Ten Great Animations
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Below, in no particular order, are ten of the most memorable and inspiring animations I
have seen. They embody everything I enjoy about design and animation.


Procrastination
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'Procrastination' by Irish man Johnny Kelly is the oldest entry on the list and quite possibly my favourite. The director's imagination and humour positively radiates from this piece and has, like all of his work, never ceased to put a smile on my face or inspire me. A class act. It's interesting to see where a trusting production company can take this kind of creative mind.


Rejected
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'Rejected' - Don Hertzfeld



Day & Night
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'Day & Night' by Pixar's Teddy Newton is a brilliantly unique idea, beautifully told. It's also a great example of 2D and 3D coming together in perfect harmony. Teddy Newton is some sort of genius and a complete hero of mine. Learn more about his twisted hijinx here.


My Happy End
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'My Happy End' by Milen Vitanov.


Duck Amuck
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'Duck Amuck' by Chuck Jones.


Married Life
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The 'Married Life' sequence from the film UP by Pixar.


Love Sport
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'Love Sport' is a series of entertaining and engaging short sports films directed by Grant Orchard. I love these little films (and a lot of the director's work) for two reasons. Firstly because it's funny, engaging, simple and memorable storytelling. Secondly, because they
make it blindingly obvious that you don't need beautifully constructed and polished visuals
to tell a good and memorable story. It might just be a hindrance to do so. These shorts are fizzing with a humour and energy that is missing in so many of the highly polished
animations out there.


Good Books - Metamorphosis
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A lot has been said about 'Metamorphosis' by Buck. It seems to have won every award going and is beyond the point of being annoyingly good. I guess this is what happens when a great
client meets a brilliantly innovative and well run powerhouse of a studio. A cool, unsettling, gloriously graphic classic.


More Than Just a Hobby
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I had the great pleasure of witnessing the creative force that is Tom Judd and Ed Barrett in action every day during my internship with Animade. There is something of the 'Statler and Waldorf' about them when they're coming up with ideas and hatching plans. 'More Than
Just a Hobby' highlights their ability to bring simple, yet classic design to life with
wonderfully humourous animation and sound design. Something I aspire to.


How To Tie A Bow Tie
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'How To Tie A Bow Tie' is a stop motion piece expertly directed by Alan Poon. Simple?
Funny? Informative? Yes. Yes. Yes. A touch of class? Yes, also.


Wildebeast
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'Wildebeast' by Bird Box Studio is a simple story about two water buffalo and a log. Or is it a crocodile? No I think it's a log. No, no, i'm pretty sure it's a....really funny little animation. This has possibly just overtaken it.

Skhizen
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'Skhizein' is a brilliant and inspiring short film by Jeremy Clapin. It will make you laugh. It might even make you cry. It certainly sent shivers down my spine.


The Real Bears
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I positively loathe dull scripts and boring, generic infographics. 'The Real Bears', directed by Lucas Zanotto, beautifully illustrates a far more interesting, memorable and poetic way to communicate basic information. I would take this over the usual 'spinny' circles and vector graphics with annoying voice overs that machine gun out dull uninspired words...surely everyone would. Right?


I'm Fine Thanks
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'I'm Fine Thanks' is a beautifully graphic tale tracking the origins of a young man's
bitterness and anger, right up to his grim and bitter end. Eamonn O' Neill is a wonderfully graphic Irish director with a real spark in his animation and storytelling.