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The Red Thread (Akai Ito): A single line tells a story

Activities and adventures, pulling apart, coming together, the joys of childhood: In Kazuhiko Okushita's Red Thread (2010), an animated line stretches and curls from scene to scene, visualizing moments of youth, growi...

Luxo Jr. Pencil Test: Emotional storytelling in wire frames

How do animators make a character lovable when the character doesn't have a face and doesn't speak? How can you build a relatable story with something as minimal as a computer generated pencil test? How do you communi...

Journey of Two

Animator and illustrator Joshua Mulligan explores his detailed, hand-drawn animation style in this dreamlike moment between two retro-futuristic friends. A graduate of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Mulligan ...

Tokyo roads transform into dazzling tunnels of light

Filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo transforms Tokyo's street lights into pulsing, dazzling, kaleidoscopic tunnels of light in this experimental motion graphics video: Eye Know. Music by Ayako Taniguchi.

Pen Point Percussion and Dots: Norman McLaren

Pen Point Percussion (1951), a behind-the-scenes introduction to the sound visualizations and drawn-on-film animation of film pioneer Norman McLaren, from the National Film Board of Canada. And below, another playful...

Paint Showers: A stop-motion thunderstorm of paint

Paint Showers by Miguel Jiron.

Norman McLaren’s Le Merle

Le Merle (the Blackbird) is a cutout animation directed in 1958 by cinematic innovator Norman McLaren. Based on a French-Canadian folksong, the story tells of a bird who loses a beak, a neck, eyes, wings, legs, etc, a...

Norman McLaren’s Spook Sport (1939)

"Poet of animation" Norman McLaren’s Spook Sport (1939), set to Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre (1874), which has a fascinating back story: It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano with a French t...

Five More Minutes: An ode to daydreaming and play

Five more minutes, an animated short by Tom Yaniv.

Andy Fillebrown’s Audiosculptures: Flight of the Bumblebee.

Multimedia artist Andy Fillebrown creates visualizations of classical, public domain musical compositions. His YouTube channel, audiosculptures, is filled with 100+ spellbinding journeys th...

Beauty In Danger

Go along for the ride with this MK12 short film, Beauty In Danger, a collaboration with artist Brian Alfred and musician Ian Williams.

Maarten Koopman’s Famous Paintings

Filmmaker Maarten Koopman's animated series of famous paintings, imagined piece by piece from some new perspectives. Shown: Pieter Bruegel’s The Tower of Babel, Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, Salva...

Oskar Fischinger’s Optical Poem

Optical Poem, an abstract piece of stop-motion history, was made in 1938 by German-born Oskar Fischinger, an avant-garde animator, filmmaker and painter. The familiar music is Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No...

Sync by Max Hattler

Sync, “a circular looping animation projection installation.” Some really beautiful patterns, great sound design, and probable dizziness.  Via The Curious Brain. 

Art Clokey’s Gumbasia (1955)

Gumbasia was Art Clokey’s first film, made in 1955 at the University of Southern California. It was a parody of Disney’s Fantasia, using stop-motion clay figures. This short film led to fundi...

Norman McLaren’s Boogie Doodle (1948)

Norman McLaren was a Scottish Canadian film director and a “poet of animation.” Much of his work is pioneering and playful, dancing between abstraction and representation… perfect for kids! Plus, the...