Category Archives: Animation

The Garden of Earthly Delights


Studio Smack, and animation company I know very little about, recently put together a contemporary animation of Hieronymus Bosch’s GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS, the original of which is hanging at the Museum del Prado in Madrid.  It’s pretty amazing animation.  They did a beautiful job.  I like to look at it and don’t want to forget this exists.  So I’m posting it here.  Vimeo Link

and yes, you’re welcome. 🙂

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Сражение


Сражение (Srazhenie) is a Russian version of Battleground, a short story by Stephen King that originally appeared in the collection SKELETON CREW. Renshaw is a professional hit-man who returns from his assassination of a toy-maker to find a package delivered to his penthouse apartment. The package contains a G.I. Joe Vietnam Footlocker, sent to him by the mother of the toy-maker he had recently killed. When he opens the package he finds that the toy soldiers are alive with working copies (albeit miniature) of weapons, jeeps, and helicopters. To Renshaw’s surprise the tiny soldiers begin to attack him.

The Russian animation adaption (Сражение), is amazing and brilliant.  Сражение was created by the (then) Soviet Kievnauchfilm studio in 1986, directed by Mikhail Titov.

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The Art of Battle: Animated Battle Maps


I stumbled across THE ART OF BATTLE website when googling the Battle of Waterloo (today being the anniversary of that great battle), and found a nifty animated battle presentation using the animation features of Powerpoint.  The Art of Battle provides a huge database of battle animation powerpoint presentations as a labor of love (they do ask for donations to defray expenses, which is fair).  The Art of Battle categorizes battles by historical period, then by battle.  Most of the big names are there already, from Antiquity to modern times.  I’m quite impressed with the work that has gone into it.  I like the animations, but I have to wonder how well it will work if you don’t have Microsoft products installed at home (as I don’t).  I’ll need to test the Powerpoint animations with Open Office.

The Battle of Saratoga

The Battle of Saratoga, from The Art of Battle

The website uses a standard icon set which makes these battle animations easy to read and follow. My ONLY criticism would be that I would wish for a more universal format than Powerpoint for the animation. Perhaps there is an easy way to turn the Powerpoint animations into MPGs or Flash animations, who knows.

In any event, if you do have Powerpoint installed on a Windows computer, this site will be quite a treasure for you.

WEB ADDRESS: http://www.theartofbattle.com/

Happy Birthday, Art Clokey


Mr. Clokey, for those of you who have trouble moving out from under that rock at times, was the creator of Gumbi, Pokey and other pioneering claymation characters.  Google honored him today by creating a custom animated claymation title for the main google page.

Google's art Clokey homage

A claymation homage to Art Clokey, age 90.

Applause! Well done, Google, well done.

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Chess: A Love Story, by Felipe Jose Ramirez

The New HELLBOY animated series…


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Looks like the original Mignola Artwork, too!

Looks like it will land around Christmas time. I’m looking forward to this, but have no idea what network is going to be carrying it.

Lupo Sighting


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Son-o-mah BEETCH god DEM it AHm DYEEEEING

Drey and I had a good laugh over the restraunt selected for the farewell dinner for the outgoing principal of our kid’s elementary school:

“Lupo’s Chop House”
Lupo's the Restraunt

For Audrey and I this triggers our fond memories of the old “Spike and Mike’s sick and twisted animation festival” shows that used to tour around the art house circuit in the early 90s. One of our favorite animated shorts was “Lupo the Butcher”

Lupo, the eponymous bad-tempered butcher

Lupo is a very bad-tempered almost illegible butcher that spends his time cursing and complaining, whilst simultaneously wielding a giant meat cleaver on a side of beef. Unfortunately, his anger distracts him, and .. hilarity ensues. Poor Lupo!

Catch the short if you can, right here. The MOV file is very small and you should turn up your headphones. The dialogue is priceless.