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"I don't want your touch… It's not that I don't want you… There's a hole that you fill…" Here at FS, we are fans and supporters of all styles and all kinds of animation - hand-drawn, computer animated, anime, big and small, plus everything inbetween. This music video for the Mitski song "A Pearl" is stunning, animated collectively by Art Camp, lead by designers & animators Saad Moosajee and Danaé Gosset. The process involved printing out all 1,480 frames and having them hand-drawn & hand-painted, then scanning them back in to make the final film. It's entrancing to watch, especially when it gets all twisty and goes on a wild acid trip halfway through. "The result is a swirling and chaotic world that consumes the main character in a wave of adrenaline-pumping emotion." Take a quick three minute break and enjoy this animated short film.
"I think we're both just… trapped under the same spell." Locus Animation has debuted an official trailer for the new animated film Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs, a twisted new take on the Snow White fairy tale. This was made in Korea by a Korean filmmaker, but features English voices to reach a wider audience worldwide. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the voice of Snow White, along with a cast including Sam Claflin, Gina Gershon, Patrick Warburton, Jim Rash, and Frederik Hamel. Moretz spoke out about this project a few years back, when the marketing was accused body-shaming. Now it seems they've switched things up a bit. Princes who have been turned into Dwarfs seek the red shoes of a woman in order to break the spell, although it will not be easy. Described as "a parody with a twist," of course. Alas, this just doesn't look good.
"Brace for impact!" Strap in and get ready. Netflix has unleashed a feast of 18 different "NSFW" sci-fi short films as part of an anthology series titled Love, Death & Robots (or also just Love Death + Robots). Produced by Tim Miller (of Blur Studio) and David Fincher, this series is a bit like "Black Mirror" meets "Heavy Metal", with different writers/directors taking on each short film. And each one is just as different as the next, presenting alternate histories, robots, aliens, werewolves, A.I., and much more. This project came out of nowhere - or at least they didn't announce it publicly in advance. And yet, it is already here! Netflix just released Love, Death & Robots (all 18 shorts) on their service today. If any of these look good, just open up and watch. The shorts range from 5 to 17 minutes in length, and were made by various studios, directors, and talent (full list on Wikipedia). As a big sci-fi geek, I cannot wait to watch these. They all look awesome.
"I am the only man on Earth today who can achieve this wonder." Whoa - this is cool. The Tesla World Light is a short film produced by the National Film Board of Canada, which initially premiered at festivals in 2017. It's now available online to watch and it's seriously mesmerizing. Canadian filmmaker Matthew Rankin and his production designer Dany Boivin built hand-operated rigs to animate this video using light painting, to tell Tesla's story with light itself. "The idea is to tell the story using an abstract visual language." Nikola Tesla was one the premiere inventors of the 19th and 20th centuries. His most grandiose invention was the World System at Wardenclyffe Tower, which was intended to provide free and unlimited power to everyone on the planet. Once his benefactor J.P. Morgan realized there was no profit to be made in Tesla's vision of free energy, however, he pulled his funding. Very sad story. This is a terrific short! Watch it below.
"Making people happy like that… Inn work is amazing!" GKids has debuted a full-length official US trailer for the cute Japanese anime Okko's Inn, a charming film from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator for many classic films from Studio Ghibli. Okko's Inn is about a young girl who loses her parents in a car accident. She moves to the countryside with her grandmother who runs a traditional Japanese inn. While she prepares to be the next owner of the inn, Okko can somehow see friendly ghosts. This first premiered at the Annecy Festival last year. It "seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. Okko's Inn delivers a rare ghost story that –despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity." GKids will be playing both the English dub and the subtitled version in theaters for only one weekend in April coming up.
"And that is why you don't mix diesel with petrol!" Blue Fox Entertainment has released the official US trailer for an animated children's movie titled Wheely, produced by KRU Studios and Kartun Studios. This Malaysian animated movie is one of the most blatant Cars ripoffs we've ever seen, and it looks horrible in every possible way. It's no surprise that thanks to Cars being beloved by kids worldwide, it is often ripped off and remade internationally, but what is surprising is that anyone even cares to watch this. In the film, Wheely, a cabbie from the lower ranks of society, faces a great uphill battle to save his dream girl from a monstrous 18-wheeler truck who is the mastermind of a luxury car-napping syndicate. The film features the voices of Ogie Banks, Frances Lee, Gavin Yap, Brock Powell, Thomas Pang, Barbara Goodson, Tamyka White, Jay Sheldon, and Armando Valdez. This looks so, so bad. It's not even worth a watch.
"You start to see the world… in a different way." GKids has released an official US trailer for an animated drama from Spain titled Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, made by filmmaker Salvador Simó (of Paddle Pop Adventures 2: Journey Into the Kingdom). Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles tells the true story of how Buñuel made his second movie. Set in Paris in the 1930s, Buñuel's sculptor Ramón Acin friend buys a lottery ticket with the promise that, if he wins, he will pay for his next film. Remarkably, he ends up a winner, and the two set off to make the short doc Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan (aka Land Without Bread). I really like how they integrate the original live-action footage into the animation, though this film doesn't seem as surreal as I was hoping - aside from that shot of Dali's elephants. I'm still curious about this.
"We're going to need a bigger slingshot." Sony Pictures Animation and Rovio Animation have revealed the teaser trailer for The Angry Birds Movie 2, a sequel to one of the worst animated movies ever. Why do we need more?! The Angry Birds Movie 2, of course, continues where the first left off with all the birds and pigs still going at it. There isn't even much of a synopsis, only a vague description stating that "the flightless birds and scheming green pigs take their beef to the next level." Ugh. The humongous voice cast features: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones, Bill Hader, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina, Sterling K. Brown, Eugenio Derbez, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage, Zach Woods, Dove Cameron, Lil Rel Howery, Nicki Minaj, and Brooklynn Prince. Honestly, I couldn't care less about this movie. Have fun.
"There. You're cured. Hallelujah." Universal + Illumination have debuted a sixth character trailer for Chris Renaud's The Secret Life of Pets 2, the sequel to the animated hit from a few years ago about pets and the life they have after their owners leave. This teaser is for a dog named Rooster, voiced by Harrison Ford, making his first appearance in this series. The first teaser featured the dog Max, the second teaser was for the cat Chloe, the third teaser for the rabbit Snowball, the fourth teaser for Daisy, and the fifth for Gidget as voiced by Jenny Slate. The full voice cast also includes Patton Oswalt, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Albert Brooks, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Kylie Hart, Nick Kroll, & Pete Holmes. We're still hoping to see a full-length trailer for this sequel soon, but for now, meet Rooster.
Awww. Another adorable, heartwarming short from Pixar. The animation studio has unveiled the third short film as part of their exciting SparkShorts program, featuring innovative and creative short films made at the studio by first-time filmmakers. Following the first two shorts, Purl, and Smash and Grab, this new one is about an unexpected friendship. Kitbull is about a fiercely independent stray kitten and a big pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time. The animation style for this one is much than Pixar's usual work, utilizing a hand-drawn look instead of Pixar's typical 3D rendered style. It reminds me of old Disney animated films. And it has that same charm and authenticity with the story. This might be one of my favorite Pixar shorts they've ever made, it's just lovely and amusing and so cute. Watch Kitbull in full below.
They're back!! Get ready for another adventure with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf again. Disney Animation has unveiled the first teaser trailer for Frozen 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the global phenomenon Frozen - first released in 2013. The first movie is still beloved and still regarded as an international favorite with audiences all over, and this one will be playing off of that. This trailer re-introduces the characters all over again, but without any dialogue. We do get to see Elsa trying to freeze ocean water, and Kristoff riding more reindeer, and some other interesting glimpses near the end. What is the plot about? Is fall coming? Is something happening to the kingdom? We're not really sure, but that's the point. Featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, as well as new music from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. This is a good teaser, plenty to pique your curiosity.
Yes!! Pixar made a short film about robots?! Awesome. The latest SparkShorts film from Pixar Animation Studios is titled Smash and Grab, and it's available online for viewing for free now. Just last week they launched the first short online - Purl directed by Kristen Lester - and they've followed it up with this one being released next. From director Brian Larsen, Smash and Grab is a tale of two robots. After years of toiling away inside the engine room of a towering locomotive, two antiquated robots will risk everything for freedom and for each other. This definitely feels like it fits right into the Wall-E universe, and the sound design is especially amazing and a key part of the characters. I am totally loving these SparkShorts, they're superbly entertaining and unique and clever. I hope they keep this program going for a while. Watch below.