THE BEST Animated

Teaser: Legend of the Guardians

Teaser: Legend of the Guardians

We normally wouldn’t give a hoot about CG-animated owls if it weren’t for Legend of the Guardians’ epic pedigree; in theaters 9/24/10, it’s directed by Zack Snyder of 300 fame.

Short Film: In-Between Ends

Short Film: In-Between Ends

Even if the philosophical overtones float over your head, Alex Glawion’s In-Between Ends is easily worth watching if only to soak up the surreal animations and fantastic sound effects.

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HISHE: Star Trek

HISHE: Star Trek

HISHE.com gives us a taste of how Star Trek should have ended; if fans thought the lens flares were a bit on the bright side, just wait until they see what happens on the dark side.

Short Film: Galileo

Short Film: Galileo

Created with Adobe’s Creative Suite, Ghislain Avrillon’s Galileo is fantastically analog in style for such a digital piece; it was traditionally animated frame-by-frame using Flash.

Movie Trailer: Secret of Kells

Movie Trailer: Secret of Kells

Sure, it’s geared towards kids, but the Academy Award-nominated The Secret of Kells wins us over with its fantastic animation style and imaginative Celtic storyline. Thanks, Thorir!

Vegeterrible (Short Film)

Vegeterrible (Short Film)

Henrik Sønniksen’s Vegeterrible gives us a terrifying glimpse into the inner workings of a fridge; this deliciously animated short turns rotten food decay into an epic battle for survival.

Trailer #2: Toy Story 3

Trailer #2: Toy Story 3

As promised, Toy Story 3’s second trailer is now up: while we get a better idea of the plot, we’re loving Pixar’s slightly risqué sense of humor–nice ascots and lincoln logs, anyone?

Music Video: Madder Mortem

Music Video: Madder Mortem

Death metal band Madder Mortem’s video for Where Dream & Day Collide is a sci-fi mashup that’s too good to pass up; it’s a delicious blend of steampunk, fantasy, Avatar, and The Matrix.

Short Film: Logorama

Short Film: Logorama

NSFW: It’s no secret we live in a world saturated by brands, but Logorama takes this to its logo-gical extremes; the animated short film won Kodak’s Discovery Prize at Cannes.

Short Film: Pivot

Short Film: Pivot

Netherland-based il Luster’s Pivot is an unusual short film that does an about-face from more complex animations; it instead opts for a minimalist (yet stunning) low poly-count style.

Movie Teaser: A.D.

Movie Teaser: A.D.

Left 4 Dead fans, eat your hearts (and brains) out: A.D. is a CG animated zombie flick with a jaw-dropping, bad-ass style we can’t get enough of; it’s directed by Ben Hibon of Codehunters fame.

LotR Animated: Remastered

LotR Animated: Remastered

Buy the one 1978 animated film to rule them all with Lord of the Rings: Remastered Deluxe Edition; it includes remastered audio and video plus a 30 minute interview with director Ralph Bakshi.

Juri: Super Street Fighter IV

Juri: Super Street Fighter IV

Super Street Fighter IV has a peculiar animated style for its trailers, but this Juri trailer is actually animated anime-style; it’s available with the game in Japan, but no word on a US release.

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Les Dangereux (Short Film)

Les Dangereux (Short Film)

All is fair in love and war, but ninjas often have a hard time telling the two apart: Daniel Klug’s Les Dangereux shows that assassins can be amorous–as long as they don’t get killed first.

Short Film: Dance!

Short Film: Dance!

Illustrated by VFS student Marco Carmona, Dance! is a simple film with a literally moving message that you’ll hear loud and clear: dance, dance against the dying of the light.

E.T.A. (Short Film)

E.T.A. (Short Film)

Sure, Junkworks’ E.T.A. may be a sci-fi short film, but interstellar truck driver Marvin is a not so far-fetched look into our futures where life imitates art–however horrifyingly banal.

Short Film: Muzorama

Short Film: Muzorama

Muzorama was created in six weeks and based on the work of illustrator Jean-Philippe Masson; it’s a surreal animated short film that literally has us losing our heads over the details.

Assassin’s Creed: Initiation

Assassin’s Creed: Initiation

Gorgeously animated with Corel Painter, Assassin’s Creed: Initiation is a fan-made short film; it delves into Altair’s past, showing his last rite of passage before gaining the title of Assassin.

Short Film: Alma

Short Film: Alma

If you’re not a fan of Chucky it’s best that you skip Alma; this beautifully rendered CG short film by Rodrigo Blaas is a cautionary tale about nosy children and creepy-looking dolls.

Short Film: The Passenger

Short Film: The Passenger

Finished in 2006 but only now fully viewable, Chris Jones’ The Passenger is the result of eight years of hard work; the animated short can also be purchased on DVD. Thanks, Andrew!

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He-Man: The Complete Series

He-Man: The Complete Series

It’s not the original Filmation version, but 2002’s He-Man won a Daytime Emmy during its 39 episode run; The Complete Series is a 4-disc set that includes a PDF version of episode 40.

Things Last (Short Film)

Things Last (Short Film)

Produced on a shoe-string $7k budget, Constant van Hoeven’s Things Last is a sci-fi short that blends CG and live action; we won’t spoil it, but it’s definitely a soulful take on existence.

Video: The TV Show

Video: The TV Show

Set to music by Manabe Takayuki, Sugimoto Kousuke’s seemingly endless The TV Show will blow your mind; it’s an independent effort by Kousuke, who is a self-taught animator.

Samurai Champloo: Complete

Samurai Champloo: Complete

Any way you slice it, Samurai Champloo: The Complete Series on Blu-ray is a must-buy for anime fans; it’s a 3-disc, 26 episode set of the hip hop-meets-samurai chop series.

Ghost in the Shell 2.0

Ghost in the Shell 2.0

Mamoru Oshii’s anime classic goes Blu-ray with Ghost in the Shell 2.0, which features new CG scenes and a remixed soundtrack; purists, breathe easy: the original version is also included.

George and AJ (Short Film)

George and AJ (Short Film)

If you ever wondered what happened post-Carl in Up, Pixar explains all; the short film George and AJ shows things going downhill, underground, and interplanetary. Thanks, Thorir!

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