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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.