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Trailer: Bill Plympton‘s Cheatin’ is a must see!

With big-toothed, rubbery people who seem vaguely from the wholesome 1950s and foregrounds that often melt into backgrounds, it’s easy to spot Bill Plympton‘s animation in a lineup. And, let’s face it, if anyone’s animation were ever to be arrested, it would probably be his.

His work has also always had an edge of dark, fatalistic humor to it. There was a time when it seemed possible that he’d remain a relic of the 90s Liquid Television movement, but he’s been on a serious roll lately. He’s prolific as ever.

Plympton made Cheatin’ back in 2013, and it’s finally seeing a release on April 3rd. It focuses on an unbelievably romantic couple who are torn apart by suspicion and jealousy, and the magic machine that allows a woman to take the form of her man’s many lovers. It looks unsurprisingly gorgeous, and the synopsis (as well as the Plympton legacy) promises another wacky, wonderful story.

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Science fiction has seen a resurgence of late thanks in large part to Hollywood. Some of the top-grossing movies from the last two years include a story about an astronaut trapped in space and a mind-bending tale about wormholes, not to mention the best Marvel movie in years. And games are making the shift too, with huge, heralded new franchises like Titanfall and Destiny both launching this year. Even the classic Civilization has moved into space. Read more

Having played film festivals worldwide, from Annecy to Edinburgh and Hiroshima to Sundance, Marcel, King of Tervuren has had the kind of festival run you would expect from a filmmaker of Tom Schroeder’s calibre. Blending a flowing animation style with an engaging narrative, Schroeder’s film quickly immerses you into its unexpected world of alcohol, drugs and family feuds. With his camera playfully skittering around the colourful world he has created, Schroeder’s aesthetic playfully places you in the universe of its heroic cockerel. Told mostly through a point-of-view which embeds its audience directly in the farmyard in which Marcel prowls, the animator employs a flurry of bold lines and strong colours to emphasise this hectic period of near-death experiences for our resistant rooster. More Here

Short Film: The Places Where We Lived

Take six minutes to watch this socio-political gem. An animated short about place and space and time and memory and home and South Florida. Premiered at SXSW13 and was the Grand Jury Prize for Animation at AFI Fest 2013.And was the official selection at a host of other festivals across the globe.

Animator and creator TOMEK DUCKI lives in eastern Europe and works globally remotely. Here he is quizzed about his unique visual style: Q: Please briefly describe your childhood. Hm, let me see… I was born in a Polish-Hungarian family and I was raised in Budapest. For those who are not familiar with that: Polish and Hungarian language have as much in common as Finnish and Czech, or Estonian and Croatian = Nothing. Probably the most useful information, however, is that my father is a graphic designer and specializes in posters, and for the twist, he was raised in Warsaw.Read more: http://bit.ly/1yKYPaT