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- Published on Feb 1, 2023 veröffentlicht
- An exploration of ocean plastic, avatars and adaptive bottom feeders. The musical!
Also an experiment in pre-rendered graphics.
The name comes from a box of miscellaneous plastic objects my child has. Things that are not categorically blocks or figurines or anything describable. I referred to them as "gonks", which was pronounced by my then-2-year-old as “donks". This film was me making my own set of donks, and building silly things out of them.
Made by myself over 16 months, at WOMBOT @wombotstudio (a new studio, which is me and my wife, in our garage)
Funded by a lot of very lovely people on my Patreon: www.patreon.com/felixcolgrave/
- Film & Animation
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Felix’s animations always have me wondering which came first, the visuals or the sounds?
Gotta be the sound for this
Funny, that was exactly my first question
I constantly wonder how does even one prepare a storyboard for the stuff like that? 🤔🤯
Maybe it's kinda in tandem, like little bits of each at a time? At least that's how I would go about it when thinking of song lyrics and the accompanying instrumental.
In the Moral: Never visit under down where the Objects are!
Can we all appreciate the bravery this man has to record footage at the bottom of Mariana Trench.
we don't know if what we see, is actually this a whole different perception from what's microscopic to us
but its a living submarine, not a person
He went all the way down there to raise the bar
Oh yeah, a toy factory in the middle of the Mariana trench
that "goofy comic running timpani sound" transitioning into Breakcore/Jungle music at 2:42 is just beautiful!
@noisyføcks omg another fellow lapfox trax fan!!?? hi hi
YESSS! FINALLY SOMEONE RECOGNIZES THE JUNGLE DRUMS! I LOVE JUNGLE AND BREAKCORE SO MUCH!
Goofy ah type beat💀
Literally my favorite part, lol
I never knew I needed a plush of any of Felix’s work, but that spike ball dog is just perfect.
That and maybe the double king.
This is just like the Pixar film LOU
@Walrus Armageddon yes lol
@Fourkz his most popular at that
@Rex358 it’s from another of Felix’s animations that he did a few years ago
Which one is the double king?
4:50 I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything as cool as a mechanical in-universe sound (namely, the Submawhale reversing, making beeping like it was a pickup truck) so quickly becoming an out-of-universe forboding musical tone warning of danger. They’re both warning tones with insanely different weight and fear.
It’d be like if a horror movie somehow made the squeaking of the rickety basement stairs and the violin sting of the monster appearing based on the same sound. That’s crazy effective.
@JoseMat 2953 7
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@JoseMat 2953 OMG You two are totally right. Felix's done it so beautifully as always.
2:42 the moment it goes from occasional rhythmic sounds to a full on BOP
That section was breakcore/jungle
Incredibly playful and imaginative. Always a pleasure to see a new film of yours. Brilliant as always ❤
It's papa meat!!!
@Lario Gustavo (real) Okay alright this is all getting very confusing. When did you say meatcanyon was a waaah waaah? I'm not sure I follow
@Hairy Ballbastic I NEVER SAID I AGREE WTF
@Lario Gustavo (real) wait why are you confused if you're agreeing with me?
1:44 has got to be the cleanest and quickest way I've ever seen an unknown threat be added to a scene
its so good
3:02 now 11 players joined
Player 2 has joined
I love how at 5:02 in the foreground you can see the earlier donks. The dog, the crab that steals the glasses, the box croc, the first cone, and the mushroom pig (The one that is friends with the shell with the shoes).
Well the dog survived
I just realized that lol
Love this at 5:05 it’s almost like insects (maggots or something) and in just the best creepy way, you legit see the life drain out of the Submerwhale’s eye! So terribly true
Not insects but Whale Falls.
Look it up.
I knew it! He definitely got inspiration from those time lapse videos of bugs eating decomposing things.
It's like crabs and isopods at a whalefall sped up.
why are you excited about this.
(just kidding, that scene was awesome
[5:20] - The way that this fades out with each lighter part of the shading is so well done here. You've absolutely nailed that 1960's animated cartoon cross-fade to black.
I never noticed that before, that's such a good detail.. I feel like the way the fade interacts with the shading also makes the object's depth very convincing. I don't know how they did the fade, but I really like it!
The music and sound design in this is something else. I wasn't ready for the sound effect in 2:44 and couldn't help laughing at how absurd it was. The animation is stellar and everything just makes me so uncomfortable yet intrigued at the same time. Love your work!
Предположительно, это отсылка на Скуби-Ду
Но я не уверен...
The idea of there being leftover waste from a character creator is so unique and fun I love it
@A Stick aà
You love NFT?
Thank you! I watched this way too early to really understand what was happening.
@Big Tum Pufflfera huhhhhh
4:01 - This is such a psychedelic kaleidoscope of pure right-brained creativity. I like to imagine sounds and imagery such as this appear every time Felix closes his eyes.
If you like styles like this may I suggest checking out Cyriak. He makes very disorientating videos.
I love the call back of the soundtrack from the beginning, 0:34, and when the sub was yanked down into the void of the donks, 4:53.
Also, while making this, I realized that the beeping is what alerted the donks to the presence of the sub whale, as when the boat came with a new supply of character creation pieces. So the sub whale kinda told the donks that new stuff/food is here.
Edit: I just love the dramatic "Oh No" the soundtrack has when concerning what is happening at that moment
thats such an incredibly cool detail!!!!!!!!! good catch, this makes me appreciate this even more
God what a way to turn it back around. I didn't even notice that! That's such a nice detail!
i didn't even catch that! thanks for pointing it out :D
I just love that dithered effect the whole video has. It reminds me of those 90's education games that used those pre-rendered animated CGI frames which went through a process to reduce the colors to keep the file size down, leaving that distinct dithered look on everything.
yesss. i have good memories of those types of games and have been thinking it may become a design/art trend soon. im all for it
1:26 : The little cone
1:36 : Slumum
1:47 : Melowdown
1:58 : Cororuntus
2:02 : Arxmit
2:06 : Zeril
2:11 : Riya & Grandtraa
2:23 : Growbete
2:28 : Thecaterpet
2:31 : Donks ball
2:34 : Spikeball & Shelball
2:36 : Sychine Spike
2:43 : Donks Dog
2:46 : Scratwtch
2:53 : Nethyer
2:54 : Destyitn
2:56 : Crawyigh
2:59 : Crwepod
3:04 : Swrake
3:08 : Mawala
3:11 : Donks Worm
3:20 : Singteer
3:34 : Squareworm
3:36 : Mushwalk / Burntilus
3:38 : Shelwalk / Nautilus
3:41 : Nigtere
3:42 : Skelewarn
3:47 : Necklowaak
3:49 : Senkitim
4:03 : Idye Leg
4:07 : Idye Hand
4:10 : Idye Face
4:13 : Manytons 1
4:14 : Manytons 2
5:04 : Manytons 3
5:24 : The Notice
4:18 : The submarine
5:20 : Submarine Dead
0:19 : Electric Zone
0:28 : The ship
0:48 : The fish
0:51 : The sea shell
1:00 : The green water
1:10 : The creature
0:00 : Intro
6:30 : Outro
6:25 : Text 1
6:28 : Text 2
I loved this.
@꧁VINICIUS THE SEEK꧂ ????!!!!!???? Buggg
Singteer ❌ singette✅
This is both weird and wildly imaginative at the same time
The creature at 3:25 speaking in Synths was neat and the movement of the amalgamated beings sound like DnB music
Brilliant work Felix, you’re incredible.
@PetriD- hey there funny joke
Si idol pala ‘to eh
Wtf wasn't expecting to see you but it's nice seeing you here.
Who the hell are you (satire)
It would be cool if there was a reference sheet of all the individual Donks, I would love to be able to make my own Donk Creature by mixing and matching them like the creatures do.
@3Eyes4Watching give it to me.
@Helix "oc do not steal"
Would be cool if there was some website that had this character builder with all of the "Donks".
Even better all the 3d models
I would love to hear a full song like the one found at 3:21.The melody and mixing is beautiful!
Ditto! I keep coming back to that part, it’s so calming. I wish there was more
i love that lil dude
Ah yes, my daily dose of man-made horrors beyond comprehension
Btw I love your animations and the effort you put into making them
Its incredible how you are able to capture the feeling of deep sea life. especially in the end, where the submarine is consumed. It reminds me of how whale carcasses dift to the bottom and all the sea life consumes it in a frenzy.
You've done it again Felix, you've created a masterpiece. It feels like I needed to pay to watch this.
The subtle horror of a submarine being scavenged down to bones is a fantastic way to end a video. I love how your 2D animation style works perfectly in 3D
I loved the nod to A Topiary
@turtleboi ye, donks are just crabs who like to get goofy at raves
I like how Felix obviously used whalefall timelapse as a refference with that one.
@Spooky no shit Sherlock :/
@Edp445. it was a Timelapse
2:32 this part was honestly my favorite
Sometimes I just listen to this without the visuals. Visuals or no it's so imaginative and wonderful.
Deep sea life sure is amazing to look at.
I think my favorite part of the whole animation is the music, especially with the submarine at the end. The sudded shift from a common submarine reversing into a dire situation gets me every time. Love it :)
There are a lot of independent animators out there but I'm sure there is no one who can compete with Felix's animations on Clip-Share.
This possesses all the vibes of a nightmare without actually being frightening. Truly a masterpiece
Spore but on Meth
I think you mean dream
Oh yeah that's really well said
Bro described a dream
an interesting detail i noticed at 5:04 is that the eyes of the large towering donk have little dents directly in the centers of them, like the ones at 4:35 due to repeatedly being hit, and while im not quite sure what this implies it's still a neat thing i noticed
its little details like this that really pull the whole thing together
nice Lonely Wizard pfp!
You can see That all eyes of that kind actually have that dent in them. 0:51 you can see the eyes have dents in them way before that eye hitting part
This is incredible, I’ve watched this too many times to count
I love how unique and random yet creepy it is. The way it all flows purely with the beat.
I wish that they made a full album out of this, with each short beat being expanded into a full song. The sound design is absolutely amazing
I keep coming back to this. It’s so interesting and eerie I kinda wanna turn away, yet I keep turning back to see it again and again.
Astonishing work. I'm glad I'm supporting you on Patreon. Keep creating art :)
A la madre el sich
Yeah. The little thingy is so sad, still unsatisfied.
Culminating at 4:00 where it's all gone much too far, brilliant stuff.
Totalmente inesperado ver al Rich acá. Muy grato
El rich wtf
This video is absolutely fantastic, especially in the sound design in my opinion. I've just recently gotten new hearing aids and this video was an amazing introduction into the world of bass tones and how they can just absolutely revolutionize how a song or video sounds. Amazing work as always, Felix!
If I were to give this a rating on a scale of one to ten, I would give this an 11/10. The sheer time and effort put into this is immaculate. The sounds, the visuals, it’s all so masterfully crafted with love and care. I don’t know who you were until now, but this video has me interested.
I gave them names
1:18 blob monster
2:10 scarlett & queen of donks
2:34 spikyballhead & snailshellhead
2:42 krush (ill give that name to the turtle near my house if the name gets the most votes in my whatsapp group)
2:46 donks bird
2:55 moving statue
2:56 teethy (beacuse it looks like that teeth toy)
2:59 master donks
3:07 major & big junior
3:12 donks worm
3:21 singer donk
3:56 giant mushy
3:57 giant shelly
4:36 ms. fidget
4:44 rongba & mint
5:04 monster donk
I like the implication that when a creature (donk?) adds a new object (donk?) to itself, it becomes an entirely new being
I gave them names 2
Party hat 1:22
BALL hat 1:35
Translation because Google can't figure out how to translate this correctly:
"The sound is fucking crazy and feels great, and this work is of really amazing quality"
The animation is crazily impressive, but what’s even better is the music and sound effects, the way he can transition any sound effect or music into an entirely different genre in an instant and vice versa is amazing
Felix's animations leave you with a feeling of knowing and not knowing of what happened
I am confused beyond explanation and I love it.
Ye but mostly the second one
It’s legit just like “ah, I see.. mhm… what the fuck just happened?”
@Crimson makes sense
Watching this again and as someone who loves breakcore, this part is so good 2:46
Finally fully unleashing his inner Cyriak, Felix Colgrave lets discarded character builder waste find a life of their own at the bottom of the deepest ocean.
Also looney tunes running sample in a jungle track is pure gold.
Love that you keep pushing your style and glad you have the support you need, keep at it Felix, you're one of a kind!
Ещё не было такой работы от Феликса, которая не могла бы удивить. Очень мало таких художников в этом смысле слова, а жаль. Ждём следующую работу, а эту ставим на репит
This is such a modern day Hanna-Barbera creation, the use of music as if it were any other sound and even influencing the animation is just so reminiscent of that. Excellent work!!
The music in 2:40 - 4:10 needs to be extended.
If Felix doesn't extend it into its own thing then that's a missed opportunity. Felix Colgrave's extended ost albums were red-hot, I wish he still did them.
btw when is he gonna start back collaborating with red mongoose? I haven't seen those two in the same sentence in years.
yeah, and what else?
Felix Colgrave is one of the primary reasons I’m working as an animator today. So grateful for this guy’s work and the insane things he brings to life
@Abundant Bungus Depends if he's independent with support or not, I'd dream of a position animators like Felix have but I understand a lot of hard work and side jobs was needed to get there.
@LillianGraceFull na they right its a bot
@Tangarisu well yeah but are you sure? they’re been on here for a while now and they have old videos too.
Too talented, man. The animation AND the music??? The jungle beat with the Scooby-Doo running sample went unreasonably hard! 😂
i felt the same thing i started laughing so hard when it came on
Haha Scooby-doo is running 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
It would be so cool if Felix gave out official png renders for the objects, so we could create our own Donks. I think it would spread the intetnet so far.
Don't let the sound design go unnoticed! It's a big part of what makes this video so great.
Man I would have loved to see the creative process behind this. The animation and sound design are so brilliantly designed just for one another, I love this so much!!!
I love how seamless and amorphic this is
I love how all the little creatures cheered for the big one as it sang, like they were celebrating the fact that it was the biggest to ever be made. Also the fact that the submarine was an organic creature, loved that
@CC no they weren't fighting
They were helping the singing one becoming big
@CC Maybe so, but for now we only know that he can make goofy yelping noises unless its confirmed that big guy can sing
@AlcamorphGaming Yea that’s what I’m thinking, megadonker CAN sing but his style is being cramped by pieces of other donks
@CC Makes sense but didn't the fighting donks fall apart? Maybe the one that sang collected them to grow even more after they fell apart
@AlcamorphGamingBig guy I think is an amalgamation of the two fighting donks and also the one that sang
This is honestly the best representation of what I thought cartoons would be like in the future when I was a kid. It's so polished and well thought!
Estoy obsesionado con la música, no puedo esperar a que Félix publique el soudtrack extendido.
There’s something about Felix’s art style that is just so pleasing to look at^^
I will never be tired of watching this Masterpiece
decided to give some of these little guys names:
2:09 Pinchworm (left) and Grabna (right)
4:01 - 4:09 Lord Donk
5:04 Master Donk
aaaaannd that’s it :P
I love how the sound effects of the beeping from the boat and submarine and the cartoon running noise effortlessly becomes part of the song despite initially sounding disruptive
It's so good, you don't really appreciate sound design sometimes until it's so integrated
I also like how the short jingle creates a mini-action scene of sorts as the Donks pull the sub to its death
Thats one of my favorite aspects of this film its so fucking cool
This kind of stuff makes me hopeful that artists will still be valuable for a long time even after the AI stuff.
An AI would not be creative nor directed nor talented enough to come up with something like this and put it together.
But maybe even that day will come eventually sadly. Even when that day comes, I still appreciate the creativity and work of human artists like you! keep up the good work!
I always appreciate how honestly you depict the uncaring mass brutality of a beautiful universe filled with life.
Это потрясающе. Просто невероятно.
This animation has such a good sense of weight to it. Like the water drop falling
Usually in animations and movies music is used as a background noise and has very little connection to what’s happening on the screen, but in this film visuals and sounds are inseparable. This is truly genius
How does felix create such interesting almost open-ended metaphors with the strangest of storytelling methods and animations... always a treasure to watch these animations.
@Rincewindl it’s open-ended. It doesn’t have to represent one thing. It rings true, which is why it’s enjoyable.
Personally, I find the theme of ocean pollution to be too obvious, and I don’t think it’s very relevant to what happens in the animation. It seems more to portray competition as it relates to consideration (or lack thereof), resources, and materialism, but that’s just my take.
2:08 An eye for an eye turns the whole world blind
@Honk Frog is your brain made out of ricotta cheese?
@Dopamine Cloud cool story bro, don't forget your fedora on the way out. "UnLiKe MoSt PeOpLe" lmao Mr. Genius here wasting time arguing with lowly druggies on the internet, thank you for gracing us with your ENLIGHTENING presence 🤣
@Honk Frog i'm under no delusion that the stories my chemistry tells me are automatically substantiated just because it's in my head, you know, unlike most people that think they have revelations while high that they can't reproduce or argue for
Theres just this certain part that gives me the 'shiver me timbers'. like, I feel bad for the guy who had to go threw all of that drama and then get eaten alive like 2 house later, but still. The amount of effort he put into that one seen, it's just so realistic.
This is insane. The sound design alone is a work of art, then you add it to the scene and it’s just mind blowing.
Animation teacher: “were going to be making a simple short animation”
The kid who got his hands on blender:
There is truly no one like you Felix, the work you create is one of a kind. The sound design and artistic creativity are unmatched.
I've watched this so many times, and I always find something new to love
Oh my god, the dynamic transition from the comedic “submarine going in reverse using sonar tones” to the tense music where the submarine gets seized by the creatures from below is so, so clean and creates an incredible feeling
5:03 to 5:15
For me, the ‘eating’ was very reminiscent of real life whale falls
and it's pretty much foreshadowed in the beginning when the garbage barge's reverse sounds also transition smoothly to a tense background music
@Layshas Wonderous World I thought they were eating it.
@Otto N. yes I loved that part!
I listened and watched this so many times already, I truly cannot express the amount of positivity I have for this. 10/10 mate!
really incredible how that first sequence expresses the image of ocean plastic so clearly?! everything else is just heaps of fun..... so cool to watch and consider what's happening and how it's done.. the last bit was so clearly evocative of bottom feeding seacreatures... ... so so pretty
The creativity is EVERYWHERE in this film, and might even show the consequence of major companies disregarding true creative potential and even the environment.
(BTW, have you considered doing a Simpsons Couch Gag?)
Absolutely incredible! As someone who has taken animation and audio/music production, I can’t imagine the hours of work put into this. I’m in love with the style and sound design. Stunning work :)
Not only was this another beautiful, fascinating, and absolutely captivating animation
but also mixed in is one of the best drum and bass tracks I've ever heard. Huge vibes
I love how with a brief, wordless 30 seconds, Colgrave gives a reason unique for this absurdly abstract world to exist somewhere.
You mean the submarine?
@Vegan_Semih_Cyprus_33 bro the bot forgot to add the link
Truth revealed 👉 The Connections (2021) [short documentary] 🔥
dude, this video is killer. All of your animations are so stupidly creative and fascinating!
This is so insane. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this. There are surreal animations out there, and there are even ones set so well to music, but the vibe of this video is just... I can't even explain it.
felix never fails to confuse me
I can’t stop coming back to this video, it’s so weird but it’s so good the sounds and the visuals just make my brain do backflips
so cool to see felix do something outside his usual style. amazing as always, ur a huge inspiration to so many!
As a sfx nerd I can admit Felix is a GENIUS of an artist in this area, he manages to create an ABSURDLY tension within so few seconds, that’s absurdly incredible
@Guto there's always a reason to fight
It’s okay people, there isn’t a reason to fight
as an english speaker i will hand you this L
@shanem studios Maybe they wanted to help? Correcting people when they make mistakes helps ensure that they're speaking the language properly. Sure, everyone knew what they meant, but still. What's wrong in correcting someone?
This to me symbolizes what an idenity crisis would look like, creating yourself then changing it on repeat, trying to imulate a look or take others, being tied to one thing to the next. Just end up being a big mess of sheer confusion. (I feel this.)
All of his videos feel like a strange fever dream you can’t tear your eyes away from. and it’s strangely entertaining to see the takes on things he has
Cool to see experimentation with different styles. As always; simply a masterpiece. Also, I notice your animation in this film is reminiscent of another animator Cyriak. Whether or not you took inspiration from him is beyond me, but both of your works are fantastic
This feels at once like horror, silly, a YTP, and something that could be shown in an art gallery
Sampling classic cartoon running sounds in breakcore is fucking incredible
I just love how the Donks don’t just use feet for feet or heads for heads. They use every part for everything.
@A Stick truuuue
@AlcamorphGaming is my favorite donk
They keep eyes pretty consistent though
@AlcamorphGaming yeah I wonder what sound that was
It's interesting to see the intersection of different elements in "Donks" - ocean plastic, avatars, adaptive bottom feeders, and a musical!
This sounds like a unique and innovative.
It's great to see art being used as a tool to address important environmental issues and to inspire people to take action towards creating a more sustainable future.
this person never ceases to amaze me with their creativity and skill. Hope you continue with the amazing work!
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it would be about a dog in the city or something similar, and seeing the video itself... wow, I didn't expect it at all
really interesting to think about how and when objects are given sentience. it seems like if they have eyes they'll be treated as sentient things- what would happen if we treated all trash as if it had eyes?
I can't help but feel that NFT's existence is a major theme in this work
I really love the scene of the donk using the shoe as a nose+mouth and vocalizing. There’s something weird and adorable about it, like watching a baby learning to speak for the first time
@Vectoraz ! ignore it don't say anything about it just ignore it
yeah! i just wanted to give it a big ol hug :)
@Vectoraz ! A prefer calling it a "Donkling"
@manino282 the one Donk to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them...
And then it becomes a god
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Listen I just binged all your animations in order and I still love your older ones but WOW the improvement of like texturing and shading is amazing!!
I’m so proud of you
One little detail I love about this animation (although I can't really pick just one) is the part where the submerwhale, as another commenter called it, is looking down into what is essentially the deep ocean and its lifeforms.
Obviously just moments before, we saw the sheer ingenuity, the beauty, and the bustling atmosphere of the donks. But when the sub looks down there, all it can see is basal, ugly lifeforms - struggling to move, tearing each other apart, generally unappealing. Barely classifying as life.
I think that's pretty spot-on with what the majority of people think about deep-sea life. Where some (like myself) see beauty and wonder, they see ugliness and worthless things. And so much like the submerwhale, they don't even try to understand why that's all they're seeing. They just react with disgust, and leave.
Basically, this animation is giving me even more respect for the dark recesses of life than I had before.