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My Desk Is 8-Bit: Amazing Stop Frame Animation

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The Choob is old enough to remember when we all thought parallax scrolling was the coolest thing we’d ever seen in a video game, so this superb animation – titled My Desk Is 8 Bit – looks particularly impressive to me.

Artist Alex Varanese uses hundreds of little coloured blocks to create a stop-motion animated recreation of an old 8-bit video game.

The effect is simply stunning.

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Lost Week: The Best Lost Fan Vids – Part One

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Here are a few of the best fan videos created during Lost‘s six-year run.

First, Lost meets 24 to show the crash of Oceanic flight 815 from multiple viewpoints, in real time! This is an outstanding little video:

Next, some animated music video shenanigans in Lost Rhapsody:

This song parody video was created between seasons five and six – and with just one episode left, it’s more pertinent that ever! To the tune of Downtown (aka Juliet’s song), this is the Lost Answers Song:

I’ve featured this next video a couple of times on the Choob but it never gets old. It’s the opening credits to Lost – 1980s-style:

And finally, for now, on a similar theme, here is what the opening credits might have looked like had Lost been made in 1967:

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Retro Video Game Characters Invade New York

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Classic video game characters such as Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Frogger invade the Big Apple in this amazing little short film.

It’s called Pixels and was written and directed by Patrick Jean from visual effects company One More Production.

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If You Go Down To The Beach Today…

Here’s a clever and funny little film from animator and musician cyriak, in which teddy bears invade Worthing sea front:

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Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – The Perishers

Running a bit late this week, I’m afraid.

Back in the days when we only had three channels and kids’ TV meant Saturday mornings and the two hours in the afternoon before the news, there was no more important schedule slot than the five-minute spot just before the news began at 5.30pm.

It was always filled with some bizarre, creative and often surreal animated series, including classics such as The Wombles, Paddington, Roobarb, Ivor The Engine, Willo The Wisp, Noah and Nelly, Barbapapa and, of course, The Magic Roundabout.

Few of them ran for more than a single season of a dozen or 20-odd five-minute episodes (though they were repeated regularly for years) and yet many of them are still fondly remembered today.

Perhaps that is because that five-minute slot was an overlap between kids’ and grown-up TV, so parents getting in from work and settling down to watch the news would watch those little five-minute shows along with their kids.

In any case, this week’s short but sweet classic theme comes from one of my favourite of those five-minute wonders, The Perishers.

It was based on a daily comic strip that appeared in the Daily Mirror newspaper from 1958 until it was retired in 2006 following the death of Maurice Dodd, who had written and pencilled the strip for most of those 48 years.

With its focus on a small cast of children – Wellington, Maisie, Marlon and Baby Grumpling – and Wellington’s dog Boot, with adults nowhere to be seen, The Perishers could in some ways be considered a British take on Charles Schultz‘s American classic comic strip Peanuts, though without any of the schmaltz and sentimentality.

The animated adaptation was made by FilmFair for the BBC in 1978. Only 20 five-minute episodes were made. It is perhaps most notable, in a production sense, for the fact that the cast included the late, great Leonard Rossiter (star of The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin and Rising Damp) as the voice of Boot.

I think the reason why The Perishers cartoon is one of my favorites is because I was such a fan of the comic strip. For many years, until they stopped printing them sometime in the 80s or early 90s, I used to get the annual collected editions of reprints for Christmas and still flick through them from time to time.

Alas, they are all out of print now – given the high quality of Dodd’s scripts and artwork, it’s perhaps surprising that archive editions of the strip have never been produced. Someone needs to do something about that.

Anyway, you can check out the official Perishers website, now maintained by Dodd’s family, for more information. And here are the opening titles for the TV show:

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T-Shirt War!

Check out this excellent stop-motion animation from online comics Rhett and Link:

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