Category Archives: Animation

Franz Kafka’s Existential Parable “Before the Law” Gets Brought to Life in a Striking, Modern Animation

“Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot grant him entry at the moment. The man thinks about it and then asks if he will be allowed to…
Source: Open Culture
Franz Kafka’s Existential Parable “Before the Law” Gets Brought to Life in a Striking, Modern Animation

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Watch Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer’s Haunting, Animated Take on Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”

The late Leonard Cohen’s 1992 anthem “Democracy” feels not just fresh, but painfully relevant these days. Cohen, a Canadian who spent much of his adult life in the States, avowed that the song was neither sarcastic nor ironic, but rather hopeful, an “affirmation of the experiment of democracy in this country.” He started…
Source: Open Culture
Watch Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer’s Haunting, Animated Take on Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”

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Democracy: Neil Gaiman’s Transcendent Animated Tribute to Leonard Cohen, with Piano by Amanda Palmer

“…the heart has got to open in a fundamental way.” “I am a democrat because I believe in the Fall of Man. I think most people are democrats for the opposite reason,” C.S. Lewis wrote in contemplating our core misconception about democracy. A generation later, Leonard Cohen reflected on why…
Source: Brain Pickings
Democracy: Neil Gaiman’s Transcendent Animated Tribute to Leonard Cohen, with Piano by Amanda Palmer

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25 Animations of Great Literary Works: From Plato, Dostoevsky & Dickinson, to Kafka, Hemingway & Bradbury

Over the years, we’ve featured a large number of literary works that have been wonderfully re-imagined by animators. Rather than leaving these works buried in the archives, we’re bringing them back and putting them all on display. And what better place to start than with a foundational text — Plato’s…
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25 Animations of Great Literary Works: From Plato, Dostoevsky & Dickinson, to Kafka, Hemingway & Bradbury

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The Employment: A Prize-Winning Animation About Why We’re So Disenchanted with Work Today

What did Argentine filmmaker Santiago Grasso have in mind when he created the prize-winning animation El Empleo (The Employment) five years ago? Was it something about the dehumanizing quality of many jobs in the modern service economy? Or the grim shift towards menial labor after the great recession of 2007-08?  Or, nowadays in 2016,…
Source: Open Culture
The Employment: A Prize-Winning Animation About Why We’re So Disenchanted with Work Today

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How the Films of Hayao Miyazaki Work Their Animated Magic, Explained in 4 Video Essays

Last week we featured a video that convincingly places the characters of Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli’s animated films into real life-settings. It juxtaposed two very different kinds of reality, the concrete three-dimensional one in which we live and the fantastical two-dimensional one those characters inhabit, in the process demonstrating that…
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How the Films of Hayao Miyazaki Work Their Animated Magic, Explained in 4 Video Essays

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Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad: Philosopher Alain de Botton to the Central Foible of the Human Heart and How to Heal It


“We believe we are seeking happiness in love, but what we are really after is familiarity.” “To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love,” wrote the great Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh in his treatise on mastering the art of loving. But not knowing how to be loved equally wounds us, and wounds those who try to love us. Philosopher Alain de Botton has devoted the lion’s share of his life to exploring the complex psychoemotional machinery that, despite our best intentions, inflicts the wounds of love upon us and our partners. Decades after Willa Cather termed romantic relationships “the tragic necessity of human life,” De Botton writes in The Course of Love (public library) — his stunning meditation on the … Read the rest

10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings, Animated


“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.” When Brain Pickings turned ten, I looked back on my ten most significant learnings from this decade of reading, writing, and living. I remain immensely grateful for the warm and wonderful notes of appreciation I received in response to the piece. Among them was a particularly touching gift from Melbourne-based reader Alex Sandalis, who was moved to lend his artistic talent and his beautiful voice to illustrating and narrating this animated adaptation: The full piece resides here. donating = lovingBringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes me hundreds of hours each month. If you find any joy and stimulation here, please consider becoming a Supporting Member with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup … Read the rest

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Stop Motion Animation

“In an age of countless computer-generated box office hits coming out of Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks, many had feared that traditional styles of animation like stop motion would become obsolete. But small studios like LAIKA have proven that stop motion animated films are not only commercially viable, but is an art form that’s still evolving, thanks to 3D printing, and some incredibly talented animators. Films like the recently released “Kubo and the Two Strings” show how 3D printing is enabling animators to push the boundaries of stop motion animation.”… Read the rest