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As a tribute to author J.K. Rowling, and the magical world of Harry Potter, the stop-motion animators at unPOP built a replica of Hogwarts using pages from The Prisoner of Azkaban.
They worked for more than a month on this charming short film, in which a boy sets aside the novel at bedtime, only for the spires of Hogwarts to rise (as if by magic!) from within, leaving enough paper to create an owl. Presumably Hedwig.
Because simply selling a Gundam-inspired car wasn’t cool enough, Toyota Japan has debuted a new animated commercial for the Zeonic Toyota.
Based on the franchise character Char Aznable, the customized Auris RS was introduced in 2012 as a concept car before being placed into production the following year. You’ll note the special edition’s Gundam accents, like the zeon insignia and stenciled lettering. Red-and-gold uniform is, presumably, sold separately.
Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 was a box-office hit, grossing more than $657 million and transforming the lovable Baymax into an international superstar (and a merchandising goldmine). That’s not to say the 2014 film was without its faults, mind you.
Luckily the folks at How It Should Have Ended have stepped in to shore up a couple of those shortcomings in their latest “Shortcut” video. In a sendup of the police-station scene, they plug a couple of plot holes, instantly making the animated feature a lot shorter. Like, half-hour-TV-comedy short.
Despite Montgomery Burns’ unflattering reputation, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant must pay at least fairly well. How else could Homer and Marge Simpson afford that four-bedroom house and two cars, plus still plenty of money for shopping excursions, vacations and Homer’s flights of fancy? His tab at Moe’s Tavern alone must run hundreds of dollars a month.
Curious to know how much it might cost to live like a Simpson, consumer website Fat Wallet looked at five real-world Springfields — in Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Massachusetts — to get an idea.
The United States Postal Service gets into the holiday spirit with the Oct. 1 release of A Charlie Brown Christmas-themed Forever stamps. Though it may seem like they’re arriving a bit early, especially given the anti-commercialism themes of Charles Schulz’s animated special, the timing is a deliberate celebration of the strip’s Oct. 2 1950 newspaper debut.
Featuring ten images taken directly from the special, the limited edition release will be available as 20-stamp booklets.
If you didn’t think it was possible to love Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classic Princess Mononoke more than you already do, prepare to be proved wrong.
The folks at Cinefex have reimagined the beloved 1997 film as an 8-bit video game (with a sprinkling of 16-bit), touching upon the major characters, settings and plot points, in a mere fraction of its 133-minute run time. It doesn’t hold back on the bloodshed, either.
Oh, my glob! When artist/musician Ryan Murphy created those wonderful mashups of Adventure Time and Mad Max: Fury Road, he not only made us smile, he inspired Egor Zhgun to take the concept a step or two further.
Borrowing music and dialogue from one of the Fury Road trailers, the Russian artist brings us “Madventure Time,” an animated parody that once again casts Finn as the Road Warrior, the Ice King as Immortan Joe, Princess Bubblegum as Furiosa, Marceline as the Doof Warrior and Lemongrab as Nux.
You know the Minions. They’re the possibly lovable, definitely mischievous yellow creatures from the Despicable Me films who help Gru out with his evil (and not so evil) plans. Kids love them, and tomorrow marks the release of their new animated movie, appropriately titled Minions, which some Hollywood analysts expect to do Toy Story 3 numbers at the box office. Parents, on the other hand, aren’t so sure about them, especially now that their toy counterparts in McDonald’s Happy Meals are allegedly using curse words.
Bradley Merten, a concerned grandparent, spoke with WFTV 9 Eyewitness News in Orlando, Florida after becoming convinced his grandchild’s “Caveman Minion” toy was saying “What the f—.” According to the report below, the station investigated for two days, unable to come to consensus about what was being said before contacting McDonald’s.
The Dancing Baby Groot sequence from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy sparked a pop-culture sensation that launched a seemingly endless parade of merchandise and introduced a new generation (or two) to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” It also inspired stop-motion filmmakers Kyle Roberts and Nathan Poppe to collaborate on a new video.
Using a hand-drawn background and more than 1,000 photos of Hot Toys 1/4th-scale Groot and Marvel Legends 6-inch Drax, Roberts spent “dozens of hours” to recreate that scene (with a Jackson 5 cover by Denver Duncan). The result caught the attention of “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, who commented this morning on their YouTube page, and then tweeted his appreciation for their work.
Decades before Frank Miller’s adaptation of The Spirit landed with a resounding thud in theaters, a group of young filmmakers that included Brad Bird, Gary Kurtz and John Lasseter hoped to bring Will Eisner’s crimefighter to animated life. Now, thanks to producer Steven Paul Leiva, we finally get a glimpse of what could’ve been in a 1980 pencil test “trailer.”
The worlds of Westeros and Hyrule collide in the best possible ways with this mesmerizing CG-animated video from MegaSteakMan that combines the opening credits of HBO’s Game of Thrones with the world map from The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past.
“Netflix should hire us to do the intro for their ‘canceled’ Hyrule romp,” states the comedy group’s YouTube page. “I hope you guys like it, and remember: in the Game of Hyrule you win … or you look up the answer to that puzzle online.”
Last year, Spider-Man mulled a move to the suburbs in an animated short written by CBR’s own Brett White, but now the wall-crawler has forsaken the hustle and bustle of New York City for the restfulness of the countryside. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, he has trouble adjusting to his surroundings.
In the clever (if all too brief) short from Stodoe Studios, titled “Spider-Man Moves to the Country,” Peter Parker quickly discovers he misses those conveniently placed buildings and street lights.
Before Frieza reveals his new golden form in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F, the iconic villain shows off his fierce dance moves in a new TV commercial for Kirin Beverage’s Mets grape soda.
Already widely considered the most powerful being in the universe, the galactic tyrant demonstrates there’s more to him death and destruction — namely, moves to rival Beyonce. I mean, just look at that choreography and those backup dancers!
Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama has created new box art for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of the first compilation film Attack on Titan: The Crimson Bow and Arrow.
The first 13 episodes of the blockbuster anime series were combined (and abridged) into a feature film that debuted Nov. 22 in Japan; that will be followed in June by a second film, Wings of Freedom, adapting the remaining episodes of Season 1.
Animators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon collaborated on an inspired tribute to The Simpsons that recreates the iconic opening using pixel art, right down to an incredible couch gag that rivals any seen on the show.
There are some wonderful touches throughout the nearly two-minute video, from the pixelated theme music recreated by Jeremy Dower to Bart writing “Pixel art is not real art” on the chalkboard to the nods to classic video games in the Kwik-E-Mart and sidewalk sequences. But that couch gag … you just have to watch it for yourself.