Animators are perhaps in no greater demand than every four years when the World Cup rolls around. The 2014 World Cup has been no exception — with the tournament just a week old, we already have a fine selection of animations to enjoy.
First up is London-based artist Richard Swarbricks’ mesmerizing animation of Holland’s surprise drubbing of Spain. The animation technique used is referred to rotoscoping, or painting on top of existing video footage.
Next, we go old-school, with a flipbook animation of the highlight goal from the same game — Robin van Persie’s Superman-style header.
Flashback to another iconic goal, this time a stop-motion, brick-by-brick treatment of Diego Maradona’s hand of God goal against England at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
And lastly, pull up a chair for Nike’s “The Last Game”, a Pixar-esque animation featuring Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibraohimovic, Iniesta and more.