Open The Portal

Open The Portal Open the Portal is a creative studio based in Los Angeles, CA specializing in stop motion, 2D animation, and audio production.

Operating as usual

12/18/2021

“The Muppet used for the Ghost of Christmas Past was a rod puppet that was submerged into a tank filled with baby oil.” -Director Brian Henson

Can we all agree that this is the most horrifying holiday image ever committed to film (and one of our all time favorites)?

#achristmascarol #specialeffects #practicaleffects #puppet #marionette #ghost #christmas #babyoil #ghostofchristmaspast

11/19/2021

Tonight!!!

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of @realmikejudge can conceive.” -Walt Disney, 1940 (paraphrase)

Beavis and Butthead Do America is screening tonight in all its feature length glory at @cineloungehollywood, followed by a Q&A with co-director Yvette Kaplan (@wild_beauty_fan), presented by our friends (and animation archivalist royalty) @rockinpins!

You can see our heroes here in a clip (slightly modified to sneak past the algorithm that wants to take it down) from their TV series learning about the boundless creative capabilities of the breathtaking art form known to you and me as “animation.”

See you at the screening! Be there AND be a butthead.

#animation #cartoon #adultanimation #theillusionoflife #waltdisney #frankthomas #olliejohnston #richardwilliams

11/19/2021

Tonight!!!

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of @realmikejudge can conceive.” -Walt Disney, 1940 (paraphrase)

Beavis and Butthead Do America is screening tonight in all its feature length glory at @cineloungehollywood, followed by a Q&A with co-director Yvette Kaplan (@wild_beauty_fan), presented by our friends (and animation archivalist royalty) @rockinpins!

You can see our heroes here in a clip
from their TV series learning about the boundless creative capabilities of the breathtaking art form known to you and me as “animation.”

Be there AND be a butthead.

#beavisandbutthead #beavisandbuttheaddoamerica #animation #cartoon #adultanimation #theillusionoflife #waltdisney #frankthomas #olliejohnston #richardwilliams

11/19/2021

Tonight!!!

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of @realmikejudge can conceive.” -Walt Disney, 1940 (paraphrase)

Beavis and Butthead Do America is screening tonight in all its feature length glory at @cineloungehollywood, followed by a Q&A with co-director Yvette Kaplan (@wild_beauty_fan), presented by our friends (and animation archivalist royalty) @rockinpins!

You can see our heroes here in a clip
from their TV series learning about the boundless creative capabilities of the breathtaking art form known to you and me as “animation.”

Be there AND be a butthead.

#beavisandbutthead #liquidtelevision #beavisandbuttheaddoamerica #animation #cartoon #adultanimation #theillusionoflife #waltdisney #frankthomas #olliejohnston #richardwilliams

11/19/2021

Tonight!!!

“Animation can explain whatever the mind of @realmikejudge can conceive.” -Walt Disney, 1940 (paraphrase)

Beavis and Butthead Do America is screening tonight in all its feature length glory at @cineloungehollywood, followed by a Q&A with co-director Yvette Kaplan (@wild_beauty_fan), presented by our friends (and animation archivalist royalty) @rockinpins!

You can see our heroes here in a clip
from their @mtv series learning about the boundless creative capabilities of the breathtaking art form known to you and me as “animation.”

Be there AND be a butthead.

#beavisandbutthead #mtv #liquidtelevision #beavisandbuttheaddoamerica #animation #cartoon #adultanimation #theillusionoflife #waltdisney #frankthomas #olliejohnston #richardwilliams

11/12/2021

Space Ghost s***m cell thirst trap! Watch the entire life cycle of a Zpace Zygote transforming into a fully functioning Ghost Grown-up, courtesy of the sexy ghost imagination of @richzimanimation. With a special cameo by Happy the @carlsjr @hardees Star.

This rounds out all of our psychedelic Space Ghost headshots—thanks to everyone on our crew who made it shine! @ming_mingh @studiozazac @jasonmilov @andrewracho @sheetofmusic25 @matthewhazelrig and our ace producer @anca.vlasan at @adultswim

#spaceghost #zygote #hannabarbera #cartoon #cartoonnetwork #adultswim #stopmotion #clayanimation

11/09/2021

It’s Zorak’s time to shine!

#spaceghost #zorak #stopmotion #clayanimation #adultswim #psychedelic #headshot

11/05/2021

“ thanks to television, I can’t remember what happened eight minit…” -Bart Simpson

This famous TV hosted guests ranging from Hulk Hogan, Willie Nelson, Al Roker, Raven-Symoné, Rob zombie, Jim Carrey, Björk, Tom York, Slash, and did we say Hulk Hogan already? During its tenure on Spade Ghost Coast to Coast, it may have been the most celebrated television set in all of animation. Except maybe Beavis and Butthead‘s.

We were honored to give it another moment in the limelight for our @adultswim Space Ghost spot!

11/04/2021

Question #1: Did anyone out there own “Brak Presents the Brak Album starring Brak” (released in 2000)?

Question #2: What do you think of Brak’s psychedelic clay headshot?

(More beautiful brain candy from our Space Ghost spot) @richzimanimation @ming_mingh @matthewhazelrig @andrewracho

11/03/2021

Moltar’s animated psychedelic headshot from our recent Space Ghost @adultswim spot!

Featuring the SG characters animated in clay for the first time ever by the magic hands of @richzimanimation, @ming_mingh, @matthewhazelrig, and @andrewracho

11/01/2021

We brought our very own Space Ghost to life to celebrate Day of the Dead this year, animated in clay for first time ever by the magic hands of @richzimanimation, @ming_mingh, @studio_zazac, and @andrewracho.

Special thanks to our favorite producer @anca.vlasan at @adultswim and the fine fresh folks at @carlsjr. Now go get an Adult (Swim) Kid’s Meal!

#spaceghost #brak #zorak #moltar #adultswim #stopmotion #clayanimation #animation

10/31/2021

Some bite-sized TTTT (Trick or Treat Trolli Terror) courtesy of OTP and @trolli_usa to keep your Sunday frights at full frigidity! #trolli #stopmotion #horror #zombie #bmovie #beemovie

10/27/2021

Attention all cartoon lovers in Los Angeles! Check out Betty Boop’s Halloween Party (2!) this Saturday at @cineloungehollywood put on by our friends @rockinpins, featuring brand new scans of some of the greatest classics animation has to offer! We had an incredible time sharing the screen with them last weekend and couldn’t recommend a more Spooktacular way to spend this Halloween. #cartoon #bettyboop #halloween #fleischerstudios

10/22/2021

One day left until our screening, looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night! Here’s the original theme song we wrote for Psycho Psalms, it’s basically a Saturday morning cartoon for adults. See you at @cineloungehollywood!

10/21/2021

Today’s Psycho Psalms clip introduces the triangular conspiracy crackpot Lil’ Tut-Tut, brought to breathtaking animated life by the hand of the one and only @bompsgarage and voiced by @sackdejanz 👁

See LTT and the gang at the world premiere of Psycho Psalms this Saturday in Hollywood! Link in bio for event information 🙌🏽

#stopmotion #worldpremiere #hollywoodpremiere #conspiracy #allseeingeye #pyramid #conspiracytheory #portal

10/21/2021

Looks like this guy picked the short straw! New one for @trolli_usa 🤤

Directed by @goofdaddy 🎃

10/20/2021

We’re counting down to Saturday’s world premiere of Psycho Psalms with a few sneak preview clips from the pilot. Here’s Bloopy with her siren song extolling the benefits of a dubious wonder drug. Three days to go! Link in bio for tix!

Special shout-out to master artist @jeffreyhsueh for his beautiful design work on this character.

10/19/2021

Join Timecrow and friends at the world premiere of PSYCHO PSALMS this Saturday night at @cineloungehollywood! Link in bio for tickets 🎟 #stopmotion #animation #worldpremiere #opentheportal #psychopsalms #hollywood #stopmotionanimation

10/15/2021

Come join us to celebrate the WORLD PREMIERE of Open the Portal's first original pilot, PSYCHO PSALMS! Tickets and info at the link in our bio.

After the screening, we’ll be hosting a Q&A with our all star cast of animators who worked on the pilot, and we’re honored to be sharing this evening with Betty Boop’s Halloween Party, a screening of brand new scans of rare 1920s and 1930s classic Halloween cartoons that inspired our pilot!

Adult beverages, food trucks, and gourmet popcorn will be available along with official cartoon merchandise from RockinPins.com, as well as original artwork for sale by artists who worked on the pilot (and a chance to meet some of the puppet stars in person)!

A big thank you to our friends Mauricio Alvarado (@Rockinpins) and Jerry Beck for hosting this fantastic event.

Link in bio for tickets--you’d be PSYCHO to miss this night!

10/01/2021

Happy International Coffee Day from the tough and ruthless kissing cousin of sand animation! #internationalcoffeeday #coffeeanimation #sandanimation #coffee #caffeine #1000cupsofcoffee #philipjfry

Such an honor to be nominated for this year’s Annie Awards! Especially alongside a truly incredible list of nominees 🙌🏽 ...
03/03/2021

Such an honor to be nominated for this year’s Annie Awards! Especially alongside a truly incredible list of nominees 🙌🏽 Special thanks to our director Kangmin Kim AKA @studio_zazac for constantly thinking outside the box and pushing the boundaries of animation forward, one piece of foam at a time. #annieawards #independentanimation #asifa #annieawards2021

Sundance Film Festival 2021 Composer Spotlight. OTP's very own Barrett Slagle!
01/29/2021
Sundance 2021 Composer Spotlight: Barrett Slagle

Sundance Film Festival 2021 Composer Spotlight. OTP's very own Barrett Slagle!

Barrett Slagle is a Los Angeles based composer. With a background in music production, sound design and songwriting he is interested in blurring the line between music and sound design to breathe life into the visuals and bind the entire picture together. Notable clients include Disney, Netflix, AMC...

Thanks IndieWire for naming KKUM one of the 9 Best Short Films at Sundance Film Festival this year! Directed by Kangmin ...
01/28/2021
The 9 Best Short Films Playing This Year’s Sundance Film Festival

Thanks IndieWire for naming KKUM one of the 9 Best Short Films at Sundance Film Festival this year! Directed by Kangmin Kim.

Taika Waititi, Dee Rees, the Duplass Brothers, and Andrea Arnold showed shorts at Sundance. The next great filmmaker could be in this bunch.

History of Swear Words drops January 5th on Netflix! We did all the animation for this new series starring the GOAT, Nic...
12/09/2020
Nicolas Cage Hosts ‘History of Swear Words’ Series on Netflix

History of Swear Words drops January 5th on Netflix! We did all the animation for this new series starring the GOAT, Nicolas Cage 🐐

Nicolas Cage will host “History of Swear Words,” a proudly profane series about expletives for Netflix in January. The six-episode series will dive into the origins, pop culture usage, …

Animation World Network
11/04/2020
Animation World Network

Animation World Network

‘KKUM:’ How Kangmin Kim Created His Oscar-Qualified Short with an $80 Micro-Budget: Seoul-born, Los Angeles-based independent stop-motion filmmaker employs Styrofoam and cinematic lighting to create a moving and intimate tribute to his mother.

Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any Loonier...
05/27/2020
Looney Tunes Cartoons

Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any Loonier...

Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any Loonier...

Nice work, bone daddy.
05/19/2020
We Know Jack

Nice work, bone daddy.

At long last, a podcast completely dedicated to the forsaken souls responsible for the creation of stop motion's greatest cinematic masterpiece.

05/06/2020

We are thrilled to announce that SYFY has picked up an original Open The Portal pilot starring the one-and-only Timecrow! It's been a blast watching him grow up on Instagram with you guys, and we can't wait to unleash him on an unsuspecting world. Link in bio for more details at @animationworldnetwork! #timecrow #opentheportal #stopmotionanimation

Noah Harris and Andy Biddle take us on a wild journey of exploding eye candy in this fantastic abstract stop motion piec...
05/05/2020
Salvation

Noah Harris and Andy Biddle take us on a wild journey of exploding eye candy in this fantastic abstract stop motion piece.

This is some weird, wild stuff.

Hey all, we have some super exciting news to share! Our new stop motion series pilot got picked up by SYFY for their new...
04/24/2020
Syfy’s TZGZ Late-Night Animation Block Picks Up 3 New Series, Orders 2 Pilots

Hey all, we have some super exciting news to share! Our new stop motion series pilot got picked up by SYFY for their new adult animated block TZGZ. You can read more about it below!

EXCLUSIVE: Syfy is expanding the slate of its TZGZ weekly late-night animation block with three series orders and two pilot greenlights. The network has picked up a second season of Hell Den. TZGZ …

04/17/2020

“It’s important to keep an open mind.” -Timecrow 🧠 #opentheportal #stopmotion #brains

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147 N Avenue 18
Los Angeles, CA
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Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 7pm

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You got any swear words or sympathy for criminals in your film? That wouldn't fly under the Hays Code. Learn about how David O. Selznick got "damn" into Gone with the Wind in this History of Swear Words clip! Netflix Toy Robot Media Open The Portal Jason Milov #netflixisajoke #netflix #nicolascage #niccage #historyofswearwords #swearwords #comedy #filmmaking #film #postproduction #vfx #animation #photoshop #videoproduction #adobe #aftereffects #damn #hayscode
Ship High In Transit - betcha didn't know that's where your favorite swear word originated! Enjoy this clip from Netflix's History of Swear Words! We definitely had fun working on this one. Netflix Is A Joke #nicolascage #niccage #historyofswearwords #swearwords #comedy #documentary #badwords #filmmaking #film #postproduction #vfx #animation #photoshop #videoproduction #adobe #aftereffects #s**t #shiphighintransit Open The Portal
Who caught our first ever Google Slides music video for Not Your Summer the other week? We wanted to try something just as ambitious as our Bear Claws live looper video and had so much fun putting this together, making it a WORLD FIRST! Biggest of thanks to the BBDO Worldwide & Open The Portal teams for helping us with showcasing these live. 🙌 Check out the Google Slides video + our BTS video https://theacademic.lnk.to/GoogleSlidesNYSFA https://theacademic.lnk.to/GoogleSlidesNYSBTSFA
It's the last day of our #SIGGRAPH2021 giveaway series with Open The Portal and we're giving away this Wolverine shirt and OTP booklet! To win these amazing last items, comment what you've enjoyed most about SIGGRAPH this year or what you're looking forward to seeing at #SIGGRAPH2022! For an extra entry on Instagram, repost this picture from our IG feed to your IG story and tag us. SIGGRAPH Conferences ACM SIGGRAPH #SIGGRAPH #OpenThePortal #giveaway #giveawaycontest #partneredgiveaway #merch #swag #computergraphics #compositing #graphics #visualeffects #VFX #VFXstudio #motiondesign #motiongraphics #Wolverine #WolverineVFX #WolverineShirt #UofM University of Michigan University of Michigan Athletics Alumni Association of the University of Michigan #booklet #yousmelltoohuman
It's the 4th day of #SIGGRAPH2021 and we're continuing our giveaway with Open The Portal with this awesome OTP shirt! To win this shirt, comment below what your favorite SIGGRAPH event has been so far! For an extra entry on Instagram, repost this picture from our IG feed to your IG story and tag us. SIGGRAPH Conferences ACM SIGGRAPH SIGGRAPH Asia #SIGGRAPH #OpenThePortal #giveaway #giveawaycontest #partneredgiveaway #merch #swag #computergraphics #compositing #graphics #visualeffects #VFX #VFXstudio #motiondesign #motiongraphics #shirt #OTPshirt #brain
It's Wednesday and you know what that means - it's the 3rd day of our #SIGGRAPH2021 giveaway with Open The Portal ! To win this stylish Cinema 4D shirt and handy OTP Pin, comment below a SIGGRAPH event you have attended so far or where you would wear this pin! For an extra entry on Instagram, repost this picture from our IG feed to your IG story and tag us. SIGGRAPH Conferences ACM SIGGRAPH #SIGGRAPH #Day3 #OpenThePortal #giveaway #partneredgiveaway #merch #swag #computergraphics #compositing #graphics #visualeffects #VFX #VFXstudio #motiondesign #motiongraphics Maxon Cinema 4D #Cinema4D #Maxon #shirt #pin #brain #puppet
Happy second day of ACM SIGGRAPH! For our second giveaway with Open The Portal this week, we're giving away an OTP Patch and OTP Booklet! To enter, comment what #SIGGRAPH2021 workshop you're looking forward to or what item you would put this fancy OTP patch on. For an extra entry on Instagram, repost this picture from our IG feed to your IG story and tag us. Look out for other giveaways items throughout the week! SIGGRAPH Conferences #OpenThePortal #giveaway #giveawaycontest #partneredgiveaway #merch #swag #computergraphics #compositing #visualeffects #VFX #VFXstudio #VFXartist #motiondesign #motiongraphics #patch #theanswer #booklet #yousmelltoohuman
In celebration of the first day of SIGGRAPH Conferences, we're starting our week-long giveaway series with Open The Portal! Today we're giving away this Houdini HIVE Shirt and OTP Patch! To enter, comment what you're excited to see at #SIGGRAPH2021 or what your favorite interactive game is. For an extra entry on Instagram, repost this picture from our IG feed to your IG story and tag us. Look out for other giveaways items throughout the week! #OpenThePortal #giveaway #giveawaycontest #merch #swag #computergraphics #compositing #interactive #technology #graphics #visualeffects #VFX #VFXstudio #VFXartist #motiondesign #motiongraphics SideFx Houdini FX #houdini #houdinihive #sidefxhoudini #patch #yousmelltoohuman
We're partnering up with Open The Portal for another giveaway...this time for SIGGRAPH Conferences! Keep an eye out next week for the exciting items you can win 🏆 (Enjoy this #throwback to SIGGRAPH 2019!) #SIGGRAPH2021 #SIGGRAPH #OpenThePortal #giveaway #merch #swag #merchgiveaway #computergraphics #compositing #interactive #technology #graphics #visualeffects #VFX #VFXstudio #VFXartist #motiondesign #motiongraphics
Here's another clip from Netflix's History of Swear Words! This is Dick Swett. Hear his story. Netflix Is A Joke Open The Portal Nick Offerman Adobe #HistoryofSwearWords #documentary #badwords #swearwords #comedy #DickSwett #animation #Adobe #characteranimation #motiondesign #NicolasCage #s**tposts
Ever wondered what Phineas Gage's dance moves might look like after an iron rod shot through his skull? Check out this cartoon animated segment from Netflix's "History of Swear Words" to find out! Warning!! This is most certainly Not Safe For Work! Viewer discretion is advised. Open The Portal Nick Offerman #HistoryofSwearWords #Netflix #documentary #badwords #swearwords #comedy #PhineasGage #characteranimation #Adobe #2Danimation #motiondesign #aftereffects
Congratulations to Open The Portal and Studio Zazac on their nom for the 2021 Annie Awards! To all voting ASIFA-Hollywood members, please consider this beautiful film.