Doesn't This Lego Pin Block Animator Know You Can Just Mash Someone's Face in There?

Arthur Sacek’s Lego Pinpoint Animator is a brilliant piece of Technic and Mindstorms engineering. It can painstakingly reproduce detailed 3D images using those pin block desktop toys, but someone needs to tell him that recreating faces is a lot easier when you just press your face in there. »11/16/15 10:00am11/16/15 10:00am

How Pixar Rescued The Good Dinosaur From Creative Extinction

It’s kind of amazing that The Good Dinosaur is hitting theaters in a few weeks. And it actually looks great. Just a couple of years ago, we kept hearing The Good Dinosaur was in the midst of a huge creative crisis. So we talked to director Pete Sohn and producer Denise Ream to find out how they saved the movie. »11/02/15 6:15pm11/02/15 6:15pm

Popular movie posters get animated with the actual scene from the movie

There’s a whole lot of fun in this project by Pablo Fernandez Eyre: famous movie posters turn into moving pictures with the help of the actual scene from the movie itself. It’s like if the movie posters were GIFs, you get to see what led up to and what happened after the scene they took the movie poster from. »10/28/15 10:54pm10/28/15 10:54pm

Watching clay transform itself in this stop-motion animation is dazzling

Here’s a totally enthralling stop-motion animation that completely mesmerized me but also made me feel a little weird, to be honest. Spotted by Colossal, it’s a whole table of clay morphing and transforming into all different kinds of shapes and the longer you watch, the more you see things that might not actually be… »10/10/15 9:00pm10/10/15 9:00pm

How Pixar Changed All The Rules To Make The Good Dinosaur A Stunning Masterpiece

Pixar’s new movie The Good Dinosaur takes place in a bizarre alternate history—what if the dinosaurs weren’t wiped out 65 million years ago? But the process of making this wild, ambitious film required a very different counterfactual: What if the way animators create scenery and characters had been turned on its head? »10/08/15 12:44pm10/08/15 12:44pm

How Pixar’s Inside Out Avoided Its Greatest Danger: Becoming An “After-School Special”

Inside Out is a complex film about the human psyche, but it has a really simple message: Sadness is an important part of life. You can’t have joy without sadness, and growing up means accepting that memories can be happy and sad. Director Pete Docter told io9 it was hard to avoid making this feel like an “after-school… »10/06/15 12:12pm10/06/15 12:12pm

The 7 dark original stories that inspired 7 popular Disney movies

Disney movies almost always have happy endings but in order to get to the living happily ever after part, some pretty dark things usually have to happen. But they’re not as dark as the original stories the movies are based on. Those are basically horrific tales of torture that have been cleverly repurposed to… »10/05/15 9:30pm10/05/15 9:30pm

Video: 550 million years of evolution in 40 seconds

This is a fun watch, just to see how far we’ve come as little nuggets of nothing to the big dumb bipedal idiots we now are. There’s been a lot of funky things we lost along the way—hair and a tail, come to mind—but I guess we’re better off for it. Anyways, watch the video made for the book EVO below.
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This handmade Futurama title sequence is so much fun

We’ve seen the Futurama intro done up in stunning photorealistic 3D before. And we’ve seen the normal animation sequence before the TV show so many times. Now here’s an old video of the intro being recreated with hand made cutouts. All the images were drawn and props were put together to re-make the original and it’s… »7/28/15 8:20pm7/28/15 8:20pm

A boy letting go of his kite is a metaphor for life

Sometimes you should fight for what you love and keep on trying to make things work and never stop chasing it down but once that’s over and you’ve reached your limit or realized the expiration date already hit, you should let it go. Life works better that way. And in this short animation, a boy realizes that with his… »7/23/15 5:55pm7/23/15 5:55pm