a tiny bit simplified, but still pretty cool

A magnet won’t work on plastic, bananas or girls.:

In 2001, Marc Bertrand was tasked by the National Film Board of Canada with creating 26 one-minute films about science. The only constraints were that he had to use both archival footage and animation. The result was Science Please!

And because the NFB is awesome, you can watch all 26 of them online: Part 1 | Part 2 | Or, in French

The films are fast and frenetic, utilizing a wide range of animation styles as Bertrand drew from every corner of the NFB’s talented stable of animators. In a recent interview (translated from the French) Bertrand looked back fondly on his time working on “Science Please!” and announced that, after a nearly ten year delay, he is working on another series of science films for kids.

link via Scott