Kakurenbo

For today’s entry I watched Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek, the cel-shaded animated short featuring children running around some dystopian future city playing a mysterious and potentially deadly game. Released in 2005, the film directed by Shuhei Morita premiered at the Tokyo International Anime Fair and later played Halloween night on adult swim. The 25-minute short […]

Ready Up For A Bit of the Ultra ‘Violence Voyager’

Have you ever laid your eyes on something so strange and repulsive that it makes your skin crawl a bit? For me that was my initial reaction to when I first gazed upon this “thing” from Ujicha’s Violence Voyager. This odd-looking fetus Golem with some boom box shaped head and the eyes of a salted […]

All Aboard the ‘Infinity Train’ – Every Episode Review (Part 1)

Given that the previous mini-series experiment of Cartoon Network in Over the Garden Wall became something that tickles a soft spot in my heart. A show that I’d consider to be one of my favorite animated series; you know I was certainly interested in another mini-series. Following with another simple frame structure narrative and a […]

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

Amidst the qualms of suburbia, you find something truly spooky to deal with…. Neighbors. Beyond the unkempt lawns and picket fences what are those around us hiding? Probably no life, just like you and me. What if your neighborhood was infiltrated by someone or rather something truly horrifying? Someone on the registry? No, well yes. […]

Foxed!

https://vimeo.com/138706287 Don’t you just hate dealing with a conniving fox and their malicious intent. James Stewart and Nev Bezaire perfectly capture such a predicament in their short film Foxed! The endearing doll like designs of a Rankin/Bass special meets the dark and eerie designs of Laika in this stupendous display of stop motion. While the […]

31 Spooks of October – 2018 Box Set

Do you like short film, and do you like them spooky? Let’s rewind, get shameless, and dig up my past that… really should remain buried. Now in one convenient place it’s the 31 Spooks of October [2018 Edition] viewed how it was meant to be viewed……. in September. If you want to see the horrific […]

Manson Murders, Demonic Dongs, and Devil Daddy

I’m sure that’s a title that grabs your attention. So you may or may not be aware of this at this point… but I’m really bad at this. Sometimes I just want to recommend a movie or discuss a movie but I don’t have enough substance to contribute to the conversation outside of a couple […]

An Anime ‘Community’? – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Review

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a delightful show that after finishing the marvel that is the series film/holiday special The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya I’m glad I decided to check out. I will try my best to represent the show as it’s always fun to try to describe an atypical show with its own […]

Missing Halloween – 31 SPOOKS of October FINALE ( HAPPY HALLOWEEN!)

We finally made it Halloween everyone, the spookiest day of the year. To celebrate the occasion, I just don’t have final animation, but arguably one of the best, that from the very beginning I knew was going to be in the 31 Spooks, was arguable one of the convincing few that convinced me to make […]

On Halloween Night – 31 SPOOKS of October

I was originally going to have the most popular creepypasta animation by Strawberry Nightmare on here, which is “I Found a Boy Inside My Walls” but I thought the story was kind of dumb. Boy? In my wall? It maybe more common than I think but how did the dope get in there in the […]

Obituary: A Grave Beginning – 31 SPOOKS of October

Today, we communicate with the spirits… well not as much as June Crocker. June is a girl who’s been home or better yet grave-schooled, after tragedy strikes, June is raised by her foster ghosts. Michael and Zachary Barryte co-direct this delightfully charming series pilot found on Belated Media that is sure to have you dying […]

Horror – 31 SPOOKS of October

Thanks to Mike for letting me take this one, I guess I got to be funny to get that laugh energy. So… What’s the deal with the title of this short? I mean could you be any lazier, hope you didn’t stare at “untitled horror project” for too long before this eureka moment. I think […]

Lora Vicious – 31 SPOOKS of October

Some of these horror shorts can be such downers, I guess I found it appropriate to bring in a bright and bubbly personality to calm your nerves and who better than Lora Vicious. Lora Vicious is kind and friendly vampire waifu girl created by Kryssen Robinson over at YowLife Productions. Lora was created for Halloween […]

Greed – 31 SPOOKS of October

Where’s the 3D animation at? Well right here, Greed is an animated short final project by Alli Sadegiani. I’m not going to lie to you I have no clue how to interpret Greed, there’s obviously some sort of warped and twisted self-reflection in the form of a demented allegory… but when I got to interpret […]

Don’t Be Caught ‘Gnome Alone’? (Review)

I’m only reviewing this because I’m producing the sequel, Country Roads, Take Me Gnome. It’s a road trip movie… but with gnomes. WHAT EVERYONE WANTS! Haha just…why did I watch this?? Netflix wanted to respond to all you Luke Cage and Iron Fist fans and delivery you something to keep your subscription and that’s apparently….Gnome […]

Waiting – 31 SPOOKS of October

Today’s new addition to the spook library brings us all the way to Ireland to appreciate the work of Emlyn Boyle. Waiting is the follow up to Boyle’s YouTube hit short animation One Winter’s Night and played at the 2013 Belfast Film Festival. Boyle is an experimental artist that dabbles in multiple mediums, but I’d […]

Voodon’t – 31 SPOOKS of October

Okay so voodon’t get confused, because I voodon’t want you to be confused. Voodon’t think the main image are the primary animation discussed today is VooDon’t a character animation demo from Kris Rizardo. VooDon’t is not Voodon’t the 4-minute animation about a voodoo doll that comes to life by Deanna Werthauer. So to summarize voodon’t […]

The Backwater Gospel – 31 SPOOKS of October

I miss Telltale Games. With 3 million views on YouTube Bo Mathorne’s Bachelor film project is a special caliber of animated short. I think this is so masterfully done from how deep rooted the story is, how unique the visuals are, and how thrilling the entire thing ends up being. I will warn you (NOT […]

Little Quentin – 31 SPOOKS of October

Good animation takes a village, this animation is incredible so congrats to all these hardworking people who dedicated their time on working on it. Little Quentin, animated short film has been directed by Albert ‘t Hooft & Paco Vink. Art Direction: Paco Vink. Animators: Paco Vink, David de Rooij, Jelle Brunt, Yi ‘Shadow Master’ Zhao […]

A Vampire’s Crush – 31 SPOOKS of October

K what you’re doing is cool and all but I just don’t like handling the spooks, I don’t like spoopy things I like cute things do you have anything for me. Yes, in fact today’s spook will have you dead from extreme cuteness. This is more on the level of storytime animator on YouTube but […]

The Face Shop – 31 SPOOKS of October

I have no face and I must scream. A face is pretty important, it contains three of the five senses so unless you’re an avatar for an internet blogger who wishes to remain anonymous then I’d recommend you have one. Meet Neil a kid who for reasons unknown is a little short when it comes […]

Amy – 31 SPOOKS of October

I’m honestly just glad that Karlijin Scholten is alive at this point… well at least I think she is? While I know these are short, I’d like to think I do a respectable amount of research on the people and history behind these hidden gems and looking up Karlijin Scholten made me nervous. At least […]

Who’s Hungry? – 31 SPOOKS of October

* May Contain scenes of violence not suitable for all audiences. Viewer Discretion is Advised * I scream, you scream who wouldn’t scream for some ice cream? Especially when the ice cream man may not be such a jovial fella. As simplistic as Who’s Hungry is there’s something about the sketchbook shading, choppy frame rate, […]

The Maker – 31 SPOOKS of October

It is rare to find something as delightfully macabre as Zealous Creative’s stop motion animation The Maker. Producers Christopher and Christine Kezelos execute a gorgeous and stunning little bottle story that takes our cute (slightly off-putting) bunny doll fellow and without explicitly explaining much it’s clear that he is challenged in some sort of race […]

Children’s Toys/ No Monsters – 31 SPOOKS of October

Welcome to Autodale, a safe home for you and me. Robots are our friends and with their help order and harmony is achieved. How beautiful it is to grow up in such a … perfect governed state.  David James Armsby created two shorts in this city of the future that illustrated the way robots and […]

There’s A Man in the Woods – 31 SPOOKS of October

Is there a man in your woods… well then you better go catch him. Kids, they certainly have their overactive imagination and while this may lead to a few white lies it’s not like they’re hurting anyone right? The short was produced during Jacob Streilein’s time at Cal-Arts and while talent was bound to be […]

Other Lilly – 31 SPOOKS of October

I teased that a certain animator would appear again on the list and here we find ourselves returning to David Romero. I guess you could say tonight we have a sort of… “creature feature”. Babysitting shouldn’t be that hard, but something tells me that is going to be the least of Lilly’s worries. Please enjoy […]

Behind Closed Doors – 31 SPOOKS of October

Kids, you’re not allowed to watch this one this short traumatized Portuguese children and they’re way more hardcore than… where ever you come from dear reader. There’s a monster in the closet… every child’s worst nightmare but what if the real monsters don’t lurk under a bed or behind our closet doors. What if monsters […]

Underfoot – 31 SPOOKS of October

Help! Help! Help! Ohh… you haven’t watched the short yet. Okay so I’ve never been more confused, but if you’re in the mood for something that makes the ending of 2001 A Space Odyssey look tame then this is for you. I mean I’ve heard of a couch potato but a couch person… like WHAT. Even […]

Dark Dark Woods – 31 SPOOKS of October

I think we could agree that if given the choice to explore with monsters or explore monasteries… give me monsters. Emile Gignoux is one heck of an animator and while this short is only a year old, Gignoux was part of the Animation Department for the Oscar Nominated animation feature, The Breadwinner. In the Dark […]