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Kitbull, a hand-drawn SparkShorts animation from Pixar

Kitbull is a new 2D animation from Pixar's experimental SparkShorts program. In the completely hand-drawn feature, a first for Pixar, a stray city kitten and an affectionate pit bull form an unlikely friendship in a n...

Beaver dams and wildfire, a stop-motion demonstration

How do beaver dams change and improve their ecosystems and build climate resilience? This stop-motion short by ecohydrologist Emily Fairfax demonstrates how beaver dams slow down and store water in ponds, creating wet...

Smash and Grab, a Pixar Sparkshorts film

In Smash and Grab, an action-packed, sci-fi Sparkshorts film from Pixar, two robots work diligently to power the engine car of a locomotive. Together, they make the best of the grind, until one discovers that there ar...

What’s the dirtiest place in your home?

Think of the dust, the hidden ants and spiders, or the potential molds, fungi, and bacteria that can be in any household. Is the dirtiest place in your home under your bed? On doorknobs? In the dishwashing sponge? In ...

Stop-motion Paper Mario

Paper Mario, but with actual paper. Hand-drawn in a notebook and animated with stop-motion, Nintendo fan Kisaragi Hutae 6 recreates a scene from Mario's side-scrolling quest in Super Mario Bros, complete with sound ef...

Odyssey of the Ear, an animated tale of sound

The brain is a magical organ. For us to hear sound it does things complex and incredible, but not unknowable. The brain takes sound waves, which journey through the air and through our skulls, and transforms them into...

Perijove 16: Passing Jupiter

Set to Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, one of the seven movements in Gustav Holst's 1916-ish orchestral suite entitled The Planets, Op. 32, this is what it's like for NASA's Juno spacecraft to zoom by the largest pla...

Luna Park by Atelier Zorobabel

Discover the imagined insect life buzzing and brewing in landscapes made from wire. What happens when they "play pinball" at night? We find out in Luna Park, an experimental animation by Brussels, Belgium-based collec...

Disintegrating Flipbook by Andymation

How do you create a flipbook where the character is disintegrating? Add lots and lots of well-placed dots. This Disintegrating Flipbook animation tutorial from Laika stop-motion animator Andy Bailey of Andymation demo...

Soil 101

What is soil made of? Why is it important? And how can we nurture soil for the benefit of humans and our ecosystems? Learn about soil with the help of Soil 101, a 2015 animation from the Food and Agriculture Organizat...

How to Handle Shots

Getting a shot is no fun. Just thinking about getting the shot before it happens can feel uncomfortable, even downright scary. The anticipation might be worse than the shot itself. Why do we have to get shots? And how...

Journey along a sound wave in Sivan Talmor’s Sad Heart

Onward over the rugged landscape, through tempestuous winds and deep waters, a woman takes an emotional journey along an everchanging sound wave. Sivan Talmor's Sad Heart music video was created by award-winning direc...

Mycelium packaging, a biodegradable alternative to styrofoam

Styrofoam makes up 25% of our landfills in the U.S. That is insane. We may only use it for a day or a week to ship a package, but it stays in our environment for thousands of years. I think I've come up with an altern...

A brie(f) history of cheese

Before empires and royalty, before pottery and writing, before metal tools and weapons – there was cheese. As early as 8000 BCE, Neolithic farmers began a legacy of cheesemaking almost as old as civilization. Today, t...

Imaginary Friend Society, animations for kids facing cancer

Cancer can be a frightening and confusing topic at any age. How do you start to explain cancer to a child who's facing it? The Imaginary Friend Society, created by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, is a series of ...

Zoetrope pottery

Clay shaped on the potter's wheel. Patterns mapped on the computer and transferred. Shapes painstakingly cut. The resulting shallow bowl is baked in a kiln, then spun and filmed at just the right speed. In this Zoetro...

Why is water one of the weirdest things in the universe?

Every molecule of water on the Earth and inside you or any other living thing has existed for billions of years. After it came to Earth, that water has been cycling through rocks, air, animals, plants, and back again....

One Small Step, an Oscar-nominated animated short

One Small Step is a touching and bittersweet story by Taiko Studios, a cross-cultural animation studio based in Los Angeles and Wuhan, China. Directed by Disney alums Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, the award-wi...

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