The top one hundred episodes of The Simpsons. But what to choose?

Friday, 21 April, 2017

This is a bold move, for sure. Alan Siegel, writing for The Ringer, ranks the top one hundred episodes of long running animated sitcom, The Simpsons.

To compile this list, I sought feedback from both hardcore Simpsons fans and former members of the show’s creative staff. Still, it was an inherently subjective undertaking. “You could choose every other episode from the first 200 episodes for your top 100 and you wouldn’t be too far off,” one Simpsons writer told me. I don’t claim to be a scientician, but I tried to be meticulous. So crack open a Duff and enjoy.

And in other news, can it really be thirty years since The Simpsons made their debut?

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The true size of the solar system, seen with an animation

Tuesday, 28 March, 2017

A proposal to reclassify what a planet is, may see the planet count of our solar system jump from eight, to one-hundred-and-two bodies. The latter number would certainly make the Sun’s family sound large. But what is the size of the solar system in terms of the amount of room it occupies in interstellar space?

From a human’s perspective, the answer again would be big. Enormous, most likely. An animation, by Imgur member Disclaimered, depicts the solar system as the crew of a departing starship might see it on their way out of it. It offers some sense of scale. The clustering of white lines, visible at about the ten second mark, are dwarf planets.

According to one estimate, there may be ten thousand such bodies, situated beyond the orbit of Neptune, in orbit around the Sun. Ten thousand dwarf planets. That’s a staggering number. The solar system is big, no matter what way you look at it.

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Voyage, an astronaut’s odyssey through a black hole

Tuesday, 14 March, 2017

Can an astronaut travel through a black hole, and what happens if this is possible? There’s only way to find out, isn’t there? Take the journey, and see.

A sci-fi animation by Hello, Savants!, an Amsterdam based fellowship of creative people with unique disabilities and unexpected talents.

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Destino, a Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí film, 60 years in the making

Tuesday, 7 March, 2017

Destino, an animated collaboration between US film producer Walt Disney, and Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film award in 2003. Yet the film almost never saw the light of day, after spending over fifty years sitting in a vault.

Although work on the production had started in earnest in 1945, eight months in, the Walt Disney Company ran into financial problems. It wasn’t until 1999, when Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, was working on Fantasia 2000, that the project was rediscovered.

I know films can take a long time to make, but a lead time of nearly sixty years must be a record. A story about a young girl in search of true love, you can watch Destino here. It makes me wonder how many other part completed film projects there are, started by well known filmmakers, that sit, forgotten, in cupboards somewhere.

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Ruben Leaves. But did he lock the door? Turn off the stove?

Tuesday, 28 February, 2017

Did I lock the door? Did I turn the stove off? Have such thoughts ever plagued you after you’ve left the house to go to work, or worse, a trip away?

Then you can probably relate to Ruben, the title character of Ruben Leaves, an animation by Zurich based motion designer and illustrator, Frederic Siegel.

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Slightly creepy figurines and models, by Adeena Charlotte Grubb

Monday, 20 February, 2017

Models by Adeena Charlotte Grubb

Adeena Charlotte Grubb is a stop motion animator who hand crafts figurines and models, that are sometimes of a rather creepy disposition, for use in her productions. The guy you see here may not seem all that off-colour, until you learn that he is actually a fiddle player with four arms. Weird, or what? Watch the animations on her Vimeo page.

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Rozalina Burkova, London based illustrator and animator

Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Illustration by Rozalina Burkova

Check out the vibrant and fun work of London based illustrator and animator Rozalina Burkova.

Oh, and somewhat obligatory NSFW alert, one or two drawings depict nudity (albeit illustrated), in case that’s an issue wherever you are right now.

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The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch, animated

Tuesday, 14 February, 2017

The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych, being a painting spread across three panels that are hinged together, by Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, that he completed in the early sixteenth century. And here you can see an animated version of the work, by Breda based designer and film producers, Studio Smack.

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Geometric shapes, bold colours, the illustration of Matteo Sacchi

Friday, 10 February, 2017

Illustration by Matteo Sacchi

When you look at his work, it quickly becomes apparent that Matteo Sacchi, an illustrator, graphic designer, and animator based in Bergamo, in Italy, has an affinity for bold colours and geometric shapes.

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How do you edit an animated film? Why would you even need to?

Monday, 23 January, 2017

Editing an animated film. An interesting process, in that the film editor starts their job before any scenes have been created, and is often involved in its writing.

Unlike with the making of live action features, wouldn’t you get the shots and scenes required for animation, right the first time? No, not necessarily.

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