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Animation

Police Logs of Port Townsend

Police Logs of Port Townsend

Like much of America, Port Townsend and Jefferson County, Washington have their share of criminal activity. Animator Michael McCurdy decided to create his own animated interpretations of some of their smalltown police reports, narrated by local residents.

And the Moon Stopped

And the Moon Stopped

Artist Arktk Berkut created the mindblowing visuals to accompany Moa Pillar’s track And the Moon Stopped, complementing the dizzying ambient track with a kaleidoscopic journey through a virtual world made up of digitally-manipulated photographs.

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The Muffin Song

The Muffin Song

TomSka’s latest addition to the hilariously warped asdfmovie series is an adorably weird music video that doubles as a recipe (and a suicide note) for delicious, fresh-baked muffins, performed with the accompaniment of Schmoyoho aka The Gregory Brothers.

Mantalime

Mantalime

Supinfocom Rubika animation student Lorraine Desserre’s short film revolves around a simple premise – a praying mantis ingests something strange, and goes on a crazy hallucinogenic trip. A short, sweet, and entertaining clip melding traditional and CG styles.

FREIGHT

FREIGHT

Sava Zivkovic’s computer animated short film follows an alien creature who must deliver a mysterious object back to its home. The story only scratches the surface of the mystery, but the mood it sets is incredibly captivating. Go behind the scenes with its creators here.

The Way Things Are (Trailer)

The Way Things Are (Trailer)

A brief look at the silly sense of humor of Juan Pablo Zaramella, whose upcoming 52-episode TV series Así Son Las Cosas (The Way Things Are) takes us inside the secret lives of everyday objects, brought to life through the magic of stop-motion animation.

How Spider-Verse Should’ve Ended

How Spider-Verse Should’ve Ended

How It Should Have Ended points out the plot holes and Kingpin’s dumb mistakes in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Seriously, how does nobody know that Kingpin dies to bullets?! Also, Batman gets jealous that the Spideys got to hang out.

Balcony

Balcony

Everyday lives in a neighborhood are shaken up when a mysterious stranger appears on the scene, and stokes the fire burning within each and every resident. Davide Dell’Edera and Airplan Studio’s animated short is an exercise in less-is-more storytelling.

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Director Katarina Lundquist’s beautifully animated short film tells the story of an old man and his best friend living out their days deep an a Norwegian forest. But one day, his pal disappears, and the man must deal with the emotional fallout of his loss.

Michna: Solid Gold

Michna: Solid Gold

Christophe Thockler created this minimal, but nonetheless captivating stop-motion video using 8,500 individual photos of rocks collected from around the world. It serves as the perfect visual for Michna’s warm and inviting EDM track.

Into the Spider-Verse 4K Blu-ray

Into the Spider-Verse 4K Blu-ray
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The fantastic Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is getting an ultra high-def 4K Blu-ray release. The disc comes with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and bonus features, including an Easter egg challenge and a bonus short film starring Spider-Ham.

Kitbull

Kitbull

A stray kitten is threatened when a pit bull moves in next to its hiding place. The cat does its best to push the dog away, but one day sees that they both could use a friend. This Pixar artist-made short film does a great job of capturing the nuances of a kitten’s behavior.

Fire in Cardboard City

Fire in Cardboard City

New Zealand filmmaker Phil Brough’s wonderful animated short tells the story of a fire brigade who attempts to save their city from a fire, but are frustrated by the fact that everything around them is made of cardboard – and apparently filled with gasoline.

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Food Play

Food Play

The guys from Toronto creative studio reactiv like to play with their food. In this lighthearted short, they imagine that edibles were actually used for playing various sports, and making quite the mess in the process.

3rd Date

3rd Date

Miss Gazelle and Mister Bear have a dinner date. But things don’t quite go according to plan in this hilarious and rapidly-escalating animated short by Veronica Solomon that reminds us of the classic Bambi Meets Godzilla for some reason.

Captain Marvel Trailer Spoof

Captain Marvel Trailer Spoof

ArtSpear Entertainment twists what we’ve seen of the Captain Marvel movie so far and gives us a different kind of hero. One who’s aware that she’s the center of the movie, and has lethal cosmic blasts coming out of her hands. Yeah this one’s no hero at all.

Overlay

Overlay

Based on a short story by Elizabeth Bonesteel, and directed by Device, this animated short film follows two operatives who must work together to infiltrate a prison, but all is not what it seems in this science fiction story about a son’s love for his father.

Love, Death + Robots (Trailer)

Love, Death + Robots (Trailer)

(PG-13) Tim Miller and David Fincher are the minds behind this twisted series of decidedly adult animated stories. Expect a wild ride with robots run amok, monsters made from garbage, hellish demons, and werewolf soldiers, among other oddities. Hits Netflix on 3/15/19.

Smash and Grab

Smash and Grab

Smash works inside a locomotive, powering the engine with his partner Grab. He’s tired of doing the same thing over and over again, and more importantly if being literally tied down to his job. So when he sees an opportunity to escape, he doesn’t hesitate.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Animator Juan Pablo Machado’s short film is a fresh and visually impressive take on the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale Rapunzel. In this thrilling version of the story, a group of mercenary knights arrive at the tower to rescue the long-haired princess from her captor.

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Paper Mario Bros.

Paper Mario Bros.

Fans of Nintendo’s classic 8-bit game will love this hand-drawn animation, which lovingly replicates World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. Kisaragi Hutae 6 combined paper cutouts and line drawings in his notebook to create this awesome little stop-motion short.

Brain Wave

Brain Wave

The latest intricately animated short from artist Jake Fried features at its center, a single main illustration of a man’s head, gradually worked and reworked as it experiences life and the world around it. Each image was created using ink and white-out.

Art for Lawyers

Art for Lawyers

“I am an artist, with the paperwork to prove.” In 2016, animator Rory Waudby Tolley got to be the Artist in Residence for an international law firm in London. But he didn’t know what kind of art the lawyers liked, so he asked them. This is what he ended up making.

Indomation

Indomation

A man falls asleep while watching Jurassic World, only to find himself face to face with one of the movie’s dinosaurs. Jurassic Park fan Mason Drumm and his friends spent over 90 hours making this tense stop-motion short film.

The Dragon Prince Season 2 (Trailer)

The Dragon Prince Season 2 (Trailer)

One of Netflix’s underappreciated series returns for its second season. In the funny and thrilling The Dragon Prince, Rayla, Callum and Ezran continue their journey with their new friend in tow. But war is brewing with each passing day. Premieres 2/15/19.

Pixar: Purl

Pixar: Purl

From Pixar’s “SparkShorts,” comes an animated short about an anthropomorphic ball of yarn who gets a job working among a bunch of bros in business suits. Director Kristen Lester’s film is a lighthearted tale about embracing what makes us unique.

A Theory of Flight

A Theory of Flight

All in Pixel created this animated masterpiece for The Verge’s Better Worlds‘ project. Based on a short story by Justina Ireland, it’s a science fiction tale about a woman determined to leave Earth for a more hopeful future on a colony only attainable for the wealthiest of people.

How Aquaman Should Have Ended

How Aquaman Should Have Ended

(SPOILERS) How It Should Have Ended plugs up the Aquaman movie’s loopholes and points out the problem of having an origin story after the hero has already joined a super team. Because Superman is the answer to everything.

Infinite Scroll

Infinite Scroll

Peter Henderson’s animated short film imagines the world behind the endless stream of social media posts we scroll by each day is fabricated along some sort of vertical assembly line that just remixes and regurgitates food and pet pics, selfies, and memes.

Hedgehog’s Home

Hedgehog’s Home

Director Eva Cvijanović’s award-winning stop-motion short film offers up a charming tale of a hedgehog who loves his home to no end, and a pack of hostile woodland predators who don’t understand the value of a happy and cozy place to call their own.

Sivan Talmor: Sad Heart

Sivan Talmor: Sad Heart
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The music video for Sivan Talmor’s emotive track Sad Heart is filled with incredible imagery that has a handmade feel, despite being computer animated. Unlike most CG animators, directors Karni and Saul embrace imperfection as part of their aesthetic.

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