Wonderful early stop-motion film by Art Clokey. I just finished watching Gumby Dharma, a very sweet documentary about Clokey. According to the film, a studio executive saw Gumbasia and was so impressed that he gave Clokey carte blanche to create a television series using the same technique, without any idea what the storyline or characters would be. That show was Gumby. Reminds me a lot of early Jim Henson stuff — I wonder if the two ever met.
Animated clip by Andy Rementer, made for the 2010 Virgin London Marathon. I always enjoy this guy. Especially love the broccoli pits. And speaking of Mr. Rementer, if you haven’t gotten into Techno Tuesday, you totally should. Some of the most on point (and, er, slightly depressing) commentary on digital living I’ve seen, regardless of medium, period. (via Creative Review)
First airing in 1969, Sesame Street was an innovation in educational television. In addition to producing its own live action sequences, the show reached into the worlds of film and animation and commissioned work from studios such as Jeff Hale’s Imagination, Inc., John and Faith Hubley’s Storyboard Films, and Jim Simon’s Wantu Enterprises. The program also pioneered the use of early computer graphics from the Scanimate analog computer courtesy of Dolphin Productions in New York City. All of these elements combined to create some of the most adventurous and artistic children’s programming ever shown on television.
Here’s the trailer for Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Not sure what to think on this one. Could be good, could be not. I do like me some stop-motion, so it has that going for it. Oh, and George Clooney playing a fantastic fox, which may just be the role he was born to play. That guy is a force. (via Elastic Hrtr)