Nothing beats an original like a fan made one. Check out Joel Furtado’s take on a game if it were to be real. I’ve got to hand to him for bringing the Wind Waker style and updating it. The animation is slick and even this short trailer is done nicely. If Nintendo could make another Zelda this would be it.
I just love short animations. Check out this one done by some students from the Animation Workshop.
I don’t know what it is about these days, but there are some great international animation teams doing great work. Take for instance Fruit Punch Studio. The group consists of graduates from The One Academy in Malayasia. Ninja Vs. Pirates is pretty self explanatory. The title says it all. It’s a ninja against a pirate. There are some funny moments. Being that the ninja was on the heavy end, you kind of know what the ending was going to be about.
As far as animation goes, top notch all the way around. Smooth and fluid as some of the big boys. Story was simple and easily understandable. Character design was different, but not ugly. The colors were very vibrant and relaxed. Hopefully this isn’t a one-time-thing and that the guys at Fruit Punch Studio create more in the future.
Sometimes it’s not all about visuals, just about the story. Here we get short that minimal in visuals, but great in concept. The short starts with a blocky character that is pretty in a cubical room and draws a rectangle on a piece of paper. He does until the stack of paper is finished. When the clock is at 12:00, they all stop and you see that the last piece of paper has it’s rectangular shape fading. Everything is timed perfectly at a single beat. The strokes, the opening of the marker, everything. For some reason the main character drops his marker. This total out of his and everybody’s character.
In the mean time we get cuts of a person playing the drums. We don’t know what’s going on. Later we find out it’s his heart. I’m not sure what the short was saying, but from what I’m guessing it’s that we’re not robots. Our souls/”heart” is what makes us different and alive. Well, that my gist of it. I guess the meaning of the story is open to interpetation.
So what do we have here? Looks like we’ll be getting some kind of new Batman every year until 2013. So you’re saying what the hell is he thinking. Well, for starters, there’s going to be a new straight to dvd release of the animated Batman: Year One coming out at the end of October. Then next year we’ll have the final installment to Nolan’s Batman saga. Then in 2013 Cartoon Network will be getting a new Batman.
So what sets the Cartoon Network’s Batman from the rest of the other animated Batman? Well, this will be the first CGI animated Batman series. We’ll be able to see batman in the CG world. Think of it ala Transformers Prime animated series. Let’s just hope it will be a very dark Batman and not a lot of bright colors.
Check out this promotion art for the series called Beware the Batman airing sometime in 2013 on Cartoon Network. I’m not sure about the design, but I’m sure it’ll grow on me if the story is good. Now if only Cartoon Network could start airing new Thundercats episodes.
See what you can do with a little macro shooting and some 3D skills. Check out Gecko Animation’s logo animation. The video has some great interesting subject. Add the great sound design and you’ve got a well composed shot that’s sure to keep the audience wanting more. Even just for a logo animation, I’d like see more.