Animation in the Soviet Union was often a glorious thing to behold: experimental, surreal, and eclectic, even amidst government censorship. In fact, just one home-grown animated film didn’t make it past the censors: Andrei Khrzhanovsky’s 1968 satire The Glass Harmonica.
After meeting with misadventure, a space probe from the Voyager mission crashes back to Earth, centuries after it left. But Earth is a very different place now, and there’s only one person around to witness the Golden Record’s message.
In a world where most dogs still hang out at home with their owners, three canine friends have decided to try for their dream careers. But they still can’t help but wonder: did they make the right choices?
We’ve seen endless adaptations of Snow White, but we’ve never seen one quite like this. In this animated short, a crew of thieves in matching hats has just pulled the job of their lives, but things don’t turn out quite as they expected.
Just a few days after people noticed that a costume of the demigod Maui being manufactured and sold by Disney included a bodysuit of tattoos and darker skin, Disney has removed the costume from stores, both physical and online.
The music video for Lorn’s song Anvil doubles as a short animation about the future where the year is 2100 and overpopulation is dealt with a mandatory postmortem social network. That is, a social network where people are forced to plug in and die. Yeah, it’s a wee bit dark.
Jake Fried’s hand-drawn Mind Frame may only last one minute, but it’s incredibly intricate, crafted from detailed drawings made using ink, coffee, and Wite-Out. And this is just one of several, similar yet distinctly different experimental animations in his body of work.
It’s not every episode of cult animated series Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, but Adult Swim has just made a binge-worthy selection of episodes from over nine seasons available for free and easy streaming. The occasion is a sad one—the passing of lead animator and voice actor C. Martin Croker—but there’s no better way…
Fox is making an animated feature that sounds just perfect—an adaptation of Jennifer Weiner’s children’s book The Littlest Bigfoot, about two 12-year-olds who feel like they don’t belong in their worlds but do love each other. The best friends are one human and one Bigfoot.
Of course, Moana’s actual meeting with the demigod Maui is a bit more frustrating than it normally is in most mythic adventures. But holy crap, Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson have such good chemistry as these characters.
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, in both real and animated form, do their duty in this trailer for Trolls, Dreamworks’ upcoming CG musical that is “a story about happiness” that also manages to work in a treacly cover of “True Colors.” Who knew the wild-haired plastic toys that inspired this tale could be so emo?
“ei: emotional intelligence” is a lovely short film from Dennis Sungmin Kim made during his first year at the University of Pennsylvania. There’s a touch of Wall-E here, sure, but mostly it feels like an unusually sophisticated children’s book.
Classic ‘90s cartoon Biker Mice From Mars follows a trio of alien rodents attempting to save the Earth from the evil army that destroyed their home planet. Mobile strategy game Biker Mice: Mars Attacks tells the story of the Plutarkian war on Mars. Weird.
Stop-motion animation is one of the earliest forms of cinema and it’s only thrived over time. But you can’t really see how far we’ve come without looking all the way back.
The Predator is on a mission to destroy a barrage of bean-headed aliens that have invaded a small office—with Boba Fett’s help, of course.
Mickey Mouse is obviously more well-known than Bugs Bunny. But there’s a kitschy globalization aspect to Mickey that Bugs has somehow managed to avoid ,even though they both served as mascots for their companies (Disney and Warner Bros., respectively). How did Bugs do it?
In his latest short film called The Real Deal, Patrick Bovin uses some flawless CG to bring a five-year-old’s imagination and a set of Transformers toys to life. It’s as close as you can get to looking inside a kid’s brain while they play.
Everything about this animated ode to the Batman ‘66 TV series is the most fun thing I’ve seen in ages. There are quick costume changes, holy things, sound effects, puns, and A GIANT OVEN labelled “GIANT OVEN.” Really, what more could you want from this movie?
In the wake of Shin Godzilla’s arrival in Japan, there’s been swirling rumors of a new Godzilla anime on the horizon—which would, surprisingly, be the King of Kaiju’s first ever anime series. Now they’ve been validated, although it’s not quite an anime series—instead a new animated Godzilla film is coming out next…
There are few things as beautiful on the big screen as the work of Laika. The stop-motion animated studio has already made three gorgeous fantasy films in their unique style and the latest, Kubo and the Two Strings, is the grandest and prettiest one yet. Unfortunately, the whole isn’t quite as strong as its individual…