Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Minnanimate


I've been meaning to post something about this for a while-- one of the most compelling events I've attended recently was the brilliantly titled Minnanimate, a showcase of animated films (several shorts and one feature, the premiere of organizer John Akre's "Walker/ Driver") all made by Minnesota-based animators.

Pretty much everything was enjoyable one way or another. A couple of pieces really stood out for me though:

"Stay Home" by Caleb Wood

Stark, edgy, and elemental, this piece balances savagery and whimsy in equal measure. The characterizations of the animal characters are sensitive and observant. Lots of nicely dynamic work with camera placement/ movement too.

"Stuper Powers: Rise of the Chipmunk King" by Greg Bro

Rapid-fire, campy, confident, and quite tight. No wonder it won “Best Animated Comedy Short” at the 2012 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. Did you win “Best Animated Comedy Short” at the 2012 L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival? I didn't think so.

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