Created by SVA student Jake Armstrong for his thesis, The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9 is a fantastically illustrated sci-fi short about a misunderstood (and ultimately harmless) monster.
No, it’s not from J.J. Abram’s Star Trek–it’s FedCon 2009’s opening video which depicts a “what if” battle with the USS Kelvin, Romulan fighters and a surprise guest. Thanks Luke!
Another animated short film by Supinfocom Arles students, Oceansize remixes the sci-fi/underwater plot of The Abyss, the alien black oil of The X-Files and Resident Evil’s monstrous bosses.
Created by students at Supinfocom Arles (a French computer graphics school), Machu Picchu is an expertly animated short about the hazards (and drug-like highs) of Incan airspace.
It’s no secret that eating dirt is a BMX rider’s worst nightmare, but this animated Watch the Ground short by Ludovic Habas literally brings the earth to life as a horrifying arch nemesis.
Created in only 4 weeks, Scoop Volante is a fast-paced and funny animated film about an alien and an overzealous photographer; kudos to the 4-person team for a Pixar-quality short.
And they say being a cop is hard: CafÃ© SerrÃ© is a very short animated film that shows that some police officers can get the job done without lifting a finger. Well, maybe a donut or two.
Simon and McBess’ WOOD starts off like an old-time cartoon (and stays monochrome throughout), but the delicious blend of urban graphics and animation style are clearly modern.
We love the funky cardboard look of Aziz Kocanaoqullari’s Masquerade; set to music by Belgium band Ghinzu, it also makes a poignant statement about workplace behavior.
Like Spore but funkier (if that’s even possible), Let There Be Sound is as gorgeous as it is grotesque; still, any film that simultaneously makes us smile and squirm is worth a watch.
Based on a quote by clergyman Norman Vincent Peale, The Fly is an animated film about the power of thought, the value of patience and the need for flypaper. Thanks, Tenshi!
Curiosity killed the cat, or in this case, the robot: Luke Randall’s Reach is about a cute, waddling robot (WALL-E, anyone?) and its ill-advised battles with its tragically short power cord.
Created by Japan based creative studio WOW for Citizen’s booth at Baselworld, Infinity takes time-lapse photography to the next level with mesmerizing CG that reminds us of DTESS.
Created by Ringling College student Christopher Hendryx for his thesis, Oxygen is not only beautifully rendered but by far the most entertaining chemistry lesson we’ve ever had.
Two years in the making, Meet Meline is an independent short film by Virginie and Sebastien; the trailer above is short, but we’re impressed by how atmospheric it feels.
Bendito Machine is an ongoing series of awesome flash shorts by Spanish illustrator Jossie Malis; it centers around the lives of tribesfolk and their encounters with technology.
Gametap’s Re\Visioned series is back in a big way with six brilliant animated shorts that reimagine classic Atari 2600 games including Pitfall, Pressure Cooker and Cosmic Ark.
Aritz Aizpurua’s Zapping is a hilarious animated short about modern civilization’s silly obsession with remotes–and our resultant inability to simple walk over and turn the TV on.
The second teaser for Astro Boy is up, and squeezes in quite a few new goodies in only 30 seconds: you’ll hear Astro Boy’s voice for the first time as well as meet Dr. Tenma and Cora.
Family Guy creator and voice behind Stewie and Peter Griffin Seth MacFarlane lends his considerable voice talents to this awesome ad, part of Hulu’s ongoing “Alien Plot” campaign.
For those of you suffering from post-Watchmen trauma, this Saturday morning-styled Watchmen cartoon is so bright and cheesy it’s almost foul; in short, the perfect hangover cure.
David OReilly’s Please Say Something is at heart a love story, but one so trippy in terms of dysfunctional plot, sound effects and graphics you’ll either be amazed or driven insane.
Beautifully rendered in black and white, Aakraman is about the horrors of war; it’s created by Abhishek Joshi, whose own home country of Nepal is presently wracked by civil war.
A steampunkish, tragic take on the search for the Fountain of Youth, Tyson Ibele’s Hemlock is an animated short film filled with spastic, unnerving energy and excellent sound effects.
Bastard vs. Bots is an awesome series of short, animated episodes pitting cowboys, skaters and even Vikings against robots; they’re promo pieces for heavy metal band Black Tide.
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