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Hand-cranked kangaroo automaton (and friends)

As the kangaroo leaps, its ears wiggle. Its eyes roll. The flowers dance. Birds fly, and the cat's trying to hang onto a fish. This incredibly charming piece of mechanical mayhem, titled Hundredweight of Heads, was cr...

Papa by Natalie Labarre

"When an eccentric inventor realizes he's not a perfect father, he tries to make one." Papa by animator and illustrator Natalie Labarre. From an interview with her on Idea Rocket Animation: So, for some reason, mo...

Voltige (Aerobatics)

From Léo Brunel at MOPA (Supinfocom), Arles' school of CG animation, this is Voltige, a short about some unexpected trapeze artistry... sort of. Watch more acrobatics and more animation in the archives.

A T-Rex Dances Ballet

If you thought you'd never see a Tyrannosaurus Rex dancing ballet in a tutu, the Cincinnati Ballet invited one to be a visiting artist. Enjoy. In the archives, more dinosaurs and more ballet, though not mixed toget...

Science Extras from Jiwi’s (Rube Goldberg) Machines

A YouTube series that hearkens back to characters and situations from old silent films, Jiwi's Machines mixes a love for Rube Goldberg Machines with an ode to comedy greats like Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton. T...

Tube Tune – Simon Panrucker

From UK-based music artist Simon Panrucker, enjoy a 2013 musical experiment with a room full of boomwhackers: Tube Tune.

10 easy & amazing paper stunts

Explore post-it note cascades, hexaflexagons, balancing paper butterflies, and other fun paper tricks in this video from former magician/current author and British psychologist Richard Wiseman. You'll find his templat...

Bunny & guinea pig adventures – Hello Denizen

Comedy group Hello Denizen loves working with animals, from tiny hamsters eating burritos to throwing birthday parties for hedgehogs. In this series of adventures, bunnies and guinea pigs go on Safari Adventures, and ...

Aug(De)Mented Reality 4 – Hombre McSteez

This stop motion series of iPhone photos mixed with traditional animation cels -- Sharpie, White-Out, and color drawings on transparencies -- is the fourth in a growing set of videos by animator Marty Cooper, aka Homb...

Le Petit Chef – Projection mapping with mini dinner animations

A table of four friends has ordered dinner, and look! It's already being served... by a miniature chef? He's catching the meal from a sea that's precisely mapped onto the tablecloth. This is Le Petit Chef - Bouillabai...

One Froggy Evening (1955) with Michigan J. Frog

Consider the predicament in One Froggy Evening, a classic cartoon with no spoken words -- only singing -- that was released into movie theaters on December 31, 1955: A construction worker finds an old box with a singi...

Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag

Buster Keaton was known as 'The Great Stone Face', a reference to the deadpan expression he wore during some of the most incredible physical comedy scenes known in film. His artistry as a vaudevillian, a comedian, a f...

The Dresser – Joseph Herscher

An alarm clock goes off. Dropping it in a glass of water will silence the alarm. The weight of the glass also triggers a machine which helps the user get dressed... Shirt, pants, vest, socks, shoes... and don't fo...

Jelly Tennis – The Slow Mo Guys

When Gav and Dan were told about a still photo that showed Jell-O (or jelly in the UK) being hit by a tennis racket, they decided to recreate it in slow motion. This Slow Mo Guys video is the colorful, sticky, splatte...

27 kids rock a club track for L’institut Imagine

Watch 27 kiddos rock a Boston Bun club track in this awesome and adorable video to promote France's L'institut Imagine and their research, care, and teaching efforts around genetic disorders. Titled Heroes for Imagine...

CMYK – 3 fun ways to mix yellow, cyan, & magenta

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black), "key" referring to the color plates being aligned, likely because black often outlined images. In printing, CYMK refers to the 4 process inks used to print those...

Who’s on First – Abbott & Costello (1953)

William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello were vaudeville comedians who became famous in radio, film, and television as Abbott and Costello. In 1938, they performed Who's on First, a rapid-fire routine that had been rewor...

Charlie Chaplin & the Billows Feeding Machine: Modern Times (1936)

In this clip from the classic 1936 film Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin is an assembly line worker struggling to live in a society driven by the industrialization of the Machine Age. While on his lunch break, his Tramp ...

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