SSF: “Azarkant”

And now for something not-animated and not-cute. In other words, something entirely different. Something sci-fi and and darkly atmospheric and pretty scary. Great “proof-of-concept” work, even though I’m not sure that’s what its creator intended. (Something about the look and mood really reminded me of the “Exploring an Unknown and Dangerous Space Ship” scene from Alien. [Read More…]

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SSF: “The Monk and the Fish”

Today’s short crossed my path this past weekend courtesy of a Facebook friend to whom I am now immensely grateful. I’d never seen it before. Never even heard of it, in fact. Which is flat-out inexcusable, given how much I love its creator (Michaël Dudok De Wit, whose Father and Daughter is 100% — maybe even [Read More…]

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Going To Space With xkcd (And Ten Hundred Easy Words)

I like pretty much every single one of the many Randall Monroe things. Usually, that means the latest panel of his famous xkcd comics; sometimes, it means his newest “What If?” piece; today, it means watching a cartoon he drew for the “Minute Physics” guy about what it takes to make it into space, described in a mere thousand…er…ten [Read More…]

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SSF: “Ray’s Big Idea”

Today’s short comes from the visual and story-telling  geniuses at Aardman Animations, whose virtues I’ve been extolling since some of my earliest days on the InterWebs, and who deserve pretty much every nice thing anyone has ever said about them. (Interestingly, their shorts tend to be a tiny bit meaner than their features. That’s not a criticism, though. Just an [Read More…]

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SSF: “The Lighthouse Keeper”

I’ve been fascinated with lighthouses ever since I saw Pete’s Dragon for the first time. So it was fun to stumble across this short a few weeks ago. (It’s just an action sequence, I know. But I really love the monochromatic style, and I liked the way the monster and the ship have the same [Read More…]

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SSF: “Premier Automne”

Wordless, weird, and wonderful. Abel lives in the winter and Apolline lives in the summer. Isolated in their “natures”, they never met each other. They are not even supposed to meet. So when Abel crosses the border and discovers Apolline, curiosity is overwhelming. Their encounter soon becomes more complicated than they could imagine. Both of [Read More…]

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SSF: “Racines”

Hints of Howl’s Moving Castle in this short: Racines, from Kaw Animation. (I think “racine” means “roots,” but my French is literally terrible, so I don’t know for sure. Also, she reminds me of Mad Madam Mim, for some reason.) A bitterly old lady is moving on the back of a giant rock. Forever unsatisfied, [Read More…]

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SSF: “Floating In My Mind”

Another film about getting old and struggling to hold your memories close before finally realizing that passing them along to the next generation is the only way to truly keep them. (I’m not sure why I’m always drawn to these kinds of things, but I am. And the style here is very nice. Plus, I [Read More…]

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Rube Goldberg Meets Red Bull

Yes, you’re right. This is nothing but an ad for Red Bull. (Well, nothing but an ad for Red Bull AND Zach King.) Yes, you’re also right. I don’t care. It’s awesome regardless. (And yes, right again. Rube Goldberg machines have long been an obsession of mine. An obsession of which I am actually proud, for [Read More…]

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SSF: “Summer ’78”

Half of me is terrified at what J.J. Abrams might do to Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. The other half of me is super-terrified at what J.J. Abrahms might do to Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. (And what about the last half? Well, that half just wishes the title [Read More…]

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