It's being called "the most beautiful, haunting infomercial you'll ever see."
We've all been there. Many, many times.
Remember the other day when you were saying how much you loved the sketch series "Drunk History" but that you wished how instead of history it was a corny joke about tortilla chips that Morgan Patch told her husband Adam while sauced off her ass on a bottle of wine, which he then turned into an animated short?
Cartoonist Bill Watterson has been notoriously against allowing his beloved creations Calvin and Hobbes to be commercially repurposed, despite their immense continued popularity nearly 20 years after their final strip.
So you finally landed your dream job, spokeswoman for online brokerage site Ameritrade. Matt Damon provides the voiceover, and you provide the smiling face. You sit up straight. You follow your cues. This could be your big break. We'll animate Ameritrade's signature lily pad later, they tell you. Trust us. It's going to be cool.
This animated short was supposed to debut tomorrow night on the holiday edition of Anthony Bourdain's Travel Channel show, No Reservations. But when executives got a look at Bourdain's take on the Austrian legend of Krampus, they quickly pulled the plug. Apparently, they felt the world was not quite ready for a stop-motion retelling of Santa's "whip-toting sidekick" who "whips and licks naughty children" with his 12-inch tongue then "carries them off in his sack" — a source tells us they cited sensitivities regarding the Penn State scandal when delivering Bourdain the disappointing news. (The leering portrait of the Pope in the background probably didn't help matters, either.)
The creators of aging animated relic
Beavis and Butthead Family Guy The Simpsons South Park just signed a deal to keep it ripping jokes from the headlines for five more years. Yes, Comedy Central will have Cartman and Co. until 2016. I should make a joke about killing Kenny or something, but I just don't care to.
While many central and southern states have been dealing with scorching temperatures for days now, it wasn't until this week that the heat wave began spreading east and enveloped the entire country. So just how much of the country is suffering from the sweltering heat? Check out the time-lapse animation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to find out—and turn up the A/C while you're at it! [via Fark]
Here's the new full-length trailer for Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Steven Spielberg's upcoming performance capture movie based on the beloved Belgian comic series. Now that we've seen more of it, are we still as wary? Sadly more so, actually.
President Obama has a wonderful, versatile voice, and it's a shame that it's wasted on things like convincing Democrats to cut Social Security. Luckily, musician and Something Awful forum poster Dan Warren has spent four years making sure that Obama's voice doesn't go to waste—cutting and editing snippets from the audio recording of his book Dreams From My Father into a... well, we're not sure. Performance piece? Spoken word recording?
In what seems to be a NSFW parody of vintage Disney, this PSA shows Smutley the cat selflessly screwing every other cartoon animal he can find to teach us a valuable lesson about AIDS. Mickey would be proud.
The Phenakistoscope is one of the earliest forms of animation, predating actual filmmaking. Here, artist Lori Pepi shows off her own modified device, using LED strobe lights to take the phenakistoscope out of the 1800's and into the modern technological world.
This video compiles the title designs from famous movie and TV titles for the SXSW "Excellence in Title Design" competition. Notice the increasing animation (and better resolution!) of title designs they get more modern.
This stop motion short by Austrian artist Wolfgang Matzl summarizes everyone's favorite mindbender of a summer blockbuster - and it's obviously just as confusing as the original source.