Short Film: Cupidon

Sometimes playing Cupid ain’t all it’s cracked up to be…

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Here’s a short animated film by Alyse Miller and Phillip Simon. Enjoy!

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Here’s a brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

Don’t miss “Batman: Strange Days” and other unique DC Nation shorts Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 CST) on Cartoon Network during Teen Titans Go!

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Sunday Short: Carn

Carn is a short, dark film by Jeff Le Bars in which a young boy gets lost in the wilderness and encounters a wolf…
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Short Film: Eleven

Need a Monday laugh? Check out this animated short from Joshua Marvel.

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REVIEW SUMMARY: A decent offering marred by an art style so grotesque as to be horribly distracting.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: After battling a menagerie of his enemies, The Flash (Barry Allen), wakes up to find the world has changed. Atlantis is at war with the Amazon’s of Themyscira, who have destroyed Europe, and claimed the United Kingdom as their own. In this alternate world, it’s up to Barry Allen and this world’s version of The Batman to set things right again, or die trying.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Decent story; nice to see Barry’s version of The Flash in an animated feature; this Batman is interesting (not all alternates have been); another fun romp through the ‘what if’ catalogue of stories.
CONS: The physical representations of the heroes (the art) is weird, grotesque and distracting; even without having read the original comics, the twist was predictable.
BOTTOM LINE: As a fan of the animated movies DC has been pumping out, this one is much better than the previous few and well worth your time.

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Saturday Morning ‘Toon: “Mirage”

In this short animated film by by Iker Maidagan and Dana Terrace, a young Inuit boy reaches waters no one has ever reached before while trying to fish in the Arctic wilderness.
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In this bizarre but captivating animation by Patrick Smith, “masked men exploit an edible smaller species as a renegade scientist perfects a cloning process to satisfy demand, but the clones conceal a destructive secret.” This is Smith’s visualization of musician Karl von Kries’ seven minute audio score.
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Saturday Morning ‘Toon: “Paul and the Dragon”

Paul and the Dragon is an affecting animated short created, directed and animated by Albert ‘t Hooft and Paco Vink from Anikey Studios.

Paul is feeling sick and needs to go to the hospital. After several tests he is diagnosed with cancer. ?He does not understand what is happening to him, and what the medications are doing. ?He feels scared and alone. His doctor explains to him that the cancer is like a dragon in ?his body that needs to be fought. As a true hero, young Paul fights the dragon, together ?with the medications and the love of his family, and wins.

This film supports the efforts of the American Childhood Cancer Organization, acco.org — tip ‘em at Vimeo!

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ANIMATED SHORT: How the Doctor Puppet Saved Christmas

A little late for Christmas, but hey, we can’t all have time-traveling phone booths and get posts in on time.

In this cute animation by Alisa Stern, the Doctor puppet must save New York. Again.

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Bad news for Gotham City when Mr. Freeze, dressed as Santa Claus, steals the diamond star from the Christmas tree during the Gotham City Christmas parade!

What ever will we — oh, right…Batman and Robin are also in the parade. They’ll handle it.

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OMG, I so remember this….

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Daniel Kanemoto has put together this fantastic animated tribute to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead films. Says the filmmaker:

This is my cinematic love letter to three influential movies that made me want to be a filmmaker: EVIL DEAD, EVIL DEAD 2, and ARMY OF DARKNESS.
I created all the artwork in the sequence, but the final image is directly inspired by an incredible EVIL DEAD poster created by Olly Moss. The moment I saw it, I only wanted to see it move – which is how I feel about all great posters. The new wave of artists working with Mondo have made movie posters worth collecting again, and that’s a great thing. I hope to someday join their ranks.

The Olly Moss poster is shown here. (There are plenty more awesome posters at the artist’s website.)

Here’s Kanemoto’s trailer.
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An animated short from Russia (adapted from a novel by Kir Bulychev) about space travelers surviving on a strange planet and the journey back to their abandoned ship through a dangerous mountain pass.

[via Candlelight Stories]

Saturday Morning ‘Toon: Dodo, the Kid from Outer Space

And now, the all-too-brief theme song for the 1960′s classic cartoon, Dodo, the Kid from Outer Space:

Bonus! Watch an episode of Dodo, the Kid from Outer Space
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Friday Youtube: Lost in Space – 1973 Animated Pilot

With the voice of the original Dr. Smith (Jonathan Harris), corny dailog (“But Dina, if we can’t penertrate those steam clouds around Jupiter, we’ll never know if there’s life there!) and recycled music from Super Friends…what’s not to love?

Before the 1977 Rankin And Bass production…there was this 1966 version by Gene Deitch. Originally planned as a full-length feature film before the Tolkien craze hit, a screenplay was written that took several heretical liberties with the story. Unfortunately the deal fell through with 20th Century Fox. But then, just one month before the rights were set to expire, the property value of Tolkien’s work skyrocketed and Gene put together the version you see here:

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