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Animation

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.

Primal (Clip)

Primal (Clip)

Genndy Tartakovsky is best known for creating Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Now, he’s working on Primal, a new Adult Swim series that follows a caveman who befriends a dinosaur on the brink of extinction in a brutal, primordial world. It looks incredible from this brief clip. Drops Fall 2019.

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Angry Mom’s Night Meal

Angry Mom’s Night Meal

Animator omozoc is back with another silly stop-motion video, starting out with a goofy dance sequence, followed by our protagonist’s gadgets getting sliced into oblivion and cooked up when his mom gets mad at him for making such a ruckus.

You’re Not a Monster (Teaser)

You’re Not a Monster (Teaser)

IMDb’s new streaming miniseries is a bit of a nod to Dr. Katz Professional Therapist, though the therapist in this animated show only sees troubled monsters as his patients. Among the voices featured are Kelsey Grammer, Eric Stonestreet, Aparna Nancherla, Ellie Kemper, Patton Oswalt, Adam Pally, Amy Sedaris, and more.

The Moon’s Milk

The Moon’s Milk

It took over seven years for Ri Crawford and his co-creators to make this stop-motion animated short, but the finished film was well worth the wait. Narrated by Tom Waits, it takes us on a fantastical journey with Captain Millipede and his crew to harvest the milk seeping from craters on the moon as it hovers incredibly close to the Earth.

The Electric State: Animated

The Electric State: Animated

Artist Simon Stålenhag is known for his incredible vision of dystopian, hyper-commercial worlds. Ilya Plotnikov
a fan of his, has brought a small slice of his work to life by animating images from the book The Electric State, accompanied by music composed by Stålenhag himself.

Signal

Signal

We just want to bottle up and drink the warm and dreamy visuals in filmmaker Hwang ji – lee’s animated short film. We can think of no greater application of the phrase “every frame a painting” than to this beautiful and captivating clip of otherwise mundane subject matter.

Cyriak: Breakfast

Cyriak: Breakfast

Animator Cyriak’s latest bit of organized chaos is made from some silly old black-and-white film footage of a man attempting to eat his breakfast in the middle of the road. As is always the case with Cyriak’s videos, things quickly run off the rails. Breakfast breakfast breakfast.

NEBULA

NEBULA

Marcin Nowrotek’s abstract experimental short film was created with a Kinect sensor and volumetric digital effects to transform a scene of jazz musicians into the most beautiful music visualizer we’ve ever seen – as the sounds from the instruments influence the imagery.

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.

Robot & The Robots

Robot & The Robots

Design studio Animade shares one of their fun little projects. Robot & The Robots is a computer animated short film about a band of musical instruments that play themselves. Watch them perform their (only) song, Robot_Song_03.mp3.

Dark Empire (Trailer)

Dark Empire (Trailer)

Animator Ian Wilkins is working on a new Star Wars-inspired series, a fan film project based on Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s beloved Dark Empire comics, in which Palpatine returns from the dead and Luke struggles with his dark side. The awesome music in the trailer comes from composer Daniel Ciurlizza.

Splendor

Splendor

Artist Joe Takayama’s short film juxtaposes modern animation technology with traditional Japanese art styles. He developed an algorithmic method for rendering Kiriko (cut glass) and Kumiko (wooden lattice work) using a system typically used for simulating plant growth in CGI.

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Catastrophe

Catastrophe

A cat is tempted by a little bird in a cage, but its owner is having none of that. Despite the cat’s best intentions to honor its master’s wishes, all hell breaks loose as soon as she leaves the house. A hilarious and dark slapstick animation by director Jamille van Wijngaarden and keplerfilm.

Bone Mother

Bone Mother

Dale Hayward and Sylvie Trouvé’s incredibly inventive animated short film tells the story of a “a vain and arrogant youth dares to enter Baba Yaga’s living house of bones.” But after the young man wreaks havoc on the old lady’s world, she delivers a swift and just punishment for his misdeeds.

Gummy Gas Crisis

Gummy Gas Crisis

The evil Lord Gasideous plans to gas an entire city. Good thing the mayor knows just who to call: space gasman Ed. Blirp Studio’s wacky short film draws inspiration from video games and revels in its combination of 2D and 3D animation.

Why We Are All Addicts

Why We Are All Addicts

Animator Yan Dan Wong teamed up with Alain De Botton of The School of Life to explore the nature of addiction, and how most of us exhibit one if its primary traits – focusing on material things and other distractions to keep us from dealing with our emotions, hopes, and fears.

LEGO Zoetrope

LEGO Zoetrope

LEGO expert Sariel shows off one of his neatest creations yet, a motorized mechanical zoetrope, which displays an animation when you look through the slits at the posed minifigs as they whiz by inside. A cool spin on a classic moving picture device.

A Sun Will Always Sing

A Sun Will Always Sing

In this beautifully illustrated short science fiction film, a pilot and a spaceship depart on a very long journey with some very precious cargo headed for a better place. Based on a short story by Karin Lowachee and directed by Chad Thompson for Yeah Haus as part of The Verge’s Better Worlds project.

The Animation Machine

The Animation Machine

Interactive designer Sabba Keynejad put together a simple, but wonderful rig for recording animations. By feeding sheets of paper under a pair of motorized rollers, a stack of 1000 individually printed sheets are brought to life. The track is Drinkee by Sofi Tukker.

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Recurrence

Recurrence

While you think you might eventually get to ground level in Julius Horsthuis‘ short film, it just isn’t going to happen. Instead we’re taken on an endless descent into a trippy virtual city created with fractals textured with maps of a city.

Rango: A Bizarre Masterpiece

Rango: A Bizarre Masterpiece

(Spoilers) If you’ve never seen Rango, drop what you’re doing and stream it now. It’s honestly one of our favorite animated movies ever. Film essayist Josh Keefe looks at Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp’s underappreciated western, and how its genre-bending and aesthetic imperfections helped make it so damned great.

30 Wasted Years

30 Wasted Years

Russian animator Lazy Square sums up 30 years of slacking just 30 seconds with this well-executed mini short film. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for more great animations – we especially enjoyed his unofficial NASA recruitment commercial and his Terminator 2 parody.

Said the Whale: Record Shop

Said the Whale: Record Shop

The video for Said the Whale’s alt-pop track Record Shop is noteworthy for the way its animations were produced. The video was created by spinning 129 vinyl records – each covered with a custom sticker, and syncing up the camera to produce an effect similar to a phenakistiscope. From the album Cascadia.

Stop-motion Spidey

Stop-motion Spidey

(PG-13: Lyrics) In between his professional projects, animator Lawrence Becker of Samplertimes created a series of awesome stop-motion animations of Spider-Man turning in some precisely-choreographed dance moves. The behind-the-scenes clips are worth a watch too.

Keyboard Crasher’s Lunch

Keyboard Crasher’s Lunch

In this silly stop-motion short by omozoc, a writer struggles with a stuck key on his computer’s keyboard and decides the best course of action is to chop it up and turn the thing into a sandwich. Headphone wearers, get ready for some delightful ASMR clicking sounds.

Batman Dance Party

Batman Dance Party

Monster Truck Ninja’s adorable animated short celebrates Batman and Robin with a series of snippets featuring characters from the franchise performing dance moves to a remixed version of Neal Hefti’s classic 1966 Batman theme. Enjoy a 360º VR Batdance here.

How Endgame Should’ve Ended

How Endgame Should’ve Ended

How It Should Have Ended takes on the mega blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, pointing out both how Thanos could have easily beaten the Avengers, and how the heroes could have comfortably iced the Mad Titan. And of course, why the ending was unnecessary.

Thickest Flipbook Ever

Thickest Flipbook Ever

Andymation spent over 35 days over the course of 3 months creating this insanely-thick flipbook. The 658-page anime-style sequence only takes about 50 seconds to watch, but it’s a serious testament to the artist’s illustration skill and dedication. Skip to 15:07 for the money shot.

Looney Tunes: Dynamite Dance

Looney Tunes: Dynamite Dance

Despite their political incorrectness, we still love us some classic Looney Tunes cartoons. While Warner Bros. has all but buried the old ones, this brand new cartoon captures the look and outlandish slapstick style of the classics, and serves to tease a new series coming from the studio.

The Future Ain’t the Same…

The Future Ain’t the Same…

In artist Chris Labrooy’s whimsical short film The future ain’t the same as it used to be, he envisions a wacky world where classic cars can float on water, pop their lids, and hop about on a cushion of air. We can’t decide between the Porsche 911 Carrera RS Flamingo or Swan spec.

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