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Today 63 years ago, The Netherlands were liberated by primarily the Americans and the Canadians. Therefore, we celebrate our liberation every year on May the 5th. This feast is called ‘Bevrijdingsdag’: Freedom/Liberation Day. We used to celebrate our own freedom from occupation and told ourselves on May the 4th, Dodenherdeking or Remembrance of the Dead, that atrocities like the ones Hitler caused, should never happen again. Every year now, there are less people that consciously experienced the Second World War, and this day has gotten an entirely different meaning now. Life is good in the Netherlands and most of the Western World, but in many places, people are not free and do not have the comfort of a safe home and food on the table every day. In the Western World, we should be very aware of the amazing possibilities we have, compared to millions of other inhabitants of our blue marble.

Therefore, I made this animation for all the Bevrijdingsfestivals, depicting the Global Village, because the world is getting so small and smaller each day. It is the collaborative presence of four NGO’s, Warchild, Amnesty, Cordaid en Vluchtelingenwerk (Refugee Work)

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If you don’t know Banksy, get ready to be amazed.
Here’s a very true quote by him.

Paul Watson

Paul Watson has been called a bandit and an angel. Whatever your opinion on the guy, you must admit that he has some balls, that he uses for an altruistic cause. Here‘s an interesting article on Sea Shepherd, the organization Paul Watson started, because he was dissatisfied with (according to him) Greenpeace’s meek approach to saving the environment. Check Paul Watson’s resume.

It sure sounds romantic: to boldly sail the seven seas on a continuing mission to seek out new injustice and new uncivilized behavior and boldly do what nobody else will do about it. As a modern day pirate!

Supposedly, world famous designer Philippe Starck has declared he is quitting. Not only that: he has also (according to this article) declared his whole career materialistic, and even dreadful!

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Check out the incredibly sad story below. It’s about a girl that got kicked off her sports team for refusing to pray. After that, things only got worse. It seems as though the commandment ‘Love thy Neighbour’ is often applied in such a way that people just try hard to make sure that their neighbour is a good god fearing Christian. Skip to 7:40 if you don’t want to see it entirely. Pretty shocking stuff.

You don’t need to be a catholic or even a believer to be happy with the Vatican this week.

The original Seven Deadly Sins (sloth, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and pride) were a bit outdated, so they we’re updated to Seven Deadly Sins 2.0: genetic modification, carrying out experiments on humans, polluting the environment, causing social injustice, causing poverty, becoming obscenely wealthy and taking drugs. The Vatican is almost becoming hip! Read the full story…

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The video below seems unreal, but it looks too well produced to be a spoof. Does anyone know if this is real, and if so, why MTV would make a video like this? The ‘evil’ men in the video sure look and sound like white Americans!

If you thought saying n*gger on the wheel of fortune only once was bad, you should hear John Lennon say the word again and again in the video below!

Here’s an animation I made for the SP, a political party in the Netherlands, for their member day. It had to be a feast, energetic and fresh. Let me know what you think! High res version here.

A philosophical animation about what evil is or could mean. Very nice, naive style of design and rendering, somewhere in between motion graphics and animation.

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