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Posted at 06:48 PM ET, 05/11/2011

TOP GOOGLE DOODLES: Our Fave Five logo animations so far

When Google’s “Doodle” to mark the late Martha Graham’s birthday took viral centerstage today, the beguilingly lined short animation reminded many viewers of the creative potential for the search engine’s big-billboard logo.

“This is my first Google Doodle!  I'm not sure how many animators or designers they have on staff at Google, but the team I worked with was great,” said the Martha Graham animator, Ryan Woodward, in his Post live online chat this afternoon.

That quote got us to thinking about not only our favorite Google Doodle logos in recent years — from Scooby-Doo to Will Eisner (and here’s a Post sample gallery of them)— but also, particularly, our favorite Google animations.

So here they are, Comic Riffs’s official Fave Five Google Doodle Animations — and your offerings are welcome and encouraged:

5. THE JULES VERNE:

THE OCCASION:

Back in February, the Google Doodle to mark French sci-fi writer Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday let you submerge deep into the animated logo.

WHAT WE SAID:

To salute the author so famed for "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," the illustration features golden portholes in the "Google" logo and interactive instrumentation that lets you dive, dive, dive to the ocean floor. (And, if you're precise with the red-knobbed joystick, you can navigate the scene downward so all the portholes are simultaneously filled with colorful marine life that approximates the world "Google.")

4. THE MARTHA GRAHAM :

THE OCCASION:

The 117th birthday (on May 11) of pioneering dancer-choreographer and “mother of modern dance” Martha Graham.

WHAT WE SAID:

The line. The leap. The leg kick. It is arguably the most elegant Google Doodle yet.

3. THE JOHN LENNON :

THE OCCASION:

Last October, Google queued up a 32-second animation — set to his song “Imagine” — to mark the late John Lennon’s 70th birthday.

WHAT WE SAID:

The animation “features the former Beatle's own illustration. In the doodle, the “o's” in “Google” were represented by Lennon's own cartooned self-portrait.

2. GOOGLE BALLS:

THE OCCASION:

Last September, to spotlight its new real-time search engine, Google coyly unveiled a colorful, kinetic-ball animation that came to be known as simply “Google Balls.”

WHAT WE SAID:

Until Google tells us What This Logo Means, “we're going to keep messin' with this mouse pointer because, well, the logo is simply quite the elegant time-waster.”

1. THE PAC-MAN :

THE OCCASION:

The 30th birthday of the quarter-swallowing video game that leaves its electronic pings ringing in your ears for hours.

WHAT WE SAY:

As with the Rubik’s cube, Trivial Pursuit and “Back to the Future,” we lost hours of our lives to this colorful diversion of yore. No, not in the ‘80s; last year, when Google unfurled its viciously addictive logo.

Those are hours we’ll never get back. Not that we regret it for a minute.

By  |  06:48 PM ET, 05/11/2011

 
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