Food for thought‘[...] do not think that good design can make a poor product good, whether the product be a machine, a building, a promotional brochure or a business man. But [...] good design can materially help make a good product reach its full potential. In short, [...] good design is good business.’
Thomas J. Watson Jr., IBM CEO

La Marche des Sans-Nom

August 19, 2007, 12:52 AM

I don’t intend to make a habit of posting youtube links, but this week it just happened to find some very good animations. Here’s another student film by Jean Constantial, Nicolas Laverdure & Lucas Vigroux – Supinfocom 2006. It’s called “La Marche des Sans-Nom”. It’s amazing what students can do these days.

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Comedy – by Studio 4°C

August 18, 2007, 5:15 PM

One of my all-time-favourite shorts, gives me goosebumps every time. Guess it’s because of the angelic “Ave Maria“. Can’t find which version is in this short, Bach/Gounod’s, Beethoven’s, Mozart’s and Schubert’s got me confused, guess I’ll have to ask mum :P — she’s a music teacher :).

later edit:
ANN says it’s Schubert’s…
I’ve also listened to Gounod’s and it’s quite different.

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Simply wonderful

August 16, 2007, 2:10 AM

Music, animation, everything. Gorgeous. More details here. Song by Kwoon.

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Simply hilarious

, 1:46 AM

It’s called “How To Cope With Death“, by Ignacio Torres.

(via Savedem)

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Lifted by Pixar

July 17, 2007, 4:10 PM

Yesterday I read about Lifted, a short made by Pixar (already nominated for Oscar) which is screened in the US just before the delightful Ratatouille. I started searching it on the net, mostly on local peering hubs and torrents :P Luckily today my brother gave me the following link. It seems it was too hard for me to look it up on youtube or dailymotion :P
Enjoy.

Later edit:
After a week it seems Pixar decided no more free shows so the short movie was removed from DailyMotion and Youtube. I really don’t get it. Are they hoping to sell it on dvds or what ?
Too bad.

Even later edit:
Found it again :) Long live free sharing !!!

Lifted
Uploaded by nicop

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Ratatouille – a delicious movie

July 8, 2007, 4:04 AM

Sometimes I think that kids these days don’t have “the magic” we used to have some good years ago. It’s true they have tons of games, internet, information, etcetera etcetera but most of these are just “quantity” instead of “quality”. Some gems appear from time to time, but few manage to give the “timeless masterpiece” or “true soul enchanter” feeling. And even among these, most of them are retellings of old wonderful stories we used to read at our grandparents’.

Ratatouille

Ratatouillle (also highly rated here) is by all means a “feast” for the soul. Pixar has what it takes when it comes to technique, but even they don’t always hit the right recipe (can’t help the puns, sorry :P). Cars, for example, was far from great, good, but never great. Incredibles was loads of fun, but all based on reinterpreting comics and action-movies cliches. Bug’s life.. Woody Allen is a genius, can’t beat that.

Ratatouille

And here comes Ratatouille. It looks jaw-dropping, sounds excellent, but the story.. the characters.. That’s where it truly is wonderful. The expressions, the looks, the tiny gestures, the nods, sighs, grimaces, they all make you believe, absorb, watch in awe as Remy’s wonderful universe engulfs you. Every single character is a joy to watch, you can’t help laughing heartily, the voices are perfect (funny thing to see who the people actually are, you get the feeling that they are just some people voiced by Remy and the other characters). Peter O’Toole as Ego has one of the best “villain-esque” characters ever, reminding a lot of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas :) and having one of the best scenes in the movie, the Marcel Proust’s madeleine effect.

Ratatouille
This movie will surely earn itself an Oscar, and if it doesn’t then it will either be beaten by another “chef d’oeuvre” or it will be one of the worst cases of Academy forgeries and set-ups :P

In the end, this is what kids nowadays have, gems that are not only on the pages of a book, but right in front of their very eyes, moving, breathing, living by themselves. And just like all truly wonderful stories, Ratatouille manages to enchant anyone, from kid to grown-up.

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