"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...

'Tom Waits for No One,' an Animated Short from 1979

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 05, 2013
We are celebrating our October 2013; Tom Waits issue in the office this month and begin with this short rotoscoped movie staring Tom from 1979. Produced and directed by John Lam, it was among the first music videos created specifically for the up and coming MTV market. Inspired by his performance at the Roxy in 1977, the short was unfortunately never released commercially and didn't see the light of day until the advent of YouTube. The combination of rotoscoping and pencil test used in the short was innovative at the time and helped Lamb win an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement. The production team also consisted of future animators for the Simpsons, Monster’s Inc. and Disney!

Terry Gilliam's Do It Yourself Animation Show

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 29, 2013
In this 1974 video, legendary movie director, screenwriter, animator, and Monty Python member, Terry Gilliam shows us how to create stop-motion animations. 

"Skhizein," A Short Animation About A Man who is 91cm From Himself

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 26, 2013
This short, charming animation by Jeremy Clapin follows the life of a man who is randomly struck by a giant meteor nobody else saw. Rather than kill him, it moved his physical form 91cm away from where it normally should be. We recommened taking a few minutes out of your day to watch this delightful story.

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