PAPERMAN: Full Animated Disney Short Film

I wanted to share something really special with you guys and gals. This is the most beautiful little animated love story brought to us by Disney. It's called Paperman :-)

Here's the Paperman splurb off YouTube:

Paperman Disney Short Film"Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques. First-time director, John Kahrs, takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar-nominated short, "Paperman". Using a minimalist black-and-white style, this animated love story follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Paperman" pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction."

Thank you for bringing this animated love story to the world...

* I highly recommend watching this on YouTube, in HD, in full-screen!

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STARBARIANS: A Happy Friday cartoon by Harry Partridge

I don't know if I've ever mentioned Harry Partridge on this blog before but he has to be one of the best comedic animators of 2012. His video Starbarians made me shoot tea out of my nose the first time I watched it. It has almost reached 1 million views in 6 months but Starbarians has already been translated into several different languages.

And that's just one episode! It's obvious that Starbarians would become a hit cult of it became a whole series! So I guess this is a plea for more episodes of Starbarians! Harry Partridge, if you're listening, this series could rock the very balls of the animated universe. I'm just saying...

Starbarians - Episode 1 (with hopefully more to follow)

Other Harry Partridge classics include Hal the Misinterpretive Porn Star, The Justin Bieber Show, Stephen the Lesbian and a whole whack of delightfully humoured music videos (of sorts). Check out his Happy Harry Toons YouTube Channel for more.

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NEW FAT PIE: David Firth's latest (hopefully not last) video

I’ve been re-watching Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe lately and have been reminded how depressing and dodgy television and even the news can be in our backwards 'Information Age'. But cynicism and despair about the world aside, Charlie Brooker has some great guests and inserts on his show. The fourth series features the animated delights of Fat Pie – a great little cartoon series by David Firth – the same guy who brought us the weird and wonderful Salad Fingers. It can be described as warped humour, but Fat Pie often does well to make a valid comment on society.

I had a peruse on YouTube to see what new Fat Pie cartoons David Firth had done lately and was pleased to discover that, after three years, Firth is back with a new Fat Pie gem! It’s called “Take This Pill” and I suppose it’s a jab at the health industry to put it blandly. It’s also the last Fat Pie animation that David Firth will be publishing for a while, according to him. Here’s the splurb off YouTube:

"Take these pills. They will turn you into the person you are supposed to be. They have no flavour. This is a sequel to HEALTH REMINDER. Just by watching this video, you will be healed of any problems you have in your life. If you don't have any problems, then now is a good time to start looking for them. You got a problem buddy? Wanna make something of it? This is the last cartoon from me for a while. I am running away. Watch the original if you haven't seen it already."

New Fat Pie - Take This Pill


And here's the prequel - Health Reminder

"This is a health reminder. May I remind you to pay attention? This will save your life and eliminate your worries. It most CERTAINLY will destroy any bothers you have. You have no choice but to realise this. You have no choice but to understand."


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FAIRY TALE PARODIES: What would happen in the real world ...

Jasmine from Aladin

Jasmine (Aladin)

After Aladin fled the scene when the war broke out, Jasmine did the only thing any princess would do in such a situation - picked up a gun and vowed to kill all men

Fairy tale parodies: Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping beauty

Old Man Stan didn't know if he would ever get a crack at the glamorous Sleeping Beauty. The other residents were simply jealous that SB looked so good at 108

The Little Mermaid

The little mermaid

R.I.P. Ariel. Looks like the Sea Witch was right after all, bitch.

Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

Since the Beast's transformation back into a stinking rich and dashing young prince, Belle was battling to keep up her good looks and fend off the other girls

Best Happy Friday post yet: If historic people had Facebook :D

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PAPERVISION 3D: Real-time 3D engine for Flash

The evolution of websites is certainly something exciting to behold. It’s clear that we are moving more towards a visual culture where attention spans are short and web-users are click-happy. Websites today have to be quick to catch and hold a visitor’s attention. What better way to do this by offering something that is flashy, visually-appealing and interactive!

Adobe Flash is a program for producing flash animations for games, websites, applications and cartoons. It generally refers to a certain kind of movement and visual style. These usually consist of some sort of animation that moves around or responds to your mouse cursor.

Flash CS5 is the latest program for creating flash animations and it recently got flashier with the introduction of Papervision 3D.

Papervision 3D is an open source, real-time 3D engine for Flash. It essentially allows anyone to work online in 3D. It has been extensively used in the gaming industry and is becoming increasingly popular for creating interactive 3D websites. A large appeal of Flash is that it is compatible with all web-rich media, social applications and several gaming platforms.

PAPERVISION 3D: THE TECHNICAL BIT

According to Computerarts.co.uk,

“The Papervision workflow is pretty straightforward. You start by creating a low poly-count model in 3Ds Max, Maya or Blender. You then use the Collada plug-in to create a file that contains information on your 3D model’s set-up, textures and animation. Finally, you can use the Papervision component to import your 3D character into Flash CS3.” — www.computerarts.co.uk

As technical as this process sounds, there is a Papervision 3D library as well as several Flash tutorials available on the web that allow anyone to learn Flash and create their own 3D avatars, environments and animated webtoons. In fact, several cartoons that inhabit the web are made entirely using Flash. Happy Tree Friends and Money Dust instantly spring to mind as prime examples.

FLASH IN FILMS

Many animation film festivals are now responding to the popularity of Flash animation by adding separate categories in competitions for “web cartoons” or “Internet cartoons.” Flash animation and Papervision 3D is also now taught in schools throughout the UK and is a sought-out talent in the web industry.

Many Flash animations are created by individual or amateur artists. However, it does require a fair amount of technical knowledge to create a flashy masterpiece. Creating animations using Flash is a lot easier and less expensive than traditional animation techniques and distribution is considerably easier and less expensive than television thanks to the Internet.

But the potential for Flash is staggering. A visit to www.papervision3d.org will reveal an animated scene under the ocean blue. By simply scrolling your mouse, you get a panoramic view of different fish species swimming about, encounter a large shark as it swims by and see a few nervous looking divers in the background.

Papervision 3D in action

Papervision 3D

Papervision 3D: An underwater scene as seen at www.papervision3d.org

The thought of incorporating Papervision 3D into something like Google Oceans is an exciting one. Currently Google Oceans only offers static images of endangered fish species in different parts of the oceans. But imagine being able to interact with an animated school of marine life by following and clicking on them for more information. This is all possible with Papervision 3D.

A French website www.mtl12.com illustrates the potential for using Flash in the tourism industry. A mouse hover over a link for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel plays a flash video of people walking past the location. A click on the animation takes you into the Hotel itself where you can scroll around and examine the interior to your heart’s content.

FLASH IN GAME DEVELOPMENT

Flash seems to be spreading fast. A joint company called Digimi offers free tool kits and tutorials for designing, managing and importing high-quality, flash characters online that can be positioned in virtual worlds, cross-platform games, social networks, mobile applications and professional modeling and animation tools. Papervision 3D in particular is proving to be a fantastic tool for game developers who want to include 3D avatars in their games without the pain of having to build them from scratch.

“As the gaming market continues to grow, so does the need for customization, differentiation and quality,” explains Digimi president, Eyal Gever. “This is exactly what Digimi will offer: the foremost platform for creation supported by the best human figure content library available in the marketplace.”

Digimi.com hosts a library of creative assets for games, virtual worlds and real-time environments. It also provides a platform and set of web services for game developers to be able to generate high-end characters with minimal development effort.

User-generated content is becoming an increasingly important part of consumers’ online gaming experience. The fact that anyone can make use of these Flash tools and contribute, signifies the potential for gamers to essentially create and tailor their own product.

Here's a great collection of papervision 3D games!

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