I’ve always felt animations are one of the most effective ways of storytelling. As creative as the film industry can be, animations always seem to trump them.

Many people view them as being naïve things. Made for children.

But I believe more often than not they are actually much more mature and imaginative than their live action counterparts.

Take for example the two below. The first, a short film created by Rani Naamani, is called Defective Robots.

Simple

The premise is simple, but executed brilliantly. One robot is found to be faulty and is thrown away. Another robot steals its hand to use as its own. They both lose out in the end.

A very straightforward tale, but it’s so charmingly done that it can’t help but put a smile on your face.

No wasted time or words, just telling a story.

The second is an animation based on live action footage of footballer Gareth Bale.

The footage was taken from the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Inter Milan, in which Bale scored a fantastic hat-trick.

Fantastic

Richard Swarbrick literally just drew on top of the live action footage to bring it to life in a different way.

Why? Just because. It gives you a different view of something you have seen before, while displaying an amazing amount of skill.

What’s the point of such animations? Well, what’s the point of anything? Just to inform or entertain in a unique way.

And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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