Next Summer, when you finally sit down to see a new Pixar movie, you’ll first see Lava. It’s the company’s latest short film, directed by James Ford Murphy, which will play before Pete Docter’s Inside Out starting on June 19, 2015. The short stars a massive Hawaiian volcano named Uku who sits in the ocean, century after century, singing about his desire for love. Or, as he calls it, “Lava.”
The entire short is told through song. Below, you can finally get a glimpse at the short and listen to the beautiful song. Watch a clip from Pixar’s Lava below. Read More »
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A few weeks back, I went to Disney Animation Studios to learn about what the company had in store for this year. That primarily meant Big Hero 6, but we know Disney loves to attach short films to their features. The short film in front of Big Hero 6 is called Feast, and it comes from director Patrick Osborne. Inspired by the 1 Second Everyday concept, Osborne concocted a story involving an adorable dog, the food he eats, and how that relationship can tell a larger story of blossoming love. With a visual style that’s somewhere between Paperman and a Ghibli film, it’s a fast-paced, funny, sentimental short with lots of surprises.
After some curious concept art, your first real look at the Feast short film is finally here. Read More »
In 2008, I discovered a great short film titled I Love Sarah Jane by commercial and music video director Spencer Susser (you can watch it here — and if you haven’t yet, you really need to). I was slightly disappointed by Susser’s feature directorial debut Hesher, which premiered at the 2010 Sundnace Film Festival. Since the festival, Susser has been trying to get a feature length version of I Love Sarah Jane into production and has also returned to his short film roots. One of Spencer Susser‘s latest short films is titled Eugene, a comedy about a lonely man (played by Michael Govier) who checks into a hotel and is mysteriously delivered an intriguing gift. What happens when he gets seduced by too much power? Watch Spencer Susser’s Eugene now embedded after the jump.
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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Disney has released the third short film in its entirety online. The new Star Wars Rebels short film “Entanglement” follows Zeb, who “fails to meet with Kanan at a specified rendezvous point and instead finds himself joyfully battling many, many stormtroopers.” Watch the Star Wars Rebels Zeb short film now embedded after the jump.
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After he’d done years of the show Sam and Friends but before moving on to The Muppet Show, Jim Henson did a set of experimental musical shorts. The animations use paper cutouts to visualize music. In the case of this one, Drums West, the inspiration and backing track is a piece from jazz drummer Chico Hamilton. Watch the short below, which ends with a bit of bonus footage of the young animater/puppeteer at work. Read More »
Last Week, Disney XD released the first Star Wars Rebels short film “Ghost in the Machine” which focused on the animated series’ new astromech droid Chopper. This week Disney has released another Star Wars Rebels short film titled “Art Attack” which focuses on Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian Human female weapons expert who is part of the new series.
In “Art Attack,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Sabine sneaks into an Imperial compound, looking to create a diversion for her friends aboard the Ghost. Spotted by stormtroopers, she proves too quick to be captured – and leaves behind an explosive surprise.
Watch the Star Wars Rebels Art Attack short film embedded after the jump.
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Stan Sakai‘s katana-wielding rabbit Usagi Yojimbo is an indie comics staple, and a character that goes back decades as an associate of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps because Sakai and TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were all responsible for anthropomorphized comic characters, their respective creations soon ran into one another in an actual comics story. Usagi Yojimbo eventually showed up in the TMNT cartoon series, and even got his own action figures as part of the original TMNT line.
The warrior rabbit doesn’t appear in the new TMNT film, though there is something that could be considered a tip of the hat to the character. But now there’s a Usagi Yojimbo stop-motion animated short film, which acts as the calling card for an upcoming animated DVD feature. Read More »
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Here’s a new Star Wars Rebels short, The Machine in the Ghost, to give you a taste of some of the characters from the new show. It’s the first of four Rebels shorts that will premiere over the next few weeks. Originally meant to premiere tonight, the official Star Wars YouTube account is already running the three-minute story. You’ll get to see a classic Star Wars dogfight, and learn about the droid that helps maintain the ship Ghost around which some of the series will be based. Watch the Star Wars Rebels short below. Read More »