Oddities of stop motion
October 18th, 2011
05:18 PM ET

Oddities of stop motion

Editor's note: AdultSwim.com, one of our geeky friends in the Time Warner universe, got pretty nerdy with this deep dive into stop animation. Check it out!

With shows like "Robot Chicken," "Moral Orel," and "Frankenhole" under our belts, we're obviously no strangers to stop motion animation. Contrary to popular belief, these are not the only stop motion projects that are worth your time.

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Will Vinton:
Will Vinton is the man responsible for the California Raisins, The PJ's, and a slew of holiday specials that all earned him a family-friendly reputation. This 1987 film begs to differ. As surreal as it is unsettling, this particular scene, "The Mysterious Stranger," has certainly proved memorable for those late-80's children who were unlucky enough to see it in theaters.

Meat Love by Jan Svankmajer:
The grandaddy of surreal stop motion, Jan Svankmajer has produced some of the most groundbreaking and inspirational animated shorts and projects of all time. He also never shied away from using unorthodox animation materials, such as this short in which actual raw meat was painstakingly manipulated and molded frame-by-frame.


Western Spaghetti
by PES:
Another animator who has mastered the use of unique materials is PES, who hand-picks items like google eyes and bubble wrap and transforms them into something else entirely. PES should be credited not only for his impressive shorts, but also for finally finding a better use for candy corn. FULL POST

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Time to waste time with Harry Shearer
October 18th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Time to waste time with Harry Shearer

Editor's note: AdultSwim.com, one of our geeky friends in the Time Warner universe, got really nerdy when discussing seminal intellectual comedies with Harry Shearer. Check it out!

Do we really need to introduce Harry Shearer?

The man is one of "The Simpsons'" heaviest hitters, playing everyone from Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner to Otto Mann and of course, Mr. Burns. You know who he is.

Just in case you don't, though, you might also remember him from "This Is Spinal Tap" and plenty of other Christopher Guest movies. If that doesn't jog your memory, then we have only one conclusion: You are an alien from Dimension X57Y18-Z. We'll take you to your leaders after you read this - a chat with Mr. Shearer about three of the bravest comedies ever made. (Hint: Stanley Kubrick fans might already be able to guess one of them.) FULL POST

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Best fictional universities
October 18th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

Best fictional universities

Editor's note: AdultSwim.com, one of our geeky friends in the Time Warner universe, put together a commendable list of the institutions and universities we wish we had actually gone to. Check it out!

When you consider famous fictional colleges, titles like Animal House or Revenge of the Nerds immediately come to mind. Here's the thing, though: Faber College wasn't nearly as exceptional as John Belushi's zit impression. Adams College was little more than the stage on which the nerds took their heavily-suspendered stand. Here are some nonexistent schools that stand out for their campuses, faculty, and institutional achievements. FULL POST

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Why role playing games are good for kids
rpgKids a tabletop roleplaying game designed for kids by NewbieDM
October 18th, 2011
11:31 AM ET

Why role playing games are good for kids

I am a huge fan of playing tabletop Role Playing Games (RPG).

I like the way the games ignite your imagination and tell great stories, so much so that I was looking for an opportunity to introduce the games to my nieces and nephews.

So I was thrilled to talk to Enrique Bertran who not only runs a very successful blog on RPG’s called NewbieDM.com but has created a role playing game just for kids called rpgKids.

We talked about the game and his thoughts on kids playing RPGs and geek stuff in general.

Hope you enjoy!
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