Animation

Anthropocene, LOL

Anthropocene, LOL

It might have an amusing title and a playful illustration style, but NERDO’s animated short is anything but funny, as it paints a depressing picture of humanity’s negative effects on the world around us. As people obsess with selfies, social media, and outwardly looking like they’re being “green,” the planet crumbles around us.

Utopia

Utopia

It took animator Guldies over six months and 2500 still images to complete this weird and wild stop-motion short film, which introduces us to a strange human/frog creature who begets all kinds of shapes and objects, all made out of clay.

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A Visual History of Light

A Visual History of Light

Trip the light fantastic with The Atlantic, as we tour the fires we made 400,000 years ago, then move on to oil lamps, lighthouses, neon, flash bulbs, television screens, and OLEDs of modern times. The simple animation makes it all the more dazzling.

How Rotoscoping Changed Animation

How Rotoscoping Changed Animation

In the earliest days of animation, characters had movements which seemed stiff and unnatural. Vox explains how an invention came along that allowed animators to draw movements atop live footage, creating much more believable motion. If you haven’t seen it Minnie the Moocher has been impeccably restored.

While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping

Charlie Stewart’s beautifully minimal animated short film takes us on a journey to a far-off planet, where two scientists have been left to explore, and two AI-powered digital assistants who strike up a conversation as they wonder where their human masters have gone.

Fried Rubber Chicken

Fried Rubber Chicken

Stop motion animator Bebop loves to fix fake foods out of inedible objects. After delighting us with a LEGO pizza, he’s back with a some fried chicken – made from clay and one of those squeaky rubber chickens. We’re guessing even if you fry the thing, it’s still a tough chew.

Hell of a Week

Hell of a Week

An office worker finds himself the victim of a series of daily pranks by his co-workers. But in the end, the rage kicks in, and he gets his revenge in Damien Bastelica’s amusing and extremely well-drawn animated short.

The Other Side

The Other Side

Motion artist Thomas Blanchard’s colorful short film envisions an entire universe that lives inside of our eyes. What makes the vibrant visuals even more amazing is that they were entirely created with paint, ink, oil, and soap, without reliance on CGI or digital effects.

Little Runmo

Little Runmo

This amazing short film took animator Gooseworx two years to create, and the payoff was worth it. Follow along with a video game character named Runmo on his journey to discover the meaning of life (or in his case, lives). It’s a weird, wild, and wonderfully inventive look at what it might be like to live in a platform game.

Helluva Boss (Pilot)

Helluva Boss (Pilot)

(PG-13: Language) This darkly humorous cartoon follows the story of a group of imps living in hell, who start up a business to assassinate the living if the price is right. From the character design, to the script, to the voice work, it’s brilliantly executed from start to finish. From Vivienne Medrano, creator of Hazbin Hotel.

Why Miyazaki’s Animation Feels Alive

Why Miyazaki’s Animation Feels Alive

There’s so much to love about the style, stories, creatures, and characters in Hayao Miyazaki’s catalog of animated films. But what is it about these artful pieces of cinema that make them so dear to us? Kaptain Kristian digs into how Studio Ghibli breathes such life into every frame.

Six Kinetic Characters

Six Kinetic Characters

In this series of six short vignettes, artist and animator Lucas Zanotto shows us how even the most rudimentary of characters can convey emotion, so long as they have a pair of eyes and a mouth. Also, it appears that Lucas has a fetish for eyeballs.

Jumpy

Jumpy

Anthony Falleroni’s animated short follows a video game character who struggles with the difficulty of completing of the very first level in his game. We love the pixel art style, chiptune soundtrack, and most of all, the storytelling. His making of video is well worth a watch too.

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The Freak

The Freak

Grant Kolton’s humorous animated short film digs into the strange realities of human anatomy, and just how freakish we all really are. So the next time you look at someone and think they’re weird, have a good long look in the mirror.

The Last Man on Earth…

The Last Man on Earth…

Animator Junyi Xiao’s short film The Last Man on Earth Sat Alone in a Room has a Rick and Morty-esque warped sense of humor. It tells the story of a lonely man who spends his days sitting in front of his computer, and who makes quick work polishing off a visitor who comes to his door. But all is not what it seems in the end.

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.

Textless

Textless

Husband and wife design team Gareth Smith & Jenny Lee’s typographic short film plays a clever visual trick, simulating the physics of what might happen if all of the letters on advertising signage started to break loose from their appropriate locations, and came to rest in totally haphazard ways.

Animated Book Covers

Animated Book Covers

Since 2015, animator Henning M. Lederer has been bringing to life various vintage books, each of which featured bold geometric images on its cover. After you watch the latest clip, be sure to go back and watch Part 1 and Part 2.

Zombie Time

Zombie Time

We’re doubtful that the makers of The LEGO Movie franchise will ever make a zombie movie, but that’s okay, because Paramotion Films has already gone and done it for us, with their extremely well-executed short film that proves that dismemberment doesn’t have to be gory – at least when it comes to minifigs.

Stuffed

Stuffed

A talented group of students from Supinfocom Rubika co-directed this charming and uniquely-styled animated short about a plush kitty who needs to get his anger issues under control, and who might just do it after he makes an unexpected new friend in the woods.

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Practical Motion Graphics

Practical Motion Graphics

Visual artist Rogier van der Zwaag eschews digital effects for his motion graphics projects, instead painstakingly creating his images with practical effects, like the 4085 colorful rectangular blocks featured in this 2011 video for his collective Nobody Beats the Drum. Be sure to check out his tricky illusion videos on Instagram.

Hors Piste

Hors Piste

Léo Brunel’s (Voltige) award-winning animation is a silly slapstick short about a duo of buffoons attempting to save a skier trapped at the top of the mountain; but it would seem the man really needs to be rescued from his rescuers. The title refers to the kind of off-trail skiing which set up the scenario in the first place.

Great Wave

Great Wave

Motion collage artist Erik Winkowski takes a very simple concept and takes it to the extreme. By compositing hundreds of images of a man doing toe-touches into a series of sine wave patterns, he basically creates an ocean made of humans.

SCOOB! (Trailer)

SCOOB! (Trailer)

Warner Bros. Pictures presents another origin story we didn’t know we needed, as we meet a young Shaggy and a talking brown dog who quickly become best friends, eat lots of snacks, and go on to solve all kinds of mysteries. We’re not quite sure what to make of Scooby speaking in full sentences.

When You Bowl a Strike

When You Bowl a Strike

You know those animations they play on the screens at bowling alleys when you get a spare or a strike? The warped minds of DigiLuxe Recreational Video decided to make a version as told from the perspective of that final pin that takes its time dropping to the floor.

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-motion animator Bebop cooks up a delicious pizza with the help of some unconventional ingredients, including 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, and other studded plastic blocks. The 2-minute film is comprised of roughly 3,300 photos, and an unknown quantity of LEGO bricks.

Floreana

Floreana

Fast forward in time to a strange and exotic place filled with all kinds of animals. But all is not what it seems on the surface of animator Louis Morton’s award winning short film, which offers a unique aesthetic and an inventive science fiction story about the future of life.

Vök: In the Dark

Vök: In the Dark

Every frame’s a painting in director Elí’s music video for Icelandic band Vök. This beautiful work of animated art is the perfect complement to the smooth mix of powerful lyrics, danceable beats, and an infectious chorus. Kudos to the entire animation team for this one.

Infinite Delivery

Infinite Delivery

Over the years, Dave of sheepfilms has created some pretty wild short animations, among them this trippy loop that makes it look like a package that’s being delivered contains the front door into which it is being delivered. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Stop-Motion Cake Slicing

Stop-Motion Cake Slicing

Animator Kevin Parry spent an absurd amount of time baking in the kitchen to put together this mouth-watering stop-motion clip. It features a hypnotic sequence of colorful cakes gradually being cut away, slice-by-slice. Now we really are in the mood for dessert. Thanks, Kevin.

Can’t Stop the Beat

Can’t Stop the Beat

Animation studio Kara Kuta presents a series of playful CGI animations, each grooving to a 135 BPM soundtrack, and that look like they were made from cardboard. The Chiang Mai, Thailand studio has a wonderfully whimsical aesthetic throughout all of their work.

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