Cats in Tanks: It’s a Bloody Catocalypse!

Cats in Tanks: It’s a Bloody Catocalypse!

Cats in Tanks is a wickedly funny one-minute animated short film created by the editors of The Whitehouse Post. Just watch and see what terrible things happen when cats commandeer our nation’s military tanks. These cats aren’t one bit cute; they’re here to wipe out all of humanity. We must be prepared against this feline invasion…Watch and learn and get yourselves ready for the bloody Catocalypse!!

Cats in Tanks: It’s a Bloody Catocalypse!

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A Micro-EPIC Series: The Cute, Monstrous and Maniacal Kitteh-Kitteh

A Micro-EPIC Series: The Cute, Monstrous and Maniacal Kitteh-Kitteh

The Tail Gunner and Catzilla are the first two installments of “The Micro-EPIC Kitteh-Kitteh Series” created by the stupendously awesome London-based Tokyoplastic animation group.  The founding members of the group were terrified of televisions and computers until divine intervention exposed them to the joy of internet porn, which fortuitously blasted the doors of their brilliant minds wide open and led them to father Tokyoplastic.  The Kitteh-Kitteh Series has so far been twelve years in the making and it’s pretty much as good as Avatar, although considerably shorter.  The two wickedly riotous fifty-second animated short films unveil what kinds of dark and sordid events might actually be unfolding inside our sweet-looking little kitty’s headspace during those innocent kitten-naps.  Oh my, it seems that our adorable, cuddly little kitty-kitty might just be secretly harboring some very grotesque and maniacal monsters!

The Tail Gunner: A Monstrous and Grotesque Kitteh-Kitteh

Catzilla: The Terrifying, Monstrous and Maniacal Kitteh-Godzilla

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Please Say Something: A Breakneck Heartbreak Uncut Turbodrama

Please Say Something: A Breakneck Heartbreak Uncut Turbodrama

Please Say Something is a groundbreaking contemporary 3D animated short film by Irish filmmaker David O’Reilly.  Currently being shown at The Sundance Film Festival, this ten-minute masterpiece firmly establishes O’Reilly as one of the most exciting and inventive young animators working today.  Please Say Something won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival and the prestigious Cartoon d’Or 2009 for Best European Animated Short Film.  The film, set in the far-off future, is the story of a difficult relationship between a very emotional cat and her husband, a mouse.  The raft of marital crises is shown in  a jigsaw-like puzzle of 23 distinct episodes, lasting 25 seconds each, which O’Reilly describes as a “30-Second Breakneck Heartbreak Uncut Turbodrama.”  The film evokes a great deal of emotion, sensitivity and much to think about.  It presents a very humane story, with characters who can make you laugh and feel sad at the same time

The whole of the film is much more than the sum of its 23 different impressive parts, but in an effort to be a little helpful, here’s a brief “CliffNotes” version of this turbocharged short film.  The episodes begin with the woman (cat) sitting at home bored, while the man (mouse) is overworked and preoccupied, failing to understand her situation.  Outside is a maelstrom, and gaudy or aggressive shapes loom out of shopfronts, while characters have to struggle against what seems like a hurricane.  Inside the hauntingly silent house, a cup of tea fails to satisfy the poor woman, who ends up banging her head up against television screen.  The man then visits his wife in the hospital to comfort her, but later we see that the man ends up completing his work in an empty home devoid of the woman, swearing as he sits facing the television.  Clearly, he misses his wife, but he’s swearing about the missing remote control, not about her.  As the pair return to their apartment to take their final bows, what they have undergone has its roots in a reality that transcends the minimalistic screen presence.

Please Say Something: A Breakneck Heartbreak Uncut Turbodrama

Slide Show: A Breakneck Heartbreak Uncut Turbodrama

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PSS: Please Say Something

PSS: Please Say Something

PSS: Please Say Something is a 10-minute animated short film created by the German-based filmmaker David O’Reilly.  The film is a groundbreaking contemporary 3D short set in the distant future, which tells about a troubled relationship between a cat and a mouse; it contains 23 episodes of exactly 25 seconds each.  Please Say Something won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival and the prestigious Cartoon d’Or 2009 for best European animated short film.

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The Cat Piano: A City of Imprisoned Singing Cats

The Cat Piano: A City of Imprisoned Singing Cats

The Cat Piano is an award-winning 8-minute animated short film directed by Australian filmmakers Eddie White and Ari Gibson, featuring narration by the iconic Australian musician Nick Cave. The film is a remarkable animation, a visual marvel that’s a perfectly executed narrative, seamlessly coalescing its gothic influences into a hypnotically sinister aesthetic that is never at odds with itself.  The Cat Piano was named last week as one of 10 films to advance in the Animated Short Films category for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

The story opens in a city of musically talented singing cats, where a lonely beat poet falls for the call of a beautiful musical siren.  However, a mysteriously dark and evil human soon emerges and begins kidnapping the town’s singing cats to imprison them inside of a cat piano, intent on carrying out his depraved musical plans to perform a twisted feline symphony.  At that point, the poet realizes that he must save his muse and put an end to the nefarious tune that threatens to destroy the entire city.

The Cat Piano: A City of Imprisoned Singing Cats

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Starless Night: A Cat, a Dog and the Disappearing Stars

Starless Night: A Cat, a Dog and the Disappearing Stars

Starless Night is a beautiful, inspiring 2-1/2 min. animated short film by Spanish filmmaker Carl Luc Campbell.  This “tradigital” animation is about a cat, a dog and a long sleepless night.  It tells the story of  a cat who’s in love with the stars and becomes very sad when they suddenly disappear one night.  Fortunately, her canine friend comes up with a plan to make the night sky shine for her once more.  Even dogs and cats can find a way to help each other out on a starless night.  Sweet.

Starless Night: A Cat, a Dog and the Disappearing Stars

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Photo of the Day: Even City Cats Have Attitude!

Photo of the Day: Even City Cats Have Attitude!

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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