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Into the Flame

Into the Flame

(PG-13) After a moth burrows into a businessman’s ear, he starts to have visions which take hold and set him off on a new course through life. Hue&Cry’s short film is a beautifully animated and expressive tale of self-discovery and transformation.

SIN – Maestro

SIN – Maestro

Animator Bebop usually makes silly, but well-executed stop-motion films about food. But this clip is a bit more esoteric and abstract than their typical work. That doesn’t make this short film starring a disembodied hand any less compelling. We’re not sure what it all means, but it’s a cool work of visual art.

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Super Showdown Bowl

Super Showdown Bowl

After wowing us with their Super Hero Bowl and Super Villain Bowl, Joe and Rita of ArtSpear Entertainment are back with their most epic assembly of characters yet, as Good and Evil must team up to battle an even more terrifying force, known as OSCAR. And this golden guy eats Infinity Stones as a snack.

The Silly Duck Wizard

The Silly Duck Wizard

There’s something about the craft that goes into stop-motion animation that makes it so special top us. In this short clip by Terry Ibele of Terrymation, we meet a goofy wizard who seems to only know how to cast a single spell. The character is brought to life wonderfully through the voice of fellow animator Davey Swatpaz.

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.

A Life in Numbers

A Life in Numbers

As philosopher Albert Camus said “Life is a sum of all your choices.” In Kingdom of Something’s lighthearted short, they provide some stats about how much of our lives we spend performing everyday tasks, and some of the figures might help you better allocate your time.

RED

RED

Ritzy Animation’s amusing short film follows the journey of a down-on-his-luck Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer after he’s retired from Santa’s crew. But Rudy gets inspired to clean up his act, and again become the powerful sled-puller he once was. Naturally, there’s a training montage.

Batman & Superman

Batman & Superman

Animator Deekay worked with audio designer QBSound to put together this amusing and cheeky little clip that reminds us of a time when Batman and Superman didn’t hate each other, and were actually the best of buddies.

Cyriak’s Circle World

Cyriak’s Circle World

Animator Cyriak Harris takes us on a typically trippy journey through one of his weird and imaginative worlds. This time, the place is populated with self-replicating fractal teddy bears, spiraling highways, and cats operating mechs made out of buildings. As the insanity passes by, it eventually circles back on itself.

The Space Wall

The Space Wall

Through the use of high-contrast black-and-white imagery, and a stark, minimal soundtrack by Paul Vinsonhaler, filmmaker Jason Allen Lee’s incredible animated short will truly transport you into the isolation of outer space. If you can, watch it full screen in a darkened room with headphones on.

My Job is to Open and Close Doors

My Job is to Open and Close Doors

“What is my purpose?” You open and close airlocks. In Mattias Plhelde’s goofy, low-fi video, a spaceship’s door control system starts to question its role in the universe as it observes the unusual and imprecise behaviors of the humans it serves.

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.

FITNESS Z0NE

FITNESS Z0NE

Jack Sachs created this silly animated fitness tape featuring a variety of special exercise moves which are guaranteed to help you shed pounds, give you more energy, and melt inches off your waist! Advance! Now, Embrace the Void!

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.

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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.

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.

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