Motion Graphics

Kawaii! » Yum Yum for a Rainy Day

October 4, 2012

The strange property that allows ketchup to change from a gel like thickness to a free flowing liquid and back again is called thixotropy.

Just taking a little coffee break here at the office to enjoy another animated short from London’s Yum Yum studio. Like all the other great stuff they do, the video is brimming with suspense and humor. If you fall in love with the characters (hard not to) don’t fret, you can pick up the soft vinyl toy versions of some of Yum Yum gang here.

Big Screen » Big Crush on Marcel

November 22, 2010


“One time I looked at a diamond and it gave me a sunburn.” — Marcel

Eeek! Big fat thanks to Nami for putting a little shell named Marcel on the Lo’s List’s radar! This stop-motion animation (by Dean Fleischer-Camp and SNLer Jenny Slate) is a cornucopia of quotidian wisdoms and life questions. He’s not just a funny little Gastropod, though. Marcel has a flair for fashion: donning neon pink sneaks and, at times, a lentil hat. He also loves long walks through the apartment with his lint-dog Alan and hang-gliding. Just don’t call him Marshell. He really hates that.

Geekology » After 30 Years of Power Pellets, Pac-Man is Still Chomping at the 8-Bits…

October 21, 2010


It was at the local ice skating rink where I first battled Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. I would feed the game’s coin slot with a bottomless pocket of quarters while destroying my pearly whites with Mike and Ikes and Hot Tamales. As I shivered in the artificial cold, trying to balance on those horrid, brown, rented skates that made my ankles ache for days after, I marveled at how Pac-Man never seemed to loose its lustre. Indeed, decades later, when at one of my favorite neighborhood spots, Barcade, I still gravitate to the game and it’s 2D, 8-bit, single joystick simplicity.

Pac-Man is, hands-down, one of the great icons of the video game generation and, in celebration of the Namco® legend’s 30th birthday, Moleskine has released a limited edition Pac-Man notebook series! Choose from 5 different styles, from large to pocket-sized, blank-paged to lined. Aaad, each booklet comes with Pac-Man stickers!! Yes yes yes!


Beatbox » The (totally not) Japanese Popstars

October 6, 2010


What a kick-ass and creepy new video from totally-not-Japanese band, The Japanese Popstars!! The trio — Decky Hedrock, Gary Curran, and Gareth Donoghue — hail from Northern Ireland and have gathered a near-cultish following of fans in the few years since they began their musical collaboration. This latest video, for the track Lets Go off the Destroy EP, is illustrated by upcoming T-Shirt Tuesday-er Keaton Henson. The technicolored animation leads us through a thumping hallucination of sea creatures, sausages, geese, guts, and ghastly faces, all to — poof — disappear in a perfectly harmless fluffy white cloud… Ah, those were the days.

If you’re a fan of Boys Noize, Bloody Beetroots, Les Petits Pilous, Benni Benassi, or just great, classic, electronic music meant to get lost in, grab The Japanese Popstars latest album, We Just Are, and give it a good loud listen!

The Japanese Popstars aren’t indie rave, or any other sub-sub-sub genre, theirs is big room, cool as f**k electronic music built for festivals and stadiums. They’re not dance kids aping indie kids, nor are they indie kids dropping synths and calling themselves “ravers”. — via Podomatic.com


From: Tel Aviv (via Haifa) » Broken Fingaz Crew Sightings!

August 30, 2010


One of our hands-down favorite crews bombing the walls of Tel Aviv is the Haifa-based Broken Fingaz Crew. The 10-year-strong foursome (Tant, Unga, Dezo, and Kip) have a hypnotizing and intricate style which recalls 1960’s psychedelic posters, old school American comics, and B-rated horror flick poster typography. They’ve spent a big chunk of this summer leaving their mark on the walls of Beijing and Guangzhou, having been in China for the MIDI Festival, and are now back in Israel, set to collaborate with Zion Skateboards on some sure-to-be-stellar decks!


Big Screen » Mary and Max.

July 14, 2010


Although I wouldn’t call Mary and Max. (the latest claymation flick by Adam Elliot of Harvie Krumpet renown) a feel-good flick, it certainly pulls at your heartstrings while simultaneously causing some ROTF laughing. Not only is everything about the feature aesthetically spot-on, the script is ingeniously written with little dialogue gems like the following:

“Unfortunately in America, babies are not found in cola cans. I asked my mother when I was four and she said they came from eggs laid by rabbis. If you aren’t Jewish, they’re laid by Catholic nuns. If you are an atheist, they’re laid by dirty, lonely prostitutes. So this is where babies come from in America.”

The characters are flawed, pitiful, and desperately in need of each other. Mary, with her birthmark the color of poo, has horrid parents, schoolmates that pee on her lunch, and a crush on the dapper neighbor boy. Max has an eating problem, terrible anxiety, and busies himself by making up new words like “comfuzzled, which is being confused and puzzled at the same time, snirt, which is a cross between snow and dirt and smushables, which are squashed groceries that you find at the bottom of the bag.” In their exchange of letters, chocolate, and other tchotskies, they try to find solace.

Shot over the course of a year with an average of 24 seconds of animation produced each day, the film is based on the real-life, 20-year penfriend of the director:

“He is such an interesting person and the creation of this film will be a testimony to him and the archetypical underdog that so many audiences around the world engage with. He, like Max, has Asperger’s and I have spent a long time researching this syndrome. My aim is to not just enlighten the world to ASPIES, but to demystify the many misconceptions others have about these people (even the so-called experts).” — Adam Elliot

A must see.

World Cup Fever » What’s Your Dance?

July 11, 2010


Last night I dreamed I was at the finals. I was dressed in full Oranje regalia with a cheese wedge hat. With an hour to go before the finals, nerves at all three Martin-Verhoeven camps are high and I keep getting random bouts of the goosebumps. I’ve been practicing my Roger Milla-inspired goal dance (with the hopes that I will be calling upon it at least once this afternoon) and am so hopped up on coffee I can’t quite complete a sentence. The final day of the cup is here and, although I clearly want my Dutch peeps to come out on top, it’s just a thrill to watch them fight for the chance.

Before this Beautiful party comes to a close, I wanted to share one of my favorite ads from the World Cup tournament, an animated spot that the Cameroonian legend Roger Milla did with Puma (shown at top). Animated by James Blagden, the video recounts Milla’s triumphant return to football for the 1990 World Cup during which he carried his national team to the Quarter Finals (a first for any African nation) and introduced the now-obligatory victory dance to the sport. Also worth checking out is the charming Coca-Cola advert that further delves into the victory dance (shown here at left).

World Cup Fever » Gola Mondo!

June 22, 2010


The World Cup gets plenty loud (thank you, vuvuzelas) without the usual crop of blaring, testosterone-driven, slow-motion mashups that clog the half-time advertising slots, so we at Lo’s List were delighted to discover PepperMelon’s new ad for The Observer and The Guardian. The cleverly designed characters skittering around on their tiny legs, wide-eyed and open-mouthed,  capture all of the gentle, obnoxious joy that we feel every four years when the Beautiful Game takes over our lives.


PepperMelon’s character sketches for Gola Mondo

PepperMelon are based in Buenos Aires and have produced slick animations for MTV, FOX and the Cartoon Network, but this musical offering (scored by Wave Studios) is by far our favorite. The tongue-twisting lyrics are supremely catchy, and we especially like the shout out to Slovenia, Slovakia, Nigeria and the Côte d’Ivoire (Ooh! Ah!  Côte d’Ivoire!). We dare you to watch this twice and not start singing along.

** Note the little comment in the final shot on the advertising clutter of sports tournaments: “razors”, “tires” and “fizzy drinks” appear on the hoardings in the background.

Geekology » Angry Birds! Piggies! Parabolaaaas!

June 19, 2010

Angry Birds by Rovio is available for your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Verizon Droid, Blackberry & more!

Although I try to delegate most of my iPadding to productive tinkering like to-do lists (Taksa), concept sketches (Adobe Ideas), blogging (WordPress), proposals (Pages), and keeping up with the times (NPR, BBC News, TIME Magazine, Paris Match…), it’s hard to resist the smattering of impeccably designed gaming apps available on my new favorite gadget. One evening, after a long day of PHP code, I found a surprise that YZ had left in my section of our iPad library: Angry Birds. A couple weeks and a big fat 105 levels later the game was conquered and had earned a quick-access spot on my iPad dock.

Collaboratively built by the Helsinki-based viral development and marketing company Rovio (of which Angry Birds is just one of dozens of games the firm has built for bigwigs like Nokia, Vivendi, Namco Bandai, and Apple) and gaming publisher Chillingo (of Minigore, Sneezies, Knights Onrush, and Zombie Wonderland greatness), this endlessly ROTFL game is a must-get — and modestly priced at just $5 from the app store. Be sure to delve into the game with your device’s sound nice and loud, as the snorting piggies and cackling birds are just the tip of this iceberg. Weave through 105 levels of porky destruction and build up an arsenal of 5 species of Angry Birds, each with their own destructive specialty! And if you’re a physics geek, there’s even more to love as this game is all about mastering the parabola!

Some favorite levels!

Beatbox » Gravité!

April 27, 2010


I’m just loving Gravité, a visually breathtaking spin on beatboxing by Renaud Hallée (with the help of DP Simon Allard & PA Laurent-Dominic Chantal-Fortin). Ping pong balls, cutlery, glow sticks and sparklers — just goes to show that pretty much anything can be transformed into music!! Remember when you were a kid smashing the bejeezus out of the kitchen pots? Well, this seems to be the grownup rendition of that… Be sure to check out Renaud’s other music-in-motion video Sonar as well!

Big Screen » Vanishing Point

April 14, 2010


Argh! It’s been so busy here at the EP studio lately ( & exciting: we have a new addition to the team — badass, go-getting, design sidekick Nicky). But, with all this busy-beeing, poor Lo’s List has been getting the short end of the stick! So, while we keep trucking forth on these exciting new projects (rolling out this month!), we’ll be throwing a bunch of haiku-ed posts into the mix!!

First up, this hypnotizing play with shapes by motion graphics creative Takuya Hosogane. Paired nicely with a track called “Petit Prince” by Cubesato — this eye candy could be a great device for soothing babies to sleep!

Kawaii! » Brand-Spanking New FriendsWithYou!

February 10, 2010

FriendsWithYou Superblast Silkscreen Print

FriendsWithYou Superblast 18″ x 24″ Silkscreen Print

We’re huge fans of Miami-based think-tank and Kid Robot staple FriendsWithYou. They did an animated spot for Target that had us in stitches (check out their latest advert for Match.com) and have also designed Mimobot USB drives for Mimoco’s Artist Collection (featured in our Top Ten Flash Drives post) based on their Malfi, Mr. Phantom, and Buddy Chub characters. The all-things-adorable powerhouse has just launched a brand-spanking new site, chock full of their oddball plushes, zippie pulls, tees, Wish Come True blind box toy collection, and art prints. I think I’ve totally fallen for Plasma Boy.

Limited Editions!!
FriendsWithYou Pear of Malfis PrintFriendsWithYou Plasma Boy Print
FriendsWIthYou Limited Edition Pear of Malfis and Plasma Boy Prints

Papercuts » 2D Parkour

January 11, 2010


Such a smart student project by Vimeo community member Saggyarmpit (aka Serene Teh) currently working towards a graphic design degree in Singapore. A little bit advent calender, a little bit flip book and a lot of talent come together to make this 2D exploration of a very 3D phenomenon, parkour. I love the details in the cityscapes: crumbling walls, exposed pipes, etc, as well as her choice to keep the rough edges of paper ripped from a spiral sketchbook. Paired with beats by Dr Dre, this video is hard to watch once… Happy Monday all!

Geekology » Lego Arcade!

December 2, 2009


Frogger, Space Invaders, Pacman, Arkanoid, Centipede… The hours I spent at the crazy, cat-tormenting Australian neighbor’s house just to hone my ability to cross the pond, kill the fleet, and evade Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde for yet another round. Little did I know, decades later, I would still fall into a strange trance when placed before an original Arkanoid arcade game (they’ve got the whole lineup at Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn). While I was playing video games, my brother was creating and narrating fantastical worlds and adventures out of a million Lego blocks. Here, in these two hilarious stop-motion videos by Michael Hickox, it’s as if our sibling story has come full circle! With a perfectly accurate soundtrack to match, my paws are itching for a round of Dig Dug! Jamesons at Barcade? Anybody?


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Beatbox » Minilogue + Ljudbilden

November 14, 2009


I’ve been sitting on this killer music video animated and directed by Kristofer Ström for Malmö, Sweden-based electro-duo Minilogue’s (Sebastian Mullaert & Marcus Henriksson) Animals track for too long now and had to spread the wealth as we head into what looks like a dreary, rainy weekend here in NYC… So, throw on your brightest duds and dance along with this rambunctious round-up of animated monstrosities as they run-a-muck around town! For more on the music, check out the Minilogue MySpace page!

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