Someone over at Broadsheet.ie (apparently Chompsky) seems to like themselves some animation. Since the end of December was not a great one for me in terms of time, here’s a roundup of the animated videos they posted over the last few weeks.
The original Looney Tunes shorts are a very special blend of comedic acting that has more than endured the test of time. Sadly, it seems that this particular brand of comedy, in short film form, hsa largely died out.
Oh sure, there are plenty of funny cartoon that are as hilarious and as genius in nature, but they are not nearly as common as they should be.
Naturally this is down to television, and the fact that programming has had to keep to the schedule, ie. fit into 11 minute chunks, slightly too long for a traditional short. Thankfully, the internet has seen a boom in the number of shorts in recent years, and it is on it that we come across this film (via Broadsheet.ie) by David de Rooij and Jelle Brunt:
There’s more than a bit of a reference to the classics isn’t there? And the best part is that it works! It’s a nice homage, not a blatant copy. It’s proof that there’s still more than enough room left in the format.
Two videos for you this week. First up is Aaron Long’s Fester Fish, a delightfully inane homage to 1930s cartoons. This is the second in the Fester Fish series, with the first one revolving around Fester watching his nephew. That one’s well worth checking out too. Shout out to my good friend Sean Clarke for referring them to me.
Secondly, via Broadhseet.ie (again? These guys must like animation or something) Pythagasaurus centres on two cavemen and their quest to find the fabled Pythagasaurus. If you’re a civil engineer like me, you’ll appreciate the subtle math jokes, but if you’re not a civil engineer like me, you’ll appreciate that Bill Bailey’s in it and it’s produced by Aardman. Enjoy!