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Fan-made music video for “Shop-Vac” teems with awesome kinetic typography

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Who knew a music video could top the great kinetic typography for Ceelo’s “Fuck You”. Well, graphic artist Jarett Heather‘s fan vid for software engineer-turned indie artist Jonathon Coulton‘s song “Shop-Vac” has now taken up that mantle.

The animation deserves every praise for representing every possible action in the song’s lyrics and running with the song’s playful anti-consumerist message by picking apart commercial logos and signs.

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The top five moments from Ugly Americans season one

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In its first season, Ugly Americans has brought the best out of horror with its satirical premise and violent, dark comedy. It proved to be one of the weirdest shows on television by pitting bearded little wizard men against each other (as show above) and continually punishing protagonist Mark Lilly’s bleeding heart approach to his job as a social worker.

The show vacillates from silly humor to seriously fucked-up scenarios with a lot of blood and gore. As I’ve said before, fantasy, sci-fi and monster flick parodies tend to lighten the mood of Ugly American‘s otherwise abrasive and super-violent humor, which it share with other cartoons from Augenblick Studios such as Superjail!.

So here are a few scenes from this brief, 14-episode glimpse of a world where otherworldly creature are integrating into society instead of hiding from it:

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Creepy little wizard men kill each other as Zombie Lincoln goes to the theater in Ugly Americans

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OK, so maybe I forgot to mention in last week’s recap that this show has some of the sickest sense of humor on television. But for an Augenblick Studios production, that’s just par for the course. Be warned: This week’s episode “Kill, Mark, Kill” has tons of hyper-violent scenes, such as the lovely one pictured above.

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Ugly Americans continues to deconstruct monster flicks in season 2 opener

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Instead of being subjects of horror movies, zombies, aliens as well as all different kinds of monsters have assimilated into society in the world of Ugly Americans. The main character Mark Lilly processes “undead Americans” regularly in his job as a social worker in New York City. His work and surroundings humanize them and breaks down the monster genre in an intelligent way, backdropping it within the droll city life.

Here’s a summary of episode 1 of the second season:

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BIG BAG BIG BOOM - the new wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

“BIG BANG BIG BOOM” — BLU’s stop-motion graffiti masterpiece

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Continuing with today’s Big Bang theme, we turn to a ten-minute animated video by BLU, the famous Italian street artist.

The video, called BIG BANG BIG BOOM, is a time-lapse animation of various wall-paintings and street art that traces the evolution of life against the background of (and at times incorporating) a colorful cityscape. BLU, who continues to hide his real identity, says it is an “an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end.”

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Ode to nature from Handshake Magazine on Vimeo.

Animated Short: Ode to Nature

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History is replete with hermits who go to the top of tall things (mountains, big poles, step-ladders) and then meditate, fast, and sit around for a long time to figure out the meaning of life and the universe or maybe to just be alone for a long time because other people are really freaking annoying.

Anyway, Handshake writer Matthew Millham, also known as superman, has created his own interpretation of the age-hold hermit on the mountain story. So watch the above video and think — deeply –and then forget about it because it will be too much deep for your brain to handle.

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