Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ave, Spike and Mike!

I saw "Frog Baseball," the first Mike Judge cartoon ever to feature Beavis and his buddy Butt-Head, at a Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation in Washington DC. This had to have been in the very early 1990s. True to its name, the animation festival was a series of films by various artists, most of whom did their damnedest to violate the boundaries of taste. The festival continues to this day, I believe, and I was happy to discover that some of the shorts are currently featured on YouTube. Not for the easily offended:

1. Teddy Bears' Picnic (a new one to me, and gut-bustingly funny)

2. Lloyd's Lunchbox 1

3. the classic Bambi vs. Godzilla

4. Slaughter Day

5. Mutilator: I remember the presenters talking about how lame this one was; it was animated at a rate of 6 frames per second. I also remember the audience laughing at all the unintended humor.

6. While I'm not a fan of the scripting, I love-love-love the expressiveness of the characters in Dr. Mal Practice.


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