Dec 292009
 

The Exploratorium, a museum in San Francisco, is hosting their annual ‘Humorous Holiday Animation Festival’ through Dec 30th.
Here is their line-up:

‘Birdbeat: fugue (2002, 5 min.), by Geoff Adams, transforms the cacophony of birds at a backyard feeder into a jazzy, animated composition.’

‘Fetch (2001, 5 min.), by Nina Paley, is a funny exploration of space involving an animated dog chasing a ball to a lively soundtrack by Nik Phelps and The Sprocket Ensemble.’ To be frank, this is a great example of the kind of shorts I think we see too much of in the world.  Full of gags, but nothing substantial. At least she’s moved on to more complex fare (Nina Paley is the maker of Sita Sings the Blues):

Sour Death Balls (1993, 4 min.), ‘by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu, offers a humorous and quirky look at how people from all ages and backgrounds react to extremely sour candy.’ This one’s pretty funny, if just as a social experiment:

‘Western Spaghetti (2008, 2 min.), by PES, is a brilliant stop-motion animation of a surprising cooking demonstration.’ I would imbed this video here but I’ve seen it a gazillion times.

‘Dahlia (2009, 3 min.), by Michael Langan, creates a moving portrait of the bustle and permanence of a city by juxtaposing stable forms and patterns with the frenetic behavior of humanity—and setting it all to a driving score of vocal percussion.’

I couldn’t find Dahlia, but upon researching Michael Langan, I found this film, that I totally remember seeing somewhere. Was it in The Animation Show in Seattle a couple years ago? I remember asking him a question in Q&A about storyboarding.  Anyway, I really liked it, very wry – wonderful wacky and weird:

Here’s a great article from the National Post arguing that the best movies of the decade were, in fact, the TV shows. I am, however, surprised that Battlestar Galactica was not mentioned as one of the best tv shows of the decade as of course, it was.

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