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The Horseshoe

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 56 Comments › )
Filed under Art, Cars & Trucks, Entertainment, Humor, OOT, Open thread at September 7th, 2013 - 10:30 pm

The Sadies give tribute to Big Daddy Roth and the classic “Live Fast, Die Young, Leave A Good Looking Corpse” nihilistic absurdity, and nihiliastic absurdity fits right in with a hot and humid rockin’ Saturday edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.

The Calico Dragon (1935)

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 179 Comments › )
Filed under Art, History, Humor, Media, Music, OOT, Open thread at August 17th, 2013 - 9:00 pm

In the early days of animation, many companies were competing for movie theater bookings as a box-office draw, just as comic strips sold newspapers. Both were aimed at an adult audience.

The Calico Dragon is not spectacular until you consider that early film animation was a brute-force endeavor. At 12-16 frames per second, a five minute short could require 4,800 cells, sketched, inked and painted by hand, sandwiched under glass one at a time over the adjusted moving background, and each cell photographed by a motion picture camera capable of shooting one frame at a time. Then they had to develop and edit the film, add an etched soundtrack AND make duplicates of the master to distribute. Talk about labor-intensive artistry. Were it not profitable, no sane human would have bothered with it.

Harman-Ising figured out a way to animate fabric patterns, not just for the backgrounds, but for the moving figures.

I don’t blame you if you don’t watch the whole thing – the cloying sappiness of it all was tiring for me, too – so jump to The Dragon Song at about 04:20. I’ll wait.
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Did you spot it? Happens at about 05:25. It wasn’t blatant but the song and the subtle innuendo had to have been an inside joke to the animators.

[Cell image via Tralfaz.]

So with that out of the way, it’s PPPL Night on The Overnight Open Thread.

Welcome To Kitty City

by Bunk Five Hawks X ( 57 Comments › )
Filed under Art, Humor, OOT, Open thread at July 22nd, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Here’s the guy behind the awesome: Cyriak: “Welcome to my collection of creative brain-spillages.”

Just one more thing to keep you screaming in your sleep for the next few nights, courtesy of The Overnight Open Thread.

Caturday: Film Noir & Film Blanc

by 1389AD ( 4 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Movies, Open thread at July 21st, 2012 - 12:00 pm

The cats win either way!

The Cat Piano

Uploaded by thepra on Sep 7, 2009



A city of singing cats is preyed upon by a shadowy figure intent on performing a twisted feline symphony.

Latest short film by The People’s Republic of Animation, directed by Eddie White and Ari Gibson.

The Cat Piano features the voice of iconic Australian artist Nick Cave narrating a poem written by Eddie White. Nick Cave recorded the narration whilst in Melbourne in 2007 while on tour with his band, The Grinderman.

Simon’s Cat in ‘Window Pain’

Published on Jul 9, 2012 by simonscat


A playful cat helps things get squeaky clean.

Exclusive drawing lessons from Simon Tofield and much more… check out the Simon’s Cat Extra Youtube channel.