Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, features in this wartime instructional cartoon made for the US Army Signal Corps. Private SNAFU (Situation Normal All Fouled Up) was created by Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman.
Director Paul Berry went on to work on Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. His influence on Nightmare is clear from this short. It is a bedtime story for adults that was based on a Hoffman story. It was nominated for an “Oscar” for Best Animated Short Film in 1992.
The movie exemplifies the experimental and curious nature of the Quays’ work. Rather than examining the potential symbolism of such props as screws, dust, string, and wind-up monkeys, many shots seem to focus on the movements and inherent characteristics of the materials.
Knick Knack is a computer animated Pixar short film directed by John Lasseter.
Luxo Jr. was the first film produced by Pixar Animation Studios, following its establishment as an independent film studio. The film demonstrates the use of shadow maps to simulate the shifting light and shadow given by the animated lamps.
“A Mickey Mouse short (not to be confused with the later Alice in Wonderland – Walt, how could you!). A marvellous sequence when Mickey fights an army of playing cards with a fountain pen”, writes Godfrey Jones in Animator mag.
This video is introduced by Walt Disney.
Felix the Cat cartoons are all magic – beautifully simple, they are entirely visual and do not need sound, writes Godfrey Jones in Animator mag.
An amazing, imaginative piece of animation – no story, just the instruction “watch us move”; and so we do. The first “real” animated film, and still the best, writes Godfrey Jones in Animator mag.
If you’ve got skeletons like this in your cupboard then I’d hate to be your next door neighbour! Ub Iwerks takes the stage, with pencil in hand, to bring life to the dead in this classic Disney short. The first Silly Symphony chose dancing skeletons to combine sound and vision, opening new doors for the wonderful world of animation, writes Paul Thomas in Animator mag.
Walt was good at firsts and he produced the first cartoon talkie. As a very young Mr – Mickey Mouse smashes, bashes and crashes every thing in sight. To a musical ding-dong he crash, bang, walloped his way into movie history, writes Paul Thomas in Animator mag.