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Aug(de)mended Reality Video

Storyboard Artist Marty Cooper uses a combination of traditional animation techniques and his iPhone to create this series of charming cartoons (which you will watch because you’re not super cereal all the time and aren’t above the childlike glee invoked by animation. Or I hope you’re not, Rankin-Bass help you.)

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What if ‘They Live’ Was a Saturday Morning Cartoon?

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Picture: Dan Barrett (C)

John Carpenter’s cult classic science fiction film ‘They Live’ has always been one of my favorites (Incidentally, if you haven’t read Jonathan Lethem’s book on the film then you should.), and now artist Dan Barrett has reinterpreted it as an eighties era Saturday morning cartoon, complete with production notes.

Via Deviant Art:

Recently (a few months ago) I was contacted by Rondal Scott III over at Strange Kids Club (www.strangekidsclub.com) to see if I would do a Saturday morning cartoon style line-up of a classic 80s movie for their magazine release. I chose They Live! I basically rethought the whole end of the movie, and wrote out small blurbs for my general concept, and biographies for each of the characters. Read them… if you dare!

General Concept- After blowing up the transmission station in LA, Nada and Frank take the fight to New York City. There they meet a young girl named Maya who has attempted to digitally subvert the alien invasion.

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Mickey Mouse In Vietnam

A lost cartoon classic via Vimeo:
In 1968, an underground, anti-war short film was produced by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser called Mickey Mouse in Vietnam. Mickey Mouse (unofficially) starred in a one minute animation that depicted the Disney icon travelling to Vietnam in a boat, entering the country, and being immediately shot in the head. The film was shown to associates of the creators in 1970 and onward. It is rumoured (though unconfirmed) that Disney tried to destroy every copy that they could get in their possession. Until recently, the only known copies available for public viewing were one owned by the Sarajevo Film Festival, and one included on the Film-makers' Coop's 38 minute, 16mm collection reel. The only pieces of hard evidence of the short's existence available online were a few screenshots (all but one found in a 1998 French book entitled 'Bon Anniversaire, Mickey!').  
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Do-It-Yourself Animation With Terry Gilliam

Wondering how to make your life a bit more weird? Gilliam explains how to produce strange and wondrous things from household materials on the 1970s how-to series the Do-It-Yourself Animation Show. The rare television show which flips the tables by encouraging engagement, not passive consumption, of media, it was created and curated by British cartooning legend Bob Godfrey, who died this past week. Cartoon Brew explains:
The Do-It-Yourself Animation Show, which made animation accessible to the masses by taking the mystery out of the production process, was vastly influential and inspired an entire generation of kids in England, including Nick Park, who created Wallace & Gromit, and Richard Bazley, an animator on Pocahontas, Hercules, and The Iron Giant.
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The Beatles Imagined As Mayan Gods

Can the divide between pop culture and ancient wisdom be crossed? A particularly strange episode of the late-sixties Beatles cartoon series features the Fab Four journeying "to the inner world" and becoming extraterrestrial gods of a civilization resembling the Mayans:
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‘Peace on Earth’ (1939)

I watch this every year at Christmas time. It frightened the holy hell out of me as a child, but now it just make me think. We're not any closer to this "peace" we talk about at this time of year, are we? Maybe 2013 will be different. WAR IS OVER! (if you want it.)
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