I thought it would be fun to do a list of animators who’s work I admire. I’ve avoided the obvious choices like Mondo Media, Simon’s Cat, How It Should Have Ended, Patrick Boivin, Spill Crew and Shut Up! Cartoons as I’m assuming most of you will know about them. I’ve focused on highlighting a collection of independent animators with strong followings who I think are producing consistently funny work that is worth your time checking out.
A quick side note, New Eden is in the running for the NexTV Web Series Competition and needs your votes. The trailer and all the details are at the bottom of this post so if you have a second it’d be great if you could check it out.
New Eden Co-Creator
Ant Blades – UK
Ant has a great sketchy animation style and pitch perfect comic timing. Don’t believe me? Watch Sketchy Ice Cream to see what I mean. If that’s not enough to convince you, check out his interactive Christmas special – Singing Christmas Hedgehogs. Seriously if that doesn’t make you laugh, you’re probably dead inside.
Yotam Perel – Israel
Yotam is one of those young uber-talented creatives that you’d hate if you didn’t dig his videos so much. Watch the awkward and darkly funny Desktop Stripper to see what I mean. For the past couple of years he’s being making little animated musical numbers to celebrate his birthday. His latest is Birthday 21. Told you you’d hate him.
Liam Tate & Jamie Stanton – UK
You might recognise Tea & Cheese’s work from their 2009 YouTube hit 8-BIT Waterslide in REAL LIFE! They’ve recently released episode one of a new web series in their signature 8-Bit/real-environment style called N00bs. It’s wonderfully OTT with plenty of graphic violence and language but you have to admire their cinematic style and the balls-to-the-wall energy in their work. Watch it and tell me you don’t want to see more.
Junaid Chungdrigar & Davor Dujakovic – NL
Remember Disassembled, the animated Avengers parody that went viral a little while back? Well you can thank Junaid Chungdrigar, one half of KLOMP! Animation for that. Together with his fellow Dutch countryman Davor Dujakovic they’ve scored a series with Mondo Media called Fanboy Rampage and also have a web series in the works called Bad Days with Stan Lee’s World Of Heroes that promises to deliver more superhero parody goodness.
Ross Bollinger – US
Ross’ animation approach may look super simple but once you dive into one of his many episodes you’ll find there’s bucketloads of imagination and work behind it. Defined by his stick-figure style and on screen pencil that interrupts the action, each episode takes you on a wide ride with plenty of left-turns but he always manages to bring you back full circle.
Edward Gould & Tom Ridgewell – UK
I wanted to give a special shout out to Eddsworld, a long running animation channel from a bunch of talented folks in the UK. For years Edward Gould wrote, directed and produced countless Eddsworld eddisodes, comics strips and flash games with his posse of friends and colleagues.
Then in 2012 Edd lost his long running battle with cancer. As you may expect there was a huge outpouring of emotion from the show’s fans (Eddheads), which goes to show just how passionate the followers of Eddsworld are.
It’s touching to see Edd’s mate Tom along with a young collective of YouTubers* carrying on Eddsworld in Edd’s memory. They’re doing a great job and you’re going to see nothing but bigger and better things from them all in the future.
* Too many to mention but check the credits on one of their lastest couple of YouTube videos for their details.
NexTV is a great opportunity for us to get New Eden seen by some heavyweights in the US TV industry and generally spread the word about our little web show.
Voting is super simple and there’s no registration required. If you have a second, myself and the New Eden team would be grateful for your support!
Here’s how to vote:
1. Go to NexTV
2. Search for ‘Brett Snelgrove’
3. And Click VOTE
That’s it, oh and only one vote per person.