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Animation

Paper or Plastic

Paper or Plastic

Despite its lighthearted style, animator Nata Metlukh’s short film covers some serious territory, as an immigrant comes to a first-world country only to find the nation’s arcane and crippling rules make him feel completely unwelcome in their supposed land of opportunity.

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!

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Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was once bequeathed a 1959 Fender Telecaster guitar. With a little help from Page himself, the animators at Nexus Studios share the mystical story of this illustrious and iconic instrument. Fender sells a replica of the psychedelic dragon guitar here.

Lil Dicky: Earth

Lil Dicky: Earth

(PG-13: Language) After an unpleasant encounter with some street urchins, musician Lil Dicky visits a magical animated world where he celebrates all the good things our planet has to offer. The celebrity-packed clip is actually for a good cause – saving our planet.

Cyriak: Indigestion

Cyriak: Indigestion

Surrealist animator Cyriak Harris presents his latest triptastic short film, featuring a plethora of strange and creepy critters which dwell inside a digestive system, and the chaos which ensues when it gets a bit of a tummy ache.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 6

“No longer certain, that one ever does win a war, I am.” Ahsoka Tano is reunited with Anakin Skywalker and kicks ass in our latest peek at the sixth and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It will be available exclusively on Disney’s Disney+ streaming service.

Kurzgesagt: Strange Stars Explained

Kurzgesagt: Strange Stars Explained

Kurzgesagt takes on one of the most bizarre and terrifying objects in the universe: neutron stars. Formed when certain giant stars collapse, neutron stars are made of strange matter, which are theoretically “perfectly stable.” And that’s where Physics and English disagree.

Coke Habit

Coke Habit

For those of you who haven’t been there, Coke is a very powerful drug. No no no, not that coke, the other one – with the caffeine. Enjoy this cautionary tale in the four minutes of ardent animation and fluid (and true) storytelling from Dress Code.

The Lion King (Trailer)

The Lion King (Trailer)

“While others search for what they can take, a true king searches for what he can give.” Disney is about to introduce the Circle of Life to a new generation. The realistic computer animated remake of The Lion King premieres 7/19/19.

NYC Textures

NYC Textures

Photographer and animator Ynon Lan captured over a thousand still images around New York City and compiled them into this cool short film, which evokes the true essence of the big city through its textures.

Timber

Timber

Five logs find themselves lost on a cold, dark night, freezing to death, when they realize the only source of warmth is lighting their own kind on fire. A darkly comic animated short from Nils Hedinger. It’s sort of like the wooden equivalent of the movie Alive.

A Timelapse of the Entire Universe

A Timelapse of the Entire Universe

We usually tune in to Melodysheep’s YouTube channel to listen to his songs, but this time, he’s brought us something even more compelling – a 10-minute review of the last 13.8 billion years, with narration by Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough.

Spring

Spring

Written and directed by Andy Goralczyk this beautifully animated CGI short film is about a girl and her dog who encounter mysterious spirits as they trek through a forest. Blender Animation Studio is offering up the production assets for animators to learn from.

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Wannerstedt’s Animated Wonders

Wannerstedt’s Animated Wonders

We’ve enjoyed some of the hypnotic 3D motion graphics of Andreas Wannerstedt before. See more of his mesmerizing visuals and hear what makes the artist tick in this interview from Insider. Then, check out his complete collection of short loops on Instagram.

Space Man

Space Man

“I could tell he was a real space man… because he had these funny little boots on.” Dan Britt’s animated short for Adult Swim’s SMALLS tells a story of an ordinary man abducted by an alien who needs a little help. But that’s not all…

Abiotic Awareness

Abiotic Awareness

Fractal filmmaker Julius Horsthuis is back with another visually stunning short, as he takes us inside of a fictitious research facility in the arctic “suspected of running unholy experiments on human consciousness.” The haunting, icy look he achieved sent a chill down our spine.

Fest

Fest

A street corner party erupts in the strangest possible way as a group of visually-distorted computer-generated characters get their rave on. Enjoy more of director Nikita Diakur’s wonderfully creative madness over on the website for his short film Ugly.

Better Butts

Better Butts

Director James Curran’s lighthearted animation features talking butts of all shapes and sizes. The first 40 seconds are amusing in their own right, but things take an unexpected turn after that, and the clip turns into a surprisingly well executed public service announcement.

How Spider-Verse Was Made

How Spider-Verse Was Made

Wired spoke with Danny Dimian, Visual Effects Supervisor, and Josh Beveridge, Head of Character Animation for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse about the movie’s art style, how the animation and effects reflect the characters and scenes, and more.

Phobias

Phobias

Motion designer Ah!Serif presents a slick little animated short which manages to sum up various fears and phobias using a simplified human analog. Its expressive eyes do a great job reacting to the terrifying stimuli around it.

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Herman Brown is Feeling Down

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

A man enjoys his quiet and calm world every day until something loud and distracting enters his universe to shake things up. Animator Dan Castro’s short film proves that less is often sometimes more, and how sound can be just as important in telling a story as imagery.

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.

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

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.

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