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Radiohead: A Wolf at the Door

Music video by Gaston Viñas.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

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Jojo in the Stars


In the middle of some sort of wasteland stands an imposing, featureless building that rises forever into the sky. The building holds a nightly attraction, a freak show that draws crowds from all over the region on a nightly basis. One creature comes every night but not just to marvel at the grotesque freaks but rather to watch Jojo, an enchantingly beautiful creature that rides the high wire. However his longing does not go unnoticed – not a problem when it comes to the lonely Jojo but more an issue for the jealous and spiteful owner. (Comment by bob the moo)

A love story set in the world of Macr Craste‘s Pica Towers.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Official site.

Pee Wee Herman and Large Marge


Pee Wee hitchhikes a ride from truck rider Large Marge, in this scene from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Beetlejuice: Dinner Scene


The famous scene from Tim Burton movie, where the guests of a haunted house are forced to sing Harry Belafonte‘s version of the Banana Boat Song.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

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Insomnia (Bezmiegs) by Vladimir Lesciov

Insomnia (Bezmiegs) by Vladimir Lesciov

I have spent several sleepless nights in the past month, the humidity has been terrible in the Carolinas. Added to that, the thoughts that make you feel like the day is incomplete. Here is a wonderful animated film that captures some of that angst.

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The Wonderful films of Adam Elliott

All of Adam Elliott’s animated shorts possess a simple but beautiful aesthetic formula: well written and beautifully spoken voice-over that gives fragmented scenes a sense of wholeness, the focus is less on story and more on character. And like all characters, Elliott’s shorts combine sadness with beauty, there is a constant sense of melancholy and wonder. Much like Dostoevsky’s The Idiot or even Forrest Gump, Elliott’s film celebrate the idea that stupid is sublime.

The Wonderful films of Adam Elliott - harvey krumpetThe Wonderful films of Adam Elliott - harvey krumpet

The Oscar Winning short, Harvie Krumpet, is Eliott’s darkest and the most ambitious. The story follows the tumultuous life of Harvey Krumpet. The early parts of the film, from childhood to middle age, might remind you of other animated shorts that are packed with quirky and the bizarre scenes. However, the latter parts of the film, where it focuses on Krumpet’s life in a senior citizen home, is dark and almost morbid. This weight of the sadness is unique to animation which I actually found refreshing. I would love to see Krumpet’s book of “fakts” be published.

The Wonderful films of Adam Elliott - cousinThe Wonderful films of Adam Elliott - cousin

Cousin is part of series of shorts focused on family members that include Brothers and Uncle. The Cousin is a boy inflicted with Cerebral Palsy who has an uncontrollable left hand to go with his magically strong right hand. The pace is so right, no joke is left behind.

The Wonderful films of Adam ElliottThe Wonderful films of Adam Elliott - brothers

Brothers seems like a precursor to Harvie Krumpet. The Brother is a boy with asthma that can never seem to shake off trouble, much like Krumpet.

Uncle is not available online. All shorts are embedded below. Read more

Guy’s Guide to Zombies


The 1950s were known for their ridiculous newsreels (you know, the anti-communist, pro-consumerism propaganda crap). But this one takes the cake — it’s a call for humans to join hands with the undead. Can you imagine?!

Yes, I can… ^^

Don’t be a stinkin’ communist and watch this short by Daniel Austin. Sorry, you’ll have to deal with Atom Films’ ads. I see someone put the movie on YouTube and had his account deleted, so…

Watch it. (Flash Video, MP4)

TV On The Radio – Me-I

TV On The Radio - Me-I

Fantastic lyrical video set somewhere between dreams and nightmares. The song lends so much character and the video manages to keep up. Don’t miss the cathartic ending.

Watch it – via antville

Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda

Ed Wood's Glen or Glenda

The classic bad film is available in full on Youtube. If you aren’t familiar with Ed Wood, he is a film director from the 50’s and 60’s whose films are recognized for their universal suckiness. Johnny Depp played him in a recent popular movie. The suckiness is actually quite entertaining. The plot to Glen or Glenda:

Upon discovering the suicide of a known transvestite, the police inspector seeks enlightenment from a psychiatrist familiar with the phenomenom. The psychiatrist tells him two tales. Glen is to be married to Barbara, but must find a way to tell her of his desire to wear her angora sweater, and of his cross-dressing needs in general. Another is the story of Alan, who decides to physically become a female via surgery (based on the contemporary story of Christine Jorgensen). Throughout the film a scientist inanely babbles about life and death in order to somehow elucidate the story.

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Green Eggs and Ham


Animated version of the classic story from Dr. Seuss.

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Mirrormask: Dressing

A girl is getting dressed by a strange device that’s singing Carpenters‘ song, Close to You. A clip from the movie Mirrormask.

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Grizzly Bear – Knife

Grizzly Bear - Knife

One of the best music videos of 2007!! I love its ambitious tale, its pacing, the semi-cheesy effects. But most importantly, I can say unequivocally that it is an absolute original.

I have no idea what the real meaning of the plot is and I am not entirely sure I want to know because the experience is better for it. I have already watched it several times, reveling in its style which stands somewhere between Sergio Leone, Antonioni and Lynch. The walk after he gets cured is wonderful. A special mention should also be made to its visual texture.

I am also somewhat surprised to see some of the negative comments at Antville towards this video. Most videos don’t get any comments but this one (as of right now) got 34. The early comments were especially harsh. So I am guessing you are either going to hate or love it (or maybe even be a little jealous).

Watch it (best) – Youtube

– Same crew that created this. Another original.

Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions


Like any month I’ve posted a selection of nice stuff on my own blog. Here’s a pick from the picks.

Bob is a strange guy: kind of a loser in the ordinary (?) world, a slow loser, he becomes a hero in the lower dimensions.

It’s the pilot of a series that you’ll never see: before it went into production, Henry Selick, author and director, was asked to direct Nightmare Before Christmas.

Watch it. (MPEG-4 and others)



A rag doll fights a monster that has stolen the rest of his people’s souls.

The author says: “Inspired by the work of stop motion animation masters Jan Svankmeyer, The Brothers Quay and the Lauenstein Brothers, I sought to immerse the audience in gritty textural world inhabited by creatures composed of fabric scraps and bits of broken machinery.” … “The non-verbal narrative is loosely based on the old English Poem Beowulf, and relies heavily on pantomime, combined with strong composition and staging to tell the story.” (Source: Animwatch)

With this movie, Shane Acker not only gained an Oscar nomination. He also catched the eye of Tim Burton that is now producing a feature lenght version of it.

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Ticklebooth’s Best Online Videos of 2006

Ticklebooth's guide to the Best Online videos of 2006

Sorting through the 1200 posts in 2006 (a little more than 3 per day spread out over 110 categories), it is hard to genuinely find one video that is a cut above to name it the best of 2006. So, I have decided to select the best from each format and then select others that best exemplify the many categories.

However, if I were forced to pick one video from this past year, it would have to be YouTubers. I wouldn’t call it the best of the year or even the best of any one category, but it best captures what 2006 was all about. The subject of the piece was Youtube, its personalities, and the videoblogging phenomenon. A very relevant subject since Time magazine called the Youtube celebs (& other user generators?!) the people of the year, while YouTube was named the invention of the year. Videoblogging is undeniably one of the hottest current trends.

Youtubers captured this phenomenon at its infancy in all of its wobbly baby steps — the confusion over its purpose and direction, the yearning to say something, to belong to a community, and the wonder of looking at one’s own self.

2006 was also a great year for music videos. The production value of current music videos is pale in comparison to the videos of the 90’s, but current graphics tools (and artists) make up for any such losses. If anything, as a medium, the music video seems to be choking under the weight of graphics and animation. And though much of it is excellent work, it seems to cancel each other out. Which brings us to my very mainstream pick.

Best Music Video: Ok Go “Here it goes again”
This video stood out not only because of the ingenious use of treadmills but also because of its apparent simplicity. A single shot, no fancy lighting, a cheesy background, and a Salvation Army wardrobe were all that it took to make the biggest video hit of the year.

And we covered the hell out of it! We had cats on treadmills , dancing legos, Ok Go performing the song live and several imitations of A Million Ways to Have Fun.

Noteworthy mentions:
Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” – Would’ve been my pick if it weren’t for Ok Go. Everything from the song to the graphics was executed in perfection. There was also a cool live version.
Jeffrey Lewis “Anxiety Attack – Directed by Jerome Derathé (I am keeping an eye out for this guy).
Zero 7 “Futures” – One song, two great videos.
Hafdis Huld “Tomoko”
– Can’t tell you how many times I have watched this. I don’t expect you to understand.
Papas Fritas “Hey He You Say”
– Rivals “Here it Goes again” in fun factor.
Franz Ferdinand “L. Wells”
The SoftLightes “Heart Made Of Sound”
Coldcut “The State We’re In”
Kanye West “Touch the Sky”
Bob Dylan “When the deal goes down”
Kelis “Millionaire”
Regina Spektor “Fidelity”
Battle “Children”
Otafuku Rex “Do Me”
Wolf Parade “Modern World”
The Tourist “Indian Giver”
Smiling Addiction

Best Live Action Short: Duplass Brothers “The Intervention”
A film that I wish I had made. One confused man combats his friends who demand the truth. This short feels like a gymnast on a balance beam approaching his inevitable ball crunching fall. The acting is tremendous and is easily the Best Acting Ensemble. Make sure to check out the feature-length film by the Duplass Brothers, “The Puffy Chair” which is now available on DVD.

Alive In Jorburg
The Ballad of Gabrielle

Best Animated Short: Pjotr Sapegin “Aria”
Rarely do animated characters induce such empathy. Other filmmakers would have needed a feature length film to roll out Aria’s elaborate plot. In Aria, metaphors act as shortcuts but also as little emotional pins piercing into those voodoo doll-like figurines.

Wind Along the Coast
Bendito Machine
Le grand sommeil
The Man Who Planted Trees

Best Abstract Short: Tony Comley “Abigail”
It begins like a metaphor — a culture partying its way to a crash — but it evolves into a dream about love trying to heal. The rotoscoping manages to maintain the appropriate distance between dream and reality. The ending is quite beautiful even though I’d wished it had carried on. It is all about the mood.

Contorted Conditions – Episode 9
The Owl
Fallen featuring Locast
Self Portrait
Once We Were Penguins
Pro Radii
The Critical Moment

12 Verses in Water

Best Comedic short: Le Montage
I am not much of a romantic comedy kinda guy. But Le Montage is one of those romantic comedies that is made for a guy like me. The short is sprinkled with montages that feels more like Rocky than French Kiss.

Extreme Skipping
Pubic Hair Fashion
Iraqi insurgents don”t need subtitles!
Crime wave
Turbo Stroker
What’s It Gonna Be?
Fuck Highlands Ranch
Dubya Screws the Country

Best Television: Congressman Westmoreland on Colbert
The biggest movers and shakers in (American) television were Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The Democrats pulled off an unbelievable victory in the mid-term elections largely because of these guys. Check out our extensive election day coverage.

Stephen Colbert vs Eleanor Holmes Norton
Colbert Rips Bush
Daily Show – Uncaged Heat
Daily Show – Stem Cells

Best Commercial: Eatons “Aubergine
It is quite long for an ad, and it is prettier than the style that it imitates so well, but there is no question that this is a masterpiece. Though I realize that this was an ad at the very end, the word Aubergine is etched into my memory.

Happydent White
The First Post ad
iPod Color Nano
Nike Hurt
The Love Story
Miller auditions
Wes Anderson’s American Express ad

Best Virals: Evolution of Dance
It is hard to resist posting everything we think is cool or funny. Our focus here at Ticklebooth is to post videos that had something to say and/or were exceptionally creative in some way. To a large extent, we have stuck to this tune even if at times we have strayed from the course. As you will see from the Evolution of Dance and our selection of virals, they usually celebrate human ingenuity.

The Donut rapper
Hannes Coetzee
Scratch n Spin
Matrix Ping Pong
Thousand-Hand Bodhisattva
Sexiest Magic Trick

Best Documentary: Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke
The most popular Ticklebooth post for 2006 (thanks to the good people at BoingBoing). Spike Lee’s doc on the Katrina disaster was brilliant, timely, and much needed.

The Sand People of the Kalahari
A Glass Wall
Donald Trump discusses Citizen Kane

Best Video Podcasts: Ze Frank’s The Show
Even though I am quite fond of my video podcast site, the title deservedly belongs to Ze Frank. Whether it be telling of the news, Ze’s life lessons, or the almost shocking but appropriate metaphors, it is hard to deny the splendor of Ze’s brain.

Squigglebooth – Ticklebooth’s raunchy brother. Felicia did a “best of” here.
Four Eyed Monsters – I just wish these guys would post more.
Chasing Windmills
– Gets better and better.
Dave Huth
Young American Bodies
Shac shorts

Best in Categories:

Slow Motion: Pitter Patter – I love this video! Slow motion never felt so good!
Stop motion: Between you and me. Others: The past of pikapika
Art: Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase
Love: Been you all along
Timelapse: Baraka. Also: Greenpeace Breathe Ad
Action: Kung Fu vs Yoga. Also: En garde
Remix: 8 1/2 Mile – This was made in the stars. An absolute perfect match.
Cool Graphics: MTV Haiku. Also: Shaken
Old School: Anti-Pornography Propaganda film
Disturbing: Evolution
Journey of a Hero: One Red Paperclip. Also: Crutch
Stunts: It was the year of the Borat. Others: Sour Death Balls
Burton’s Universe: Vincent. Directed by guess who?
War: The Bloody Circus
Human Ingenuity: Tale of How
Nature: Inner Life of a Cell. Also: Meteorite Collision
Is it Funny?: Carlitopolis
Painfully Real: Blurring Fat
Playful Innocence: Mr. & Mrs. Blue Skies
Cool Graphics: MTV Haiku. Also: Shaken
Editing: Rockwars & What is this

You can check out Dek‘s equally awesome picks for 2006 here. If you are still aren’t worn out from watch so many films, may I suggest some other lists. If you like this post, take a look at our other feature stories.

In closing, I’d like to thank all of you readers and the other writers here at Ticklebooth. Special thanks to Dek who manages to unearth the rarest of videos everyday!

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