The Polyphonic Spree released a cover of John Lennon's Christmas classic in 2005; last year, they dusted it off for a holiday-themed album, Holidaydream, and released this animated video to go with it.
Our son told me about this video, a parody of the Harry Potter movies AND Law & Order. Nick actually was unaware of the TV series, as it went off the air three years ago, but he still found it funny. If you know the show (the doink-doink, the bad puns that the detectives make), it's even more of a smile.
The Coneheads sketches that aired in the first years of Saturday Night Live were classic. Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman played a family that only wanted to fit into the suburbs ... notwithstanding the fact they were aliens.
Somehow, I did not know that there were plans, or at least hopes, to turn the Coneheads into a series in its own right. Rankin Bass produced the pilot below in 1983, and when it didn't find a buyer, it went to air as a special.
That was not the end of the Coneheads, of course; a decade later, Aykroyd and Curtin reprised their roles, with Newman playing another part, in a feature film. It bombed, however, which is a pity for those who like things in mass quantities.
When I was a teenager, Carl Sagan was cool ... well, at least as cool as a scientist could be. Cosmos was a best-seller, he was a fixture on PBS, and he helped make the science behind the science fiction of the day comprehensible.
This is a cool animation based on remarks that Sagan made after seeing a photograph taken from the Voyager 1 probe.
The most obvious attraction of the Harlem Shake meme of the last few weeks is that anyone could (and evidently did) produce their own version of the video: an opening shot, with a jump cut to a wildly dancing, usually gyrating crowd. Get a few friends, organize yourselves, turn on the camera, upload ... boom.
Give The Simpsons some credit for having to animate it!
That video went up on Friday and has been seen at least a million times since. That's a small fraction of the overall views of the countless Harlem Shake knockoffs ... and it's not even the first time Homer made an appearance in one, either! To wit, this pick of 10 of them, which starts with a very clever use of the Peanuts classic A Charlie Brown's Christmas.
Ever had one of those days when you feel like you have your own personal raincloud? This short video, featuring some clever animation grafted to real life, ought to resonate. I spotted it on Vimeo's staff picks list. What makes it particularly impressive is that James Lancett and Sean Weston made it as a student requirement while enrolled at Kingston University in the U.K.
Out now from self-described micro-press Running The Goat is a new Jack story by Andy Jones, who has been collecting and telling them now for a few decades. Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves features illustrations by Darka Erelji, and it's on my list.
Running The Goat even produced a pretty nifty video to promote it. Here it is:
So, there shall be a sequel to Despicable Me, to be released in July 2013. While I'm wondering how Steve Carell's Gru will become despicable again, I'll be game to watch. The three of us quite enjoyed the movie; the phrase, "This is literature?" is a favourite saying around the house, particularly in Carell's accent.
I've never seen an episode of Young Justice, but the characters look familiar from the time when I inhaled DC comics in the Seventies. I still got a laugh out of this parody, which successfully matches images with audio straight from Winnie-the-Pooh.
Well, not a real Christmas special, even though it's called A Very Calvin and Hobbes Christmas. To see Calvin's demented snowmen come to life (the heart of animation, after all) is a treat. You can read more about it here.
The Muppets, the movie that is, is funny enough, but it gets off to a great start with another animated short featuring the Toy Story characters. Small Fry involves Buzz Lightyear getting trapped with a support group made of abandoned Happy Meal-like toys, with a tiny Buzz determined to be played with. It's a hoot, with more sight gags and jokes (my favourite toy: Tae Kwon Doe, a deer that does martial arts) than many full-length features. Here's a taste.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.