“Every year it’s about the same
I’m swimming in my dreams across the lake
in second place”
“Every year it’s about the same
Created by John Brown, A Lonely Square is “a community animation project with the unifying factor being a single black square in a field of white.” All animations begin and end with the same image (a black square), and it’s up to each contributor to determine what happens in between.
Johnny Express is an incredibly well done animation, about a space delivery man trying to get a package to its recipient. It’s hysterically funny, even though you feel bad laughing most of the time.
As well done as the animation and game are, it’s difficult to ignore that this is an out and out advertisement for Chipotle. As lovely as the graphics are, there’s still a weird disconnect in the back of my head where I know I’m being marketed to. Really great looking propaganda is still, at the end of the day, propaganda.
Guillaume Kurdjian makes some really lovely animated gifs. A big draw is the subject matter, but there’s something incredibly pleasing about the muted color palettes he chooses. I can’t quite put my finger on it, as there’s his images evoke a sensation I can’t quite articulate. “Lovely” is about as close as I can get, though in an odd way I feel some slight twinges of childhood.
Usually, in games, the cinematics between levels is where the impressive graphics and animations come out. But in playing this game, I found myself liking the look of the regular game play more. The animation segments were still good, of course, but the game itself just looks really great and it feels like you’re moving around in a Studio Ghibli film. Regardless of how you feel about the storyline, the game is absolutely beautiful and beautifully made.
When I found out about the game in 2008, I learned that there were only a small number of physical game machines available. In order to play it, you had to find one of these guys. I recall emailing the company ages ago, but could never track down a machine or a way to play the game.
I happened across this video very randomly, as it was included as placeholder content in a carousel for a random WordPress theme. I’ve seen it repeatedly for some time now, but today was the first time I actually hit the “play” button. Once the animation began, I was hooked.
Mortys is a short film about Death, and how her son tries to find ways for them to spend more time together. I was browsing around this AM, got sucked in and ending up watching the whole thing.
As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Billy Collins. I happened across an animation of one of his poems this morning, and wanted to share it. It’s silly, but the “Related” section is actually longer than my post. If you enjoyed this poem, consider digging through some of the links below. Lots of previously good stuff there….
I’m not a big fan of dance, but I found this particular animation by Ryan Woodward incredibly moving. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that my friend Ann, who used to be a dancer, was always fascinated with the body’s movements. I remember her explaining the concepts of dance to me, but I never really got it….
Apparently, there are a gazillion bugs flying overhead. I knew insects travelled on the wind, but some of the heights mentioned here are mind-boggling. I’ve not come across this series before. It looks to be NPR, but is it an ongoing thing where information segments are animated? [via Rob]