Awesome animation is like a cross between Back to the Future and Tron

If this video doesn't get you going, you're dead inside and we can't be friends. Florian Renner made this short animation, Retrowave, as an ode to the style of the 1980's. It basically combines the worlds of Back to the Future and Tron by turning the DeLorean into a Light Cycle on The Grid. » 2/10/15 11:30pm 2/10/15 11:30pm

It's hard to believe this horror short was not filmed with real cameras

I was zombied-out after Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead, the seminal horror movies by filmmaker George A. Romero, but apparently you kids keep loving those dumb walking corpses. You will like this fantastically crafted 3D animation short, which feels like the beginning of a full feature. » 1/14/15 8:23am 1/14/15 8:23am

Guy spent one year crafting one second of this crazy animation per day

Greg McLeod—from BAFTA Award-winning animation studio The Brothers McLeod—created "one second of animation every day for the 365 days of the year 2013." According to him, there was "no storyline, script or storyboard. The ideas come from things read, seen or experienced on the day." Brilliant. » 1/13/15 9:06pm 1/13/15 9:06pm

What it's like being inside an artist's sketch book

I'm imagining this animation by Minhyuk Jang called Rocketboy as a glimpse into the note book from the kid in the back of the classroom. It's a little dark mixed with a lot of imagination and is sketched in a way that reminds me of those outside of the margins doodles that we all made. Only this time, they're moving… » 1/03/15 6:54am 1/03/15 6:54am

Clever animation shows how we hide our true feelings to the world

Elena Rogova's Appearance and Reality is a clever short story that tackles something we can all relate to: the difference between the feelings we show to the world and our hidden true feelings. It's like as we grow up, we put on a mask to suppress our feelings to look cool or appear strong or whatever. Screw that. » 1/02/15 10:47pm 1/02/15 10:47pm

Video: The life of an ant is just like a fun video game

I really enjoyed this video from Shiva Kumar and Siddharth Manugula about tracking the life of ants. It turns them into a video game of sorts, with battery life meters and Wi-Fi signaling and objectives and goals. It's also fun to see 'human' things get digitally imposed into their world like street lamps and mini… » 1/02/15 9:45pm 1/02/15 9:45pm

The hilarious ridiculousness of the new Star Wars' crossguard lightsaber

Like the rest of us, Machinima Happy Hour wondered what would happen after the crossguard lightsaber scene in the new Star Wars trailer. Unlike the rest of us, they created this hilarious animation imagination of how ridiculous that fight would be because adding light sabers to just anything is just crazy. » 12/30/14 10:21pm 12/30/14 10:21pm

Short film: The Grim Reaper can be bad at his job too

I like this cute short film from animation studio Simpals called 'Dji. Death fails' because it shows how the Grim Reaper can be bad at his job too. Death, he's just like us! The Grim Reaper thinks he has easy pickings when a driver careens off the road but ends with death escaping, well, death. » 12/23/14 9:09pm 12/23/14 9:09pm

A true survival story about a crazy fishing trip gone wrong

Red Bull is animating crazy surfer stories and this one from surfer Dean 'Dingo' Morrison is a doozy. It starts when he decides to buy a boat to try and catch the biggest fish he can. But him and his friends get too drunk and capsize the boat and end up swimming from island to island in search of rescue. » 12/19/14 10:42pm 12/19/14 10:42pm

The definitive way to debunk stupid conspiracy theories

People who toss around dumb conspiracy theories and rabble rouse with large gaps in their brain are impossible to be sane and sensible with. Conspiracy theories are silly and fun to joke around with but to take them serious is just insane. But insane people exist! Here's how to debunk a lot of conspiracy theories. » 12/18/14 9:48pm 12/18/14 9:48pm

I'm Aaron Blaise, Animator and Illustrator, and This Is How I Work

You may not know his name, but you've seen his work—for over twenty years Aaron Blaise worked as an animator with Disney to help create some of their most memorable characters. From Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin, The Lion King, and more, Aaron's pencil has overflowed with life. » 12/17/14 4:18pm 12/17/14 4:18pm

Watch Hayao Miyazaki animate the last shot of his career

This excerpt from The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness—a new documentary about the legendary Studio Ghibli—shows anime master Hayao Miyazaki drawing the last shot of the last film of his career, The Wind Rises. It was precisely during the shooting of this documentary that Miyazaki decided to retire from filmmaking. » 12/12/14 11:05pm 12/12/14 11:05pm