Knocked-Down Dominoes Effects: What Can I Do?

Knocked-Down Dominoes Effects: What Can I Do?

Knock-on Effects (Dominoes) is a 2-minute animated short film created by Yann Benedi and Celine Desrumaux for the World Wildlife Fund.  Have you ever wondered to yourself  “What can I do….?”  You’re not alone!  We all have more power than we think, especially if we act together.  Your actions can make all the difference, and you could be the decisive link in a chain that has important impacts across the world.

In this animated short film, while going about his daily life, Colin begins to have concerns about the environment that he wants to express.  By the simple act of writing, Colin and many others like him end up being able to make far-reaching changes in the wider world.

Knocked-Down Dominoes Effects: What Can I Do?

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Green to Blue: A Modest View of a Serious Problem

Green to Blue: A Modest View of a Serious Problem

Green to Blue is an animated short, which was named to the Top-Ten Shortlist of Friends of the Earth’s 2008 one-minute film competition. Green to Blue is a stop-motion animation that was made to promote global warming awareness. Elizabeth Klein, the film’s creator, explained that, “I made this stop motion to promote global warming awareness. Sometimes the simplest messages are the most powerful, so I’ve tried to present a child-like view of a serious problem.”

Green to Blue: A Modest View of a Serious Problem

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Krazy Cupcake Dayze: Everything from Epicurean Blather to Fancy Cupcake Explowgions

Krazy Cupcake Dayze: Epicurean Blather, Cake Waltzing and Cupcake Explowgions

Nowadays, writers have been talking about cupcake-lovers as a foodie-cult, about how some kind of cupcake-craze has swept across most parts of the nation. In The Atlantic, Corby Kummer has written that even in the too-too au courant New York City, cloyingly cute little cupcake shops may seem like they’re passé, but they still continue to thrive there. Moreover, new ones seem to be opening across the land by the month, even though they’re often disappointing and downright silly. Nevertheless, according to Corby Kummer, the craze is worth keeping, if only, like the opera audiences at La Scala, to keep applauding until the performers finally do better.

In keeping with these Crazy Cupcake Dayze, I’ve put together this little article composed of three takes showing different viewpoints about this “fairycake” fad: the first is about faux haute-cuisine blather; the next is a frivolous illustration of silly cupcake capers; and finally, the morbid voice of cupcake-doom, which visually pronounces that the cupcake “plague” is a downright horrible, stinking calamity. The three different takes on our krazy cupcake dayze are entitled, respectively: Frosting on the Cake; Silly Kultured Kupcakes: Doing a Ditzy Dancing Waltz Thingee; and Demise of The Very Fancy Cupcake Kids: Huge Explowgions!

In The Frosting on the Cupcake, Atlantic Magazine’s Corby Kummer holds forth at length on the cupcake craze and demonstrates how one should properly perform a gastronomically correct cupcake taste test. Silly Kultured Kupcakes: Doing a Ditzy Dancing Waltz Thingee is a stop-motion animation created by a fellow who ruined a batch of cupcakes. Rather than throwing them out, he made the dilapidated cupcakes repent by doing a bit of dancing (waltzing, to be specific). Now, most of us would sigh and just toss the ruined batch of forlorn cupcakes out, but these little cupcakes got a second chance, even if only just long enough to perform their schmaltzy-waltz for this short-animation. No doubt, someone out there is asking, “What’s next, krumping cupcakes?

The last piece is the voice of cupcake-doomsday, Demise of The Very Fancy Cupcake Kids: Huge Explowgions! Specifically, it’s the visually macabre account of a legend about how some fancy, luscious cupcake kids were living the carefree good life, famously enjoying their little tasty selves in what was left of a still dangerous part of earth, most of which already had been destroyed by years of awful war. But, according to legend, a big worrisome question still remained about these fancy little treats: Would they be able to survive? Or have cupcakes always just been too delicately fancy and sshhtuupid?

Epicurean Blather: The Frosting on the Cupcake

Silly Kultured Kupcakes: Doing a Ditzy Dancing Waltz Thingee

Demise of The Very Fancy Cupcake Kids: Huge Explowgions!

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Grapevine Fires: A Daintily-Pretty Tale of Fiercely Smothered Love

Grapevine Fires: A Daintily-Pretty Tale of Fiercely Smothered Love

We’ve long been accustomed to bearing with the emo musical scene, based as it is, sometimes unfortunately, upon those deep, often over-sharing diary-like outpourings of personal emotions (or disturbed emotions). And I really can be just as sensitive as the next fellow to some of emo’s musical railings either about love or unrequited love. But jeeez, this latest thing by Benjamin Gibbard! The new music video put out by his band Death Cab for Cutie, the daintily-pretty Grapevine Fires, has to be one of the most disturbing animations to come out lately.

Grapevine Fires certainly does a darn good, smash-up job of smothering any feelings of romantic love that you just might have been harboring at the moment. Now, I won’t spoil it too much for you, since you might have been browsing the web for a trigger to swallow a fistful of prescription meds. But there’s a forest fire here that invades a smallish suburban town, and the fierce scene to which the encroaching blaze gives rise does not end nicely. Nope…not nicely at all.

Grapevine Fires: A Daintily-Pretty Tale of Fiercely Smothered Love

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Things Could Be Worse? Health Care’s Big Lies in Three Morbidly Nasty Minutes!

Things Could Be Worse? Health Care’s Big Lies in Three Morbidly Nasty Minutes!

Can you imagine what if you get sick nowadays, how things could be any worse? No health insurance? “Sorry Bozo,” sneers the clerk at the Emergency Room desk. “Take a Number.” Oh crap, I gots like number 7,426. Oh no, I’m a bloody, bloody mess….and I gots number 7,426. What number are they calling now? Number Three. But even worser things, OMFG unthinkable horrors can happen when you can’t afford Health Insurance. Arms fall off. And ever worser things wither away and drop off a body’s body. It’s just horrible. Yep.

Health Care’s Big Lies in Three Morbidly Nasty Minutes

Animation by: Dale Goodson

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Gotta’ Get Gas: The Energy Crisis in Four Hilariously Nasty Minutes

Hey, remember those skyrocketing fuel prices earlier this year? Boy, was that a silly, silly time and so very long ago, too. Now that fuel is back at bargain-basement prices that will never rise ever again and we clearly have endless supplies of the stuff, this little animated film Fuel should serve as a whimsical and quaint reminder of those bygone times. Although filmmaker Dale Goodson’s short made us laugh out loud several times, what really impressed us was just how damn embittered it seems (the self-vocalized sound effects certainly helped, too). Using the simplest animation possible, he nails the energy crisis down in a hilariously nasty four short minutes.

Gotta’ Get Gas: The Energy Crisis in Four Nasty Minutes

Animation by: Dale Goodson

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Paper View: Amazing Holiday Fireworks Animation!

Paper View: Amazing Holiday Fireworks Animation!

Pay-Per-View, But Free for You: Amazing Holiday Fireworks!

This is an animated short-short created in celebration of the Holidays. It’s a cinematic confetti of fireworks (all the little paper dots, dashes and slashes were cut from paint sample chips), with synchronous classical music, hissing rockets and little explosions. It’s a fun-fun short-short!!

Paper View: Amazing Holiday Fireworks

Animation by: Jeff Scher

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