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Sesame Street: What is Dance?

What is Dance? Hear kids answer this question from their own experiences as these charming illustrations and cut paper characters shake, wiggle, leap, boogie, hula, and play. We love animation styles that hearken ...

The praxinoscope-style BusyBody Quick-Pose Animator

Ten bendable, posable figures spin around the outside of a turntable. At the center, a series of mirrors reflect their poses. This simple combination makes for a delightful and accessible animation toy: Eye Think's Bu...

Scott Blake’s Hole Punch Flipbooks

Do you have a hole punch around the house? In these two videos, artist Scott Blake demonstrates that flipbooks don't need to rely solely on drawn, painted, or printed pages. Enjoy these Hole Punch Flipbooks, two editi...

Cubits (1978) by Al Jarnow

From animator, artist, sculptor, and filmmaker Al Jarnow, enjoy this 1978 experimental animation classic filled with patterns, geometry, logic, and other ideas beyond animation: Cubits. From AV Club: Many of Jarnow’...

3D printed nail art animates with stop motion

Using a real hand and a Japanese motif, Director Mizuki Kawano teamed up with experimental manicurist Hatsuki Furutani to create this stop motion animated short: Transforming. In this behind-the-scenes footage, yo...

The Reinvention of Normal: Dominic Wilcox’s quest for new ideas

This mini-documentary showcases the quest for new ideas by Hackney-based artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox, who remixes the familiar world into a more whimsical and wondrous one with objects that he create...

White Out, an abstract watercolor animation by Jeff Scher

Animated from 2,250 watercolor paintings on a wide variety of paper, White Out is by painter and experimental filmmaker Jeff Scher, who writes: Snow is particularly joyful in how it transforms everything it covers...

Crash Course Kids: Gotta Eat! and Feed Me: Classifying Organisms

Why do we eat and how does what we eat help classify what we are? In these first two episodes from Crash Course Kids, Sabrina explains why all living things eat. Also, try the simple energy source experiment in episod...

Cal Academy: How to Observe a Meteor Shower

Get some blankets, find a dark hill on a dark night, make sure you've napped, and put away that smartphone. The California Academy of Sciences has some excellent tips for seeing shooting stars, more accurately known a...

Osvaldo Cavandoli’s La Linea

Thanks to a live-action hand and an animated white line, this cantankerous silhouette first appeared in Italy in 1970, becoming an internationally-known cult classic. La Linea is a 90 episode series by Italian cartoon...

The Girl and the Fox

Ilona is a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father. Food is running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange crea...

The phases of the moon visualized from the other side

What does the other side of the moon like? Thanks to NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio and data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we get a glimpse in this animation, showcasing two different virtual views. F...

Fundamentals of Neuroscience Presents: Small Circuits

Small Circuits! This is one of the many wonderfully-presented lessons from Harvard's Fundamentals of Neuroscience free and open online course (or MOOC). While the video's terminology can be technical at times, the sim...

Help your local honey bees: Plant a bee-friendly garden

Pollinators like the honey bee are a huge part of how our food grows, but recently, honey bee populations have been in decline due to what scientists believe might be a mix of pesticide and fungicide use, pathogens, p...

How Small Is An Atom?

Using a strand of hair, your fist, rice and sand grains, as well as the room you're sitting in right now (assuming it's not a huge gymnasium), let's try to visualize the basic building block of everything around us: A...

3D-Printed “Blooming” Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

Animation is a trick of the eye, and we're often reminded of this when we get to see animation happen right in front of us. 3D-printed zoetrope sculptures by math and Fibonacci-inspired artist and designer John Edmark...

A tiny volcano tries to explode

Volcano by Julien Loth, a short but super cute story of a tiny volcano that's making do with what it's got.

The Scaredy Swan

The Scaredy Swan, an Acme Filmworks-produced animated short by Burcu Sankur and Geoffrey Godet, tells the story of a swan that's afraid to get into the water, and the "help" a bee gives him in joining his six friends ...

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