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If you’ve visited New York, you’ve wondered why one of the country’s oldest cities always looks like it is still being built. Since living here for a little more than a year, I have heard of a lot of mixed feelings toward the scaffolding that is shifting from block to block, in a never-ending cycle. The team behind the ODD NY vimeo channel have a great new animation paying homage to the metal webs of construction as the third installment in their series on New York. The narrator perfectly encapsulates the New York I know with the final lines,”This city is going to be great one day. Whenever it’s finished.”

The people behind Quanitc Dream argue that the time has come for CG to take a step beyond where it’s been and enter the artistic world of art and cinema. Anyone who has seen the overuse of golden light for egotistic, rather than artistic, effect, might doubt their claim. But Quanitc Dream, who have a video game coming out soon starring Ellen Paige and Willem Dafoe, stand behind that claim. After all, these are the same folks who made Kara, a 7 minute long animation that was beautiful, creepy and showed everyone how much harder they have to try.

The Dark Sorcerer is their latest, released today as a part of E3 2013. It’s not a trailer for a video game, though it is a promo for PlayStation 4.

Argentinian animators, 3dar, created this candy-colored job here about a monkey who is conflicted; torn between revenge at his home’s destruction, and extremely ambitious in the corporate world. He’s a mad monkey. And his ears never seem to touch his head.

Here’s a behind the scene video, for fun.

I’m new to the Awesome, so it might take me a few rounds to get the hang of it. I wanted to start with “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan.

Koyczan is a spoken-wordsmith from Canada, and this video uses one of his poems as the track. The visuals are created by 87 individual animators who contributed 20 second increments. It’s a little long, but it’s gorgeous. It’s a little dark, but it’s beautiful.

Hope you enjoy, and thanks for having me.

It is seriously no secret that all of us at Here’s Some Awesome love Dr. Who. Due to our over all nerdiness, it should be assumed that we also are big fans of Back to the Future (which we are). What really jumps out at me about this original animated parody is that instead of taking video clips (in the usual fan tribute style) the creators animated a Saturday morning cartoon-style homage filled with giggles for fans.

Note: this video, though cool, will likely make no sense if you missed out on the David Tennant Doctor years.

To celebrate the 20th year since Arnold Schwarzenegger promised “I’ll be back” and Terminator 2 came into existence, Swedish chip tune artists Ninja Moped (formally named Rymdreglage) created this hand-drawn tribute to “the best movie in the world”.

Featuring such classic scenes as Arnold peeling back his skin revealing his robot arm and T-1000 rising out of the floor taking out the guard with his metal finger sword, this painstakingly precise animation pays perfect homage to the movie franchise that first introduced me to cyborgs. Happy Birthday T2!

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