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04.24.15 Prachi Gupta

Tommy Stathes only graduated from college two years ago, but he is already one the country’s foremost experts on old school animation. The New York Daily News credits the 26-year-old Queens native as being “by far the youngest serious collector of old cartoons in the country,” an expertise that was cultivated long before he graduated […]

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01.14.15 Prachi Gupta

Following a deadly terrorist attack and the largest public demonstration France has ever seen, satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo has bounced back with fists in the air, selling out at 3 million copies on Wednesday. The demand is so high that it’s being offered in 16 different languages, now raised to 5 million copies. Someone […]

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08.28.14 Marina Galperina

Apparently, a mouthless 40-year-old British girl had been posing as a friendly feline for several decades. The revelation was recently highlighted by Carolina Miranda at the Los Angeles Times, who interviewed anthropologist Christine R. Yano in light of the upcoming retrospective of Hello Kitty merch/art at the Japanese American National Museum and the first-ever Hello Kitty Con at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Yano says: Hello Kitty is […]

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12.23.13 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, artist Austin Lee talks about his cartoon-inspired digital action painting. I lost the original video that was the inspiration for Slapstic (Action Painting), but my friends Kati Gegenheimer and Dan Flaherty were nice enough to make a reenactment video. […]

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10.10.13 Kyle Petreycik

The scent of baby wipes and powder is overwhelming inside the small installation space at Kianga Ellis Projects. It’s a functioning conceptual component of Nursery, an inaugural exhibition of General Howe’s latest Tumblr project The Animated Disasters of War GIFs. The artist has turned the project room into a fully functioning nursery, complete with a crib and changing station as well […]

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09.13.12 Andy Cush

The first installment of Bill Simmons’s “Animated Archive” series, which gives goofy animated accompaniment to interviews with various personalities, features Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan. Brennan recounts the details of an evening in which he, Chappelle, and Questlove were invited to Prince’s hotel suite after the musician’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, […]

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09.12.12 Andy Cush

In this charming, drolly funny animated short from filmmaker Phil Matrese, two NYC subway rats contemplate going to a party, munch on some questionable snacks, and play a little Deep Purple-inspired air guitar, all in a deadpan that wouldn’t be out of place in a Duplass brothers film. And then one of them dies. Subway […]

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09.04.12 Andy Cush

In his last video, Danny Brown turned into a spitting-image childhood version of himself, right down to the crooked teeth and asymmetrical haircut. Now, in the new clip for “Sweet,” Detroit’s finest is morphing into all manner of cartoon character, rapping along as he changes from Porky Pig to Pac-Man to Big Bad Wolf. Oh, […]

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04.11.12 Marina Galperina

Watch the movie trailer guy do his movie trailer guy voice. It’s the voice that filled you with anticipation and excitement… with nonthreatening hair and grin. Not what you imagined, is it? A bit like meeting an internet friend in real life, isn’t it? Finally, there’s a documentary that shows you what Bender, Spongebob, etc. […]

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12.16.11 Marina Galperina

Just when you thought that Hermain Cain’s presidential race drop-out speech quoting the Pokémon movie was the craziest shit you’ve ever seen… In Russia, Prime Minister Putin has just quoted the Jungle Book to call opposition “Bandar-log” ’cause he’s the motherfucking python! […]

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