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July 5th, 2008 #1
Must watch for animation lovers?
I'm obsessed with animation right now, and am hungering for some really bad-ass clips of ANY animation. Anything and everything is accepted - I just want more.
Lol, It sucks that I'm asian. I can't help it if I look like a million other people.
My Sketchbook: Critics and Comments would be AWESOME.
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In no particular order.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind... Actually just make that 'all of Miyazaki's films'.
Pretty much of all them. Especially the old ones.
The Iron Giant
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
All of Pixar's films.
Don't watch Dreamworks animated films, expect for Kungfu Panda.
That's all I can remember right now.
July 6th, 2008 #3
Anything from Studio 4c!!!! One of my favourite film from them is Mind Game.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
I heard Persepolis is good though I havent seen it yet.
Belleville Rendez-Vous (or anything from Sylvain Chromet)
The work of the Gobelins school (possibly the worlds best)
Dragon Chasers (newly released from Spain I think, dunno when u can access it but its a concept art of a film!)
Alexandre Petrov (animated paintings! Not just any old painting, Really good paintings!)
Blur Studio (game cinematics)
Bill Pympton's work
Makoto Shinkai's work
July 7th, 2008 #4
Oh yeah! How could I forget about Animatrix!
A must watch, especially if you're a fan of the Matrix.
Ghost in the Shell series is great. Don't watch separately though, because it won't make sense.
Haven't seen the movies myself so don't know about those.
July 7th, 2008 #5
Orgesticulanismus is a particularly awesome 2d animation done in tribute by Mathieu Labaye to his father who passed away at age 55 from multiple sclerosis, it's a fantastic example to capture the energy in movement and I reckon it is a must see for animation lovers.
I also watched Kung Fu Panda the other day, the animation in that and the basic squash and stretch principle is put to awesome use as well as the subtle 'secondary' actions to define their characters, at some parts it may seem a bit dragged out, but they have some interesting and hilarious twists as well to make up for it, It's a must see while its still on the big screen.
I really want to see some from Afro Samurai, only saw a bit from one show and it was badass. I have heard that Appleseed 2 (ex machina or something?) is apparently much better than its predecessor, though I have not seen either.
July 7th, 2008 #6
July 7th, 2008 #7
I have been trying to find a high-res version myself but unfortunately no luck, I've been freezing the movie though at times and noticed some really cool little tricks like doubling of the limbs as they move quickly (2 sets of arms in 1 frame or 3 sets of eyes/faces in 1 frame to show very fast movement and fluidity at the same time).
Another short I enjoyed was called The Cathedral (above) by a group called The Patige whom have done alot of other shorts and animations, looks like it was mainly done with matte/paintings, I think the only thing that would've been modelled was the cathedral and the character, the reason why I liked this was the use of stills instead of going balls out with modelling unnecessary things, and good use of basic functions regarding compositing (gradient blends, fractals etc, from what I could see anyway, they probably didn't have fractals in 2002 though), bear in mind also this was done in 2002 I believe, in other words, you don't need fancy magic tools to create good content.
Elephants Dream (above) is a strange one, though I really like some of the abstract environments in here and how they were animated, I think this one was brought up a while ago in the lounge, I thought I'd post it for a refresher, the dialogue and story is a little strange and unclear and the animations and voices are wierd/a bit off, but one of the youtube comments (first page at the bottom) describes the story and this animation was done with strictly open-source programs, including the OS back in 2005-06 I think.
There were two other short films I am trying to remember, one of them was a funky one done in Maya I think, where people were represented by their experiences in their past and how they currently felt, not as people, the story was of an interview between two people one of which was apparently a known/famous(?) animator from a while back who (in the animation) was reduced to a borderline poverty/low-income animator who just got off a smoking addiction but is still a heavy drinker, and tells his story about his life. I have the video, but I won't have it until July 21st when I get back to NZ. I think the story and words spoken in this short would relate to a few people around here as well.
The other was also a really strange but wicked concept, I only saw a few minutes of it but the characters in the short looked like little sewn together pieces of fabric with small buttons for eyes, done in 3d, and a small part of it had a monster with an animal skull for a face and the rest of the body also seemed like it was stitched fabric or something, if anyone knows about it I'd love to hear a name so I can find it.
I'll keep looking for a high-res Orgesticulanismus (jeez what a mouthful, don't know how I'm spelling it without ref )
Last edited by worxe; July 14th, 2008 at 01:23 AM.
July 7th, 2008 #8
PAPRIKA for definite.
The ghost in the shell anime movies, more than the series.
Patlabor 2 movie.
Steamboy- though i loathed the movie it is technically excellent in execution.
July 7th, 2008 #9
Oh yeah, Steamboy!!!! First time I watched that I didnt bother following the story at all, I was just blown away by the animation, artwork of the laouts and sfx. Quite mind blowing! Oh and theres a sign with my tiny little hometown on it there somewhere. Was quite a suprise to see!
I cant get enough of the Tekkon Kinkreet backgrounds. The work they must have put into them is quite frightening.
July 7th, 2008 #10
If you're going to watch elephant's dream, might as well watch Big Buck Bunny:
It's the newest open source animation. It's rather odd, but better than elephant's dream imo.
Also, a must that I'm surprised I haven't seen here: A Scanner Darkly as well as Waking Dream. Both very awe-inspiring technically innovative movies. Those movies are a trip. I'm trying to find more animated movies like that (not so much the for the rotoscoping) but more for the very dark, trippy, existentialist, dreamy themes. As opposed to the stuff coming from Disney, Dreamworks, Blue Sky, etc. Which though the argument can be made that some of their films have "adult themes", I beg to differ.
Also, by adult, I don't necessarily mean it has to deal with sex, gore, or drugs. Just...more serious themes, introspective stuff, philosophical I guess. Haha, w/e, just watch em' a must watch in my opinion.
July 7th, 2008 #11
Another FANTASTIC short is called "Burning Safari" by students at the Goeblins school in France. It's hilarious and incredibly well animated.
Also, this probably goes without saying, but the Pixar shorts, particularly the latest one, "Presto," are all amazing. Most of them, if not all, are available on iTunes.
Keep on keepin' on!
July 8th, 2008 #12
July 9th, 2008 #13
Blur studio's stuff is killer.
In The Rough
A Gentleman's Duel
Also of course there is The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride and James and the Giant Peach.
Heres a link of all the academy award nominated short animations too, heaps of things to look up in there.
I also freaking love this ad, its magic! who cares if its for lotto