May 25, 2006

Mr. Rogers Goes to The Senate 1969

"In 1969 the US Senate
had a hearing on funding the newly developed Corporation for Public
Broadcasting. The proposed endowment was $20 million, but President
Nixon wanted it cut in half because of the spending going on in the
Vietnam War. This is an video clip of the exchange between Mr. Rogers
and Senator Pastore, head of the hearing. Senator Pastore starts out
very abrasive and by the time Mr. Rogers is done talking, Senator
Pastore's inner child has heard Mr. Rogers and agreed with him."

See Clip here (YOUTUBE)

May 20, 2006

"Destination Earth" fantastic 50's animation

"In this corporate-sponsored cartoon, Martian dissidents learn that oil and competition are the two things that make America great."

From the Internet Archive I found these great short films many which featuring the work of Tom Oreb and Vic Haboush who, I am finding, are masters of classic animation.

I cannot explain how fantastic all the animation concept work featured on Cartoon Modern and Cartoon Brew is.

Also check out Ward-O-Matic, for Ward Jenkins who is a heavily 50s influenced animator who includes a lot of process and devolpment work on his site.

May 13, 2006

Guilherme Marcondes' animated Short "Tyger"

From Drawn...

"In Tyger, an animated short by Guilherme Marcondes, a giant jungle cat roams the city and transforms the urban jungle into a actual one, illuminating everything in sight with magic and wonder. Tyger combines puppetry, photography, and animation into the most original animated short I’ve seen in a long time..."

This film is gorgeous and brilliant!  Absolutely orginal Guilherme Marcondes' entire reel is worth checking out.  This man is a incredible designer.  He used to be with Lobo, another graphic/animation studio with a beautiful reel. 

May 11, 2006

Plusminus: Revolutionary electronics designs

"Plusminus" seems to made entirely of one man, Dima Komissarov and the few examples of his work on the site are pretty exciting.
the Flashbag is a usb drive which inflates depending on how much content
is on hand.

The Flashbag was a bunch of blogs a few weeks back and was I how I can to Plusminus... but
most all I was blown away by the "Remobeads"a TV remote which you rotate in your hand like meditation or rosary beads...

"Nowadays TV-set is not longer accepted as a mere reciever - it had transformed into a cult object, the thing we can watch and interact with for hours, the source of our knowledge and inspiration. If you accept this statement with humor, as a matter of fact - go after our new design of TV remote - remote control combined with beads (remobeads). Now you can shift between channels effortless - just slightly pressing the beads. The beads are glowing, so you can easily see them in the darkness. As an option you can add a sound - enjoy listening to your favourite mantras while switching the channels. "

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