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Animation vs. Minecraft (original) | Alan Becker

Stick figures on a computer find a Minecraft cube.

It took animator Alan Becker a little over a year to complete the Animation vs. Minecraft video. At the beginning, Alan said he didn’t think the scenes would take very long to write, but discovered real quick there’s lots of work to be done before, during and after the scene.

From Alan Becker’s website:

One year 2 months and 833.5 work hours later, I can’t believe I’m finally hitting the publish button. To be honest I expected this animation to take me a month or two. Then 5 months later I expected it to be done after another 5 months. Well it took another 9 months.

I think when you write a story, it’s very easy to write something like “scene 3: the stick figures get attacked by a bunch of zombies, and defeat them all”. You don’t imagine the scene to take very long. And then when you go to animate it, you realize how much more complex it is, and in order to properly convey the idea, you have to add things beforehand, during, and after this scene. That happened for every single scene, and it wasn’t a very short story to begin with. Lo and behold, the animation I thought would be 8-10 minutes ends up being 16 minutes long!

But I’m very very proud of how it came out. I think in some ways it surpassed the previous animation. And I’m so glad to be done.




How To Make LEGO Gummy Candy | Grant Thompson “The King of Random”

This simple recipe is great to do with the kids, and lets you pump out massive amounts of custom gummies, that are snack-able, and stackable as well!

The following was copied from Grant’s show notes on his YouTube video:


This video is only for entertainment purposes. If you rely on the information portrayed in this video, you assume the responsibility for the results. Have fun, but always think ahead, and remember that every project you try is at YOUR OWN RISK.

Project History & More Info:

Who doesn’t love gummy candy, and who doesn’t love LEGO?

5 years ago I was fascinated with it, wondering how it was made, and what gave it its gummy texture. It feels so good on the teeth to bite into it, and my kids go crazy for them .. so I spent a bit of time researching how they’re made commercially.

My biggest motivation for doing this was to see if we could make our own at home, and I’m actually still trying to figure out how to make gelatin and corn syrup from scratch, so if I can figure out how to do that, maybe I’ll show how to do it in another project video.

Only a small handful of you have ever seen the LEGO Gummy video I made in 2010, and that’s because it was nearly 5 years ago, before I really got serious about making videos. I took it off my channel in 2012 because I had full intentions of making a better version, so here it is .. 3 years later! 🙂

Now I wanted to make candies that made people look twice, and LEGO bricks instantly came to mind because what’s more awesome than LEGO and gummy put together? But I wasn’t sure where could you get a mold for making LEGO bricks.

Surfing around the internet, I stumbled across an awesome Instructable by SFHandyman:

To my amazement, not only had he shown how to make a mold for making LEGO candy, he also made LEGO gummies as well!

I played around with loads of variations in recipes to see what texture and tastes I liked the best. And I’ve kept experimenting off and on for the last 4 years, using my kids and wife for feedback. They gobble them up no matter what variations I use, but I’ve finally settled on 1/2 cup of very cold water, 1/4 cup of corn syrup, 2 packets of unflavored gelatin, and 1 pack of Jell-O. I’ve found that the corn syrup seems to help smooth out the texture and the taste.

If you try making this recipe, it’s very important to start the gelatin in cold water. Stir it up, then let it sit for 5 minutes before you turn on the heat. Otherwise, you’ll get gobby clumps of undissolved gelatin in your syrup that doesn’t look very appetizing.

If you’re a practicing Vegan and don’t want to use gelatin, try looking for recipes that use Pectin. It’s made from fruits.

The candies come out crystal clear, firm, don’t stick to your fingers, and taste amazing. They are very sweet, but don’t taste as sugar loaded as gummy bears. And while the texture is a little different than gummy bears as well, in my opinion these might be better and actually more addictive.

I originally made my silicone mold with a 2 part mix from a special effects supply company. I used real LEGO bricks set on a LEGO base, and built a makeshift retaining wall with bricks and play-dough. I don’t plan to make a tutorial on how to make the mold, but I want to do a video on how to make a silicone mold in general. It’s amazing to see how much detail the silicone can transfer to the final gummy products. If you look closely at my candies you can even see the little “LEGO” text on top of the gummy LEGO studs.

To make sour gummies, we often add citric acid. They are incredible! But if you don’t have citric acid, try taking SFHandyman’s suggestion and add vitamin C. The citric and ascorbic acids in the vitamins sour them the same way, which actually makes them taste just as great, and enriches them with vitamin C as well.

Doki-Doki Universe – The Beginning – Part 1 | Stampylonghead

Watch and listen to Stampylonghead play and talk through an exclusive Playstation game called “Doki-Doki Universe”.

From Doki-Doki Universe on Wikipedia:

Doki-Doki Universe is a video game published and developed by HumaNature Studios for the Playstation 4, PlayStation3 and the PlayStation Vita.

The game is unique because it is essentially a large interactive personality test. The game starts with a robot named QT3 and a talking red balloon accidentally getting left on an asteroid by a human family traveling through space. Roughly forty years later Alien Jeff locates QT3 and informs him that his model is being discontinued for lacking humanity. Alien Jeff has been tasked with determining if QT3, an emotionless and obedient robot, is capable of learning humanity. Alien Jeff then takes QT3 and Balloon to a planet called home.

The only other inhabitant of Home besides QT3 and Balloon is Dr. Therapist, a therapist that gives psych evaluations of the player controlling QT3. Evaluations are based on answers given when a player visits asteroids. On asteroids small abstract tests of four or five questions are given with multiple choice answers. They range from “Choose a caption” to “Without thinking pick a picture”. The more asteroids the player visits the more thorough an evaluation Dr Therapist will make.

On Home there are four Machines to interact with: Pick a Planet Style, Pick an Intersteller Steed, Pick an Avatar and Pick a Friends Planet to Visit. The online is only passive, allowing you to visit a friends world and see how they decorated. Avatars change the appearance of QT3 and a new avatar is unlocked as the player levels up. Interstellar Steeds are mounts used to leave Home and visit other planets and asteroids. One Interstellar Steed is unlocked each level as the player gains experience points. Interstellar Steeds vary greatly from a flying rat to a pile of poop. Decorations are unlocked through missions and presents and can be placed anywhere on Home.

The Silly Rillie Show! Episode 1 Introducing Silly Rillie | Silly Rillie

Silly Rillie is a childlike clown. She records a silly clown show where she sings and plays with her imaginary friends (the audience).

Intended for children 0-6 (and the young at heart).

Disney’s HANDY MANNY Online Toy Factory Game – Let’s Build A Rocket | Toby Conger

Toby builds a fun rocket on Disney Junior’s online Toy Factory game – You can use your imagination to build magical toys using squares, balls, rockets, wagons, radios, cars, UFOs, fire trucks and TVs.

From the Handy Manny Wikipedia – Handy Manny (a play on the phrase “handy man”) is set in the fictional town of Sheetrock Hills where the titular character, Manny, owns a repair shop along with his anthropomorphic talking tools. It is unknown exactly where this town is located, but there are a multitude of Spanish speaking residents within it and the town is surrounded by tropical ocean water (as seen in the introduction). Most 30-minute episodes contain two stories. They typically begin with Manny and the tools interacting in Manny’s repair shop. While there, someone, usually needing something repaired or assembled, calls Manny, who answers, “Hola, Handy Manny’s repair shop, you break it” and then the tools shout “We fix it”. After hearing who needs help where, Manny and the Tools sing “Hop up, Jump in” while the Tools hop into his tool box. In most episodes when Manny and the Tools leave for the repair, they see Mr. Lopart with his pet cat Fluffy in front of his candy store. Mr. Lopart would try to do something on his own without any prior experience. Manny offers him to help but Mr. Lopart says that he doesn’t need any help, after Manny and the Tools leave the item Mr. Lopart was building would malfunction and cause a mess. Once Manny and the tools arrive at the repair site, they collaborate on the best way to fix the broken item. Manny then goes to Kelly’s hardware store where she always has the item that they need. Once they have the items needed for the repair, they go back to the work-site and sing “We Work Together” while performing the repairs.
Handy Manny is a Disney-animated children’s television program. It first aired on September 16, 2006 as originally part of Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney daily block intended for preschoolers. On February 14, 2011, it was moved to the Disney Junior block, serving as Playhouse Disney’s replacement. The show’s title character is voiced by Wilmer Valderrama. Children aged 4–9 were usually the show’s audience.

The show was created by Roger Bollen, Marilyn Sadler and Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Rick Gitelson. The animation is produced by Toronto-based Nelvana and features the voice performances of Wilmer Valderrama, Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kenny, Fred Stoller, Nika Futterman, Kath Soucie, Carlos Alazraqui, and Grey DeLisle. Special guest stars in the series have included Lance Bass, Kurtwood Smith, Shelley Morrison, Fred Willard, Penn Jillette, Jane Lynch, Jon Polito, Ashley Parker Angel, Brian George, Snoop Dogg, Shannon Durig, Marion Ross, Chris Rock, James Belushi, Ice-T, Henry Winkler, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Freddy Rodriguez, Ed O’Neil, Denzel Whitaker, Zachary Gordon, Lauren Tom, Rosario Dawson, and Bob Glouberman. The theme song is performed by Los Lobos. Reruns are being shown at 6 AM on the Disney Junior block.