3D Printed Zoetrope Animates Rubens’ Famous Painting, “The Massacre of the Innocents”

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In the 17th century, the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens painted “The Massacre of the Innocents” (see below), an artistic depiction of a very brief Biblical passage in The Gospel of Matthew.


French Student Sets Internet on Fire with Animation Inspired by Moebius, Syd Mead & Hayao Miyazaki

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The internet over in Japan was lit ablaze last month by a student film. Titled “Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux” (“Girls and Guys from the Summits and the Skies”), the short is a gorgeously animated trailer for what looks like an amazing yet-to-be-made feature film.


Watch Sherlock Hound: Hayao Miyazaki’s Animated, Steampunk Take on Sherlock Holmes

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With such majestic, painstakingly crafted films as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki has made his name as Japanese animation’s preeminent artistic visionary — and quite possibly animation’s preeminent artistic visionary as well.


David Lynch’s Twin Peaks Title Sequence, Recreated in an Adorable Paper Animation

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Yea, and there was a rejoicing all round the land last week when Showtime and David Lynch finally worked out a deal to bring back Twin Peaks after initial reports that Lynch had backed out.
So while we wait for 2016, check out Matthew Fuller’s re-creation of the Twin Peaks title sequence in animated paper cut outs.


Van Gogh’s 1888 Painting, “The Night Cafe,” Animated with Oculus Virtual Reality Software

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Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 painting, “The Night Cafe,” now hangs at the Yale University Art Gallery, accompanied by this description:
In a letter to his brother written from Arles in the south of France, van Gogh described the Café de l’Alcazar, where he took his meals, as “blood red and dull yellow with a green billiard table in


The Animated Dostoevsky: Two Finely Crafted Short Films Bring the Russian Novelist’s Work to Life

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You can experience Dostoevsky in the original. You can experience Dostoevsky in translation. Or how about an experience of Dostoevsky in animation? Today we’ve rounded up two particularly notable examples of that last, both of which take up their unconventional project of adaptation with suitably unconventional animation techniques.


An Animated Louis CK on How the Colonists Came to America and Screwed It All Up (NSFW)

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I suspect parents of school-aged children will find much to relate to in the Lord’s frustration with mankind, above, whether or not they’re prone to venting in comedian Louis CK’s patented NSFW language.


How to Live a Good Life? Watch Philosophy Animations Narrated by Stephen Fry on Aristotle, Ayn Rand, Max Weber & More

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We recently featured a series of animations from BBC Radio 4 scripted by philosopher Nigel Warburton, narrated by writer, performer, and all-around wit Stephen Fry, and dealing with a big question: what is the self? Those four short videos called upon the ideas of thinkers as various as Sartre, Descartes, and Shakespeare.


Four Franz Kafka Animations: Enjoy Creative Animated Shorts from Poland, Japan, Russia & Canada

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Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari thought of Kafka as an international writer, in solidarity with minority groups worldwide. Other scholars have characterized his work—and Kafka himself wrote as much—as literature concerned with national identity.


What is the Self? Watch Philosophy Animations Narrated by Stephen Fry on Sartre, Descartes & More

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If you’ve followed our recent philosophy posts, you’ve heard Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) speak on what makes us human, the origins of the universe, and whether technology has changed us, and Harry Shearer speak on ethics — or rather, you’ve heard them narrate short educational animations from the BBC scripted by Philosophy B


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