Smiling Friends is like experiencing the magic (and insanity) of independent animation culture for the first time, when everything was new and fresh and there were no rules. The short episodes are addicting, rewatchable, and quotable. The humor is irreverent. And the art does whatever it wants.
Also featured in this Scribble Kibble review are Smiling Friends’ varied 2D animation styles, including rotoscoped “party bro,” Mip (who parodies The Hobbit), and smart uses of stock footage and effects.
Gilbert Gottfried as God is my new favorite film credit.
The Hobbit (1977) – Rankin/Bass
101 Dalmatians (1961) – Disney
The Princess and the Frog (2009) – Disney
Black Beauty (1978) – Hanna-Barbera
Link: The Faces of Evil; Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (Zelda CDI) – Nintendo
Badger Badger Badger; Charlie The Unicorn; Foamy the Squirrel; Homestar Runner; The End Of The World; Nightmare City; There She Is; Salad Fingers; Hoy te amo ++
“Kolomeika” – Tres Tristes Tangos
“Walk That Dog” – U.S. Army Blues
“Yo” and “This Reminds Me Of Something” – Sim Gretina
“Free Hip Hop Loop” – dl-sounds.com
“Onion March” “Samovar Party” “Back To Cool” “Unfit Trumpet” – Shane Ivers