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The tongue is a very sensual part of the human body. It has many uses beyond allowing us to speak and create words & sounds. Tongue is a very sultry, sensual animated short film made by a filmmaker named Kaho Yoshida. She animated this and created this as a personal project, entirely on her own time. It's only 2 minutes long and goes hand-in-hand with the other pleasure short we posted recently - Klimax. The film is about Yoshida's personal experiences with men, about how sometimes she'd prefer to just steal their tongue, take it home, and use it for her own pleasure without having to hear them speak (or deal with them at all). Sounds quite nice, actually. Featuring the voice of Colin Chapin. The way she visualizes and animates this little climatic fairy tale is quite enticing, let's just say. It's a beautiful animated film that is an alluring watch.
The famous, beloved tale of the wooden puppet named Pinocchio has been passed down from generation to generation since 1883 when Italian author Carlo Collodi released the iconic children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. Countless literary, film, television, and stage adaptations have taken the story and transported it from decade to decade without losing the essence of the original work. 2022 already provided Disney's live-action version, based on their own 1940 musical, but the filmmakers Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson are also ready to deliver us their own stop-motion animated – and improved – reimagination.
Is your cat a demon? Do your cat like to wreak havoc in your home? Warning - they may be a cuddly, furry demon after all! This adorable, super cute film titled My Cat Lucy is a must watch 2-minute short. Made by animation filmmaker Kate Vaillant as her thesis project from the Ringling College of Art & Design (and it looks like she snagged a job at DreamWorks Animation). Check it out if you like cute characters who turn out to be a little evil. ("Lucy is short for Lucifer incase you didn't catch that.") Featuring voice acting by Philip Lamont. This has been making its way around the web already, with almost a million views so far. And it deserves the attention! As always, it's amazing to see how much can be packed into 2 minutes. And all of the animation and design is entirely by Vaillant on her own. So adorable. I want to cuddle with Lucy now.
"Cross through the flames, huntress." You've never seen any short film like this before. The Voice in the Hollow is an animated short film created by Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma. Described as "an African fable of sisterhood, envy and ancient evil", it tells the story of Ala and Coa from the Leopards tribe. When her sister outshines her once again, Coa meets a mysterious entity, the morning star and the bestower of gifts, that can grant her wish… It's animated and rendered with the Unreal Engine 5, though it has a stop-motion look and feel. At first glance I thought this was made with marionettes and miniature sets, but it's all CGI and looks incredible. The film features the voices of Janeth Makungo, Rosalie Akinyi, Goodluck Gabriel, and Kaitlyn O'Connell. It's a very dark tale with some seriously frightening imagery, but that's part of why this is a one-of-a-kind creation. I really dig the masks in this, everything about its visual style is stunning. Enjoy.
"Wahoo!!" Universal and Illumination Animation have debuted an amazing full-length trailer for the epic animated Super Mario Bros. Movie, arriving in theaters worldwide next April. This looks like quite an adventure that might live up to all the decades of Mario legacy. This movie is produced by Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto with Illumination's CEO Chris Meledandri. A plumber named Mario travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess. The movie features the voices of Chris Pratt as Mario, Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser (of course), Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek, and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. I am digging all the little details in here - from the Tanooki suit, to Luigi's goofiness, to the fire flower, to the Rainbow Road Mario Kart finale. All the nostalgia! But I still love it. This looks great, seriously, I'm impressed so far.
Time for a kinky, sensual journey into the world of female pleasure. Klimax is an animated short film made by an Austrian animation filmmaker named Bea Höller. After playing at numerous festivals this year it's finally available to watch online and it's just stunning. "An invitation to all women to find their own way to pleasure and a plea against sexual violence." Klimax explores the topic of female masturbation in order to redefine the already negatively connoted image of the female sex and thus strives to create new aesthetic associations of femininity. Klimax is meant to show how unique and beautiful every woman's body is. It's a very alluring 3 minute short that follows this naked plastic Barbie on a journey into the realm of pleasure and sensuality reaching a climax at the end, a reminder that we should all (both men and women) embrace female pleasure more. This pair perfectly playing with this year's excellent Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.
"So, what are we hunting?" Marvel has launched an animated short film titled The Daywalker, the latest in a series of short films telling the prequel stories that lead to the creation of the Midnight Suns superhero team. This is actually a promo for a new Marvel video game, but while we wait for Disney to figure out how to make the next Blade movie, we can enjoy this in the meantime. The Daywalker is the 4th of 5 Prequel Shorts that explain how & why the Midnight Suns heroes have united to oppose the Mother of Demons. "After years of losing himself to the vampiric beast within, Caretaker helped him regain control to become the Blade we know and love (and who vampires fear and hate). She’s one of the few people he respects, and it’s largely because the feeling is mutual." There's no info on who exactly is voicing Blade in this, but it's cool to see him back anyway. The short is only 2-and-1/2-minutes – but it's worth a watch if you're a Marvel fan.
"Weirdly I just couldn't stop thinking about my job." What do you think about on your day off? Maybe some of these same thoughts? 3D filmmaker / animator Julian Glander has released his new short film online titled Tennis Ball on His Day Off. It's a whimsical, thought-provoking, amusing 2-and-1/2-minute short featuring a tennis ball talking about his (or her) thoughts that come to mind while he's not being a ball on a tennis court. A tennis ball reflects on aging, self-improvement, hustle culture, and his own mortality. Julian adds: "Well I sure do hope u all 'love' watching this short film! Don't worry it's just a tennis joke it'll make more sense after u watch it." Featuring singer Clairo as the voice of the ball, plus Karsten Runquist as Handsome Howie. This would be perfect as a short film opener with Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Enjoy.
All aboard!! Will you go down with the ship when it sinks? Will you even notice that it's sinking? That's the key question in this film. Arka is a funky, intriguing animated short made by a Croatian filmmaker named Natko Stipaničev. This would play perfectly as the opening to Ruben Östlund's Triangle of Sadness. Arka, a grotesque story about a grandiose transoceanic cruise ship sailing the seas, is Stipaničev's first film after university. The young animation artist earned his BA from the Arts Academy in Split and his MA from the Animation Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. It's clearly commentary on climate change and how so many ignore the fact that we're on a sinking ship. The people are wonky - but it's worth a watch.
"Space is not a place for kids!!" But it looks like fun anyway!! Netflix has launched an incredible teaser trailer for an animated series called My Dad The Bounty Hunter, which looks way better than the title makes it seem. This is the latest project from animation filmmaker Everett Downing Jr., who won an Oscar for his work co-directing the short film Hair Love a few years ago. From Creators / Exec Producers Everett Downing & Patrick Harpin, My Dad the Bounty Hunter is a warp-speed adventure across the constellation of ups, downs and moments in between that shape family life. The hyperdrive adventures of two kids who discover their seemingly average joe dad is actually an intergalactic bounty hunter! Dodging dangerous aliens and laser fights galore, this family bonding time goes to the extreme. With a voice cast featuring Laz Alonso, Yvonne Orji, Priah Ferguson, Yvette Nicole Brown, JeCobi Swain, Leslie Uggams, Rob Riggle, Jim Rash, and Jamie Chung. This is awesome!! All the adventures they're going to have in space. It's way more epic than expected, there's a whole universe out there. And it seems wholesome and heartfelt.
Surprise!! It's time to watch this. Disney has debuted a brand new, hand-drawn animated short film made by Studio Ghibli called Zen - Grogu and Dust Bunnies. The very first, official Studio Ghibli + Star Wars crossover. Hooray!! The 3-minute short film is available to watch on Disney+ right now, streaming within the Star Wars section. The film features the beloved, iconic "Baby Yoda" – whose real name is Grogu, featuring long, flowing pink ears in this one – encountering and interacting with the soot sprites from the Ghibli films (aka "dust bunnies" or Susuwatari in Japanese). They first appeared in My Neighbor Totoro and also showed up in Spirited Away. This was initially teased a few days ago with cryptic tweets, then The Wrap picked up on a tease from the Italian Disney+ Twitter mentioning the film. But no details were known about it and nothing was revealed at all before today. There's not much to this, but it is so so so wonderful to see Lucasfilm collaborating with Studio Ghibli. Now make an entire feature film next! Please and thank you.
"Am I on the only one with the power to change my life? To change the lives of others?" Netflix revealed the official trailer for an animated musical titled Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, the second major new update on this holiday story. The other one is also kind of a musical, Apple TV+'s Spirited featuring Ryan Reynolds & Will Ferrell. Produced by Timeless Films in association with Axis Studios, Charles Dickens' ageless legend is reborn in this supernatural, time-travelling, musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story. On a cold Christmas Eve, selfish miser Ebenezer Scrooge has one night left to face his past — and change the future — before time runs out. The film stars Luke Evans (voices Scrooge), Olivia Colman (voices Past), Jessie Buckley (voices Isabel Fezziwig), Johnny Flynn (voices Bob Cratchit), Fra Fee (voices Harry Huffam), Giles Terera (voices Tom Jenkins), Trevor Dion Nicholas (voices Present), James Cosmo (voices Mr Fezziwig), and Jonathan Pryce (voices Jacob Marley). I'm not a big fan of the animation style in this, but the rest of it actually looks pretty good. I love the doggie. Should be a fun watch during the winter holidays.