The Snowman: A Magical Journey of Adventure, Friendship, Death and Loss

The Snowman: A Magical Journey of Adventure, Friendship, Death and Loss

The Snowman is a magical, classic animated short film directed by Dianne Jackson, based on the best-selling children’s story by Raymond Briggs. The film premiered on the United Kingdom’s BBC Channel 4 on Christmas Eve 1982, and has aired every year since then. The Snowman won the 1983 BAFTA TV Award for Best Chilcren’s Program and was nominated for a 1983 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

The Snowman tells the wordless story of a young boy whose snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes him on a series of adventures, only to melt into nothingness by dawn of the next day. It is a beloved holiday tradition; for many children of the 1970s and 1980s it was the first program they ever saw that addressed the issues of death and loss.

The Snowman: A Magical Journey of Adventure, Friendship, Death and Loss

A sequel to the silent Christmas classic The Snowman, titled The Snowman and the Snowdog, is scheduled to air this Monday on BBC’s Channel 4, more than 30 years after the original film’s premiere.

A Sequel to The Snowman: The Snowman and the Snowdog

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A Retro Chop-Suey Flick: Legend Of The Golden Egg Warrior

A Retro Chop-Suey Flick: Legend Of The Golden Egg Warrior

Just in case you haven’t had enough Easter joy yet, Toronto film production company Crush has produced a very humorous stop-motion animated short film, Legend of the Golden Egg Warrior, as an offering of good will over the Easter period. The film introduces us to a ninja nunchucking Easter bunny well schooled in the martial arts. Eggscellent!

A Retro Chop-Suey Flick: Legend Of The Golden Egg Warrior

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The 10th anniversary of 9/11: The StoryCorps 9/11 Series

The 10th anniversary of 9/11: The StoryCorps 9/11 Series

Public Television’s StoryCorps oral history project is premiering The StoryCorps 9/11 Series, three new animated films commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The three-minute animated short films by the Rausch Brothers animators were created to preserve the memories of those who lost loved ones that tragic day. While the films are presented in a vintage cartoon-style, they carry deeply emotional heft due to the tragedy inherent in their stories. They are simple works, befitting the everyday lives that were nonetheless changed forever nearly 10 years ago. A major reason that 9/11 is such a tragedy is that it happened to people not unlike you or me, and these films do an amazing job of crystallizing that central truth.

The StoryCorps 9/11 Series: John and Joe

John Vigiano Jr. was a firefighter and his brother Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving the lives of others.

The StoryCorps 9/11 Series: John and Joe

The StoryCorps 9/11 Series: Always a Family

On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say a final goodbye.

The StoryCorps 9/11 Series: Always a Family

The StoryCorps 9/11 Series: She Was the One

Richard Pecorella remembers the love of his life, Karen Juday, a secretary for Cantor Fitzgerald, who was killed in the World Trade Center attacks.

The StoryCorps 9/11 Series: She Was the One

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Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

Jean-François is a starkly beautiful and surprisingly moving five-minute animated short film directed by French animators Bruno Mangyoku and Tom Haugomat, which was awarded the Jean Luc Xiberras de la Première Oeuvre Award at Annecy 2010. The film is about a lonely championship swimmer who is trapped by haunting memories of his childhood experiences, and whose stellar present-day athletic achievements only serve to evoke painfully sad memories of childhood failure.

Jean-François: The Loneliness of a Championship Swimmer

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Tribute to René: Playing with Reality and Illusion

The Tomb of the Wrestler, 1960

The Treachery of Images, 1928

Two Mysteries, 1966

The Happy Hand, 1953

Memory, 1948

Tribute to René: Playing with Reality and Illusion

Everything we see hides another thing,
We always want to see what is hidden be what we see.

Tribute to René is an animated short art film, a collaborative creation by Box of Toys Audio with flipEvil design studio. The composition is a tribute to the Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte, which is a bespoke piano piece in and around the dream-like state of the visuals.

Magritte became well known for his paintings that challenged observers’ perceptions of reality and forced viewers to become more sensitive to their surroundings. His works constantly play with reality and illusion, displaying a juxtaposition of ordinary objects in an unusual context and giving new meanings to familiar things.

Tribute to René: Playing with Reality and Illusion

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Photo-Gallery: Tribute to René/Playing with Reality and Illusion

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Five Shots of Scrooge’s Anti-Christmas Bah, Humbug!

Five Shots of Scrooge’s Anti-Christmas Bah, Humbug!

This is a group of five nine-second animated short films on the topic of Christmas that was created by Treat Studios, a London-based collective of young animators.  The general theme of the animated shorts was to surprise people with something really Anti-Christmas, and to transform something boring into something amazing.  The films are really fun to watch and will surely provide you with much merriment!

The Christmas Trees

Santa’s Little Workshop

The Pole Dancer

The Reindeer

The Christmas Carol Singers

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Tatooine: The Entire Star Wars Trilogy in a Two-Minute Paper-Toon

Tatooine: The Entire Star Wars Trilogy in a Two-Minute Paper-Toon

Tatooine is a wonderful remake of the Star Wars Trilogy, a two-minute paper-toon created by Jeremy Messersmith and Eric Power.  Messersmith sings the tune, and Power did the adorable paper-animation.  Messersmith’s song light-speeds through the first Star Wars Trilogy with its interstellar heart at one with the Force, mashing more than six hours of sci-fi legend into two-minutes of poignant animation.  Be sure to watch it now, before George Lucas slaps them with a cease and desist order!

Tatooine: The Entire Star Wars Trilogy in a Two-Minute Paper-Toon

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