May 03, 2010

Roll Call

Unrelated to my writing for Sesame Workshop's Shalom Sesame, I entered this new cartoon into the Aniboom Awards 4 Sesame Street animation contest. So if you like it, please share with your friends, and even register to rate.

Illustration, animation, music and voices by William Levin.
Additional background vocals by Malya Kurzweil

April 29, 2010

Don't think of it as losing a Jewish Robot ...

Think of it as gaining a Jewish Robot Princess (JRP). Inspired by Malya's LG EnV2 mobile ringtone.

Illustration, animation, and musical adaptation of "Ringtone 15" by William Levin

April 20, 2010

Robots Independence Day

It would be a Happy Israel Independence Day if robots had emotions. Since we do not, I hope you at least find this video fascinating.

April 15, 2010

April 14, 2010

Dinner with Mr. Israel

When he patted my back in greeting, my back ached. When I patted his back in return, my hand ached.  Such casualties are to be expected when befriending the magnitude of power that is Mr. Israel.

My old friend Ephraim Kivelevitz returned from Israel to spend Passover with his family in New York, but not before hitting the outdoor gyms of Venice Beach for some hardcore power training with some fellow professional bodybuilders.  California, says Ephraim, understands and respects his devotion to bodybuilding.  Israel does not.

"They don't treat us seriously," lamented Ephraim over a tilapia pita sandwich (hold the pita, too many carbs) at Murray's Falafel & Grill, a glatt kosher restaurant near Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan. Rather than give support, onlookers in the Israeli gyms will often heckle and get all up in his grill.  I find this hard to believe, since this allegedly occurs while Ephraim is deadlifting the equivalent of a medium-sized sedan.

Having won the Mr. Israel 2009 competition, Ephraim plans to start competing internationally, to qualify for his pro card from the IFBB.  According to Ephraim, the pro card will open new windows of opportunity, ranging from sponsorship to commanding higher fees for private personal training sessions.

Until then, if you see Ephraim working out at your local gym, just stay clear, or you might make him angry.  And you wouldn't like him when he's angry.

April 11, 2010

Interview with Web Designer Magazine

Friend and Flash guru Nicolas Da Silva, creator of online comic Dread and Alive, and FlashTV, the Flash animation forum where I got my start promoting my cartoons, conducted an interview with me for the April 2010 issue of Web Designer Magazine. If you can't find the printed publication, here's a scan of the article found on page 113, in which I discuss the origin of my website and its graphic design.  Click on the image on the left to view the entire article.

April 07, 2010

188th Crybaby Cartoon

In January 2010 I met Joel Chasnoff, standup comedian and fellow presenter at the Limmud NY 2010 Conference. A few weeks later, we produced an animated cartoon trailer for his new book, The 188th Crybaby Brigade, a coming-of-age story about his year-long experience as an American soldier in the Israeli Army.  This selection from the book is narrated by Joel Chasnoff himself, and features background music provided by Shir Yaakov of Darshan.

March 25, 2010

Matzo Ball Olympics

Now that the Winter Olympics are over, what will you watch?  Try Matzo Ball Olympics, the new short video I produced for Manischewitz, being released just in time for Passover.  Starring friend and filmmaker Zach Timm as Matzo Ball Olympian, Manny Schevitz.

Starring Zach Timm as Manny Schevitz
Camerawork and edited by Ben Donnellon
Special appearance by Daniel Halprin as John McEnroe

Special thanks to Sarah Phillips for matzo ball prop construction and custom Manischewitz tee-shirts!

Golf clubs provided by New York Golf Center

Filmed throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

This is a shorter teaser version of a mini-mockumentary I produced about Manny Schevitz, a beleaguered Matzo Ball Olympian.  I hope I get to share the longer version someday, or the world may never know the story behind the matzo ball.

March 23, 2010

Super viral market

Earlier this year, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamaas official, was assassinated in Dubai, presumably by Mossad agents who had forged British passports to carry out the mission.

Now an ad agency has produced a viral video for a discount supermarket chain, Almost Fre, parodying the surveillance footage recorded at the site of the assassination.

From the Jerusalem Post:
The ad itself will begin airing next week and will show footage of people dressed up as secret agents, wearing the costumes used by the Dubai team, walking around the store and picking out products that are on sale. One is a man wearing a tennis player outfit, another is a man in a business suit wearing a fake mustache and the third is a woman with a wide brimmed hat. Whenever one of the characters picks up an item, a red circle appears around it, parodying the circles picking out the agents in the surveillance videos.
The video is being released just in time for Passover grocery sales!  Looking forward to seeing the commercial.

March 22, 2010

Welcome to the Dollhouse Seder

Check out hip Jewish trendsetter and friend, Sara Schwimmer Marcus of Jewish Wedding Network, and her mom, Helen, in this segment, Modern Jewish Mom Passover Special: Barbie at the Seder Table, from The Jewish Channel.  The clip was released last year, but I'm only discovering it now!  With guidance from this video, I would have had a much better vintage He-Man action figure seder in 2009.  Skeletor was the Angel of Death.