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Two non-Japanese animation shorts: Because we all love animation here

One thing you eventually develop from watching mountains of Japanese anime is an eye for eye-catching animation, no matter what the origin or style. Before you may have known that one piece of animation looks better than another but with years of training the eye to recognise quality animation you can now pick out what makes a certain piece of animation so great. I’m not saying that we are all turning into animation gurus but it’s the same principle that applies to spotting young talent on football. While we may not all be scouts for football clubs, anyone who had watched any amount of soccer could spot the great talent that lay in players like Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney when they first strode onto the pitch as raw 16 year olds. That overly long introductory paragraph is simply there to introduce you to two wonderful animation shorts. I went on a bit of an animation short binge recently and these two were the cream of the crop. The first is a Bafta winning Polish short called ‘Falling Art’ and the second is one of those Pixar shorts called ‘Lifted’. One about moving up, the other about moving down. Neither have any speaking in them and tell their story through their actions (Fallen Art) or through their facial expressions (Lifted). Trust me when I say these are the best. I watched a lot of stupid artsy ones that made no attempt to make any sense.

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  1. kadian1364
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Woah, that first one is totally sick, it literally made my stomach turn. The other is relatable and funny, up to Pixar’s typically high standards. Both are wordless, short, 3D, and highly effective, but really couldn’t be further apart in content. Pixar in particular have become masters of wordless storytelling, evidenced in the first half-hour of Wall-e and the intro backstory in Up. As long as great animators and studios are around making stuff like this, there will always be people like us that appreciate their art. Anyways, thanks for some good clips.

    Here’s one of my favorite Pixar shorts: For the birds

  2. Posted November 17, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    @kadian1364

    I know that one! As I said I went on a bit of a animation short binge and Pixars work was a bizzilion miles ahead of pretty much anyone else. So many of the ones I watched were pointless artsy ones that made no sense or, even worse, ones that thought they were artsy. Fallen Art stood out amongst a hell of a lot of crap. I’ve watched it a fair few times now and I still can’t quite make out what the message is exactly meant to be.

  3. Humanity_Cat
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Yes! ‘For the Birds’ is one of my all time favorites~

    Ahem, but anyways, I’ve never seen the first one before…it was….interesting. Like you said, I’m still trying to work out the message, but it was interesting, because I had recently read an artical on the first motion picture film. Interesting….

    And I love ‘Lifted'; it shows you how us Americans would really react if an alien was abducting us. ;)

  4. Posted November 18, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Hey, have heard about that animation called, like CatShit-1 or something like that? It’s supposed to be 3D and have furry little rabbits killing shit like all over the place. There’s gonna be character developement and a slew of other stuff in these 15 min episodes. I’m looking forward to it.

    Oh & @ the vids, WOW, that shit’s fucking hilarious. The guys getting his ass whupped in his sleep and he STILL doesn’t wake up? Wow, what an effin Gee lol. Keep up the funny stuff :)

  5. Posted November 18, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    @Humanity_Cat

    Yeah Pixar is brilliant in general. For a third Pixar reccomendation you should check out ‘One Man Band’.

    @FaS

    Yeah I’ve heard of it and I’ve seen the trailer. Looks absolutely ridicoulus but I guess that’s what it’s aiming for

  6. Humanity_Cat
    Posted November 19, 2009 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    ‘One Man Band’ is a good one too. There really arent’ any that I don’t like, aha.

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