Croissant de Triomphe: Mickey’s Wacky Quest for Minnie’s Croissants

Croissant de Triomphe: Mickey’s Wacky Quest for Minnie’s Croissants

Croissant de Triomphe is a wacky animated short film, the first in a new Disney series of 19 cartoon shorts, produced and directed by animator Paul Rudish. After scoring a 2013 Oscar with its animated film Paperman, Disney has debuted this wild short starring Mickey Mouse that follows our hero Mickey as he speeds through the City of Light, battling heavy traffic and many other obstacles, to deliver some badly needed croissants to Minnie’s cafe.

Croissant de Triomphe: Mickey’s Wacky Quest for Minnie’s Croissants

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Dripped: The Inglourious Birth of Radical Abstract Expressionism

Dripped: The Inglourious Birth of Radical Abstract Expressionism

Dripped is a delightful, award-winning animated short film from the French animation film director and designer Léo Verrier, produced through Chez Eddy. Dripped was a selection at over 150 international film festivals and won several awards. The film has just been announced as one of 10 finalists competing for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

The narrative in this deliciously well-designed French animation imagines the nature of the artistic muse in a completely new and unusual way. Dripped is a joyful tribute to artists and an homage to renowned abstract painter Jackson Pollock, which shows how a man can take on elements of the fine art that he eats. Set in Manhattan during the early 1950’s, the film tells the story of Jack (Jack the Dripper), a passionate art lover who visits the city’s art museums all day long. Consumed by a desire to absorb the inspiration of his favorite artists, he steals their paintings and…eats them! Finally, finding himself all alone in his apartment after having consumed every painting he has stolen, Jack is left still feeling famished. He ends up trying his hand at creating art with a brush, paint and canvas, yielding totally unexpected results!

Dripped: The Inglourious Birth of Radical Abstract Expressionism

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Origami: An Inspirational Journey Between Generations

Origami: An Inspirational Journey Between Generations

Origami (2012) is a thoughtful, visually stunning animated short film that was created in the Japanese Noh tradition by five students, Joanne Smithies, Eric De Melo Bueno, Michael Moreno, Hugo Bailly Desmarchelier and Camille Turon, at L’Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistique (Montpellier, France). In the film, a young boy spends time alone with his grandfather, but the difference between the generations cannot be more marked. Combining artistic skill and imagination is something that cannot happen without inspiration, and eventually the boy has to embark upon a journey into his own mind’s eye to connect both to his art and to his grandfather.

Origami: An Inspirational Journey Between Generations

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The Taxidermist: Time to Say a Final Goodbye

The Taxidermist: Time to Say a Final Goodbye

The Taxidermist (Le Taxidermiste) is a darkly humorous animated short film directed by Le Taxidermiste Team (Antoine Robert, Dorianne Fibleuil, Paulin Cointot and Maud Sertour) at Supinfocom. This surreal comedy tells the story of an old woman who wants to pay last respects to her recently deceased husband, a taxidermist. Following his death, the widow welcomes a somber team of funeral directors into her home, a strange apartment full of stuffed, dead animals. It’s time to get the body ready to perform the ceremony, pay a final tribute to the deceased and say goodbye to what is left behind.

The Taxidermist: Time to Say a Final Goodbye

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Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

Photography by: Lucie & Simon, Paris

Silent World is an engrossing short film comprised of an apocalyptic series of photographs by Paris-based filmmakers/photographers Lucie & Simon, set to the music of Philip Glass and Daft Punk. When you think of ghost towns, your mind doesn’t typically gravitate to New York City, Paris or Beijing. Yet that’s what these teeming cities have become in the hands of Lucie & Simon.

Lucie & Simon have used a digital scalpel and a special filter to remove humans from the city landscapes. They have left just enough evidence of our species’ presence, a lone woman in a blood-red coat in Madison Square Garden or a hoisted flag in Tiananmen Square, to make the mysterious, mass disappearances as uncannily disturbing as possible.

Many city dwellers no doubt have dreamed of a magically emptied and peaceful metropolis. But Silent World suggests that life would not be so peaceful in a completely silent city. It’s unnatural and threatening; the uneasy feeling of being the last person on earth could build and build until one goes mad.

Silent World: An Apocalyptic Photo Series

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L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

L’Odyssee de Cartier is a dazzling 3 1/2-minute CGI short film directed by Bruno Aveillan, which was nearly two years in the making with a team of 50 people. The original score for L’Odyssee de Cartier was composed and arranged by renowned orchestrator Pierre Adenot and recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road studios; special effects were created by Digital District.

The movie, showcasing Cartier’s standout creativity and innovation, centers around the iconic Cartier Panthere traveling around the world in search of inspiration. The diamond encrusted Panthere comes to life after the lights go down in Cartier’s Paris flagship store and then takes an intricate CGI journey around the world, visiting Russian royals taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, then conversing with a dragon that becomes the Great Wall of China, and then encountering one of India’s famous roving palaces (on top of an elephant) before being flown back to France by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the aviation pioneer for whom the Cartier Santos wrist watch is named.

L’Odyssée de Cartier: The Cartier Panthere Travels the World Searching for Inspiration

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Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

Originally created in support of charity, the popularity of the Dieux Du Stade Calendars has been credited for the increased fame of the Stade Français rugby team, as well as for rugby in general, in France. During the calendar’s 10 years, the basic concept hasn’t changed: the calendar features nude and semi-nude photographs of members of Stade Français, the Paris-based domestic French rugby team, and in more recent years, it includes players from other rugby union clubs. Photographed by Francois Rousseau, in his 3rd collaboration with Dieux Du Stade, the theme for 2012 tells the story of “survivors of a lost world, trying to get on board a ship.”

Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012: Nude Athletes for a Cause

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Photo-Gallery: Calendar Dieux Du Stade 2012

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