Click to enlargeStash 26

Stash 26 is an unpredictable whirlwind of international animation, VFX and motion design that promises to give your frontal lobe a slap and unblock your creative juices with new work from Weta Digital, Psyop, Lobo, Animal Logic, Digital Domain, Wizz, Head Gear, Exopolis, Satoshi Tomioka and introduces you to must-see new talent like E-Rock, PetPunk, Didelidi and Monkeymen. And speaking of unpredictable, the three BONUS films this month show off the new and divergent animation directing talents recently signed to Bermuda Shorts in London. The seven BONUS music tracks are from Seattle's legendary Sub Pop Records and include inspiring new work from CSS, Comets on Fire, Chad VanGaalen, The Thermals, The Album Leaf, Wolf Eyes and Oxford Collapse.

We get issue 26 rolling with a ball of fun from New Zealand's Weta Digital for Travellers Insurance before stomping on to synchronized robots from Sway for Hyundai, hilarious bald-face-bear-type-things for the Irish Lotto from Brownbag (on the cover), a kooky campaign for Slim Jim from Zoic, gravity-defying beautiful people for Coke from Can PH in Paris, high-caffeine spots from Electric Company director James Paterson for Mr. Sub and the iconic and mesmerizing new iPod spot from Exopolis.

And then, with no apologies, we release complete and unfettered creative chaos including: two recent music videos from breakout Toronto director Drew Lightfoot, off the wall broadcast design and motion graphics from France, Singapore, Spain, Lithuania and Sweden by Première Heure, Didelidi, Cannonball, PetPunk, English & Pockett and the Character Shop, and tripped out short films from Berlin's Monkeymen and directors Jon Yeo and Issac King. Where do we possibly go from there? We collapse into total visually anarchy with videos from E-Rock for AIDSWolf and Robert Seidel for Zero 7.

We do manage to regain some measure of control for the remainder of the disk as we roll through beautifully crafted work from Psyop for Shell, Lobo for Dupont, Wizz and Ex-voto for, Animal Logic for the Telemetry Orchestra, Head Gear for MTV, HunterGatherer for Nike and Foreign Office for Nokia. And then, as a kind of triple exclamation mark at the end of it all, we close with the new “Exit” viral from Nexus director Satoshi Tomioka and Kanaban Graphics which has to be one of the most frantic, surreal and stunningly choreographed chase sequences in cartoon-nightmare history.

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