In the lead-up to Indie Street’s exclusive release of James Siewert’s animated short “The Past Inside the Present” this Thursday, October 27th, via BitTorrent Now, we thought we would feature all things animated this week! Animation does have a strange place in film history, existing in a sort of limbo between consisting of some of the highest grossing films this year and still being largely thought of as only for children. Maureen Furniss, Program Director of Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts, is trying to remedy any confusion regarding animation with her book A New History of Animation. The book is a survey of animation, from the early era of magic lanterns to the present day. As interest in animation continues to grow, Furniss’ book comes at the perfect time. If you’re interested in an amazing reference that’s also fun to browse for new animated leads and ideas, you can read more about about the book over on Pop Matters. And mark your calendars for the exclusive release of one of the craziest, most innovative new animated shorts out there, “The Past Inside the Present”. Watch the trailer now!