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Amazing Animated Shots

I have found a really nice blog where they post some great great animation shorts. If you haven’t seen some of them, you must check this out.

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Upcoming Great Animation Movies

There are many animated movies that look great and looks like they will be amazing coming up in the next months and most of all in the next year. Here are a compilation of those trailers, maybe you have already see them but if not…..

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Gorilla Resources Blog

Gorilla Resources Blog is THE place where you can find a really well selected compilation of websites dedicated to animation and it’s so great that it is divided by every step you normally do when making an animation, from scratch and thumbnails to planning, blocking and polish. Also including some acting and body mechanics articles and how to make your characters stand out on screen. It has articles form all the most talented and important animators in the world.

This is definitely the most transcendental “must have in bookmarks pages” I have found across my life as an animator and I’m glad that you can know it and learn from it too.

It has recently changed its name to Gorilla Resources Page, because when I first knew it, it was called ARC. Just as a little hint.

Here is the link

Enjoy it!

 

 


Simon’s Cat

This is a very funny set of animations by Simon Tofield, where the main characters are Simon and his cat, which is always hungry and gets itself into many different and hilarious situations.  And of course they are really well animated in 2d, which make this little pices an excellent way to see great animation and at the same time having some fun.

They have got such success that they have their own store, games and community. Here is the link to their official website

I leave you here one of my personal favorites.


Animation and Science

I have just found a perfect match between animation and science, specifically physics, on New Scientist Site. They are short videos, about a minute long  that explain some simple or complicated physic theories whit haste but completely understandable language. It´s all about simple drawings and a great way to explain every step, you can learn from the Shrödinger cat, particles behaving like waves, dark matter and some more. It´s worth taking some minutes to learn a little bit about this interesting things.

Here’s an example. I can’t post here a video itself, but you can watch them on the page.


Flushed Away – a Very Funny Animated Movie

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After learning about the work that has been done by David Couchariere, I saw one movie that I hadn’t seen before: Flushed Away. And yesterday while I was working on another animation, I was watching it in the background, but it was SO funny that I had to stop doing my animation and only see the movie.

I don’t know if it was that the jokes were made in a peculiar british accent, or that the look and feel of the movie was too much like Wallace and Gromit or Chiken Run, or because there were many delicious practical jokes, but definitely it’s a movie that is worth watching. And despite the plot is really common the whole combination of jokes and art keep your attention until the end.

 


Emperor’s New Groove

This is an awesome Disney’s 2D movie, full of great great animation. From the beginning to the end makes you lough and have a good time. What make this movie more interesting is that all the story  is placed in the Inca Civilization in South America.

I just came across this couple videos in OnAnimation Web Site where you can see the rough animation on pencil and then in the next video, the final scene. It’s a great example of how a 2d movie looks like when it’s about to be finished.

It’s beautiful the rough line drawing and how the entire movement and subtle actions are already part of the animation, I have always considered 2d animators great artists because they made every frame a pice of art.

 


Zwartboek/BlackBook

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This movie was recomended by a sister’s friend, Lucy, who told me that it was a great movie and sure it is.

It’s about a Netherland girl whose family is murdered by the Gestapo in the  late Second World War. Then by chance, she is recruited by the resistance and became part of a plan that will retrieve Netherland prisoners. She is commissioned to infiltrate the Nazi Headquarters and seduce an officer…

The films grave your attention quickly and the script and acting are marvelous. Moreover, if you like war-time movies, this is definitely is a must see