Veteran animator Hayao Miyazaki directs this buoyant children’s adventure yarn about a young witch striking out on her own. At her mother’s behest, 13-year-old Kiki sets out on a year-long apprenticeship with her black cat in tow. With a shaky command of her broom, she ends up in a charming little coastal town that looks like a cross between the French provincial and San Francisco. Unfortunately, the local hotels have a strict “no witches” policy and the police have taken a dim view of her recent aerial mischief-making. She’s saved from the street by a kindly baker’s wife, who offers her room and board in exchange for her delivering by broom the baker’s wares. Soon she befriends a college-aged artist, an old women who fusses over her, and a boy her same age who is nursing a massive crush. All is well until she wakes up one day and realizes that she can’t make her broom levitate nor can she talk to her cat. What will Kiki do? ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Mac ‘n’ Cheese is an animated short directed and created by four students at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. This roughly two minute animation took about five months to make, and about a bajillion peanut butter sandwiches.
Synopsis: When you find yourself running scared and running out of energy, there’s only a few options left to outrun your opponent through the southern desert. Stopping at nothing, watch these two guys wear each other out and rip through boundaries hitherto unbroken. Enjoy the ride!
- Autodesk Maya
- Eyeon Fusion
- Pixologic Zbrush
- Adobe Photoshop
Inspired by Team Fortress 2 and Meet Buck.
- Animation: Tom Hankins, Gijs van Kooten, Guido Puijk, Roy Nieterau
- Music & Audio Design: Giulio Sterbini, Wouter Messelink, Peter-Paul Timmermans
Title song: The Grateful Dead – Casey jones
- UPC Animation Prize at the Netherlands Online Film Festival 2011 (NOFF)
- Best National Student Award at Playgrounds Festival 2011
- Best Chase Scene Award at Couchfest 2011
One of the new paintings Banksy is showing as part of the MOCA ‘Art in the Streets’ show is a reworking of a single frame from the video of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) brutally beating Rodney King back in 1991 in which Banksy has substituted King with a Pinata.
Flamboyant pink Ken, stands out amongst his more traditionally coloured brethrin. But don’t let the shocking fashion pink fool you. He’s bad to the bone.
The original grey King Ken was produced as a special edition addendum to the In-Crowd House of Horror series. The legend of Ken grew from there and by popular demand Amos bought forth a veritable array of King Ken colourways. There was the infamous black blister pack series with orange Ken and the most rare white Ken. Then there was the flocked Vortigern’s Machine series starring brown Ken and the black Ken (lifted from the Ju Ju bun hallucination sequence in Vortigern’s Machine and the Great Sage of Wisdom). And the last great rotocast ape was pink Ken, made in honour of Clutter magazine’s first anniversary.
Recently US toy company Strangeco have produced a King Ken Mini series under license. These are 9cm redesigned mini versions of the King Ken character and come in 5 colours plus a special chaser version.