A sampler of short food films

Just a soupçon of beautifully animated scenes of eating to start your weekend.

I’m not sure when I first saw this clever stop-motion movie, but when it popped up on my Tumblr dash I definitely felt a jolt of recognition. “Western Spaghetti” is memorable because it’s so satisfying tactile: you can almost feel the cubes of dice multiplying under the knife, or the satisfying squish of an overstuffed tomato-shaped pincushion. Of course, it’s possible that my perception of those objects is so vivid because they were the bric-a-brac of my Middle America childhood too–along with the Rubik’s Cube, Pik-up Stix, and googley eyes.

Though I remembered “Western Spaghetti,” I didn’t realize that artist/director PES had continued to make stop-motion films, including several more playful takes on cooking with commonplace inedible items. I love this movie about making guacamole, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. “Fresh Guacamole” uses some very familiar toys and game pieces:

“Submarine Sandwich” involves sports equipment and has some cute visual puns, such as when the tube sock (meant to represent cheese) is sliced up into a handful of vintage team badges–for the Sox.

I’ve also recently come across some food film shorts by Hannah Lily, animating meals with a very different aesthetic. Backed by high-energy music, the artist acts out a recipe with tiny sketches of ingredients, popping a paper piece of bread into a paper toaster and carefully removing the flesh from a paper avocado with a paper fork:

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Link here, if that embedded Instagram isn’t working out for you.

In a rather different medium, Tumblr user ofsparrows paints and animates gorgeous fantasy scenes that occasionally include magical picnics or tempting food displays. Despite the lively colors and crowd of characters or objects in each .gif, there’s something very serene and calm about these images: just a couple of friends floating a café with some prettily rotating cakes, or seated at a sunny table while breakfast cooks itself.

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You can read a little more about ofsparrows at Huffington Post, but you’ll probably want to follow her Tumblr if you’re fond of food, fantasy, or fan art (notice the shout-out to Adventure Time in that cafe .gif).

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