Inception Animated Short

Austrian artist Wolfgang Matzl has created a 60 second version of Inception done in paper stop-motion.

> Wolfgang Matzl
> Inception at the IMDb

Amusing Animation

The Assassination of Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo Boo

YouTube user Estevez has created this amusing mashup of the forthcoming Yogi Bear and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

If you want to see the original scene from Andrew Dominik’s 2007 film click here.

Painfully obvious spoiler warning: Jesse James (Brad Pitt) is assassinated by Robert Ford (Casey Affleck).

> The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford at Wikipedia
> Yogi Bear at the IMDb

Amusing Animation TV

The Simpsons Avatar intro

Last night The Simpsons spoofed James Cameron’s Avatar in the opening sequence of an episode called The Fool Monty.

Check it out here.

Amusing Animation

When Werner Herzog Rescued Joaquin Phoenix

Sacha Ciezata has created a neat animated short depicting the time when director Werner Herzog rescued Joaquin Phoenix from a car crash.

Using the audio from a recent press Q&A for My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, it also references the bearded version of Joaquin Phoenix from I’m Still Here, even though the incident took place back in 2006.

For some reason, which I can’t fully explain, my favourite bit is when Herzog ‘confiscates’ the cigarette lighter.

> Werner Herzog
> The Guardian report from 2006 on the incident

Animation Interesting

Inception and Paprika

Inception has been one of the most talked about films of the summer, but something that caught my interest recently was these two YouTube videos pointing out the similarities between Christopher Nolan’s film and the 2006 anime film Paprika.

The latter is the story of a research psychologist who uses a device that allows therapists to enter patients’ dreams.

Nolan himself has admitted the influence of The Matrix, 2001, Heat and Blade Runner, but see if you can detect elements of Inception in this trailer for Paprika:

Now check out this mashup up of both movies.

Although there are clearly differences, did Nolan get his central concept from the Japanese film?

> Inception review
> Paprika at the IMDb