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Can you solve the temple riddle? – TED Ed

Your expedition finally stands at the heart of the ancient temple. But as you study the inscriptions in the darkness, two wisps of green smoke burst forth. The walls begin to shake. The giant sandglass begins flowing ...

40,000 years of London history created with papercraft

Peel back the pavement of a grand old city like London and you can find just about anything, from a first-century Roman fresco to a pair of medieval ice skates—even an elephant’s tooth. As one of Europe’s oldest capit...

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...

Balablok (1972) – Bretislav Pojar’s animated parody of human nature

Director, animator, and puppeteer Bretislav Pojar explores human fallibility though simple paper cutout shapes in Balablok (1972). A masterful piece of wordless storytelling, the stop motion short film won the Cannes ...

The Sea Is Blue

A young girl falls overboard during a fishing expedition and experiences a meaningful undersea adventure in this stop motion animation: The Sea Is Blue by writer and director Vincent Peone. A myth about how the ocean ...

In Bavaria, Krampus Catches the Naughty

Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the ...

Animated Life: Mary Leakey & the Laetoli footprints

Forty years ago in Laetoli, Tanzania, an elephant dung fight between a couple of paleoanthropologists led to a discovery: a fossilized animal print, at least 3.6 million years old. But the site had an even bigger surp...

A snowman yearns for warmer climes – Parabella Studios

This beautifully crafted holiday commercial for the Belgian National Lottery was animated by Parabella Studios in East London. Check out their Making-Of video:

A Sisyphus kinetic sculpture made with LEGO

Whether it's being powered by a hand crank or a motor, this Sisyphus LEGO kinetic sculpture by LEGO artist Jason Allemann is impressive, from the smooth movement of the figure's body to the myth-driven depictions on t...

The Dreams of an Astronaut – with Helen Sharman

The first in a series of videos that explores the impact of space exploration on humanity, The Royal Institution presents The Dreams of an Astronaut, an animated interview with Dr. Helen Sharman, a chemist and the fir...

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...

Lawnchair Larry – Songs For Extraordinary People

From Michael Hearst, in concert with his book Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals, this is the 1982 tale of Larry Walters, aka Lawnchair Larry, who asce...

What is a constellation? – Crash Course Kids

A constellation is a cluster of stars that create an imaginary shape... a celestial connect-the-dots. In a sky full of millions of stars, these connections between the brightest objects helps astronomers, storytellers...

The Rosetta Mission – A claymation tale of science & adventure

In August 2014, after ten years of traveling, the Rosetta space probe and its lander Philae made a historic rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and in November 2014, Philae landed/bounced onto the comet's...

Nebula – A mysterious encounter in the mountains

Created by seven co-directors -- Camille André, Marion Bulot, Clément Doranlo, Myriam Fourati, Jonghyun Jungboix, Alexis Kerjosse, Sarah Simon -- all students from Gobelins L'École de L'Image, this is Nebula, a beauti...

Fold & Cut Theorem – Cut any shape from only one cut

Can you cut a square from the center of a piece of paper with just one straight cut? Spoiler: YES, you can. In this Numberphile video, Manchester-based mathematician Dr. Katie Steckles demonstrates an idea that dates ...

The Door – A poem by Miroslav Holub

From filmmakers Enrique Serrano and Ricardo Serrano, this is The Door, a poem by Czech poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub. Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city....

Step into the Page – Disney animator Glen Keane draws in VR

This is what it's like to draw in virtual reality (VR) -- immersive 3D simulations driven by stereoscopic headsets, additional handheld controls, and a wide range of newly invented software. With VR, not only can you ...

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