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.

‘The Illusion of Life': twelve basic principles of animation


The Illusion of lifeA motion artist has transformed Walt Disney Studio’s twelve basic principles of animation into illustrative gifs.

Cento Lodigiani’s video ‘The Illusion of Life’ demonstrates the twelve principles, which include ‘squash and stretch’, ‘anticipation’ and ‘timing’, through the movement of a small white cube.

The principles help animators ensure their creations obey the laws of physics, have volume and weight, and have appeal.

Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, who began working for Disney in the 1930s, immortalised the principles in the book ‘Disney Animation: The Illusion of Life’.

Watch Lodigiani’s video below or take a look at his gallery of gifs here, and let us know if these could help bring your animations to life.

The Colourful History of Video Games


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Game Boy, The Drum has unearthed an infographic detailing the colourful history of video games.

The infographic, by colourlovers.com, takes a look at legendary games consoles, such as Sega Genesis and Sony Playstation, and reveals the predecessor to nostalgic game Pong.

Other interesting facts, including when video games went colour, are also in the chart.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us if you were a Sonic or Space Invaders fan.

How big is the universe?


How big is the universe?The Royal Observatory Greenwich has released an animated video talking about the real size of the universe.

The animation was created by London animation studio Beakus.

The video talks about how scientists can calculate the actual size of the universe, and the factors that affect it.

The animation breaks down a lot of the science into analogies and principles that are easier to understand.

Take a look at the video below, and let us know if you think more scientific videos should be presented this way.

Evolution of the Bicycle


Danish studio Visual Artwork has demonstrated the evolution of the bicycle in a fun one-minute video.

Evolution of the Bicycle’ uses only a few shapes to seamlessly transition through each era of the early bicycles and the perpetually spinning wheels add a quirky dynamism to the animation.

Famous bicycles such as the Penny Farthing and the ‘Boneshaker’ are depicted in the video, which uses Benny Goodman’s jazz piece ‘Flying Home’ as its soundtrack.

You can watch the animation below or find out more about the history of bicycles here.

Tree trunks turned into quaint ‘buildings’


Boston-based artist Daniel Barreto has combined houses with trees in this series of photo manipulations called ‘Woodhouses’.

Barreto superimposed parts of houses from Boston onto images of tree trunks he had taken in New Hampshire.

These charming ‘Woodhouses’ were also animated so that the lights would flicker on and off just like real homes.

Take a look at more images from this collection here, and tell us if you think you could live inside a tree trunk.

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