Stop-Motion Super Mario Bros.
Photo credit: Kisaragi Hutae
Artist Kisaragi Hutae wanted to pay tribute to Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros., so he decided to recreate the iconic World 1-1 level using stop-motion animation. Yes, everything is hand-drawn, including the Question Mark Blocks, Up Mushrooms, to the Goomba stop animation. Sure, there are some imperfections, such as the background flickering slightly between frames, and a blank between each page of the notebook, but that’s what makes it even more incredible. Read more to watch.

Weather Channel Hurricane Graphics

Anyone who watched The Weather Channel’s coverage of Hurricane Florence may have seen reports that seem to be straight from a science fiction film, but the technology used to create those crazy graphics are not so out of this world. The Weather Channel and The Future Group, a Norwegian augmented reality company, partnered with the makers of Unreal Engine – Epic Games – to use the tech in TV broadcasts. Continue reading for another video and more information.

Chewbacca Cartoon

Photo credit: Gustavo Soares via Bored Panda

Brazil-based 3D artist Gustavo Soares specializes in turning pop culture characters, like Chewbacca, into cartoon-inspired creations, whether they be on the more realistic side, or complete fantasy. “I love art, independent the kind of art (traditional, digital). I love art history and I’m a big fan of the masters of the Cinquecento (Rafael Sanzio, Leonardo DA Vinci),” said Gustavo. continue reading for more.

Disney Facial Recognition

Disney Research has developed the first real-time high-fidelity facial capture method to enhance a global real-time face tracker, which provides a low-resolution face mesh, with local regressors that add in medium-scale details, such as expression wrinkles. The team discovered that although wrinkles appear in different scales and at different locations on the face, they are locally very self-similar and their visual appearance is a direct consequence of their local shape. Therefore in order to train local regressors from high-resolution capture data, they proposed an automatic way to detect and align the local patches required to train the regressors and run them efficiently in real-time. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a true all-screen smartphone.

The Office Cartoon Animated

Photo credit: Marisa Livingston via Bored Panda

Los Angeles-based artist Marisa Livingston is a big fan of the show “The Office”, and what better way to pay tribute than by reimagining the characters in an animated series? Whether it be Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, or Stanley Hudson, you’ll find them here. However, she isn’t the first character designer to put them in cartoons, as Cartoon Network did something similar a while back, but with the X-Men added in. Continue reading for more.

The Old Man and The Sea Animated

Aleksandr Petrov’s Oscar-winning “The Old Man and the Sea” animated short all started in March 1997, when he and his son, Dmitri Petrov, started hand-painting each of the film’s 29,000+ frames. They used the pastel oil paintings on glass technique, which has only mastered by only a handful of animators in the world. Petrov even used his fingertips in addition to various paintbrushes to paint on the various glass sheets positioned on multiple levels, each covered with slow-drying oil paints. Continue reading for another video and more information.

The Incredibles Violet

Photo credit: Tati Moons via Bored Panda

Self-taught digital artist Tatiana specializes in taking famous cartoon characters, such as Violet Parr from “The Incredibles”, and transforming them into realistic human versions, but with an edgy twist. “Tatiana is a 19-year-old self-taught digital artist that is better known on the internet as TatiMoons. The artist has created digital paintings since June 2016, but she was interested in drawing from a very young age,” reports BoredPanda’s Hidreley. Continue reading for more pictures.

Star Wars Concept Art

Without Ralph McQuarrie, there would be no Star Wars because George Lucas himself reached out to the artist to help visualize the planets, vehicles, and characters he only saw in his head. The duo created some amazing artwork that not only helped convince studios to fund Star Wars, but McQuarrie’s style crafted the visual design of the entire galaxy to come. The DAVE School in Orlando, Florida created a trailer based on this artwork to shows what such a film would look like. Continue reading for two more videos, artwork and information.

Pixar Portrait

Photo credit: Lance Phan via Bored Panda

Some normal portraits may not be the most flattering images, but artist Lance Phan aims to change that. Simply put, he takes normal photos of a person and transform them into Pixar-like creations, whether it be a simple selfie, someone playing the guitar, or an image shot by a professional, just about everything works. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.

Gods of Egypt VFX

The “Gods of Egypt” film may not have broken any box office records, with filming took place in Australia under the American studio Summit Entertainment, but it did feature stunning visual effects. For those who haven’t seen the movie, it basically portrays a mortal Egyptian hero who partners with the Egyptian god Horus to save the world from Set and rescue his love. The gods in humanoid form are 9 feet (2.7 m) tall and in “battle beast” form are over 12 feet (3.7 m) tall, so you can imagine the digital wizardry that went into the scenes. Continue reading for another video and more before / after pictures.