Hua, Director and Creator of the Official Trailer Opening of Cartoons Underground 2018
Ever since picking up animation on Photoshop in 2015, Hua embraced the time-based medium and begun creating award-nominated independent films since 2016. As an Art Elective Programme alum and current Design Media Arts undergraduate in University of California, Los Angeles, Hua seeks to explore experimental devices to express (and perhaps, in turn, soothe) their troubled sense of “self”.
Cartoons Underground Official 2016 Trailer
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‘The Octopus Lady’ by Amanda Wang
Moving from the sea to the city, the Octopus Lady finds herself literally a fish out of water. Dreaming of a home, she is torn between her desire to fit in to the industrious yet impersonal city that she is now trying to make a living in, and returning to the sea.
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‘Coldsteam’ by Nicholas Chia
A girl struggles for water in a post-apocalyptic world infested with mysterious creatures.
‘You Ci Ke (有刺客)‘ by Ronald Fong
Nucai is a dedicated servant to the Emperor who finds himself neglected when the Emperor chances upon a new pet. Sensing something fishy about the pet, Nucai warns the Emperor about his suspicions but his good intentions fell onto deaf ears. It’s now up to Nucai, to stop an assassination plot against the Emperor.
‘Need a Hand?!’ by Kong Rou Yee
Caitlin is a teenage zombie that struggles with the fact that she has an arm with a mind of its own.
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‘Wrong Number Singapore’ by Colleen Cox
Based on a real phone call in Singapore, ‘Wrong Number Singapore’ will make anyone giggle. Colleen Cox captures the true Singaporean essence in her 2D animation. The conversation between Ah-Beng (i.e. Crass Chinese man) and Indian foreigner will send you into laughing fits. Prepare yourself for well-known Hokkien phrases and an over load of Singlish(i.e. Singaporean English!).
‘Masks’ by Patrick Smith
Enter the factory that manufactures little people, Patrick Smith harmonizes Industrial music and cannibalism. Patrick, director of MTV hit-series Daria and co-founder of Cartoons Underground explores the identity behind the masked overlords that feed on the little people. He explores existentialism in this 2D animation short that will blow your mind and leave you speechless.
‘Friendly Fire’ by Tripp Yeoman
Tripp Yeoman created 24 large wheels of paper, each wheel strings together drawings to create this poetic piece addressing the cyclical nature of war. Tripp cites animation legend George Griffin as a major influence, employing a similar technique as his masterpiece “Viewmaster” from the 80’s. Tripp is currently enrolled in the graduate animation program at Tisch-Asia in Singapore.
‘Mr. Coo’ by Nacho Rodriguez
Director Nacho Rodriquez uses his iconic character “Mr. Coo” to portray a cartoony but complex story of infestation and viral entrapment. Using a classic style and aesthetic, this music video treats us to wild imagery that is incredibly enjoyable and simple to follow.
‘Bar Fight’ by Christy Karacas
The epitome of underground animation; bizzare and random. Carcas showcases a massive and strange bar fight that erupts in a working class, blue collar bar somewhere in rural America. Animator Christy Caracas,creator of Cartoon Networks, “Super Jail”, honed this masterpiece of underground film while working at MTV Animation.