Early Bird Special

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The Frogs' Bollocks And Other Assorted Bollocks, by Stephen Ong, is totally ridic, and totally Not Safe For Work.

[drawn]

Animated Short of the Day

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StoryCorps' latest animated short, A Family Man, tells the story of John L. Black, Sr., who spent decades in the boiler rooms of the Cincinnati public school system to provide for his wife and 11 children.

After work, "he would fall down on the bed... he'd ask us to rub his feet," recounts his son, Samuel. "We hated it -- he'd been working 16-hour days. He'd take his socks off, he'd ask you to rub his feet -- you hate to walk past his bedroom, because he'd call you in and ask you to do that."

[storycorps]

Animated Short of the Day

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"Pendulum," a short yet powerful three-minute anime from Japanese comedian Tekken, recently aired on Japanese TV, and has since racked up nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.

It'll be easy to see why once you watch it. Strike that: It'll be impossible to see anything once you watch it considering how obscured your vision will be by a thick coat of tears.

[kotaku.]

Animated Short of the Day

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Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot give Little Red Riding Hood the American McGee treatment in this macabre retelling of Charles Perrault's equality disturbing fairy tale.

[cartoonbrew.]

Film By Numbers of the Day

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ABCs Of Cinema illustrator Evan Seitz tackles Numbers in Film in his latest animated movie knowledge quiz. How many titles can you name?

[thd.]

Animated Short of the Day

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Wes Ball, a graphic artist best known for his work with HBO and his award-winning student short A Work in Progress, has spent the last two years working with his company, OddBall Animation, on a "passion project" called Ruin, described as "an animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe."

Words can't do this stunning feat of CGI justice, which is probably why the entire short is completely free of dialog. Do yourself a favor and set the next 8 minutes aside to watch something truly remarkable.

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Afternoon Snack

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Simon Tofield's cat is up to no good once again in the latest installment of Simon's Cat, "Shelf Life."

[simonscat.]