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Watch: Trippy Animated Music Video for 'I Gotta Cry' by Klaus Layer

'I Gotta Cry' by Rick Flair Music Video

Some of the most original and wild and totally crazy animation being made these days happens to be created for music videos. The latest must watch music video is this one for the song "I Gotta Cry" by Rick Flair & Klaus Layer. The animation in here is created by an Italian animator named Francesca Colombara, who is known for her incredibly funky, weird, trippy designs and super weird characters float and flying all over the screen. This one is definitely that kind of psychedelic journey vibe, an ideal fit for this retro dance track. If you dig her style, check out more of her work or hire her to make some animation for your project. There's no specific explanation or story behind what's happening in this video, but it involves a lot of mushrooms and strange characters interacting. Just turn down the lights, take a big puff, turn up the volume, and enjoy.

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 Posted on August 15 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Beautiful Animated Short Film 'Conversations With a Whale'

Conversations With a Whale

It's always hard to take rejection. No matter how successful you are, no matter how many times you've been rejected, it still stings. Conversations With a Whale is a stop-motion animated short film made by Anna Samo (now known as Anne Bergmann) - it's a self-referential meta story about an artist's demons dealing with rejection, including printed out versions of her own rejection letters from film festivals. In this love letter to artists, their art, and its audience, a filmmaker's constant rejections surprisingly bear fruit. "Anna Samo, or her animated alter ego in Conversations With A Whale, has a charming appearance that evokes memories of 'The Little Prince': the crown, the cape, essential questions surrounding one's own existence and a wee plant that is taken care of with lots of love are there." This is beautifully animated and uplifting, putting a positive spin on bad news. I was expecting more voiceover, but it's quite powerful as a silent film.

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 Posted on August 8 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Bloody Trailer for Extra Crazy 'Chainsaw Man' Japanese Anime Series

Chainsaw Man Anime Trailer

"If you don't take job seriously, you'll die." Mappa & Shueisha has revealed a third official trailer for an anime series titled Chainsaw Man, premiering in October in Japan and streaming on Crunchyroll in the US sometime later in 2022. This seems like the kind of anime that would come from the mind of Sam Raimi or straight out of the Evil Dead universe, but it's far from that. Following a betrayal, a young man named Denji left for the dead is reborn as a powerful devil-human hybrid after merging with his pet devil and is soon enlisted into an organization dedicated to hunting "devils". It's adapted from the manga by Tatsuki Fujimoto. Denji eventually joins the Public Safety Devil Hunters, a government agency focused on fighting against devils whenever they become a threat to the world. Featuring the voices of Kikunosuke Toya as Denji, Tomori Kusunoki as Makima, Shogo Sakata as Aki Hayakawa, and Fairouz Ai as Power. This looks like it goes entirely off the rails - some very R-rated, horror anime splattering blood galore. Fire it up.

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 Posted on August 7 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Review: 'Claydream' is a Tragic Story of a Creative Studio's Undoing

Claydream Review

Have you ever heard of Will Vinton? How many people still know who he is nowadays? Vinton was the co-founder of a stop-motion animation studio based in Portland, Oregon. He created this studio in early 1970s, known as just "Will Vinton Studios" at the time, and it ended up becoming a mainstream success - you will definitely recognize their work. They're most well known for The California Raisins, as well as a few other films including Rip Van Winkle and Dinosaur. They even won an Academy Award in 1975 for an innovative claymation short film they created (called Closed Mondays). But all that is in the past, and it's not a story anyone can recall anymore. There isn't even much info about Will Vinton Studios on Wikipedia. Why? Well, you definitely know the other name of the animation studio as it's now known today - Laika. Claydream is a documentary takes us back through the story of Will Vinton and exactly what happened to him, his success and his downfall. It's the tragic story of a beautifully creative studio's undoing at the hands of a rich bastard.

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 Posted on August 4 in Animation, Documentaries, Review | Comments

Adorable Adventure Series 'Lost Ollie' Trailer About a Stuffed Animal

Lost Ollie Trailer

"Good time to start a quest… filled with danger and mystery." Netflix has finally unveiled an official trailer for an adorable new hybrid CGI / live action series titled Lost Ollie, from two superbly talented animation filmmakers - Shannon Tindle (who was the creator of Kubo and the Two Strings) and Peter Ramsey (of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). I'm sold entirely on these two creating this. Lost Ollie is the touching story of a young boy's search for his lost stuffed animal — and the unbelievable journey his stuffed rabbit goes on trying to get home. It's about a lost toy, searching across the countryside for the boy who lost him, and the story of the boy who lost more than a best friend. The cast features Jonathan Groff as the voice of Ollie, with Gina Rodriguez, Jake Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Kesler Talbot, and Mary J. Blige. I've been waiting to see some footage from this as I have a good feeling it's going to be wonderful!! This looks like one of the cutest and most heartwarming adventures we all have the honor of enjoying this year.

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 Posted on August 2 in Animation, Streaming, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Official Trailer for Pixar's New 'Cars on the Road' Series for Disney+

Cars on the Road Series Trailer

"I'm guessing this is the beginning of something great." Disney has unveiled the official trailer for a new Pixar series streaming soon on Disney+ called Cars on the Road, another spin-off based on the always-popular-with-kids Cars franchise. "Nine new episodes. One epic road trip." This will be available to watch on Disney+ Day, September 8th, in just another month from now. "The series is a romp across the country with Lightning McQueen and Mater," says director Steve Purcell. "Like any real road trip, every day is a new mini-adventure with unexpected twists and turns." Lightning ends up on crazy fun a road trip with his best friend Mater when he reveals that his sister is getting married. They meet all kinds of strange vehicles along the way, including dinosaur cars, monster trucks, circus cars, and ghost cars. Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy. It looks like they also snuck in a Mad Max: Fury Road riff into this series. I'll watch that episode at least, because that looks like wicked fun. As for the rest - what do you think?

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 Posted on August 1 in Animation, Pixar, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Studio Trigger's 'Cyberpunk: Edgerunners' Anime Series Full Trailer

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Trailer

"Welcome to Night City… where chrome exceeds the flesh." This looks totally nuts!! Netflix has debuted the full-length official trailer for an epic futuristic anime series titled Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Inspired by and also co-developed by the video game studio CD PROJEKT RED, based on the game Cyberpunk 2077, this new sci-fi anime series will feature 10 episodes set in a cyberpunk dystopian future. In a new dystopia riddled with corruption and cybernetic implants, we follow a talented but reckless street kid named David Martinez. The series tells a standalone, 10-episode story is about this kid trying to survive in Night City — a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future. Having everything to lose, he stays alive by becoming an edgerunner — a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk. Written and produced by P.T. Adamczyk. There's still no official voice cast announced yet, despite the character intros in the trailer. This looks awesome in about 100 ways!! A bit of Akira, a bit of "Snow Crash", a bit of Blade Runner, with heaps of Cyberpunk 2077 mania thrown into this gnarly sci-fi anime series with a whole bunch of wild characters.

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 Posted on August 1 in Animation, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Watch: Stunning Animation in Music Video for Odesza's 'Light Of Day'

Odesza's Light of Day Video

This stunning animated music video is absolutely worth a watch - we're featuring it as a short film this week. The electronica duo Odesza has debuted a new album called "The Last Goodbye," and along with it they've launched this music video for the track "Light Of Day." The animation tells the story of a frail old man who notices a golden glow on a mountain in the distance. "I was fascinated by the idea of this very old character who gets rejuvenated in a sense during his struggle to experience something magical," says director Balazs Simon. It's animated to look like a painting, similar to the feature films Loving Vincent and Charlotte. The resulting film is a mix of "hand-painted backgrounds, in-camera effects, motion capture" and it's absolutely beautiful. Great work from the entire team on this one. We've featured plenty of spectacular animated music videos as short films before, including Yu Su's "Melaleuca" or L'Impératrice's "Hématome" recently. Enjoy.

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 Posted on July 28 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Magical Trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Stop-Motion 'Pinocchio' Movie

Pinocchio Trailer

"I feel as though you've been here before… the wooden boy with the borrowed soul." Ah wow! Netflix has revealed the first full-length official trailer for Pinocchio, a stunning new stop-motion animated film from Guillermo del Toro. This looks magnificent! Way better than Disney's new live-action movie with Tom Hanks. The film is set to arrive on Netflix in December at the end of this year with a theatrical release in November. GdT reinvents Carlo Collodi's classic tale of the wooden marionette who is magically brought to life in order to mend the heart of a grieving woodcarver named Geppetto. This stop-motion musical follows the mischievous & disobedient adventures of Pinocchio in his pursuit of a place in the world. Directed by del Toro & Mark Gustafson, the film features an all-star voice cast with Ewan McGregor as Cricket, David Bradley as Geppetto, and Gregory Mann as Pinocchio. Along with Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton. Of course it's no surprise that Guillermo's version of Pinocchio looks like the best cinematic telling of this story yet. Enjoy.

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 Posted on July 27 in Animation, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Full Japanese Trailer for Makoto Shinkai's Latest 'Suzume no Tojimari'

Suzume no Tojimari Trailer

"Time is a sleeper, wind the soft skin, star is a cradle, people are mirage." Japan's Toho studio has debuted a new full-length official trailer for Suzume no Tojimari, the latest from acclaimed animation filmmaker Makoto Shinkai - best known for his films Your Name and Weathering with You (recommend watching both). The title roughly translates to Suzume's Door-Locking or Closing Suzume's Door. It is a modern action adventure road story about a girl named Suzume, starring Nanoka Hara as her voice in the film. 17-year-old Suzume's journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she encounters a young man who tells her, "I'm looking for a door." Soon, doors begin to open all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster. The anime features character design by Masayoshi Tanaka, art direction by Takumi Tanji, and animation by Kenichi Tsuchiya. Well, this looks amazing! I still have no idea what is really going on. Japanese trailers are always vague, but that's fine because it is better to save the experience for discovering everything catching this in the cinema.

Full Trailer for Netflix's Anime 'Drifting Home' with a Floating Building

Drifting Home Trailer

"I don't want to leave this place!" Netflix has debuted the full-length official trailer for a Netflix-produced Japanese anime film titled Drifting Home, arriving this September. This is acclaimed animation house Studio Colorido's (of Penguin Highway and A Whisker Away) long-awaited third feature-length film. Sixth-graders Kosuke and Natsume grew up in the same apartment building as childhood friends. During summer break, while playing in the apartment building that is set to be demolished, they find themselves caught in a strange phenomenon. When they regain consciousness, they see nothing but a vast sea before them. Their apartment is now floating in the sea. Will Kosuke and the others make it back to their world? A journey of farewells in summer… With the voices of Mutsumi Tamura, Asami Seto, Daiki Yamashita, Yumiko Kobayashi, Inori Minase, & Kana Hanazawa. This looks like a very peculiar and thrilling and engaging film about a drifting building, reminds me of Howl's Moving Castle. Looks like an enjoyable summer anime.

Watch: Strange Animated Short Film 'Catisfaction' with a Giant Cat

Catisfaction Short Film

Maybe it's just a story about a man and a cat. Maybe it's something more than that? Maybe cats can change the world? Maybe not. Catisfaction is a very strange, amusing animated short film now available to watch online thanks to Short of the Week. It's created by a Portuguese animator named André Almeida, inspired by his family's cat named "Simba". It's hard to describe this, better to just watch. But here's how Almeida introduces this: "Catisfaction is a story about a man and a cat. No sorry… A man, a cat and a dream. Wait… probably a man, a cat, a dream and a vespa! It's about relationships and how they can shape our life forever. But it's also about a weird character and his cat who claims his way to the eternity." That probably won't help clarify or explain anything, but it's a fun intro anyway. This all seems so weird until it comes together at the very end with the final shot, then it all makes sense. Though I still don't know why the cat is so huge?

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 Posted on July 8 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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