The Something is an animated re-imagining of a children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt, beloved author of Tuck Everlasting. Fully drawn, scored, edited and voiced by her son, Tom Babbitt—an animator, artist, filmmaker and musician living in New England. In the story, a monster boy lays awake at night, frightened that “something” will come through his window. He turns his weird little world upside down in his dogged search to understand and confront his fear – which he finds, in a way, through the “looking glass…”
11 Paper Place is a love story about two 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper that magically transform into paper people as they are spit out of a malfunctioning printer into a recycling bin.
An animated short about a teen’s triumphant, touching and often hilarious adjustment after losing his eye in a fireworks accident.
This film save lives. The Story of Cholera is an engaging, educational animation in which a young boy helps a health worker save his father and then guides his village in preventing cholera from spreading. By making the invisible cholera germs visible, this simple animated narrative brings to life the teaching points of cholera prevention.
The Story of Cholera has been used extensively to educate populations in cholera epidemics in both Haiti and West Africa. The film “went viral” among aid agencies in West Africa, experiencing one of the worst cholera epidemics in recent times in summer of 2012. Aid workers said in 4½ minutes the animation brought more understanding and empowerment to local villagers than hours in community meetings. The film has been seen in more than 190 countries and is now narrated in 23 languages with more in the pipeline.
Back Around is an animated music video created by Shamus Alley. A graduate of the Maine College of Art, Shamus has always been looking for a way to marry his two loves: music and art. Portland, Maine landmarks and characters serve as the backdrop of the video with an animated version of the artist meandering through the non-linear landscape. Shamus spent the better part of a year drawing, digitizing, syncing and editing his video using Flash, After Effects and ProTools. The finished product retains a home-made feel with Shamus’ distinctive drawing style.
This PSA (public service announcement) film was made as a school project to address how objection of the female figure leads women into plastic surgery. In this film, a little kitten girl receives a barbie doll that she admires and wants to look like her, so she childishly tapes herself up to look like her doll.
A woman travels in a car toward her own death. Along the way memories, visions, and a couple of talking animals crowd her consciousness. The film is a ride through the disparate images of her mind’s eye and a quest to piece together her life’s meaning.
Dirty Night Clowns is a wonderful tale of curiosity, danger and pursuit. Although its never known what the path ahead has in store, Chris takes a journey driven by his nervous curiosity to find the nefarious character who roamed about his house while he slept. What seems scary and evil from a distance might end up as something unexpected as a cast of characters lures Chris in for a special ending.