This is the latest in the StoryCorps series which is intended to preserve American history through the animated medium. "School's Out" spotlights a sad episode in a small Arkansas town in the 1950's as integration of the public school system was underway. A simple style and excellent animation directed by Julie Zammarchi underscores the eye witness narrative.
For the third year in a row a collaborative effort by New York based Family Camp has resulted in Anijam III involving the eclectic efforts of many highly creative animators backed by the somewhat hypnotic music of Matt Cascella and James Downes. Family Camp is a collective of talent. You can find out who the artists are here.
Among my happiest motion picture experiences recently was watching "The Peanuts Movie" from Blue Sky. It was very well produced and charming with a high level of fidelity to the theme and feel of the original animated specials from the 1960's.
Here's a fun and very impressive animated short from Athens based Renos Kontaris while enrolled in a 12 week Masters Project at the NCAA Bournemouth University MA 3D Computer Animation Course this year in the UK. "Chivalry is Dead" involved the efforts of 6 student animators who comprised the production crew.
I wish I would have seen this video 17 1/2 years ago in 1999. Of course it didn't exist back then but it sure woulld've helped in mentally dealing with what I was to face in the future over the AnimationNation Forums. The site was launched on February 25 1999 through a series of Articles That Started This which I authored. They addressed what was happening in the animation business at that time. The discussion forums that followed were in operation for many years and gave the artists of the animation community our first opportunity to comminicate with ourselves on a worldwide level. It also gave me first hand experience with what would later be called "trolls" and all the maliciousness that hateful individuals can bring to an otherwise productive and respectful conversation.
If you've ever gone through a hate attack online watch this and enlighten yourself through understanding and education. Thanks to London based Luiz Stockler for creating "On Being Hated". Visit the animator's Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and Behance. Luiz's Gif Everyday.
Great style and feel embodies a visual texture that perfectly supports the music. Hamburg based Henrik von der Lieth conjured an intriguing narrative around an explosive little villain. You can explore more of the animator's work at this link. Credit for the cool music goes to Felix Huber.
This is the latest from a brilliant animator in the industry. I've known David G for a long time. Ever since he was a teenager enrolled at my school years ago. Today he is one of the most prominent and sought after storyboard artists in the biz. From Nickelodeon to Disney TV twice to Cartoon Network and now at Warner Bros TV he has been building a significant following on his CoolZone YouTube channel by virtue of the unique animated shorts he creates.
Cartoon David is also a leading force in animation in terms of reforming the union and getting it to work agressively for the betterment of the animation artists in the major studios in Burbank / Hollywood / LA.
He is courageous when it comes to his content. I'd say the most courageous animator I know. Check out his latest statement proving again the power of the animated medium.
Warning about the video.