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

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… Source: Open Culture 25 Animations… Continue reading 25 Animations of Great Literary Works: From Plato, Dostoevsky & Dickinson, to Kafka, Hemingway & Bradbury

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

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… Source: Open Culture How the… Continue reading How the Films of Hayao Miyazaki Work Their Animated Magic, Explained in 4 Video Essays

Watch Hayao Miyazaki’s Beloved Characters Enter the Real World

Beautiful backgrounds are a staple of director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated features. Whether depicting a whimsical European village, a massive traditional bathhouse complex populated by ghosts, or a rainy bus stop in suburban Tokyo, they come to the fore in the quiet moments for which this director is also deservedly celebrated.… Source: Open Culture

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

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… Continue reading 10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings, Animated

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,… Continue reading How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Stop Motion Animation

The Little Gray Wolf Will Come

A lovely, tender story beautifully presented. “Inside the world of the greatest living animator and the masterpiece he knows he may never finish” http://www.mtv.com/news/interactive/yuri-norstein-the-little-gray-wolf-will-come/

Watch Animations of Two Italo Calvino Stories: “The False Grandmother” and “The Distance from the Moon”

Source: Open Culture Excerpt: “There are those books we go to not to escape this world, but to experience the truth of a mysteriously attributed quote, “There is another world, and it is this one.” That is to say that the worlds we find in certain novels are no less filled with dread,… Continue reading Watch Animations of Two Italo Calvino Stories: “The False Grandmother” and “The Distance from the Moon”