Archive for the animation Category

Halloween Countdown: Switchin’ Kitten

Posted in animation, cats, halloween with tags , , on October 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I think the fact that this vintage Tom and Jerry short takes place in an archetypal creepy castle on a stormy night, and features a Dr. Frankenstein-esque mad scientist (who incidentally appears to be on both helium and speed) qualifies it as prime Halloween season viewing.


I love a good collection of outlandish lab equipment, and boy does this castle deliver in that department.


Also of note, a brief scene involving a large tome entitled LOVABLE CATS (which is, unfortunately, not in print).

What was your favorite old Halloween cartoon?

5 Metres 80

Posted in animation, creatures, film with tags , , on May 21, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I received a link to this short film from a loved one last night with the introduction: I know you’re not a huge fan of CGI, but seeing this I think you’ll agree that it’s been put to some pretty good use.

Oh, INDEED IT HAS! I’m generally opposed to elaborate CGI that is used as a crutch to compensate for lackluster storytelling and character development.

High-diving giraffes, however, are clearly what this medium was truly invented for.

Can we just pretend this is exactly what happens in public swimming pools, after hours?

Thank you, GD!

Desktop Goodies 3/8

Posted in absurd, animation, art, Books, horror, humor, photography, skulls and skeletons, undead, vintage, wedding, you can't handle the cute with tags on March 8, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Welcome boils and ghouls…

Something about this sculpture appeals to me.

Why is Super Toast so bloody adorable?

I could actually use some of these for myself.

Lefties like me were once treated for their “disorder.”

This is one of the greatest Halloween costumes I’ve ever seen.

Skulltacular vintage pulp horror!

The hazy glow of this photo is perfect for a fortune teller subject.

For rent.

Or you could go get your haunting license.

I love this idea for a bridal photograph! But that’s because a forest full of books is pretty much paradise to me.

Story from North America

Posted in animation, humor, music with tags , , on February 2, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I woke to this video in my gmail this morning. Brilliance. It’s got a kid with three front teeth, a giant spider, and a bearded patriarch in an unflattering undergarment whose nose (and at times, nipples) move independently of his body. Despite that description, it’s not as NSFW as it sounds. I think.

I now must resist the temptation to counter all “What if” arguments with “What if the world was made of pudding?”

Thanks, Casey!

Death and the Robot

Posted in animation, death, film, robots, skulls and skeletons, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The other day I watched an animated short film about Death and a Robot. In this vignette, death is a lady…


She meets a robot who longs to experience the world (and thus unplugs his power source to venture out).

Together they transform a bare, grim cemetery into a beautiful garden.

But Death does not know the robot is dying, and she blames herself when he ceases to function. In his memory, she tends to the beauty they created together.

It’s such a lovely film. Watch the whole thing here:


Peter and the Wolf Stop Motion Short Film

Posted in animation, film, puppets, stop motion with tags , , , on January 20, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Over the weekend, I saw a stunning combination of good old fashioned stop motion animation and skillful CGI. This animated retelling of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic musical piece Peter and the Wolf, written and directed by Suzie Templeton, won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2006.


The characters and scenery are incredibly striking. Peter and the Wolf share the same piercing, mildly unsettling ice blue eyes, and this film captured and held my attention from the first frame. I highly recommend this for ANY fans of stop motion animation.


(And if you feel like going down a stop motion rabbit hole, check out a list of previous great ones on the blog HERE)

Many thanks to Casey for showing this to me!

Victorian Cutout Theater: A Forgotten Carol

Posted in animation, christmas, krampus, video with tags , , , on December 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I meant to post this web series in my Halloween countdown (but am always swamped with dozen of links I can’t get to that time of year). Luckily, Victorian Cutout Theater has a special episode for the holidays.

Don’t let the voices tell you what to do this Christmas.

See more episodes here.


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