Soar: An Animated Short Film Airship Adventure

Soar is one of those magical animated short films that demonstrate more storytelling ability than a feature film. It tells the fantastical tale of a young girl who befriends a tiny boy pilot who’s dropped out of the sky. Through the course of a single day, she must find a way to fly her new friend back home before he is stranded on Earth forever.

Pandora Cinematheque: The Maker

“A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.”

Pandora Cinematheque: The Backwater Gospel

If you enjoy frontier-western style ambiance, gratuitous mob violence and old-timey religious revivalism, then this film is for you. The Undertaker is coming to town, but whose corpse does he intend to claim? Yours? Mine? Or everyone’s. (A warning – this little gem is extremely violent – which isn’t a bad thing)

May 15th, 1928 – The ORIGINAL Mickey Mouse!

Plane Crazy is an American animated short film directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. The cartoon, released in 1929 by the Walt Disney Studios, was the first creation of the character Mickey Mouse. It was made as a silent film and given a test screening to a theater audience on May 15th, 1928, but […]

April 17th, 1937 – Happy Birthday Daffy!

Tex Avery created the original version of Daffy in 1937, with first appearance being in Porky’s Duck Hunt that was released on April 17th, 1937. Daffy established his status by jumping into the water, hopping around, and yelling, “Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo!” Animator Bob Clampett immediately seized upon the Daffy Duck character and cast him […]

Animusic: Music, Magic, and Machines

There is a Youtuber called Animusic who makes the most wonderful, fantastical videos of automated, animated, self-playing impossible instruments. Or are they really impossible? Let’s take the “Resonant Chamber” as an example. The instrument itself can probably be built. There doesn’t appear to be any physical limitations in creating a guitar-harp hybrid so complicated no […]

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