Obama’s Animated “Birth Video”

A bit of old news, but too funny not to run. Obama took a hilarious shot at the Birther camp at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner last week. The best part was his wisecrack after his “birth video” ran:

I want to make clear to the Fox News table — that was a joke. That was not my real birth video. That was a children’s cartoon. Call Disney if you don’t believe me. They have the original long-form version.

via Cartoon Brew

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Disney’s “Pressure in Life” PSA

Finals week is upon us. That means long days in the library, all-nighters, and STRESS. I get it, I’m right there with you. But all that stress and strain is unhealthy. Here to tell you how to take a chill pill is this educational film from Disney’s Triangle of Health series in the 1960s. Disney-nerds, this film was headed up by Erik Larson and animated by the nine old men. Everyone else, enjoy the ’60s-era wackiness and remember to take deep breaths, finals are not the end of the world!

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Mega Man vs. Starscream in Stop-Mo Deathmatch

Taiwanese filmmaker Counter656 created this awesome stop-motion animated film pitting video game hero Mega Man against booby traps, Gundam mechs, and Decepticon lieutenant Starscream. Given how little articulation some of those figures have, particularly Mega Man and Zero, this is excellently animated. Notice how expressive Mega Man’s face is and how natural his gestures are. Using action figure packaging backboards for walls and scenery was a clever move that gives the environment a nice MST3K feel. Good stuff all around.

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Super Link Round Up!

Hey all, it’s been a while since I’ve updated. There’s a lot of cool news and projects coming out of the animation world so I figured I’d throw together a massive news update post to cover all the stories I slacked off on earlier. Hit the jump for all the articles, videos, and news. Read the rest of this entry »

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Music Video: Mishkin – Good Day to Die

A Butter God is commanding the grim reaper (Craig) to carry out his sick and twisted deeds because of a rough history between Butter God and Mr Toast. Grim unwillingly carries out his orders until eventually he snaps and decided to rid the city of the filthy cretins that dwell within it.

Though this type of music isn’t really my thing, the animation in this music video is excellent. The whole video was created by two people, Ben Daure and Tom Box of Grape Productions, over the course of eight months. Read about the production process after the jump.

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Trailer of the Day: Rango Super Bowl Spot

A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it.

I was incredibly ambivalent toward this film until I saw this Super Bowl spot. The insult contest with the Mattie Ross analogue made me laugh and I’m really starting to love the hyper-detailed animation style present in the various anthropomorphized critters. Here’s hoping the film is as enjoyable as this trailer.

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And now for something completely different

Ready for a dose of extra-strength insanity?

Yes, Flava Flav is voicing a blue Viking version of Father Time. That is a thing that is actually happening.

Depending on how well the show can sustain the initial level of crazy that the theme song presents, Yoohoo and Friends could be an awesome throwback to the absurdist ’90s cartoons like series creator Dan Feiss’ own I Am Weasel and Cow and Chicken. A lot of the show’s appeal is going to rest on the fuzzy critters’ shoulders. If they can make the fairly thin fetch-quest plot enjoyable then I think the show has a shot.

Thoughts? Do you think this show can find an audience? Is casting Flava Flav a silly publicity stunt or a stroke of warped genius? Can anyone explain why Father Time has the power to turn business executives into adorable animals?

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Trailer of the Day: The Secret of Kells

When Vikings attack an Irish abbey, the monks must stop work on the legendary Book of Kells and protect their home. So Brendan (voiced by Evan McGuire), the 12-year-old nephew of Abbott Cellach (Brendan Gleeson), is tasked with completing the magnificent work. Now, he must confront his most intense fears as he uses his illumination skills and braves the enchanted forest outside the abbey walls in this exhilarating, Oscar-nominated animated tale.

This looks like an Irish Miyazaki film with Samurai Jack/Thief and the Cobbler style animation. And I am so down for that. How cool is that little girl?

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Super Baozi: the most surreal asskicker of all

When I got up this morning I had some expectations for my day. Class, laundry, homework, maybe a movie or some gaming tonight. What I did not expect was to watch a pair of Chinese animated shorts about a sentient steamed bun that can deliver an epic beat down in addition to singing and dancing. Super Baozi is a bun with a love of Bruce Lee and catchy pop tunes and nunchuck skills that would make Michelangelo envious. With his sidekick Fierce Fly, Baozi takes on enemies like Sushi Man and does a mean cover of “Dragon Fist” by Jay Chou (Kato of the recent Green Hornet film). Hit the jump and get ready for the crazy. Read the rest of this entry »

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A look at the new Thundercats

HOOOOOO!!The Thundercats phenomenon was a bit before my time, but I can see its legacy throughout today’s pop culture even without having seen the original series. A modern reboot of the cartoon is slated to hit the airwaves later this year and the first images of the new series have found their way onto the interwebs. Hit the jump for two new pictures of the anime-styled cast of the new Thundercats. Read the rest of this entry »

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