Today is International Animation Day, and YouTube is featuring some great animated films available on their site. My favorite is "Sita Sings the Blues," which is excellent, and has an amazing story behind it -- basically, the movie includes some old songs which ran into copyright troubles getting clearance for the songs (and the songs were critical to the movie), so the creator decided to give the movie away for free under a Creative Commons license. The movie is funny, sweet, and also informative. Note that if you like it, you can also download it in various places online in full HD (just Google for it or check Archive.org). Check it out:
Sita Sings the Blues
Beautiful, vaguely Miyazaki-like animation from Canada, with no intelligible dialogue. As YouTube describes it:
In a sumptuous palace in the basement of a house in a Montreal working-class neighbourhood, Princess Betty sleeps in a narcoleptic stupor. The king is at her bedside. He appeals to Uncle Henri VIII, Aunt Victoria, an emotional alien, a cool witch and, why not, a handsome prince! This worthy Prince Charles lookalike has to leave his royal suburb, confront a Canadian dragon and brave a surreal set of road rules in order to save the princess. But will Betty be wakened with just a kiss?
Sleeping Betty is the Perrault classic done with Claude Cloutier's sharp pen. His detailed drawings in Indian ink conjure up caricature and Victorian engravings in a disjointed, anachronistic and playful setting.
Fantaisie in Bubblewrap
Completely bizarre and morbidly cute; little bubblewrap creatures try to resist being popped by an evil Hand of Death.
I'll admit that I haven't watched the entire film, but judging from what I've seen, this is part Bladerunner, part Gattaca, with perhaps some Robotech thrown in. The film took three years to make (by a single animator, David T. Krupicz). Read more about it at the Archon Defender website.
Okay, I couldn't help but throw in a mental_floss classic produced by our very own Ransom Riggs. "Be Amazing!" is a six-minute animated film that dramatizes one of the scenarios from our "Be Amazing!" book. It's a "step-by-step guide to destroying civilization with nanotechnology." What could go wrong?