of Visual Arts. »