THE BEST Animated

Short Film: The Cat Piano

Short Film: The Cat Piano

Winner at numerous Australian film festivals, The Cat Piano is a stylish take on film noir by The People’s Republic of Animation with sensuous poetry and a graphic 2D look.

La Nueva Yma Sumac

La Nueva Yma Sumac

Created by Cocoe Studios for Spanish band La Casa Azul, you don’t need to know Spanish for La Nueva Yma Sumac; it’s a catchy retro homage to video games and superheroes.

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Video: Mundo de Papel

Video: Mundo de Papel

Created by Mexico-based Cru de Ladies, Mundo de Papel (“Paper World”) envisions a a life of college-ruled margins; it was made in 2 weeks using 3DS Max, After Effects, and Photoshop.

Artificial Paradise, Inc

Artificial Paradise, Inc

Like an artsy Matrix, Artificial Paradise, Inc is filled with organo-metallic monsters and wonderfully creepy sound effects; it was selected by both SIGGRAPH 2009 and ONEDOTZERO.

Short Film: Tarboy

Short Film: Tarboy

Tarboy is partly an animated short film with fighting robots and explosions galore, but it’s also an amazing technical demo: the entire movie was animated using Flash. Thanks, Will!

Short Film: Exeter Library

Short Film: Exeter Library

Based on the Philips Exeter Academy Library, Alex Roman’s atmospheric short film may look real, but it’s a partially CG work created with 3ds Max, Vray, AE and Premiere.

South Park: Unaired Pilot

South Park: Unaired Pilot

South Park’s all-construction paper Unaired Pilot is viewable for 30 days; it runs 2 min longer than Cartman Gets An Anal Probe with four minutes of unseen footage. Thanks, Andrew!

Featurette: 9

Featurette: 9

With the success of District 9, we hope you haven’t forgotten about the other 9: Tim Burton, Elijah Wood and Shane Acker give us a brief rundown of the film, which hits theaters 9/9.

Futurama Mini Figs

Futurama Mini Figs

We almost lost it when Fox threatened to replace the original voice actors, but this set of sixteen 3″ Futurama Mini Figs makes up for it; as Bender would say, buy my shiny metal ass!

Full Trailer: Astro Boy

Full Trailer: Astro Boy

The full trailer for Astro Boy is finally up and starts off the same as the teaser, but really kicks ass with new characters, humor and action; the animated movie hits theaters 10/23.

Short Film: The Seafarers

Short Film: The Seafarers

Slightly NSFW: The voice acting is hammy and it starts off slow, but The Seafarer redeems itself in the second half: think giant robots with laser beams, machine guns and cannons.

Funny: Down To Earth

Funny: Down To Earth

As if taking a cement block elevator to the ocean floor weren’t enough: Down to Earth is a funny short film about a pinstriped mobster who can’t catch a break even in his final moments.

Weird Al x JibJab: CNR

Weird Al x JibJab: CNR

Move over, Chuck Norris, Charles Nelson Reilly is in town: Weird Al and JibJab team up for CNR, a White Stripes spoof that paints the actor as the badass to end all badasses.

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Video: Birdy Nam Nam

Video: Birdy Nam Nam

It’s complete nonsense, but what beautiful nonsense it is: Birdy Nam Nam puts Daft Punk and Heavy Metal in a blender and spits out robots, sneakers, sugar cubes and sarcophagi.

Short Film: Virgile

Short Film: Virgile

Men have pined and puzzled over women since time immemorial, a plight made all the more poignant by Virgile: it’s a retro-styled animated short film about being out of your league.

Video: Video Games

Video: Video Games

Slightly NSFW: created as the prologue for a documentary, the simply-titled Video Games is an eccentric (but awesome) mashup of classic games that borders on being raunchy.

Donatello Gets Screwed

Donatello Gets Screwed

The humor in Donatello Gets Screwed is pretty crude (particularly from an ornery Splinter), but we couldn’t help laughing at (and pitying) the forgotten fourth Ninja Turtle’s plight.

Short Film: Musicotherapie

Short Film: Musicotherapie

Monkey doctors, octopus sushi chefs, brain-eating anteaters: you might have to get therapy after Musicotherapie; it’s a ridiculously weird short film which is both hypnotic and neurotic.

Trailer: Evangelion 1.0

Trailer: Evangelion 1.0

Evangelion 1.0 finally makes it to the US July 17th at 77 theaters; it’s part of a four-movie arc that rebuilds the original anime with notably improved animation and faster-pacing.

Short Film: Alarm

Short Film: Alarm

Created by Korea-based animation team MESAI, Alarm is a beautifully rendered hi-def short film on the misery of waking up and the perils of the snooze button; thanks, Daniel!

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Short Film: Blip

Short Film: Blip

Ben Harper and Sean Mullen’s short animated 3D film, Blip, has a relatively simple story: peace for two laser-toting warmongers just means twice the war for everyone else.

Movie Trailer #2: Planet 51

Movie Trailer #2: Planet 51

Trailer #2 for Planet 51 isn’t earth-shattering, but improves on the first trailer by squeezing in more character exposition, examples of 50s-style Americana and cutesy robot sequences.

Video: Exploit Yourself

Video: Exploit Yourself

Inspired by Nike, Carl Erik Rinsch’s Exploit Yourself is 3D short film that blends Mirror’s Edge with Terminator; one thing’s for sure: we are SO screwed if the robots learn to Parkour.

Funny: Wagglemax

Funny: Wagglemax

If you liked Fallout 3’s cheeky retropocalyptic videos, Rob Moffett’s Wagglemax shorts hype similar products for nuclear wars, zombie infestations and even Gears of War players.

Short Film: StopMo

Short Film: StopMo

It’s technically about a future archaeologist who discovers the remains of Hollywood, but StopMo is in reality an homage to movie special effects artists wrapped in a sci-fi story.

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