Monday Morning Videomania #166

Gangsters vs Gators

MALL 84

Directed by Gervais Merryweather, MALL 84 offers up a two-dimensional reverie at life in the mid-80s. Specifically set at a mall, the short is sprinkled with moments of both cinematic and cultural nostalgia from cameos by Johnny 5 (Short Circuit) and Gizmo (Gremlins) to arcade bullies and big hair. It’s sweet, charming and—with music by Mitch Murder—it’s a great way to kick of your Monday morning.

Gangsters Vs Gators

It’s all out war in this fictional 90s-era cartoon intro voiced, written and directed by comics scribe Tito W. James. Featuring animation by UK-based duo Remus & Kiki (Beakus) and music by Hania, Gangsters Vs Gators is tantalizingly brief but offers shades of both Dick Tracy and Batman: TAS in it’s art style and presentation. While this teaser trailer is the only animated footage that exists, there is an companion web-comic available on Tito W. James’ website.

Bone Guitar

Another really short…uh, short, I couldn’t resist sharing this Halloween-inspired piece by indie stop-motion studio Mechanical Farm Animation (Payton Curtis, Julianna Cox). Having recently taken up guitar lessons, there’s just something symbolic about a skeletal spirit rising up to “reclaim” an old, worn out instrument. Having the musical accompaniment of Canadian rock band THE SADIES doesn’t hurt either.

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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