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Automata artist Matt Smith and his Curious Contraptions

Born in 1965, Matt Smith spent about six weeks at the Falmouth School of Art before deciding he would rather spend his time "making silly things." He began making automata in 1980 and, in 1986, formed the Fourteen Bal...

Who will get to the top of these slimy stairs first?

In this viral clip from the long-running, biannual Japanese television special All-Star Thanksgiving (オールスター感謝祭), six men compete to get to the top of the stairs where a treasure awaits. The twist: The stairs...

The roller skating scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times

In the classic 1936 film Modern Times, silent film star Charlie Chaplin plays a poor American worker during the industrialization of the Machine Age. A bit into the film, he acquires a job as a night watchman in a dep...

Oh My Dog! – Chloé Alliez

Somewhere near the hall of Brétigny-sur-Bizet, in front of a raging crowd, the most outstanding dogs face each other to measure their talents and strengths. Among them is Sweetheart, encouraged by the best and most no...

The giant tap dancing noses of Shostakovich’s ‘The Nose’

Giant tap dancing noses... an entire row of them! First performed in 1929, this fantastical troupe is from Dmitry Shostakovich's The Nose. The production above is by The Royal Opera from the autumn of 2016: Shostak...

The Secret World of Stuff

From animator Sean Charmatz, enjoy this supercut of The Secret World of Stuff, his side project series of shorts featuring inanimate objects that have been given cute faces, arms, and legs. This adorable anthropomorph...

Preposterous – A short about absurdity

Sometimes things don't make any sense, and that's okay... it can even be amusing! From motion and graphic designer Florent Porta, this is Preposterous, a short about absurdity.

Curious Contraptions by automata artist Paul Spooner

Via the new Curious Contraptions exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium, meet artist and mechanic Paul Spooner. Within a community of British makers, Spooner created over 40 whimsical kinetic sculptures for The C...

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

If anyone knows how to make the already beautiful countryside of Edinburgh, Scotland even more incredible, it's Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill. Riding over hay bales and into puddles like no one else can, Mac...

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...

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