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It's Amazing What They Can Do With Computers These Days

It wasn't so many years ago that movies like Toy Story were absolutely cutting-edge, and it was hard to imagine how such slick animation could've been produced by a computer. And while Pixar has always managed to stay way ahead of the curve, the technology it used to produce now-classic movies like Luxo, Jr. (this famous short) is no longer out of reach of talented animators who have a reasonably good home computer setup and access to 3D animation software like Maya. In fact, in the last 24 hours I've seen two independently-produced parodies of computer-animated movies that look jaw-droppingly great -- and they're funny, to boot. (Darkly funny.) First, check out College Humor's parody of Luxo, Jr., which takes the consequence's of Luxo's I-squishing to an extreme.

OK, if you thought THAT was dark, this is REALLY dark. What if Yogi Bear ended like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? This is kind of genius, really intense, and MOST DEFINITELY NOT FOR KIDS! (But don't worry ... it's not quite as graphic as it seems like it's going to be.)

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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