Pictoplasma: Characters In Motion returns contemporary character design to its narrative origins, putting the style back into animation. In traditional animation, industrial production conditions have established a universal visual system of interchangeable characteristics and predictable movements with a limited gestural vocabulary. Now however, the new explosion of pictorial visuals in art, media, advertising and urban landscapes has opened the way for a new breed of character design to re-claim the world of animation! Pictoplasma presents its latest publication: a unique DVD/book set, exploring the very best of contemporary character design in animation, music visuals and motion graphics. The book/DVD includes more than 90 cutting edge character-driven animations by 60 style setting studios, animators and designers, such as 1st Ave Machine, Aaron Stewart, Adam Eliott, Benjamin Bocquelet, Bernard Derriman, Bessy & Combe, Blind, Buroco de Bala, Chris Harder, Dalek, Dean Bradley, Doma, Eugene & BirG, Feel Good Anyway, Fons Schiedon, Foreigh Office, Freestyle Collective, Friends With You, Genevieve Gauckler, Ghostmilk, Guilherme, Guru Studio, Hornet Inc, Hunter Gatherer, Joshua Krause, Lobo, MadReal, Mari Chan, Monkeehub, Motomichi Nakamura, Nathan Jurevicius, Peskimo, Pleix, Psyop, Saiman Chow, Sprite Entertainment, Studio Aka, Studio Soi, Tokyoplastic, Trunk, Waytion, Woof Wan- Bau and many, many more... The DVD is divided into 3 chapters: characters in narration, characters in music visuals and Characters in Motion graphics. The specially designed menu also allows viewers to create their own programme, sorting the 180+ minutes of animation by artist/studio, character, style or genre. The 96 page, full colour book provides in-depth information on the creators, presenting their latest work and grounding the animation on the DVD in the context of a wider character design practice.