A Largely Visual History of Animation: Part 3

“Dude, sucking at something is the first step to being sort of good at something.” — from Adventure Time

Today, there are so many different studios and individuals packing the internet full of incredible animation. It’s pretty hard to keep track. Here are a few I admire. This list is indefinitely, incomplete.


> Pixar (Duh): Pixar represents a trifecta of story, technology and business. I really enjoyed reading Ed Catmull’s book Creativity Inc. John Lasseter and Catmull’s career paths are worth googling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4NPQ8mfKU0

Studio Ghibli / Hayao Miyazaki: Often called the Japanese Disney. the amount of detail and attention that goes into every frame is astounding. I could watch their style of animating water, forever.

http://youtu.be/kSrtmVk_PSE

Frederator Studios / Pendelton Ward — Adventure Time — If you watch one episode of Adventure Time, let it be this episode, directed by David O’Reilly. Not exactly representative of the series, but I love how meta it is re: animation.

http://youtu.be/CPjvMAYIMGk

Bravest Warriors is pretty funny, too

http://youtu.be/nv99gj1xxWw

Imaginary Forces (studio) → Prologue (studio) Both founded by Kyle Cooper, known for title sequences

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k2gsEI34CE
https://vimeo.com/35781673

MK12: Small motion graphics shop that turned a whole bunch of people onto After Effects about a decade ago. Still brings it!

https://vimeo.com/97852081

Buck: commercial studio based in NY and LA. Insanely high quality across a wide variety of styles: CG, motion graphics, traditional animation and everything in between.

https://vimeo.com/35720685
https://vimeo.com/36777984

PES: Stop-Motion animation director

http://youtu.be/dNJdJIwCF_Y

CRCR: French animation collective, modern cel animation

https://vimeo.com/75488549
https://vimeo.com/57866189

F5: French animation collective (these guys might have closed down, they were an old favorite when I was getting into this stuff)

https://vimeo.com/10149605

Encylopedia Pictura: Collective that blends 3D, 2D and traditional (fabricated) FX to create detailed, surreal dreams

https://vimeo.com/19767341

Impactist: mid-century modern vibe with a motion graphics twist

https://vimeo.com/4143170

GMUNK: Known especially for slick, sci-fi interfaces of the future

https://vimeo.com/86582795

Because this list could go on forever — this seems as good a clip to end with, as any. Disney’s original Tron.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fSUos8x73I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrCdMHUNznc

blog roll: http://motionographer.com, http://www.cartoonbrew.com/, https://vimeo.com/channels/wineaftercoffee


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