Animation Snob Thread (no Disney, no Pixar, no mainstream anime, mention Family Guy and you get kicked out a window), puppet films are allowed

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I think animation is a severely, depressingly neglected medium. It has incredible expressive potential and somehow the best animation seems to happen in crappy socialist or communist regimes, while America and Japan churn out loads of crap. I think the main problem with mainstream animation is how as a result of getting visual consistency and working on tight deadlines, everything looks quite bland most of the time. I'm not totally against this method, it makes sense for humour cartoons, but I think when you talk about GREAT animation, you should mostly be talking about amazingly animated animation.
I think in an ideal world, most horror films would be animated.

I'm not that big a snob, I think Disney's Pinocchio is brilliant; Sword In The Stone, Sleeping Beauty and quite a few others are good, in fact I'd say most had some things going for them.
I think Pixar films are generally quite good. I like Ratatouille a lot. But I still find 3d animated kids/family films frustrating because however nuanced and subtle they try to make the body language, it still seems too exaggerated, robotic and uniform. Everyone moves/acts the same in these films and they can only really overcome this with all the other elements, but usually humour.

I say no mainstream anime but Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon get a pass.

Youtube and Dailymotion have lots of incredible stuff but I'm not sure I want loads of videos embedded because a page full of videos is a nightmare for a lot of peoples poor internet connections. So I might just name the videos or slightly distort the site address so you can change hxxp to http.

Search: Brothers Quay, Svankmajer, Gyorgy Kovasznai, Keita Kurosaka, Nikolai Serebryakov, Ideya Garanina, Nina Shorina, Allison Schulnik. Frank Zappa's "City Of Tiny Lights" video.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:18 (eight years ago) link

watched don hertzfeldt's "it's such a beautiful day" yesterday, kinda like "synechdoche new york" but done w/ stick figures and brakhage-ish camera effects — really wonderful

clouds, Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:27 (eight years ago) link

Well, also search Yuri Norstein, obviously. Tale of Tales and Hedgehog in the Fog are required viewing.

Saw Ari Folman's latest, The Congress, at PIX. Pure crap. So happy with itself it actually has a character describe it's own style as 'a genius designer on bad acid'. Avoid like the plague.

Frederik B, Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:33 (eight years ago) link

I was going to mention Norstein but I forgot his name. I forgot Roland Topor stuff like Fantastic Planet too.

I was kind of interested in The Congress but I heed your warning. But I cant promise I'll avoid.

Even though it isn't firmly in snob-land, the recobbled cut of Thief And The Cobbler on the directors youtube is good. The ending with the thief bouncing around the tank at the end is fucking incredible.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:51 (eight years ago) link

Nina Shorina's "Room Of Laughter" here. One of the best films I saw last year. A prime example of what animation can do for horror. If you have ten minutes to spare, change the hxxps to https...

hxxps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgZZY9K-WIc

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:57 (eight years ago) link

i watched Millennium Actress for the first time recently. i thought it was really good

Mordy , Sunday, 27 April 2014 16:41 (eight years ago) link

My ranking of Kon

Paprika
Perfect Blue
Millennium Actress
Paranoia Agent
Tokyo Godfathers

I found Paranoia Agent quite disappointing and a bit of a slog at times. I don't think the balance of detective intrigue with surreal nonsense worked that well.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 16:52 (eight years ago) link

anyone seen "oneamisu no tsubasa" aka "wings of honneamise" or "royal space force: the wings of honneamise"? the description in "the anime encyclopedia" makes it sound really interesting:

Shiro Lhadatt is a dropout, a wannabe pilot who wasn't good enough to get into the navy air corps. Instead, hejoins the only organization that will have him, a ragtag group of misfits called the Royal Space Force. Underfunded, undermotivated, and under extreme pressure, they race to get a man in space, but nobody believes it's possible. Nobody, that is, except for Shiro and his would-be girlfriend, a religious zeal­ ot called Lequinni. Space is waiting for humanity as a whole, but the project to reach it is the result oftwo nations' political and military agendas. Our hero joins up for all the wrong reasons but eventually realizes that he can turn the "fake dream" of his government's PR campaign into a real dream, and he becomes the first man in space. Despite the political skullduggery that follows, he refuses to let go of the hope that the realityjust might redeem all the failure and sacrifice of history and give us another chance to soar.

One of anime's greatest successes and greatest failures, WoH is a pecu­liarly Japanese take on the U.S.-Soviet space race-an outsider's view of the gung ho ideals of The Right Stuff, moved to an alien world to emphasize the viewer's own alienation. Made by the young, fiendishly talented Gainax collective, it was so expensive and so badly received in Japan that it didn't break even until 1994.

One of the shining examples of how cerebral and intelligent anime can be, it's far removed from the sex and violence that stuffs Western anime catalogues. It's a film that rewards repeat viewings if only for the meticulous design of every aspect of its world. The language, the names, the maps, and even the telegraph poles all scream to be rec­ ognized as triumphs of world-building almost unequalled elsewhere in sci­ ence-fiction film. Even the minutiae of everyday life are knocked ever-so­ slightly out of kilter, with little touches like triangular spoons, unidentifiable foods, and sunrise in the north.

clouds, Sunday, 27 April 2014 17:08 (eight years ago) link

as for kon, if anyone hasn't seen the short "magnetic rose" (orig. "kanojo no omide" or "her memories"), definitely do so — it was directed by otomo katsuhiro (akira dude) and written by both otomo and kon

clouds, Sunday, 27 April 2014 17:14 (eight years ago) link

Wings of Honneamise is a great film, and I agree with the review that the meticulous detail of the alternate Earth is what really invites you back for another watch. The story is a bit rambling but doesn't get boring, although the main character can grate at times. The VHS copy I got hold of cut out that scene, so I'm not sure how that would have affected by opinion of the film.

I love Kon, though I think he got progressively weaker with each film, with PB and MA being the clear high points of his output. Paranoia Agent has a lot of good stuff, but it's far from perfect overall - the three stand-alone episodes in the middle are brilliant, but they break the flow of the ongoing story, and the series never quite recovers.

Duane Barry, Sunday, 27 April 2014 17:23 (eight years ago) link

Mind Game is one of my favorite movies, and the director, Masaaki Yuasa released a Kickstarter-funded short last year that I love: Kick Heart

Dan I., Sunday, 27 April 2014 17:38 (eight years ago) link

Is Akira a fit for this thread?

I really like the bit where one of the characters is using their weird psychic powers, and the way it's shown is a sort of invisible sphere radiates from them and crushes out the concrete wall around them - so perfectly drawn. And the city feels so thick and oppressive and realised.

cardamon, Sunday, 27 April 2014 17:59 (eight years ago) link

And maybe 'The Thing' if we extend animation to include puppetry.

What I want to know is has anyone been making stop motion stuff since 2000?

cardamon, Sunday, 27 April 2014 18:00 (eight years ago) link

Henry Selick

Alvarius B. Goode (WilliamC), Sunday, 27 April 2014 18:02 (eight years ago) link

The Thing? I assume you aren't talking about Carpentar's film?

I think Akira and any other Otomo projects should be fine for this thread. Steamboy does kind of veer into the kid/family territory like Miyazaki (I'm just a bit wary of more conventional stuff flooding the artier stuff).
Ralph Bakshi might have to be squeezed in this thread too.

Fear(s) Of The Dark had some good stuff but I'm lukewarm about the film in general.

I saw Wings of Honneamise when I was something like 11 or 12 and it flew in the face of what I wanted at the time. Apart from the chase scene and the fight where he barfs on someone's face, it is a very very quiet film. In retrospect it seems a lot more interesting, I can still remember the low key mood of it.

Redline is a bit different, but I thought it was a mistake to have the film so story orientated. I think they should have cut the story and just kept more crazy race stuff. Now that I think about it, I was just like Wacky Races, but not quite enough.

Secret Adventures Of Tom Thumb seems like an obvious one for this thread too. It's quite depressing though.

BELLADONNA OF SADNESS
A Japanese classic that still hasn't had a proper western dvd release yet. It has very little in common with most anime, it has a sort of 70s psychedelic fashion illustration look with thin lines and watercolours. Kind of feminist fable of a once ordinary woman in medieval times who becomes empowered and oppressed at various points in the story but eventually becomes a martyr for womankind. Some really graphic stuff in there. There was quite a few bits I didn't understand the message but I'd recommend it a lot.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 19:11 (eight years ago) link

watched don hertzfeldt's "it's such a beautiful day" yesterday, kinda like "synechdoche new york" but done w/ stick figures and brakhage-ish camera effects — really wonderful

― clouds, Sunday, April 27, 2014 4:27 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this film rules

avinit garde (wins), Sunday, 27 April 2014 19:13 (eight years ago) link

i think goku could totally beat akira

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Sunday, 27 April 2014 19:13 (eight years ago) link

Anyone who cares about stop motion should wait for Hoffmaniada, which is an attempt to return to the glory days of Russian animation.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 19:14 (eight years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MPe7E1YrY4

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avinit garde (wins), Sunday, 27 April 2014 19:50 (eight years ago) link

watched patlabor 2 for the first time in quite a while and was really impressed. love how the sustained muted, kinda flat tone and the music's great too.

http://youtu.be/1dmlwhaEEgE

I can't even tell you how disappointed I was at the lack of action when I bought it sight unseen as a teenager!

original bgm, Sunday, 27 April 2014 20:11 (eight years ago) link

millennium actress is v beautiful, I think. definitely my favorite kon.

original bgm, Sunday, 27 April 2014 20:13 (eight years ago) link

My favourite non-mainstream animation is probably The Illusionist, by the guy who did Les Triplettes de Belleville, based on an unproduced Jacques Tati script and set in Edinburgh.

Alba, Sunday, 27 April 2014 20:16 (eight years ago) link

does oskar fischinger count here?

rushomancy, Sunday, 27 April 2014 20:21 (eight years ago) link

would like to point out that a second series of Mushishi is airing at the moment, 8 years after the first series and so far has been just as brilliant.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 27 April 2014 20:27 (eight years ago) link

I had never heard of Oskar Fischinger. From a brief search it seems to fit in fine. Isn't Stan Brakhage really animation?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 21:02 (eight years ago) link

Just dropping in to say that Mind Game is also one of my all-timers and I'll be watching the short later for sure, ty Dan I

imago, Sunday, 27 April 2014 21:35 (eight years ago) link

Didn't realise Mushishi was back, that's great news.

I generally preferred Oshii's earlier films (Beautiful Dreamer, Angel's Egg, Patlabor 2) to his post-GitS stuff. Jin-Roh: the Wolf Brigade (which he wrote, but didn't direct) was excellent, though.

Dreamer has an awesome moment when the characters board a harrier and see their city closed off on the back of a giant turtle; that's tied with the "Unnatural City" sequence as the best Oshii sequence

Duane Barry, Sunday, 27 April 2014 21:43 (eight years ago) link

Robert, just in case i'm the only one who flag posted you after the first sentence, it was me who flag posted you after the first sentence. cheers.

you poll a lot, but you're not saying anything (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:13 (eight years ago) link

I love Angel's Egg.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:16 (eight years ago) link

Noodle Vague- why flag post?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:20 (eight years ago) link

tbf it was halfway thru the title. tbh, i think your premise is reductive, silly and distasteful. i celebrate yr right to disagree. the fp button is just underneath this post.

you poll a lot, but you're not saying anything (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:22 (eight years ago) link

The Secret of Kells

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:29 (eight years ago) link

i couldn't give a flying fuck about the premise so long as i pick up some tasty leads itt

imago, Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:54 (eight years ago) link

Yep, same here

Karl Malone, Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:00 (eight years ago) link

the new series based on the "Ping Pong" manga is worth checking out (there was also a 2002 live action film)
artstyle is kinda ugly but really expressive, directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Kaiba, Tatami Galaxy)

http://i.imgur.com/Gp6t8JL.gif

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:08 (eight years ago) link

the yuasa short upthread was cool, if not in the same league as mind game

imago, Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:10 (eight years ago) link

i think we had an animation thread a while back, but i totally agree with the sentiment in the original post. animation's been hijacked for exclusively kid and family movies, when it has so much more potential.

remake jaws as an animated film, plz.

Daniel, Esq 2, Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:11 (eight years ago) link

great animated films that aren't necessarily for kids

Daniel, Esq 2, Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:12 (eight years ago) link

Noodle Vague- I'd prefer you disagreed with me in detail. I said I enjoyed many Disney films and Pixar films are generally good, so unless you work on Family guy(which just like many sitcoms, I still find a quarter of the jokes funny enough) or some associated cartoon, I don't know why you are offended. Surely not by my belief that animation has been neglected as a powerful expressive medium?

Maybe you are a 3d animator? I'm willing to be proved wrong about the possibilities of that style but from what I have seen so far, I think the strength of cgi is for rich colour and more abstract things, but I've always found character animation to be lacking. But I've been moved all the same by Pixar films.
I said I'm not completely against uniformity in animation because Simpson's, Futurama and South Park at their best work just fine.
I just think it's sad that the medium isn't really associated much with ambitious animation techniques.

I hesitated before creating the title because I don't find offending people constructive but since the word "snob" was jokingly in the title (who honestly calls themself a snob?), I thought it would be obvious that I wasn't being an elitist drawing a line in the sand by the end of the first post.

So what part of my premise was objectionable?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 28 April 2014 00:08 (eight years ago) link

I mentioned it on the Adventure Time thread, but Masaaki Yuasa is directing an Adventure Time episode, too!

Dan I., Monday, 28 April 2014 00:24 (eight years ago) link

I just think it's sad that the medium isn't really associated much with ambitious animation techniques.

do you not think that this is tantamount to saying that writing isn't associated with ambitious techniques because the bulk of what's read isn't "ambitious"? by definition, within any medium, the less popular stuff is less popular.

i was just mildly snarking tbh but really, you can have an "i love this" thread without defining it in opposition to all that tawdry mainstream "that" that you don't dig. and it will probably make your appreciation all the stronger.

you poll a lot, but you're not saying anything (Noodle Vague), Monday, 28 April 2014 00:31 (eight years ago) link

also you dismissed several nations' worth of animation in yr first two sentences which is like, gtfo

you poll a lot, but you're not saying anything (Noodle Vague), Monday, 28 April 2014 00:33 (eight years ago) link

title wld've been fine with just the first three words, parenthetical and tbh 1st post just makes yr thread sound rockist son

but i guess you're guitarist from pink floyd right i guess i shouldn't expect more

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Monday, 28 April 2014 01:33 (eight years ago) link

and it is just silly to associate 'ambitious animation style' w/non-mnstrm stuff, have you seen One Piece that shit's ambitious as h*ck, and bigger studios have more freedom and currency to experiment on a big stage

and then 'letting in' miyazaki and akira cause you feel like it, come on. this is just taste, don't try to project all this other mnstrm/non-mnstrm stuff

but otherwise cool thread look forward to recs

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Monday, 28 April 2014 01:37 (eight years ago) link

Again, I think my elaboration shows that I don't at all mean to completely dismiss major animation houses, America or Japan. But I don't think it's totally crazy to say that a lot of their output is very poor and that there might be legitimate things in them to object to. A lot of Japanese animators are totally scathing about the general animated output of their country.

I'm guilty as charged that I made a sensational title to get attention and I probably shouldn't have because it is a rampant problem on the internet that I'm not proud to take part in but again, I thought there was enough in the first post to backpedal from the oppositional element.

The oppositional gut feelings come easy when you're bombarded by something that you think has significant or even major problems while so many great things are marginalized. Particularly when it comes to comics. I'm sure most people here have called things "total shit" that in a fairer, more constructive mood they would admit to having some good qualities. Ideally I'd like to criticize everything as if I were talking to the creators face to face in the most constructive, bluntly honest but encouraging way I could.
I'll often say I hate Friends, Big Bang Theory and Family Guy but a quarter of the jokes do make me laugh and some other things work occasionally.
I often get angered by superhero comics and movies but I have genuinely enjoyed them on occasion.

I like to try and be reasonable as possible but then I remember the time I tried to talk about wonderful animation and its potential, with people responding "no I don't like Family Guy, Pixar, Avatar or anime", RAAAAAAAAAGE!
I don't like snobbery and elitism because I think it is anti-intellectual in the way those things make people oversimplify, when the fact is that almost nothing can really be reasonably summed up as trash or shit. But if you really seriously care about culture, have starry eyed dreams about people believing in aspiring to greatness and raising standards, you'll know how easy it is to fall into dismissively oversimplifying things.

I assumed flagging posts was reserved for serious transgressions like horrendous racism, sexism, violent threats and legal boundaries being crossed. Not passionate disagreements about culture.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 28 April 2014 02:10 (eight years ago) link

aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh nvm

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Monday, 28 April 2014 02:17 (eight years ago) link

Zachlyon says "bigger studios have more freedom and currency to experiment on a big stage"

Examples? Fantasia is the only time I can think of a major studio being really experimental. But there is loads and loads of low budget avant garde animation. A lot of people decide to avoid or leave big animation studios because lack of freedom. The big companies have the resources but how could they compare in this way with Piotr Kamler and Gyorgy Kovasznai?

Sorry if I'm misunderstanding you.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 28 April 2014 02:30 (eight years ago) link

Forgot to mention Watership Down and Plague Dogs. They are quite special to me.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 28 April 2014 02:32 (eight years ago) link

^^^these are incredible and their making is also p incredible, michael rosen was a true one-off. watership down also one of my favourite films ever

imago, Monday, 28 April 2014 02:55 (eight years ago) link

I watched Kirikou & the Sorceress last night and was surprised to see nearly zero mention of it on ILX. It's so good! Among many highlights (beautiful backgrounds, some classic Looney Tunes/Disney animation on the human characters at times, great [French] voice acting), Youssou N'Dour does the soundtrack and the in-film songs are fantastic. If you have the Criterion Channel it's available until the end of the month

rob, Monday, 29 March 2021 13:31 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Brothers Quay still at it thankfully
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNkfQGkAIgo

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 18 April 2021 18:17 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

New version of the russian animation channel. Person keeps getting their stuff deleted by copyright holders, it's annoying
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9_pMHQC0Y

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 13 May 2021 23:26 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC9_pMHQC0Y

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 13 May 2021 23:27 (one year ago) link

For some reason it wont let me link the channel but it's called "Russian Animation eus347 subtitles resurrected"

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 13 May 2021 23:28 (one year ago) link

The Mitchells vs the Machines was awesome. Great multimedia animation style, even including puppets this time

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Friday, 14 May 2021 00:05 (one year ago) link

Yeah, it was a blast.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Friday, 14 May 2021 02:19 (one year ago) link

yeah I really liked the animation style of The Mitchells vs the Machines. Story was much too typical though.

silverfish, Friday, 14 May 2021 18:17 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Been meaning to see Felidae forever, it's often compared to Watership Down and Plague Dogs, based on a german series of 8 books (only 2 were translated into english), it's a noir murder mystery with nazi science. More gore and sex than Watership Down, cats are violently experimented on, Boy George sings the theme tune.
I think the drawing is quite weak, but there's one memorable nightmare sequence that obviously had a lot more work put in. The fight scene at the end explicitly references (or just copies?) the original Watership Down animation.
If you'd prefer the english dub, that's on youtube too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oAI33tkxFI

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 31 May 2021 18:03 (one year ago) link

Maybe puppetry mre than animation, but I really liked Burning Buddha Man by Ugicha; lots of Clive Barker/Junji Ito body horror

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 15:37 (one year ago) link

Cool, I've got it sitting in the pile

Robert Adam Gilmour, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 18:11 (one year ago) link

New Christiane Cegavske trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEcXQ942x44

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 7 June 2021 19:56 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Cryptozoo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMk2K_x956M

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 22 July 2021 18:45 (one year ago) link

oh that's dash shaw's thing right?

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Friday, 23 July 2021 00:02 (one year ago) link

I did see his name in the trailer

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 23 July 2021 18:17 (one year ago) link

We Bought A Zoo (With Bitcoin)

, Friday, 23 July 2021 18:40 (one year ago) link

Viy (The Underground Gnome King) 1988 EN subs Ukrainian animationm After N. Gogol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKl1bkhV6k

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 24 July 2021 18:39 (one year ago) link

A terrible vengeance 1988 strashnaya mest EN & ES & RU subs Ukrainian Animation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXgJY16tS9U
Never seen anything quite like this. Watercolor rotoscoping? Another Gogol story. Crazy music.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 24 July 2021 19:22 (one year ago) link

Eus's Russian/soviet animation channel is deleted again! Just going to link to his site, I'm sure he'll post about it soon. He has information about all the places he posts videos.
https://niffiwan.livejournal.com/

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 25 July 2021 19:33 (one year ago) link

New film Mad God
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGdrlVShkmg

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 23:38 (one year ago) link

Howl From Beyond The Fog, a kaiju puppet film
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj8pnPdYwWw

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 2 August 2021 21:10 (one year ago) link

woah!

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 05:44 (one year ago) link

That's amazing

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 18:46 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMk2K_x956M

I enjoyed Cryptozoo - has anyone seen Dash Shaw's other stuff?

a hallan shaker loon (dowd), Saturday, 21 August 2021 14:27 (eleven months ago) link

i like his comics and looking forward to seeing the film.

think “Gypsy-Pixie” and misspelled. (We are a white family.) (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 21 August 2021 15:11 (eleven months ago) link

Thanks to Bendk for catching this. Taiwan leading VR Animation
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/venice-film-festival-taiwan-virtual-reality-1235007841/
Sick Rose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlcls5iyXRc

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 3 September 2021 17:44 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Animation seems like the most depressing creative industry there is. From all the behind the scenes talk I've heard, japanese industry is almost always exploitive or people are working on something they don't care for at all.

Seen Watership Down for the first time in decades and that scene where the rabbits get buried alive is just a tour de force.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 23 September 2021 11:52 (ten months ago) link

Ilka Schonbein the puppeteer. Big thanks to Bendk for showing me this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPGJ7ScBz1w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSgz56-w9H0

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 26 September 2021 17:23 (ten months ago) link

Found some similar recommendations

Natacha Belova
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F13lFR6PhMQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZM0aHT1dTs

Nicole Mossoux (with music from Christian Genet of Univers Zero and Present)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhDdCXcp9Qg

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 9 October 2021 20:35 (ten months ago) link

Here's a 45min video about Yuri Norstein and his ongoing masterpiece
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73hip3pz0Xs

One-Eyed and Incredibly Mearns (Jonathan Hellion Mumble), Saturday, 9 October 2021 22:34 (ten months ago) link

Thanks

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 9 October 2021 23:12 (ten months ago) link

i sent the schonbein delivery puppet to my pregnant friend who found it amusing

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 11 October 2021 06:36 (ten months ago) link

Thankyou again Jonathan Hellion Mumble, I just finished it and that was really something

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 17 October 2021 12:28 (nine months ago) link

Rune Spaans/Dave Cooper. It's remarkable just how close they got to the look of Cooper's paintings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG4oGh8yXJE

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 25 October 2021 19:30 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

The House is on Netflix (UK at least), and looks pretty good.

a hallan shaker loon (dowd), Friday, 14 January 2022 18:22 (six months ago) link

I thought it was very good! Loved the Busby Berkeley bugs

a hallan shaker loon (dowd), Friday, 14 January 2022 19:40 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

The ex USSR channel relocates again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videos

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 6 March 2022 22:31 (five months ago) link

hxxps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeRw_wlOI-V7wXhws4ygx-w/videos

Don't know why the channel links don't work but replace hxxps with https

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 6 March 2022 22:32 (five months ago) link

Found this again, always loved Akexander Gradsky's singing in this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbNas0oe9G4

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 17 March 2022 21:09 (four months ago) link

Alexander Gradsky

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 17 March 2022 21:09 (four months ago) link

Cartoons today vs cartoons when I was a kid: pic.twitter.com/0AUESWVaoq

— Alasdair Beckett-King (@MisterABK) March 23, 2022

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 23 March 2022 18:18 (four months ago) link

I thought he was going to compare it to the lessons at the end of He-Man. I certainly prefer the aesthetics of 80s american/japanese cartoons

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 23 March 2022 20:44 (four months ago) link

I prefer not to have to wear sunglasses when I watch animation too.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 23 March 2022 20:47 (four months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Burning Buddha Man and Violence Voyager - The artist/director of these said the tv version of Cat-Eyed Boy and the music video for Denki Groove's Mononoke Dance inspired him to make paper puppet films. I preferred Burning Buddha Man because the ideas seemed wilder and the drawings rendered more beautifully (in a very grotesque way). Violence Voyager is heavily inspired by american films (Westworld and Jurassic Park were mentioned) and it's perhaps that because it seems so much like a children's film that the ruthless violence seems all the more surprising (even after the title prepared me for lots of violence). There's a few short films too. A nice mixture of horror and humor, very much looking forward to more of Ujicha's films or even any visual art he makes. So I guess he's my favorite japanese animator after Keita Kurosaka.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 22 April 2022 18:04 (three months ago) link

Here's the Denki Groove video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPUyybTsnRg

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 22 April 2022 18:16 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Eduard Belyahev
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_vDF284HOU

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 14 May 2022 20:04 (two months ago) link

All 4 of those Pictures Of Old videos are worth watching. Here's another by the same guy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMkdBt3XnGw

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 15 May 2022 17:07 (two months ago) link

Clip from Aleksandr Petrov's My Love
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVx53tTJMdQ

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 15 May 2022 17:52 (two months ago) link


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