2007 Holiday Animation Gift Guide
CHF regulars might recall the 2006 Holiday Gift Guide, which, by the way, still includes some great gift ideas. I know a great many of you enjoyed that list, so I’m bringing it back in ’07. This year its even bigger, and as usual I’ve covered every income bracket – from $5 trinkets to $60 drawing tablets. Many gifts are from Flash animation sites and properties, but I’ve also stretched out to include animation gifts of any size, shape and origin. Happy shopping!
Smack ‘N Yak Plush – Bloo
Bloo, otherwise known as Blooregard, the star of Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends, will say funny phrases if you smack ‘em! Now is that any way to treat our of our favorite characters? Well, he does talk alot….
Ratatouille Figure Cell Phone Charms
The set comes with Remy, Emile, Django, Colette, Gusteau, Skinner and Linhuini, all 1″ tall. If you’re a cheap bastard, that’s 6 gifts for your office mates for under $4.
Mr. Hanky Slippers
This holiday season, throw some s#!t on your friends’ feet without getting in trouble. Mr. Hanky is one of the more popular characters from South Park.
Building a Flash Character Video Tutorial
Ryan Simmons, who has been working in animation for 10 years at studios such as Warner Bros. and Dreamworks, offers Quicktime tutorials on how to build characters in Flash, how animate and even how to complete sound effects and final audio.
Happy Tree Friends Nutty Bobble Head
This bobble-head is from the gang at Funko, who make some of the best sculpts in the business. Nutty the squirrel is one of the screwiest cast members of Happy Tree Friends, the Flash-animated series that plays on both TV and the web.
Harvey Birdman – Hell On Wingtips Decal
Slap some vinyl onto your monitor, and pretend you were an animator on one of the coolest Flash-animated series out there – Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.
Pucca Angry Hanging Swinger Keychain
This 1 1/2 inch keychain is imported from Japan, and features a sculpt of Garu, who is always on the run from Pucca, the love-struck star.
Flingable 2-Pack Bloo & Wilt
Super-stretchy versions of your favorite Flash-animated stars, Bloo and Wilt – from Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends. Fling them over 20 feet.
Happy Tree Friends – Season 1, Vol. 4 DVD
12 episodes from the Happy Tree Friends TV series, which plays on G4 in the States. This 4th and final volume from the inaugural season also includes heaps of bonus features.
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends – The Complete Season 2 DVD
This 2-disc set came out only months ago, and features almost 300-minutes of animation on 2 DVDs.
Speed Racer Earrings
These handmade earrings are sold at Etsy.com, the handmade version of eBay. The earrings are 1 1/2″ long and the earwires are hypo-allergenic.
Joe Cartoon: Greatest Hits 1
From Joe Shields, called the godfather of interactive animated content, comes his second DVD – filled with 40 episodes of frog-blending fun and interactivity.
Wonder Showzen – Season Two DVD
8 episodes from the 2006 season on 2-discs. This series features Flash-animated shorts brought to life by Augenblick Studios in New York.
Wind-up Homestar T-shirt
Prices start at $15.00
Homestar Runner as a toy… as a shirt! Brilliant! The shirt comes in blue, blue or blue, youth, women’s and men’s sizes and its printed on 100% pre-shrunk cotton.
Happy Tree Friends Cuddles Keychain
Perhaps the most-watched Flash-animated series, Happy Tree Friends has revealed all sorts of cool new products this year. Grab a Cuddles keychain, or click here to get 6 for $28.99.
Seems like a great deal at $12.49. Ratatouille was a huge hit this past summer – another big success for Pixar. It follows the culinary adventures of Remy, a rat who sees eye-to-eye with humans.
Bitey Women’s Tee
$18.00 Australian (approx $15.76 US)
Adam Phillips got his new Yahoo store up just in time for the holidays, and now he’s offering women’s shirts. Pick up a Bitey t-shirt and support the indie animator!
The Dethalbum CD (Deluxe Edition)
The original soundtrack from the Flash-animated series Metalocalypse – which airs on Adult Swim. This 2-CD set includes such family-friendly hits as Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle, Bloodrocuted and Briefcase Full of Guts.
F8-Convert to Symbol T-shirt (Cold Hard Flash)
To begin your very own Flash animation revolution: 1) buy shirt 2) wear shirt 3) and wave your fists around like an angry, animating ape. This CHF exclusive is printed on soft American Apparel shirts.
Prophet Buddy T-shirt
This weekly Flash-animated series by Eric Pringle has spawned a new t-shirt. This American Apparel shirt comes in a variety of sizes and colors.
Harvey Birdman Ladies T-Shirt
A 100% cotton ladies ringer t-shirt with a two-tone Harvey Birdman logo on the front. Don’t eat too much at the holiday party, ‘cuz these shirts fit snuggly and run small.
Pixar Short Films Collection – Volume 1 DVD
This recently-released DVD set includes 13 shorts and almost 1-hour of animation. Many of these films served as training grounds for artists. I love the fact that this is only Volume One!
Schoolhouse Rock! – Special 30th Anniversary Edition DVD
This 2-disc DVD set includes dozens of shorts that teach multiplication tables, science, grammar, American history, and economics. Also includes an homage Nike commercial – Three Is A Magic Number.
Smack ‘N Yak – Eduardo
Give Eduardo a smack in the jaw and he’ll throw some smack back-atcha. These plush toys repeat funny phrases when you hit them. Eduardo stars in the Flash-animated series Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends.
Trogdor Zip Hoodie
Trogdor was a man, I mean, he was a dragon man. Or maybe he was just a dragon, but he was still TROGDOR! The famous Flash-animated dragon-man can be emblazoned upon your friend or relative’s chest this holiday season, and you need not burninate a single peasant to get your hands on one. This black zip hoodie is a 50/50 poly-cotton blend made by Jerzees.
Socketts – Handmade Cat Sock Puppet
Choose from one of four handmade designs over at etsy.com – the handmade online superstore. Made with an American Knit cotton sock, New Hampshire felt, foam, lush faux fur.
Blooregard Remote Control Figure
The Trouble Makin’ Blooregard Remote Control Figure says 15 phrases and can be maneuvered with a six-function paddle-ball controller. Bloo, if you didn’t already know, is the star of the Flash-animated hit Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends.
Magical Trevor Plushie
Magical Trevor is one of the more brilliant musical Weebls Stuff series (c’mon – “beans, lots of beans”?), and now you can own your own plush version of this cow lover.
efrontier Anime Studio 5 Software
For those not willing to plunk down hundreds to get the latest Adobe Flash version, Anime Studio offers bone-rigging, vector-based graphics, and layer-based workflow for the budding or professional animator.
The Art of Ratatouille Book
This “art of” book from this summers Pixar hit Ratatouille is aimed at the adults and features storyboards, full-color pastels, digital and pencil sketches, character studies, maquettes, and more.
TrickOrScript Thumbnail Plugin
Flash plug-ins allow animators to customize the software to fit our exact needs. With the Thumbnail Plugin, artists can view thumbnails of frames inside a nested symbol. Works great for lip sync.
Amazing Adrendalini Brothers Flaming ‘A’ Shirt
£16.00 (approx $32.92 US)
YAHZAA! Buy official merchandise from this Flash-animated series that’s recently made the death-defying jump to television.
Metalocalypse – Season One DVD
This Flash-animated series on Adult Swim has spawned its first DVD set – Season One. This 2-disc collection features 230-minutes of face-melting, guitar smashing animation and all things METAL!
Squidbillies, Vol. 1 DVD
The third season of Squidbillies is only weeks away, but in the meantime, enjoy the Flash-animated goodness from season 1. The set includes almost 230 minutes of animation including the original rough-cut pilot.
The Complete Peanuts 1963-1966 Box Set
Peanuts is the most successful comic strip of all time, and this box set contains over 1,500 strips. If you like this set, there’s four more of equal size.
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Vol. 3 DVD
Last holiday season, we tipped you off on the 2nd season, and now the third has arrived. While Harvey Birdman may have gone into the giant briefcase in the sky, you can relive the joy with this 160-minute DVD set.
Homestar Runner: Strongbad_email.exe DVD
Support the independent animator – and buy this 3-disc set from one of the more popular online series in history, Homestar Runner. With over 100 minutes of animation, the Brothers Chaps managed to keep all of the hidden easter eggs in the episodes intact.
Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet
What seems like an extremely good deal for a new Wacom tablet. Sure it’s small (5.8w x 3.7d), but for $59.99, you could get 2 and put ‘em next to eachother.
Big Badger Plushie
£19.99 (About $41.00)
If you’ve ever had an email account, you’ve likely been sent Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers, Badgers. Now own this internet classic from Weebl in plush form. Will be shipped from the UK, but they offer free postage.
Once Upon a Time: Walt Disney Book
Feeling uninspired? This 353 page book catalogs the various inspirations found at Disney Studios between 1937 and 1967.
Happy Tree Friends – Collage Throw Blanket
Stay warm this holiday season with a Happy Tree Friends blanket. I believe this is the same blanket the creators of the show use to shield themselves from the blood flow.
Popeye the Sailor: 1933-1938, Vol. 1 DVD Boxset
This box set from Warner Home Video contains over 400 minutes of animation, all remastered. That’s 58 theatrical black-and-white shorts, and a two 20-minute color cartoons.