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Shot-for-shot remake of the Man of Steel trailer is homespun magic

It's always fun to see what fans come up with when they Swede trailers for big special effects movies, but there's something especially delightful about this homemade remake of the Man of Steel trailer by DustFilmsOriginals. When it begins, it seems like a particularly earnest Sweding, but by the time we hit the bus… » 12/23/12 12:00pm 12/23/12 12:00pm

This is one rather trippy Punisher fan movie

Animator Luis Pelayo Junquera has taken one of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's most poignant Punisher tales — "Do Not Fall In New York City" — and transformed it into a dream-like short movie. This story sees Frank Castle not going up against his usual coterie of mafiosos, but a troubled soldier he knew from the… » 9/11/12 1:55pm 9/11/12 1:55pm

A stylish film about what happens when Superman's dog goes to the…

Well, I didn't anticipate writing that headline this morning, but Brett Underhill's sleek (albeit scatological) short about the bodily functions of Superman's dog Krypto forced my hand. Explains Underhill of Superman's Best Friend, "After a long day working two jobs, Superman's duties never seem to end when Krypto… » 8/03/12 11:25am 8/03/12 11:25am

Watch a visually impressive 23-minute Y: The Last Man fan film

The film adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's chromosomal apocalypse comic book Y: The Last Man has lingered in development hell for years, but that didn't dissuade filmmaker Christian Cardona from adapting the series out of a labor of love. He's condensed the story of the weeniest (cue cymbal crash) last… » 7/11/12 2:10pm 7/11/12 2:10pm

What if Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired on Adult Swim?

Then it might bear a strong resemblance to this concept animation by Malcolm Sutherland. Sutherland took cues from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic book, which experimented with many bizarre art styles. Here's a pared-down look at those familiar sewer shinobi of New York City. And is Michelangelo… » 7/03/12 8:40am 7/03/12 8:40am

This Star Wars student film could pass for a lost episode of Clone Wars

For a graduation project for Florida's Digital Animation and Visual Effects School, a group of students assembled this unofficial tribute to the 1980s Droids cartoon show. Watch as Artoo and Threepio go haplessly joyriding with some Jawas. Spoiler alert — the ending is reminiscent of that one incredibly ill-fated… » 6/30/12 6:45am 6/30/12 6:45am

If Portal guns were readily available in real life, you'd use them to…

At least that's the conceit of Jason Craft's Portal: Terminal Velocity, a nifty short film about a group of pals who make each other's lives miserable with their new toy. The Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device really should come with a warning informing the consumer that it possesses the power to destroy all of… » 6/12/12 10:15am 6/12/12 10:15am

What if Inception and 300 were built entirely out of LEGO bricks?

For a class project for Staffordshire University's Visual Effects and Concept Design degree program, students assembled a series of animated shorts that reimagined Hollywood blockbusters as LEGO worlds (à la the LEGO Star Wars series). These projects were assembled over a period of 12 weeks, and each represents… » 6/11/12 4:50pm 6/11/12 4:50pm

The paper puppet Prometheus trailer is slightly more disturbing than…

Here's a hoot and a half. Travis Betz has meticulously recreated the trailer to Prometheus using bobbing and swaying paper cutouts. The overall effect is unnerving, as it looks like a middle school project gone horrifically awry. Two-dimensional Noomi Rapace shuddering and Idris Elba staring off into space are… » 6/04/12 3:15pm 6/04/12 3:15pm

World of Warcraft's "Leeroy Jenkins" meme, reimagined as a heist film

Even if you have only a passing familiarity with the massive multiplayer online game World of Warcraft, you're probably aware of "Leeroy Jenkins," a comedy sketch/meme/recreation of real events about an oblivious player who dooms his teammates charging into a battle (video here, watch this first if you've never seen… » 5/29/12 7:30am 5/29/12 7:30am

Slick new Harry Potter web series takes place in New York City!

The trailer for the Harry Potter web series Auror's Tale follows the newest member of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, as he cleans up the magic streets of New York City. This (obviously unofficial) series trailer is actually pretty impressive. Or maybe we just love the look of the NYC skyline dotted with… » 5/18/12 1:55pm 5/18/12 1:55pm

What if The Avengers and X-Men had a cartoon in the style of Ren &…

Then chances are it would bear a resemblance to Junaid Chundriga's short animation Disassembled, wherein the superheroes of the Marvel Universe all have tremendously lousy days. Now we know why the Silver Surfer didn't get his own movie after the second Fantastic Four flick. Also, I want to see a cartoon where Groot » 5/13/12 7:05am 5/13/12 7:05am