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Short Film: Water Brain

Short Film: Water Brain

Created by Guangzhou student Johann Pu, Water Brain is a gorgeous 15 minute short film remarkable not only for its surprisingly moving story, but for its Chinese take on steampunk.

Short Film: Red Rabbit

Short Film: Red Rabbit

We had a rabbit once. It dug holes and crapped everywhere. Red Rabbit isn’t too different, but it does show that the secrets we hide may not be as big as we think they are.

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Terrible Thing of Alpha-9

Terrible Thing of Alpha-9

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.

Opening: FedCon 2009

Opening: FedCon 2009

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!

Oceansize (Short Film)

Oceansize (Short Film)

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.

Short Film: Machu Picchu

Short Film: Machu Picchu

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.

Video: Watch The Ground

Video: Watch The Ground

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.

Video: Scoop Volante

Video: Scoop Volante

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.

Short Film: Café Serré

Short Film: Café Serré

And they say being a cop is hard: Café Serré 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.

Music Video: WOOD

Music Video: WOOD

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.

Short Film: Masquerade

Short Film: Masquerade

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.

Let There Be Sound

Let There Be Sound

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.

Short Film: The Fly

Short Film: The Fly

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!

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Short Film: Reach

Short Film: Reach

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.

Video: Infinity

Video: Infinity

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.

Short Film: Oxygen

Short Film: Oxygen

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.

Short Trailer: Meet Meline

Short Trailer: Meet Meline

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.

Short Film: Bendito Machine

Short Film: Bendito Machine

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.

Re\Visioned: Activision

Re\Visioned: Activision

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.

Short Film: Zapping

Short Film: Zapping

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.

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Teaser #2: Astro Boy

Teaser #2: Astro Boy

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.

Seth MacFarlane Hulu Ad

Seth MacFarlane Hulu Ad

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.

Watchmen Saturday Cartoon

Watchmen Saturday Cartoon

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.

Please Say Something

Please Say Something

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.

Short Film: Aakraman

Short Film: Aakraman

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.

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