Friday, July 18, 2014

Web Animation Watch: Chainsaw Richard, Pirate Booty, Morph and more..

Advances in technology and the spread of the internet has made it easier than ever for animators to get their stuff out there. This also means it's easier than ever for the good stuff to get lost in the crowd. How do you know what's worth watching? That's where we come in! Welcome back to Web Animation Watch.

Cartoon Hangover can always be relied on for animated awesomeness. Just added to their channel is Chainsaw Richard, a mightily entertaining short from Christopher Reineman. Following a young lad by the name of Ramses and his pal Tiny Ghost as they attempt to sneak into the movie Chainsaw Richard, it's another hit from Hangover!




UK TV network Channel 4 has commissioned a bunch of the finest British-based Web-animators to create shorts for them under the banner of Mashed. Among them is the superstar animator Weebl who contributed this- the glorious Pirate Booty Bass!





Before bringing us Wallace and Gromit, stop-motion geniuses Aardman introduced UK TV audiences to the iconic character Morph. In 2013, they ran a successful Kickstarter to bring the character back in a series of new episodes to be released online. The first episode was released earlier this month and is just as charming as ever.




Web animators have more often than not stuck to producing straightforward comedy shorts or music videos. Ten years ago British animator David Firth created  Salad Fingers, a dark series that challenged just what web animation could be. The blackly comic short felt something like a cross between Tim Burton and David Lynch, and led to a long running and very ambitious series. To mark the tenth anniversary of the the series, Firth has edited all 10 episodes together, and published it on Youtube. If you've never seen it, now is the perfect time to get acquainted with Salad Fingers, Hubert Cumberdale and company.

 

Are you a web animator who's produced something you'd like to see in a future Web Animation Watch? Drop us a line.
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