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Cold Lampin’

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Now that Toy Story 3 has continued Pixar’s storied run of making you weep in public theaters, you may want to cast an eye towards some of their earlier works. Luckily, all those shorts that come bundled with their movies are up on iTunes, and they’re just short enough for the tail end of a lunch break. (They’ll set you back a couple bucks, but that shouldn’t put too much of a dent in your whimsy budget.) We’ve got a soft spot for “Luxo Jr.” in particular, since it’s early enough to be historic, gives a little backstory on that logo, and you won’t have seen it before any features. And, as luck would have it, it’s already found its way to YouTube.

Watch the feel-good lamp movie of the summer»

The Need for Speed

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There’s no shortage of campy Japanese imports these days, but the pioneers still have a bit of kick in them. For instance, our old friend Mr. Racer…

Speed Racer has finally made it to Hulu (via Autoblog), with 51 of the 52 American episodes just uploaded to the increasingly monolithic network video site. It’s every bit as over-the-top as you remember it, even if recent years (and a certain Wachowski Brothers film) have made the sensory overload a bit more manageable.

Now the question is, how soon can they get the Hanna-Barbera catalog up there?

Sing along with us»

Seen Your Video

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The Fleet Foxes have started branching out into video and so far, the results are pretty good.

Their second video just landed on the internets, and like Radiohead before them, they’re taking the animated route, using the glass pane technique to create a four minutes of dancing papercraft. It’s definitely not what you’re used to seeing on TV (even by the standards of symbolic music video epics) but it’s only as strange as the music is, and in more or less the same way.

See the video here»

Gone Fishin’

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Radiohead have taken a crowd-friendly approach since In Rainbows hit filesharing networks in March, but while they made big news with the pay-what-you-want release and opening a few songs up to remixers, their video ambitions very nearly slipped under our radar.

Apparently the band partnered with aniBoom for a large-scale, crowd-sourced music video contest. The plan was to name a single grand prize winner and give them a hard-won $10,000 for their troubles, but the outpouring was strong enough that the band ended up bumping the number of winners up to four.

See the grand prize winners»