It's Amazing What They Can Do With Computers These Days
It wasn't so many years ago that movies like Toy Story were absolutely cutting-edge, and it was hard to imagine how such slick animation could've been produced by a computer. And while Pixar has always managed to stay way ahead of the curve, the technology it used to produce now-classic movies like Luxo, Jr. (this famous short) is no longer out of reach of talented animators who have a reasonably good home computer setup and access to 3D animation software like Maya. In fact, in the last 24 hours I've seen two independently-produced parodies of computer-animated movies that look jaw-droppingly great -- and they're funny, to boot. (Darkly funny.) First, check out College Humor's parody of Luxo, Jr., which takes the consequence's of Luxo's I-squishing to an extreme.
OK, if you thought THAT was dark, this is REALLY dark. What if Yogi Bear ended like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? This is kind of genius, really intense, and MOST DEFINITELY NOT FOR KIDS! (But don't worry ... it's not quite as graphic as it seems like it's going to be.)