Tango by Zbignew Rybczyński

Written by Joe D on May 22nd, 2019

Here is an amazing film made in an optical printer by the talented Zbignew Rybczyński. I met him in NYC years ago , he had a company called 525. He was an early adopter of Hi Def video. But this was done on film.

 

 

 

When Herzog Rescued Phoenix

Written by Joe D on April 6th, 2019

Here’s another animation by the genius that did Lynch Meets Lucas, Sascha Ciezata.

Astro Boy

Written by Joe D on January 15th, 2019

 

Goback to your childhood, well, my childhood and check out the great cartoon Astro Boy! Created by the “Father of Manga”  Osamu Tezuka. Astro boy appeared in comic form in 1952, he was called Mighty Atom in Japan. The animated series was started in 1963.  He’s like a modern super powered Pinocchio. So check him out!

Pablo Ferro passes on.

Written by Joe D on November 17th, 2018

My dear friend Pablo Ferro passed away last night at the age of 83. He was the greatest, nicest guy. Super talented, he loved working, creating, doing incredible things.He was friend and collaborator to Stanley Kubrick, Hal Ashby, Bob Downey, Steve McQueen, Jeff Bridges, so many amazing people. He got me the job editing The Sunchaser for Michael Cimino and I tried to get him gigs whenever I could. Actually Pablo gave Cimino his start in filmmaking.  He was a legend. So raise a glass to a departed genius. Here’s a taste of his crazy magic.

Bruce Bicksford Twin Peaks

Written by Joe D on October 22nd, 2018


Bruce Bicksford is a genius animator I first became aware of back in the 70’s when he was collaborating with Frank Zappa on Baby Snakes. It makes perfect sense that he would be drawn to the mysterious word of Twin Peaks.

 

Hotel Modern & Arthur Sauer: The Great War at REDCAT!

Written by Joe D on April 17th, 2015

I am going to this show, it looks amazing. Tickets are still available. Check it out.
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This reminds me of a scene in a cool Italian film Grazie Zia, check that out too.Read all about it here. It also reminds me of a play I saw at the Public Theater in NYC. The Mabou Mines production of a Samuel Beckett Radio Play The Lost Ones. Man it was cool, more about that later.

An Optical Poem by Oskar Fischinger and Harry Smith’s Early Abstractions pt.3

Written by Joe D on January 26th, 2015

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I’m in an animation frame of mind these days. Here’s Oskar Fischinger’s onlyHollywood Studio comissioned film. An Optical Poem. It’s pretty amazing cosidering it’s cut out paper circles and other shapes moved along wires frame by frame. Fischinger was a pioneer in creating visual music, abstract visual music and a huge influence on many animators like Harry Smith, Jordan Belson, the Vortex group, light shows etc. I knew Harry Smith when he lived at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC. He told me he went down to L.A. to meet Fischinger in the 50’s.They had a hamburger at a diner and were very engrossed in a discussion of abstract animation when a fed up waitress told them to “get a room” at a nearby motel. Fischinger was outraged! I guess the waitress misinterpreted their passion for Visual Music for something else.


Here’s Harry Smith’s homage to Fischinger.


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Harry Smith outside the Chelsea

New Janko The Musician

Written by Joe D on January 20th, 2015

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More Polish animation from the great Jan Lenica! Visual poetry, so simple yet evocative, funny, moving. The supergraphic talents of Mr. Lenica are on full display here, it’s like some of his genius movie posters come to life. Also the music is amazing, so cool, and the sound design is excellent , kind of Jaques Tati, Alan Splet, David Lynch sensibility. Check it ouT!

Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica-Labyrinth

Written by Joe D on January 5th, 2015

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Here is an incredible cut out animated film that blows all others away! Sheer inventiveness, entertainment, fun , mystery, excitement etc.
Obviously influential to such filmmakers as Terry Gilliam and Harry Smith, these masters of the genre were giants of World Animation.

Stefan and Franciszka Themerson- The Adventures of a Good Citizen

Written by Joe D on January 4th, 2015

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Check out this brilliant film from these early avant grade Polish filmmakers, it’s obviously a huge influence on Polanski’s great Two Men and a Wardrobe. More to come on the wonders of Polish Cinema and magical animation.

Compare it yourself!

LSD No No

Written by Joe D on December 16th, 2010

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I have always been fascinated by the story of the no hitter pitched by Dock Ellis while under the influence of the mind altering psychedelic LSD-25. When I was a kid I had a Time/Life book called The Mind.

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There were photos of a spider spinning a perfect web after being fed a LSD laced fly.

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The Acid took away the distractions that are programmed in and enabled effortless concentration. Anyway here’s an animated film by James Blangden set to the pre-recorded telling of the tale by Dock Ellis.

Food Party!

Written by Joe D on May 17th, 2010

I love food, I love to party, I love Food Party.