The Secret Life of Pets


If you’re a secret (or not so secret) Minions fan, this new film by the makers of Despicable Me is worth paying attention to.

Illumination Entertainment’s The Secret Life of Pets has just released its first trailer, giving hilarious insights into what pets really get up to when you’re not around.

From a sausage dog getting a tickle from a food mixer to a poodle in a stately home moshing to heavy metal, the trailer offers little vignettes into what our much-loved animal companions are really thinking.

The Secret Life of Pets, which stars Louis C.K and Steve Coogan among others, will be released in cinemas in Summer 2016.

Watch this delightful trailer below and tell us if you’ll be going to see it

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Watch the Sun rise around the world with Instagram


If you’ve ever fancied watching the Sun rise and set all around the world at once, now’s your chance, thanks to a clever algorithm and Instagram.

Photographer and designer Michelle Chandra uses Instagram photos tagged with ‘#sunrise’ and ‘#sunset’ for her ‘All Our Suns’ project.

She incorporates the images into three different interactive maps, through which you can discover where and when each picture was taken.

See the impressive project in action here and let us know if you’re inspired to Instagram striking sunsets or dewy dawns.

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Mountains of Mouthness


An innovative app allows social media users to experience their tweets being spoken by a mountain.

Goo Technologies’ new app ‘Mountains of Mouthness’ features 3D animated mountains that will recite tweets from people who use the hashtag #Mouthness.

This concept is actually based on a fairytale, in which two mountains in love find themselves separated by a village and have to talk to each other from afar.

Creative Director Magnus Östergren said: “we’re aiming to build the most artist friendly tool for advanced interactive web graphics out there.”

Watch a demonstration of the app here and tweet #mouthness or @MoMouthness to have your message spoken by a cartoon mountain.

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‘Man & Dog’: Coca-Cola’s adorable new ad


Coca-Cola has released a heartwarming new ad called ‘Man & Dog’.

The brand created a beautiful old-school animation following the adventures of a grumpy man and his dog.

This little film illustrates one of the brand’s mottos, ‘a change in perspective can make all the difference in the world’, by showing us what we can learn from our canine companions.

Watch the cute advert below and tell us what you think of it.

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Animated street art


Animated street artAn artist breathes new life into street art by transforming it into animated GIFs.

Serbian artist ABVH, who also animates film posters and cartoons, posts his interpretations of street artists’ work on Tumblr.

His GIFs include injecting fire into a mural by Whoam Irony (pictured) and adding a beach scene into JADE’s artwork.

See more of his work here and let us know what you think.

BBC animation celebrates Dylan Thomas


The Hunchback in the ParkThe BBC has marked National Poetry Day with a short animation of a Dylan Thomas poem.

The BBC Wales film features Michael Sheen performing Thomas’ ‘The Hunchback in the Park’, rendered visually by Aardman Animations.

The actor said: “The animation brings Dylan Thomas’ poem to life in a very imaginative and striking way and I can only hope that audiences everywhere find it as engaging as I did.”

The animation, which tells the story of a hermit in Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea, is available on iPlayer.

It will also be broadcast on television later this month to celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth.

Watch the animation here and let us know what you think.

Kinecdysis: an animated typeface


KinecdysisAn artist has created a dynamic typeface that explores the structure and perception of individual letters.

Kinecdysis’, by Sougwen Chung, transforms the alphabet into blue, skeletal characters, which modulate and morph but retain their core shape.

Chung’s font represents ‘the modicum of our memory’ and is inspired by the Greek word ‘ecdysis’, which means ‘to shed’ or ‘to cast off’.

Discover the whole Kinecdysis alphabet here or try typing in the font here. Tell us what you think of this unique typeface.

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