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Matt Reynolds

I will now present two animated pieces in support of my argument that Matt Reynolds is an awesome young animation filmmaker who deserves to be watched closely.

Exhibit A: The God of High Score Legacies

Exhibit B: At the Top of the Tallest Mountain in the World

  • Papasmurf

    Not really my thing but visually pretty interesting. He could definitely make a career in making music vids for Radiohead.

    • This is the funniest thing I’ve read in days.

  • Steve

    “an awesome young animation filmmaker who deserves to be watched closely.”

    More proof that Amid has absolutely no taste.

  • FP

    This is the kind of animation enjoyed by people who write certain kinds of books about animation.

  • Jay Sabicer

    Matt, you really need to lay off the mescaline.

  • Chappell


    His style reminds me of another talented artist named Devin Troy Strother. There’s definitely a trend going on there.

    • amid

      Thanks for sharing the link. There’s certainly been a trend towards craft-oriented art and animation over the past few years. Also reminds me of this papercraft animation post I did last year:

      • Chappell

        Yeah i think it’s a great idea to feature guys like Matt Reynolds. Some young animators get so bogged down in trying to learn very specific techniques (i.e. making kewl 3-d renderings), that it prevents them from jumping in and getting their hands dirty. Paper provides an immediacy that can really get the juices flowing.

  • hoolio

    Man, I think this kids work is genius! You just gotta watch it with your mind open and ego switch turned to OFF ha ha

  • He may not be a “traditional” story teller, but his stuff is unlike anything around today, and just a affecting as anything around today. The God of High Scores is a small piece of the Matt Reynolds pie of excellence.


  • Anthony

    This is definitely contemporary. In some ways, it recalls David Lynch’s animation to mind. Not to say animation is not an artform in and of itself – which it certainly is without question – but this definitely uses animation in a more “fine arts” context. It isn’t narrative like a cartoon or story animation but can/should be viewed within the realm of critique and/or studio dialogues, much in the same way people discuss modern art.

  • E. L. Kelly II

    I don’t know why, but the sensation I got from these – especially “God of High-Score Legacies” – told me that, with some toning down on the intentional diturbing weirdness – or not! – Mr. Reynolds could shift into animations for childrens productions, if he ever wanted to turn a quick buck. These things have visuals and music that hypnotized me on the level of those old 1970’s-early ’80s Sesame Street animations, and I sensed that within all the freaky graphics resided the desire to tell a strong story or two.