The Ornament by Pat Dorian is a festive themed stop motion animation that's somewhat lacking in festive cheer. 

Via: quietearth.us


Bite Sized Frights

To celebrate Halloween, we've collected together a selection of horror themed short films.

The French Doors ... a dark DIY tale from New Zealand, written and directed by Steve Ayson.

Chainsaw Maid ... A faithful maid takes on flesh munching zombies in Takena's claymation masterpiece.

Forklift Driver Klaus ... Stefan Prehn and Jorg Wagne show u why health and safety regulations really should be followed

Cornucopia ...Paul Couvela takes us on a vist to a very strange pub indeed.

Toxic ...In Andrew McEwan's short an unusual evil has arisen, requiring equally unusual hero's to defeat it.

The Cat With Hands ... the story of a cat who, legend has it, longs to become human.

What They Ate ...In this animated short conceived and created by Nadia Moss a most unsettling meal is consumed.

Insanophenia ...Two dim-witted exterminators face a truly horrific stop motion terror, in Steven Kostanski's short film.

Hell ...An nightmarish experimental stop motion vista from David Firth, Jimi Mwng and Crusty Crayfields.

The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello ...A disgraced aerial navigator flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself.

Greed ...has consequences


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MrDisgusting posted this over at bloody-disgusting.com and its really is a very cool bit of claymation. From youtube user 'takena' comes this excellent claymation short about a faithful maid and flesh munching zombies.

You can check out takena's website Here 

Via: www.bloody-disgusting.com


Paul Couvela' Cornucopia like Toxic is another great stop motion short that was featured on Fourmations (Showcase for animation on UK Channel 4) back in the 90's.Paul Couvela has since spent his time working on the hit UK animation for younger children Bob the Builder amongst other things

Via: YouTube "mlucifersam"


I first saw Toxic back in the 90's on Fourmations (Showcase for animation on UK Channel 4) and its quite possibly my favourite animated short ever. Andrew McEwan won a BAFTA for Best Animated Film for it back in 1991 and although he has gone on to work in Film and television mostly as Second Unit Director or Assistant Director he sadly does not seem to have made another animated film.

Music by: Simon Desorgher

Shame there's not a better quality version floating around.

Via: YouTube "mlucifersam"


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Written, directed and animated by Robert Morgan, The Cat With Hands is a multi-award-winning, 4-minute short from 2001. The project forms part of London-based Animus Film's output and was funded by Channel 4.

This film is "the story of a cat who, legend has it, longs to become human," but, based on a recurring nightmare from his sister's youth as it is, and being the product of creative mind with a certain interest in the macabre, this is about as far away from a cute kitty tale as you can get.

A devilishly dark delight well-rooted in the tradition of fairytales. Enjoy!


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Automatic Vaudeville Studios short animated film What They Ate.

Via: Twitch Film


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Stop frame claymation by David Firth, Jimi Mwng and Crusty Crayfields.

www.fat-pie.com

Via: www.youtube.com/user/Doki66


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"Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself."

It was a pleasant surprise to see Anthony Lucas' BAFTA and Oscar nominated short film "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello" appear online over at Quiet Earth. This was a favorite of Fiona's when we attended the KinoFilm festival a couple of years ago and it really is a superb film.

www.jaspermorello.com | monsterdistributes.com | Monster Distributes YouTube

Via: Nemobay


Greed is an animated short by Alli Sadegiani. Done as final assignment at AnimationMentor. Finished and rendered after the graduation in June 2008.

www.embrya.se


A lighthouse keeper finds himself awakened from his slumber and is forced to face off against a giant light loving insect.

Le phare AKA The Lighthouse or The Lighthouse keeper is a short animated film produced by Gobelins students David Francois, Rony Hotin, Jérémie Moreau, Baptiste Rogron, Gaëlle Thierry and Maïlys Vallade.


Coming hot on the heels of the recently featured and rather superb video to Major Lazer's Hold The Line is this equally superb fan video by Troy Cummins. Featuring my favourite animal, the very lovely sloth, Troy's Zumbi is a sweet zombie sloth mashup taken from his own Slothvision series.

WARNING: contains lyrical and visual content of a somewhat 'adult' nature, so unless you're going on the offensive at work it's probably best to leave this one for hometime.

Troy Cummins can be found at MySpace producing his own musical mashups.

Via: Sunday FanVid: Zumbi SlothVision


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Video for Ape School's 'Wail To God' taken from Ape School's eponymous début album out now on Counter Records.

If I'm honest, I have to say I don't care much for the track myself. Anthony Schepperd's 70's style, somewhat psychedelic animation in the video however is rather marvellous.

Via: Anthony Schepperd - Vimeo


The Bronson Maneuver is a retro 60's Spy inspired short created as an entry for "CGChallenge XXIV - Secret Agent" at cgsociety.org.

The short features the work of:
Ryan Sluman - Puppet & Animation - ryansluman.com
Joon Kim - Concepts & Storyboards - chickenwithbroccoli.blogspot.com
Danny Dahlquist - Cleanup, SFX & Original Music
Mike McCain - Environments & Effects - mikebot.net

There's also a rather cool little trailer for the short.

If you like this you should check out  Stephane Coedel's A Kiss From Tokyo" Theatrical trailer

Via: Mike McCain (Vimeo)


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Trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox directed by Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) and based on teh book by Roald Dahl. 

The film Featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.

The film has it's world premiere at The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival.


Voltage is Short animated film from Brazilian animation studio Bam.

"Just like modular synthesizers, people connect with each other in order to achieve diverse objectives. In Voltage, robots, half-human and half-synthesizer, powered by a huge amount of energy, connect to each other in an electric and chaotic trance."

www.bamstudio.com.br

Via: www.vimeo.com


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Mister Cok is the owner of a large bomb factory. Looking for efficiency and profit, he decides to replace his workers by sophisticated robots. The formers stare helplessly at the toil of the robotic labourers. But one of the workers does not accept being discarded so easily ... Find out more  www.monsieurcok.com

Via Savage Popcorn / Twitch Film


"A Kiss From Tokyo", Theatrical Trailer (1964) - Yuki 7 dashes around the world in hot pursuit of the tantalizingly tricky Diamond Eye, who is stealing parts and plans and leaving behind a path of murdered scientists in her quest to build a missile inside her volcanic lair.

This rather wonderful retro animated faux trailer was created by Stephane Coedel, a French animator living in London.

Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7 - Cover

The Character Yuki 7 is the creation of illustrator Kevin Dart, whose book "Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7" is available for pre-order.

I think the trailer works really well in capturing that Modesty Blaise, Golgo 13, Lupin The Third, Avengers, James Bond etc. spy vibe

Props to kanYe West : Blog

Via: Stephane Coedel - Vimeo


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Luke Randall's Reach is the short tale of a tiny robot is given the gift of life with only one limitation, the length of his power cable. Apart from lovely animation, the sound design for the short is rather impressive to.

Reach is part of The National Film Board of Canada / Cannes Short Film Corner / Youtube online short film competition.

 

Via: National Film Board of Canada (YouTube Channel)


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In this short by Joaquin Baldwin "A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death."

Sebastian's Voodoo is part of The National Film Board of Canada / Cannes Short Film Corner / Youtube online short film competition.

Via: National Film Board of Canada (YouTube Channel)


The Hyde Tube

The Hyde Tube is the brainchild of Paris-based production company Mr. Hyde. The aim is to showcase the work of short film directors, with a view to connecting them with potential clients. For the rest of us, it's a cool place to kill some time watch some neat little shorts.

The Hyde Tube


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In Jason Steele's animated short, Charlie the Unicorns "friends" return to take Charlie on an underwater adventure

SecretAgentBob Youtube Channel | FilmCow

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In Jason Steele's animated short, Charlie the Unicorn is once again the unwilling participant in a magical adventure.

SecretAgentBob Youtube Channel | FilmCow

Via: FilmCow


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This animated short by Run Wrake was my top pick from the Kino Film Festival 2006 and, like one of my recent short film picks, Pencil Face, is a dark tale to be careful what you wish for. Enjoy!


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A story of love, war, and triumph over adversity. Or is it? In adrian molina's CalArts junior film for the year 2006.

adrianmolina.blogspot.com


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Short animation by Joel Green

www.the-itch.co.uk 

Via: www.animwatch.com


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MUTO is a short film by Blu an ambiguous animation painted on public walls.
Made in Buenos Aires and in Baden (fantoche).

www.blublu.org 

Via: The Head of Alfredo Garcia


A short anti-piracy movie / advert produced for The Cairo International Film Festival by Aroma Designs & Solutions

I'm not sure how much effect it will have on piracy (well thats a lie I know dam well ... none), but it's a great little piece of animation in and of itself.

www.cairofilmfest.org


Eric Leiser's animated Short Forest

Eric's live action / animation feature Imagination comes to DVD in a couple of moths time (Feb 28 2008) via Vanguard International Cinema and you can pick up his shorts collection on DVD now.

Source: www.albinofawn.com (you can check out more of Leiser's work here)


Style guide images for DreamWorks Shrek The Third which comes to North American theatres May 18 2007 and hits the UK on June 29th 2007. These images are used throughout the animation process to help the various animators and artists make sure the characters retain the same look and proportions throughout the finished film.

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www.shrekthethird.com | www.dreamworksanimation.com | Shrek The Third - Images |Trailer


Trailer for the animated short 'The Windmill Boy' from director Dan Richards.

There are also a couple of clips from the movie online: Clip 1 (The Storm) | Clip 2 (The Foraging Tree)

Also make sure you check out the "making of video" over at the films Myspace Page.

The Windmill Boy’ is a fantasy adventure, which tells the tale of a boy kept prisoner in a windmill by an evil horde, until one day a storm gives him the inspiration for escape. The story has been influenced by the style and themes of productions like Jim Henson’s ‘The Storyteller’ and ‘The Dark Crystal’ and animations like ‘Trapdoor’. (synopsis from stopmotionpro.com)

The film took 18 months to produce and was made on a very small budget. The film has been made as a piolt for a 28 minute special, which is currently being written.

I loved stuff like The Storyteller, The dark Crystal and really loved Trapdoor back in the day, so this really appeals to me.

www.windmillboy.co.uk


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Blood Tea And Red String is a handmade stop-motion fairy tale for adults.

Thirteen years in the making, Christiane Cegavske’s dialogue free film tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart’s desire.

The Mice commission the Oak Dwellers to create a beautiful doll for them. When she is complete, the Creatures fall in love with her and refuse to give her up. Resorting to thievery the Mice abscond with her in the middle of the night.

Meet fantastical creatures and view dazzling scenery as the Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak journey through this mystical land to reclaim their love. See the mice descend into debauchery as they become drunk on blood tea! See what happens when the Oak Dwellers eat the yellow fruit!

A heart rending musical score that was composed and performed by Mark Growden accompanies this disturbing and wondrous adventure.

Blood Tea And Red String Trailer at mystopmo.com | Trailer at the official site

Blood Tea And Red String webpage | www.myspace.com/bloodtearedstring


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stilt_walkers

Wow, this was produced by 23 year old Van der Haeghe Alexis from Belgium, as part of his BA in Computer Graphics.

Watch Stilt Walkers

www.vdhalexis.eu/stiltwalkers.html

www.vdhalexis.eu

Via: www.vdhalexis.com


elephants dream

The film tells the story of Emo and Proog, two people with different visions of the surreal world in which they live. Viewers are taken on a journey through that world, full of strange mechanical birds, stunning technological vistas and machinery that seems to have a life of its own.

‘Elephants Dream’ is the result of almost a year of work, a project initiated and coordinated by the Blender Foundation. Six people from the Blender user/development community were selected to come over to Amsterdam to work together on an animated short movie, utilizing Open Source tools only.

You can download the entire short film for free HERE

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www.elephantsdream.org | www.blender.org


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