For me great animation is a marriage of two other big loves of mineóbeautiful art and captivating storytelling. You nail those things and it's almost guaranteed that you'll have my eyeballs glued to the screen. I grew up on Disney films like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast so my tastes tend to unconsciously lean that way, however I love seeing animation that breaks new ground and really shows where the medium can go.
drawing, painting, animation, absorbing pop culture, animation, web design, writing, animation...
Animation that I love:
How to Train Your Dragon, Mary and Max, Tangled, Princess Mononoke, The Incredibles, Nightmare Before Christmas, Rescuers Down Under, ... etc. etc.
The animation is very clever and also very well done. All the little details that are going on in the background of the desktop fight sequence are just wonderful. I think my personal favourite was the Firefox icon joining the battle... and who knew that AIM had such martial arts skills. ;)
I think what really puts this one over the top for me is just a touch more story development... not that we're talking an epic script or anything like that, just a few added touches to the character of the Chosen One and our unseen animator... plus I like the great little wrap-up at the end.
If I have one complaint it is that the short feels slow because with each panel the screen essentially re-draws and disassembles. It does so in an interesting fashion, but it does detract a bit from the material of the short itself.
Amusing--but points off for suggesting that the disabled are inherently terrible drivers. :P
Or it could be because this short is simply cruel, lame and unfunny.
I didn't watch it all the way through to the very end... once the hamster's dressed in women's lingere with tacks stuck in his head--and still talking--there's really just no point.
As Mr.Man doesn't speak throughout his films, the humour is conveyed entirely through the animation. The gags aren't of the knee-slapping variety, but they might make you chuckle or just smile at the strange world that Mr.Man inhabits... one that is slightly surreal and oddly like our own.