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BBC animation celebrates Dylan Thomas

Wednesday, 8th October 2014 at 4:27pm

The Hunchback in the ParkThe BBC has marked National Poetry Day with a short animation of a Dylan Thomas poem.

The BBC Wales film features Michael Sheen performing Thomas’ ‘The Hunchback in the Park’, rendered visually by Aardman Animations.

The actor said: “The animation brings Dylan Thomas’ poem to life in a very imaginative and striking way and I can only hope that audiences everywhere find it as engaging as I did.”

The animation, which tells the story of a hermit in Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea, is available on iPlayer.

It will also be broadcast on television later this month to celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth.

Watch the animation here and let us know what you think.


Tagged Dylan Thomas, BBC, poetry, animation, video, creative, Aardman Animations, Michael Sheen

Kinecdysis: an animated typeface

Thursday, 29th May 2014 at 10:15am

KinecdysisAn artist has created a dynamic typeface that explores the structure and perception of individual letters.

Kinecdysis’, by Sougwen Chung, transforms the alphabet into blue, skeletal characters, which modulate and morph but retain their core shape.

Chung’s font represents ‘the modicum of our memory’ and is inspired by the Greek word ‘ecdysis’, which means ‘to shed’ or ‘to cast off’.

Discover the whole Kinecdysis alphabet here or try typing in the font here. Tell us what you think of this unique typeface.


Tagged Kinecdysis. Sougwen Chung, typeface, font, animation, typography, art, design, clever, Tumblr

'The Illusion of Life': twelve principles of animation

Monday, 19th May 2014 at 1:47pm

The Illusion of lifeA motion artist has transformed Walt Disney Studio’s twelve basic principles of animation into illustrative gifs.

Cento Lodigiani’s video ‘The Illusion of Life’ demonstrates the twelve principles, which include ‘squash and stretch’, ‘anticipation’ and ‘timing’, through the movement of a small white cube.

The principles help animators ensure their creations obey the laws of physics, have volume and weight, and have appeal.

Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, who began working for Disney in the 1930s, immortalised the principles in the book ‘Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life’.

Watch Lodigiani’s video below or take a look at his gallery of gifs here, and let us know if these could help bring your animations to life.



Tagged The Illusion of Life, twelve basic principles of animation, Cento Lodigiani, Walt Disney, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, video, cartoon, animation, gifs, illustration, design

The Colourful History of Video Games

Wednesday, 30th April 2014 at 10:07am

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Game Boy, The Drum has unearthed an infographic detailing the colourful history of video games.

The infographic, by colourlovers.com, takes a look at legendary games consoles, such as Sega Genesis and Sony Playstation, and reveals the predecessor to nostalgic game Pong.

Other interesting facts, including when video games went colour, are also in the chart.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us if you were a Sonic or Space Invaders fan.


Tagged video games, infographic, The Drum, colourlovers.com, gaming, animation, Nintendo, Sega, Sony

How big is the universe?

Thursday, 10th April 2014 at 8:27am

How big is the universe?The Royal Observatory Greenwich has released an animated video talking about the real size of the universe.

The animation was created by London animation studio Beakus.

The video talks about how scientists can calculate the actual size of the universe, and the factors that affect it.

The animation breaks down a lot of the science into analogies and principles that are easier to understand.

Take a look at the video below, and let us know if you think more scientific videos should be presented this way.



Tagged Beakus, The Royal Observatory Greenwich, video, animation, fun, science, innovative, innovation, clever

Evolution of the Bicycle

Thursday, 27th March 2014 at 5:19pm

Danish studio Visual Artwork has demonstrated the evolution of the bicycle in a fun one-minute video.

Evolution of the Bicycle’ uses only a few shapes to seamlessly transition through each era of the early bicycles and the perpetually spinning wheels add a quirky dynamism to the animation.

Famous bicycles such as the Penny Farthing and the ‘Boneshaker’ are depicted in the video, which uses Benny Goodman’s jazz piece ‘Flying Home’ as its soundtrack.

You can watch the animation below or find out more about the history of bicycles here.



Tagged Evolution of the Bicycle, Visual Artwork, Benny Goodman, animation, video, creative, fun, product, innovation, design

Tree trunks turned into quaint 'buildings'

Wednesday, 30th October 2013 at 11:31am

Boston-based artist Daniel Barreto has combined houses with trees in this series of photo manipulations called 'Woodhouses'.

Barreto superimposed parts of houses from Boston onto images of tree trunks he had taken in New Hampshire.

These charming 'Woodhouses' were also animated so that the lights would flicker on and off just like real homes.

Take a look at more images from this collection here, and tell us if you think you could live inside a tree trunk.

Tagged Daniel Barreto, Woodhouses, art, design, creative, animation, photography

Chipotle tackles processed food industry using animated ad

Wednesday, 25th September 2013 at 2:41pm

This excellent advert from Chipotle entitled “The Scarecrow” uses a recipe of celebrity covers of a famous song, stunning long-form animation and a strong environmental message to create an effective and memorable campaign.

This is another grand statement from the restaurant chain Chipotle about the world of industrial food production.

They have also created a free, arcade-style adventure game for the iPhone and iPad to engage with their audience, which you can download here

Chipotle worked with Fiona Apple, CAA Marketing and the Oscar-winning animators at Moonbot Studios to create this lovely and touching advert.

Watch the advert below and tell us what you think.




 

Tagged advert, advertisement, CAA Marketing, Oscar, Moonbot Studious, Chipotle, The Scarecrow, Fiona Apple, ad, funny, animation, clever, campaign

New Coca-Cola advert combats unhealthy image

Friday, 23rd August 2013 at 2:34pm

Coca-Cola has taken steps to shift their unhealthy public image by using this new advert that promotes movement and healthy living.

Entitled 'Happiness Is Movement' the advert follows wooden puppets expressing the freedom and joy they derive from movement.

This animation coupled with its catchy jingle are certainly a light-hearted and effective way to promote a more active lifestyle, however it's still unclear whether Coca-Cola's drinks can figure into this healthy living.

Take a look at this fun advert here, and tell us if it inspires you to get moving.





Tagged Coca-Cola, Happiness is Movement, advertising, fun, animation, video, creative, ad, TV

Creative Distraction - Draw a stickman

Friday, 4th January 2013 at 11:02am

Episode 1Episode 2GameIf like us, you're back at work this week, then you may find this a welcome distraction.

This site has two interactive episodes and a game which allow you to express your creativity, even if you are not the most artistic of people.
The idea is simple, you start by drawing a stickman, and it develops from there into your very own animated story.

Why not give it go here.
Tagged Design, Animation, fun, creative, film, website, game, interactive

Snoop Dog features in Christmas Carol

Tuesday, 27th November 2012 at 7:23pm

Snoop Christmas CarolSnoop Christmas CarolHere is an alternative Christmas ad from the US for Adidas featuring 'Ebenezer' Snoop Dog and David Beckham as the Ghost of Christmas Present.

'Bahumbizzle: the Cautionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop' is an animation rendered by Beavis and Butthead animator JJ Sedelmaier, definitely worth a watch.

Tagged Snoop Dog, Christmas Carol, David Beckham, Adidas, Animation, Advertising, Ad

Great Animated Gif's

Saturday, 24th November 2012 at 3:56pm

Animated gifsCreative AnimationAnimated gifsThis work by filmmaker, graffiti artist, and photographer Erdal Inci, who lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey are very hypnotic.

Please wait for them to load.

He has been experimenting with cloned motion in video since 2004 and more recently Inci has converted several of these hypnotic videos into animated gifs.

See a more of his great images here.

Tagged Animation, Gif's, Erdal Inci, Creative, Animated, video

Dumb way to die

Saturday, 24th November 2012 at 3:25pm

Dumb ways to DieHaving recently featured a flight safety video on our blog we could not resist this public safety information animation for Melbourne Metro.

They wanted to point out some of the mindboggling acts of stupidity on and around their network that could have had fatal consequences. McCann turned to musician Ollie McGill and animator Julian Frost to create this memorable animated short called Dumb Ways To Die.

With 21 million views on YouTube it seems to have been popular.

Enjoy!

Tagged Animation, Viral, Creative, Video, Die, Dumb, Design, Youtube

Cadburys Screme Eggs come to life for Halloween

Saturday, 27th October 2012 at 8:09pm

Cadbury Scream EggHere's one for Halloween from Canada. Meet the Cadbury Screme Eggs.

From zombies to vampires these animated ads are great fun.

'Get them while they last.'

Tagged Horror, Cadbury, Screme, Eggs, Halloween, Ad, Canada, Advertising, Animation

What happens when Dad's left in charge!

Tuesday, 4th September 2012 at 7:31pm

Bird Box StudioThis great little animated short is very funny. It considers what happens when Mum pops off for the ice creams leaving Dad in charge.

All we can say is 'Ouch'. Enjoy!


Film by Bird Box Studios
Tagged Funny, animation, Bird Box Studio, clip, film

Frozen landscape for Moones video

Tuesday, 12th June 2012 at 9:19pm

Moones
We don't usually feature music videos on our blog but this one by the Moones for their single Better Energy is great fun.

If you thought that the UK was cold at the moment then this will make you feel warmer with icebergs, electric eels, frozen sailors and more.

Turn up the volume and enjoy.
Tagged Music, video, Moones, film, animation, fun

The surprising dangers of fast food

Monday, 28th May 2012 at 9:02pm

Yum Yum Happy FoodThis short animated film 'Happy Food' by Yum Yum is great fun and anyone who likes ketchup will be able to remember a time when they found themselves in this situation.

Luckily there would probably not have been any giant hot dogs around.

We featured one of their other films, Parallel Parking some time ago.

Plus, if you like the film you can also get the characters.

Enjoy!

Tagged Video, Film, animation, Yum Yum, Happy Food, Creative, Design

A wet Scotland and 'manky wool'

Monday, 9th April 2012 at 9:18am

Pringle of ScotlandThis amusing short animated film about life at Pringle of Scotland was created by artist David Shrigley to celebrate the return of the brand  to Milan Fashion Week in 2010. 

From a wet Scotalnd to 'manky wool', it will certainly make you smile. 

 

 

Tagged Scotland, Pringle, Animation, Film, Milan, Fashion Week, Advertising

Jersey, gorillas and cupcakes

Saturday, 7th April 2012 at 9:00am

This fun ad for Jersey Tourism combines video with animation in a real feel good format. A bit surreal at times but that adds to the charm.

It starts with a bored businessman being pulled into a colourful poster at a bus stop and then takes you on a tour around Jersey, From gorillas to the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland this certainly challenges the standard holiday ad treatment of beaches and sunshine - although the gorilla is seen heading off into the sunset on a golden beach with a surfer girl.

Definitely adds colour to your day - great work. See below or click this link.

Tagged Jersey, Tourism, Ad, Advert, Advertising, Animation

An ABC of monsters takes you back in time

Saturday, 31st March 2012 at 5:46am

AttachmentTaking you back to those sleepless nights when monsters entered your dreams, 'ABC Monsters' by La Pompodour is a great short film that combines animation with sound effects to spine chilling effect.

A great compilation (and not really that frightening). Enjoy a bit of nostalgia.


Tagged Animation, Clever, horror, La Pompodour, Monsters, nostalgia, Video

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