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041Balance by Wolfgang Lauenstein

balance

This clay based animation is a depiction of the need for harmony and the danger of greed. Its simplicity is what makes it brilliant.

Since their academy award win in 1989, the twin brothers from Germany have concentrated on commercial work for a list of international clients such as MTV, Coca-Cola, Nike and Smarties.

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038Logorama by H5

logorama

Anti-corporate messages don’t come any more shit kicking than this. Logorama is an action packed animation based in a Los Angeles made up entirely of 2500 logos.

Ronald McDonald, Michelin Man and Green Giant lead a star studded cast of mascots and brand identities through a typical blockbuster action movie plot. It’s everything from Pulp Fiction to Lethal Weapon, with a strong hint of Dante’s Peak or any other disaster movie.

This is not only an attack on how ludicrously engrained marketing is in our everyday, but also sharp slap across the face of Hollywood.

Logorama won a list of awards in 2009/2010.

H5 is a French animation studio that gained most notoriety for its music videos and advertising. Logorama was the company’s first short animation.

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035The External World by David O'Reilly

The External World is a brilliant grouping of abstract vignettes mashed together in often a sordid and comically fashion. Upon its release it won a list of awards including an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Animation.

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032Madagascar by Bastien Dubois

An orginal animation beauitifully delivered in the style of a travel diary. It subtially utilises 3D to switch from pen sketch to charcoal, from crayon to water colour, to felt, newspaper and memoriblia stuck on the page. The honest and indepth account of life in Madagascar, carnet de voyage leaps from the pages. It is undoubtable a forerunner for this year’s short animation oscar.

Dubois is an animator from France and this is his first animation.

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029Mother of Many by Emma Lazenby

Emma Lazenby created this animation as a tribute to her mother who was a midwife for many years. It is a produced through a combination of painting on glass, hand drawn animation, Flash and Aftereffects. Lazenby won a BAFTA for this poignant animation.

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026Rejected by Don Hertzfeldt

Rejected is Don Hertzfeldt’s answer to requests, rumours and imitations of commercial work (something he says he’ll never do) following the success of Billy’s Balloon. It represents what he might have produced if he had accepted the offers. Since its release in 2000, it has gained a cult status and an Oscar for best animated film.

Since then, Hertzfeldt has found critical acclaim with Everything will be OK, the first of a series of animations about Bill. The second is I’m so proud of you. Hertzfeldt is currently working on the third.

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023The Pearce Sisters by Luis Cook

After a career in of commercial work, this was Luis Cook’s first creative animation. It is a dark comic piece about the loneliness and isolation of two sisters. It won a BAFTA for best animation in 2008.

Atmospherically, Cook wanted create something that looked like “natural, hand-drawn, scruffy, naive, outsider art…as if the film itself had been washed up by the sea”. For this he used an experimental technique of mixing 3G CGI with details filled in using 2D techniques. It then has the advantage of 3G shadows and textures with the looseness of 2D.

The result is a beautifully ugly piece of animation with great character and humour.

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020Madame Tutli-Putli by Chris Lavis

This is a dark and wonderfully hyperbolic movie about a tense and, in many ways, perverted train journey. The detail and characterisation in the stop motion is amazing.

Clyde Henry Productions (Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski) and the National Film Board of Canada deserve the multiple international awards they received.

This was followed up in 2010 by the release of Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life.

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017La Maison en Petits Cubes by Kunio Katō

A beautifully metaphorical Japanese animation about defiance and reminiscence. It won an Academy Award in 2008.

Kunio Katō is also known for The Diary of Tortov Roddle.
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014Old Man and the Sea by Alexander Petrov

Alexander Petrov has a beautiful contemporary style. For his adaptation of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, he painted onto an illuminated glass surface with his fingers and photographed the results. The twenty minute piece took three years and 29,000 takes to complete, and in 1999 he won an Academy Award.

He continues a long Russian tradition of ground breaking and beautiful animation with a list of international awards.

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