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The Sweater

The NHL playoffs begin today. Personally I’m rooting for the Calgary Flames, but I’ll be happy if any Canadian team wins the cup.

Whether or not you’re planning to watch any of the games tonight, take ten minutes to enjoy The Sweater, a classic Canadiana short from the NFB.

In this animated short, Roch Carrier recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. At a time when all his friends worshipped Maurice “Rocket” Richard and wore his number 9 Canadiens hockey jersey, he was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton’s. Unable to convince his mother to send it back, he must face his friends wearing the colours of the opposing team. This short film, based on the book The Hockey Sweater, is an NFB classic that appeals to hockey lovers of all ages.

The Sweater, Sheldon Cohen, provided by the National Film Board of Canada.


Repeated Actions in Animation

Back in the early days of Disney animation, it was not uncommon for animators to cycle animation forward and then backward, repeat action more than once, or use a cross-over technique in which two or more characters do the same action.

From The Illusion of Life:

Sometimes an action could be repeated just as it was in a second scene, but more often a new beginning or a different ending were called for. In these cases, the animator could repeat part of the action by borrowing drawings from the earlier scene. In other cases, there would be an action that could be repeated intact in the same scenes—a character climbing a slippery pole, or sliding down an incline, or being knocked down by a mechanical device.

I remember watching the Disney classics as a kid and thinking some of these scenes are very similar to other Disney movies. I never realized that this type of repeated action was so prominent between films until seeing this YouTube compilation:

[Youtube link – Resemblance]

Having said that, I don’t considering this to be as big of a cheat as to deserve a flippant “fail” tag so indiscriminately handed out by the Pharisees of the net.

The copying done here, is not tracing, but transferring poses from one character to another, perhaps even from Disney’s large collection of reference footage. As anyone that’s done any animation knows, putting any animation onto a new character is still a very difficult task regardless of where you get the poses.



Emoticon War

This has got to be the best use of emoticons ever. Personally, I’ve always preferred smileys in text format. ;)

Hit play or watch Emoticon War on Current.


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

The first time I’d ever heard of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was when my dad made a wood carving based on one of the characters holding up a plate to the sky. (Apparently my parents are better acquainted with popular children’s books than I am.)

Sony pictures is now making a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movie. (Check the embedded video below for the trailer.)

I’m not convinced doing it in 3D is a good idea, but I haven’t actually seen any of the new 3D movies lately and so, I’ll save my judgement for now.


Hot Cheddar

My friend Jarett Sitter and his sister created this clever stop motion pixilation for a Doritos ad contest.

If you like it, vote him up here by clicking the thumbs up.


Photo of Jesus

Photo of Jesus clip

Laurie Hill’s short video/animation, “Photo of Jesus” brings a creative spin to the story of the kind of requests that the Getty Images archives deal with on a regular basis.

“Photo of Jesus”- Firstly it is an exquisite piece of animation (it’s hard to see how this film could be improved). Secondly, the engaging story line utterly nails the depth and breadth of the Getty Images archive and, with my ad man hat on for a moment, it’s hard to see how Getty Images could make a better, more representative film than this.

Watch Photo of Jesus online at the Annex Blog.


Her Morning Elegance

This gorgeous stop motion pixilation by Yuval & Merav Nathan, with music by Oren Lavie, might just help you get through your Wednesday blues:

Hit play or watch Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie at YouTube.


How to Hook Up Your Home Theater

Goofy Poster - How to hook up your home theater

This hilarious Jack Kinney style Goofy short, How to Hook up your Home Theater, isn’t new — it was released in 2007, shown in theatres before National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets — but it is significant because it recaptures the spirit of Disney in the golden era of animation. It aims particularly at recapturing the Jack Kinney classics like Hockey Homicide or a Goofy Gymnastics with a modern twist.

It’s available in the iTunes Store. Search for How to Hook Up Your Home Theater. It think it sells for around $2.




As I post this, I should actually be working on remodelling my bathroom. How appropriate!

Procrastination, a short animation by Johnny Kelly of the Royal College of Art.

[Procrastination – Youtube]



Oktapodi, a short CG animation from the students at Gobelins.