Category: animation

Fun Fact Friday!

Fun Fact Friday!

The biggest obstacles a human would encounter living on the moon is cosmic radiation. Unlike the Earth, the moon has no atmosphere and no magnetic field. A person on its surface could receive over 400 times the maximum safe dosage of heavy ion radiation, enough to be fatal within ten hours, even in a spacesuit.

From the TED-Ed Lesson What would it be like to live on the moon? – Alex Gendler

Animation by Allen Laseter

teded: Did you know fireworks were originally…


Did you know fireworks were originally used to chase away evil spirits?

From the TED-Ed Lesson The deadly irony of gunpowder – Eric Rosado

Animation by Zedem Media

Since the time of Homer, ancient stories told …

Since the time of Homer, ancient stories told of fierce warriors dwelling beyond the Mediterranean world, striking fear into the mightiest empires of antiquity. Their exploits were recounted by many epic poets. They fought in the legendary Trojan War and their grand army invaded Athens. Jason and the Argonauts passed by their shores, barely avoiding their deadly arrows. These formidable fighters faced off against the greatest champions of myth: Heracles, Theseus, and Achilles. 

And every single one of these warriors was a woman.

The war-loving Amazons, “the equals of men” in courage and skill, were familiar to everyone in ancient Greece. But were Amazons merely figures of myth, or something more?

Watch the TED-Ed Lesson Did the Amazons really exist? – Adrienne Mayor to uncover the mysteries of these women warriors.

Animation by Silvia Prietov

All of the feeeeeels.

All of the feeeeeels.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Would winning the lottery make you happier? – Raj Raghunathan

Animation by Allen Laseter

lea–krawczyk: Last summer i’ve made a co…


Last summer i’ve made a commissioned film for TED-ed lessons ! What a great experience. It’s about the myth of Prometheus. You can check the film here :

Here are some color researches !

We love when artists share their behind-the-scenes of TED-Ed Lessons! 

Here, Léa Krawczyk shares her color studies for her beautifully designed animation on the The myth of Prometheus!

Check out Léa’s tumblr for more behind-the-scenes and her other stunning illustration + animation work.

From the TED-Ed Lesson The myth of Prometheus – Iseult Gillespie

Animation by Léa Krawczyk ( @lea–krawczyk )

teded: Can plants talk to each other? It certa…


Can plants talk to each other? It certainly doesn’t seem that way: They don’t have complex sensory or nervous systems, like animals do, and they look pretty passive. But odd as it sounds, plants can communicate with each other — especially when they’re under attack. 

From the TED-Ed Lesson Can plants talk to each other? – Richard Karban

Animation by Yukai Du / @yukaidu 

How 3 animators interpreted the same Whitman p…


One of the most amazing things about poetry is its seemingly infinite capacity for interpretation. To illustrate that fact, TED-Ed launched a great poetic experiment. We gave one Walt Whitman poem to three of our in-house animators, and asked them to interpret it using three different styles of animation. They were each given a recording of the text to work from, which was supplied by three local poets who also interpreted the text using their voices. The result? A stunning video that breathes three very different lives into Walt Whitman’s timeless poem, “A Noiseless Patient Spider.” 


Interpretation #1 by Jeremiah Dickey

Medium: Paint on Glass


Interpretation #2 by Biljana Labovic

Medium: Video


Interpretation #3 by Lisa LaBracio

Medium: Scratchboard

Watch all of the interpretations here: A poetic experiment: Walt Whitman, interpreted by three animators – Justin Moore

Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman today!

While it may seem counterproductive for member…

While it may seem counterproductive for members of the same species to eat each other, cannibalism can promote the survival of the species as a whole by reducing competition, culling the weak, and bolstering the strong.

Sand tiger shark eggs develop and hatch inside their mother’s oviducts at different times. When the hatchlings run out of yolk from their own eggs, they eat the other eggs and hatchlings until one baby shark from each oviduct remains. When they emerge, the young sharks are well-nourished, experienced predators who stand a better chance of surviving.

For more cannibalistic creatures, check out the TED-Ed Lesson Cannibalism in the animal kingdom – Bill Schutt

Animation by Compote Collective

Animation & Inspiration



In honor of Henri Rousseau’s birthday (today!), we wanted to share how his work influenced the animation for one of our very own lessons.


When designing the rainforest scenes in our lesson on Biodiversity, we couldn’t help but thinking of Henri Rousseau’s The Dream. Our color palette was inspired by the richness and depth of greens in his forest scenes. And we love the way the blue & ivory flowers pop out against the many shades of green.


The Dream, by Henri Rousseau (1910)


Rousseau’s color choice for the Sun in many of his paintings is fairly difficult to replicate digitally. It took a lot of layers of brushstrokes and color washes to try to mimic his skies – which offer a perfectly soft contrast to the detailed leaves and fronds in the foreground foliage.


Three apes in The Orange Grove, by Henri Rousseau (1907)


We love the placement of wildlife in Rousseau’s paintings – as if the leaves parted momentarily to allow us to peer in on the secret lives of the lions and monkeys going about their business. While designing the Biodiversity lesson, we wanted to similarly highlight the variety of species in the rainforest, while also allowing the audience to imagine that much, much more lurks behind the leaves.


The Repast of the Lion, by Henri Rousseau (1907)

Animated GIFs from the TED-Ed lesson Why is biodiversity so important? – Kim Preshoff

Animation by TED-Ed

Happy Birthday, Henri Rousseau!

The Anniversary of the Hubble Telescope’s Firs…

On May 20, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope sent its first image back to Earth. 

Since then, the Hubble has continued to wow us with wondrous images that, if nothing more, make us feel so small…

…and inspire us to dream so so big!

We’re excited to celebrate the Hubble with these stunning images from our  TED-Ed Lesson How small are we in the scale of the universe? – Alex Hofeldt

Animation by Yukai Du