“Little Boat” by Nelson Boles

How minimalist can a lead character be in an animated short and still elicit an audience’s emotional reaction? CalArts student Nelson …

“Plug, The New World” by Tsuneo Goda

I’m not sure how effectively Plug, the New World promotes Nissan’s electric vehicles, which is the soft sell purpose of the commissioned …

“Passenger” by Africanus Okokon

Passenger is a hand-drawn film that abstracts the nighttime driving experience into a playful, kinetic performance of color and shape. …

“Playing For Keeeps” by Dylan Hayes

Playing For Keeeps comes to us from Dylan Hayes who graduated last spring from the Rhode Island School of Design. The film is both witty …

Animated Sheet Music by Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen takes existing sheet music and animates it to the songs. The concept bears out the cliche that the best ideas are often the …

CBeebies Interstitial by Matthias Hoegg

To be sure, there’s a cute voice track in this interstitial for British children’s channel CBeebies, but the piece as a whole is charming …

“Tattoo Step” by Mike Maryniuk

I’ve been a fan of Winnipeg-based Mike Maryniuk ever since I saw Cattle Call, a 2008 short he co-directed with Matthew Rankin. Mike …

“Lighthouse” by Stefan Wernik

Liberty Mutual has commissioned a handful of animated projects over the past few years as part of their long-term ad campaign The …

“t.o.m.” by Tom Brown and Daniel Gray

I saw Tom Brown and Daniel Gray’s t.o.m. several years ago, when it played the festival circuit in 2007 (winning the top student prize at …

“The Story Of a Nice Girl” by Jean Yi

The seventh film in our Student Animation Festival, The Story Of A Nice Girl, comes to us from Jean Yi who produced it at the Maryland …

“Mellow Brick Road” by Reed Gauthier

Here’s a clever cut-out style digest version of The Wizard of Oz animated by Reed Gauthier, to a score comprised of samples from the 1939 …

Slap Back Jack in “White Gloves Willy”

Treat yourself to some Slap Back Jack on this fine Sunday. It’s a curious yet oddly compelling piece of children’s animation created and …

“West” by Steven Subotnick

West is an evocative hand-drawn piece directed and animated by Rhode Island-based filmmaker Steven Subotnick. The film delivers a …

“Cheap Joke” by Ian Miller

A new piece of animation by Ian Miller. It may be a Cheap Joke, but Miller’s animation skills are no joke. (Thanks, Brian Lonano)

“Trim” by Peter Simon

Reverse beard pixilation is done so often it’s almost an animation meme, but there’s always room for one more, especially when it’s as …

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