"The Simpsons" Honor Japanese animator/director, Hayao Miyazaki

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Crazy to think the venerable television mainstay "The Simpsons" is 25 years old, even though most of us on staff can't think of a time when the show wasn't part of global pop culture (pretty sure a few people on this staff actually never lived in a world of Bart, Homer, Marge, Lisa, and Maggie, but we digress) In a recent episode of the show, the creators made a homage to Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, the man behind beloved animation films like Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, and Totoro.

Kilian Eng's Concept Art for 'Koyakatsi'

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 09, 2014
One of our favorite artists, Swedish illustrator Kilian Eng, seems to pump out incredible work faster than we can keep up with. One of his more recent projects has been the concept art for a "mind-bending action film" called Koyakatsi and directed by Ayoub Qanir.  

Brian Andrews Animates Animals with Human Skeletons

Juxtapoz // Monday, November 25, 2013
In this animation by artist Brian Andrews, animals with visible human skeletons are animated doing insect things. As our friend Skinner put it, the video is "CREEP LEVEL OMEGA." Titled Hominid, the video is an animated teaser based on the Hominid series of photo composites by the Andrews. 

"Le Muertre"

Illustration // Tuesday, November 12, 2013
A beautiful blue-and-red cutout animation film that captures some fragment of the great enigma of life and death with wonderful poise. "Le Muertre" is a short film project directed by Tom Haugornat and Bruno Mangyoku, and this teaser makes us want so much more! Can't get enough 2D animation over here. Check it out.

"The Art of John K" @ LCAD on Forest, Laguna Beach

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, November 05, 2013
John Kricfalusi, creator of The Ren & Stimpy Show, will be opening an exhibition at LCAD on Forest in Laguna Beach this Thursday, November 7th at 6pm. Original drawings, animated cels, videos and more will be featured in this upcoming exhibition and John will be present at the opening!

Animation: "Etereas"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Who knew a hula hoop could be entertaining for over a minute? In this case, a hula hoop got us to 4 minutes, and we are quite happy. Directors Daniela Villanueva and Mara Soler created this piece in a studio in Mexico City, where a dancer and hula hoop are animated and fused with special effects and trickery. A nice way to kick start your morning brunch...

Guillermo del Toro for "The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror" 2013

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 04, 2013
Every year, and it seems like this has been going on since 1952, "The Simpsons" does a special Halloween episode under the moniker, Treehouse of Horror. This year, for the upcoming Treehouse of Horror XXIV episode, the show's producers invited director Guillermo del Toro of Hellboy fame to create the opening sequence to the show, which as you will see, was done quite wonderfully. 

LEGO-Animated Thriller

Illustration // Tuesday, September 17, 2013
This amazing rendition of Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller" video just ups the kitsch factor of the entire Thriller phenomenon. Animated by Annette Jung entirely with shifting Legos, the animation adds the charm of retro toys to the mix. Check it out.

Alexey Romanowski's "Pure Geometry"

Illustration // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A clean, sexy animation by Alexey Romanowski that utilizes basic principles of geometry to generate sleek animation merging the robotic and the tribal. Romanowski is a digital art, motion graphics and graphics design artist from The Ukraine whose impeccably crisp aesthetic gives basic shapes an entirely fresh take. Check out this animation.

LEGO Thriller Animation by Annette Jung

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 09, 2013
Annette Jung of Talking Animals animation studio has reenacted the beginning to MIchael Jackson's "Thriller" video in stop-motion LEGO. By using the bricks as pixels, Jung even used the bottom side of the bricks for slight changes in darkness and layered them to create depth. Would love to see the whole video! Watch it after the jump...

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