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.

Philips advert travels through time


Philips adPhilips’ new advert asks the question ‘how many years does it take to change a lightbulb?’.

The advert, which showcases the company’s new wireless bulb, uses stop motion to depict a family through six different time periods, revealing how technology has changed since the Victorian era.

The family’s lighting remains basic throughout the ages, until they invest in a new Philips bulb that can produce a range of ambient lighting effects.

Watch the fun new advert below and tell us what you think.

Teddy gets a holiday in new Thomson/First Choice ad


TeddyA new heartwarming advert gives a put-upon teddy the holiday he deserves.

The television spot for Thomson/First Choice uses a voiceover speaking the verses from Bohemian Rhapsody, beginning wistfully but segueing into a relaxed contentment.

The eponymous Teddy has to endure a trip in the washing machine, being hit by a robot, and stuffed into a bag, before finally getting a place on the beach.

Watch the advert here and let us know what you think of it.

Renault Captur: The Great Escape


Renault Captur: The Great EscapeRenault’s new advert features an adventurous goldfish following its owners all the way to the sea, heading for freedom.

The goldfish follows the new Renault Captur to the beach with some impressive acrobatics, soundtracked to La Femme’s ‘Sur la Planche’.

The fun advert plays on the freedom and adventure that the Renault Captur represents, and you can watch it below.

Let us know what you think of the advert.

Murat: the interactive comic


MuratA Czech collective has created an online comic that invites readers to interact with it.

Murat’, by Motiv, is an innovative spin on traditional graphic novels, making the most of current technology to involve readers in its storyline.

Murat looks like a typical black and white comic, but it uses audio and visual effects and is clickable throughout – one page of the comic consists of a jigsaw that readers has to construct themselves.

Watch the trailer for the comic below or read it here – tell us if you find this development in comics exciting.

How far would you queue?


How far would you queueAn Australian brand has tested its customers’ endurance by seeing how far they would queue for a free snack.

Fantastic Snacks offered people a free bag of Fantastic Delites Curls, providing they would persevere through a variety of unusual queues.

Eager customers snaked through mile-long queues, waded through a lake and even skated on ice to reach their free packet.

Watch the results of the patience-testing campaign below and tell us what you think of the unique idea – would you take on one of these challenges for a free snack?

What types of video engage viewers?


Coull video studyA new study has revealed the kinds of video content that keeps viewers watching for longer, with some interesting findings.

The research, by Coull, took into account 12 million video plays during May in the UK.

Videos featuring cars engaged 61% of their audience throughout the play time, while people, travel and animals held onto around half of their viewers until the end.

However, with only 43% of sports video viewers watching whole videos, Coull’s CEO suggests that sports publishers and brands could innovate more online, especially in a World Cup year.

Find out more about Coull’s findings here, and tell us about your favourite kinds of video content.

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