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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.

Kitbull

Kitbull

A stray kitten is threatened when a pit bull moves in next to its hiding place. The cat does its best to push the dog away, but one day sees that they both could use a friend. This Pixar artist-made short film does a great job of capturing the nuances of a kitten’s behavior.

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Food Play

Food Play

The guys from Toronto creative studio reactiv like to play with their food. In this lighthearted short, they imagine that edibles were actually used for playing various sports, and making quite the mess in the process.

3rd Date

3rd Date

Miss Gazelle and Mister Bear have a dinner date. But things don’t quite go according to plan in this hilarious and rapidly-escalating animated short by Veronica Solomon that reminds us of the classic Bambi Meets Godzilla for some reason.

Captain Marvel Trailer Spoof

Captain Marvel Trailer Spoof

ArtSpear Entertainment twists what we’ve seen of the Captain Marvel movie so far and gives us a different kind of hero. One who’s aware that she’s the center of the movie, and has lethal cosmic blasts coming out of her hands. Yeah this one’s no hero at all.

Overlay

Overlay

Based on a short story by Elizabeth Bonesteel, and directed by Device, this animated short film follows two operatives who must work together to infiltrate a prison, but all is not what it seems in this science fiction story about a son’s love for his father.

Love, Death + Robots (Trailer)

Love, Death + Robots (Trailer)

(PG-13) Tim Miller and David Fincher are the minds behind this twisted series of decidedly adult animated stories. Expect a wild ride with robots run amok, monsters made from garbage, hellish demons, and werewolf soldiers, among other oddities. Hits Netflix on 3/15/19.

Smash and Grab

Smash and Grab

Smash works inside a locomotive, powering the engine with his partner Grab. He’s tired of doing the same thing over and over again, and more importantly if being literally tied down to his job. So when he sees an opportunity to escape, he doesn’t hesitate.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Animator Juan Pablo Machado’s short film is a fresh and visually impressive take on the classic Grimm Brothers fairy tale Rapunzel. In this thrilling version of the story, a group of mercenary knights arrive at the tower to rescue the long-haired princess from her captor.

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.

Brain Wave

Brain Wave

The latest intricately animated short from artist Jake Fried features at its center, a single main illustration of a man’s head, gradually worked and reworked as it experiences life and the world around it. Each image was created using ink and white-out.

Art for Lawyers

Art for Lawyers

“I am an artist, with the paperwork to prove.” In 2016, animator Rory Waudby Tolley got to be the Artist in Residence for an international law firm in London. But he didn’t know what kind of art the lawyers liked, so he asked them. This is what he ended up making.

Indomation

Indomation

A man falls asleep while watching Jurassic World, only to find himself face to face with one of the movie’s dinosaurs. Jurassic Park fan Mason Drumm and his friends spent over 90 hours making this tense stop-motion short film.

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The Dragon Prince Season 2 (Trailer)

The Dragon Prince Season 2 (Trailer)

One of Netflix’s underappreciated series returns for its second season. In the funny and thrilling The Dragon Prince, Rayla, Callum and Ezran continue their journey with their new friend in tow. But war is brewing with each passing day. Premieres 2/15/19.

Pixar: Purl

Pixar: Purl

From Pixar’s “SparkShorts,” comes an animated short about an anthropomorphic ball of yarn who gets a job working among a bunch of bros in business suits. Director Kristen Lester’s film is a lighthearted tale about embracing what makes us unique.

A Theory of Flight

A Theory of Flight

All in Pixel created this animated masterpiece for The Verge’s Better Worlds‘ project. Based on a short story by Justina Ireland, it’s a science fiction tale about a woman determined to leave Earth for a more hopeful future on a colony only attainable for the wealthiest of people.

How Aquaman Should Have Ended

How Aquaman Should Have Ended

(SPOILERS) How It Should Have Ended plugs up the Aquaman movie’s loopholes and points out the problem of having an origin story after the hero has already joined a super team. Because Superman is the answer to everything.

Infinite Scroll

Infinite Scroll

Peter Henderson’s animated short film imagines the world behind the endless stream of social media posts we scroll by each day is fabricated along some sort of vertical assembly line that just remixes and regurgitates food and pet pics, selfies, and memes.

Hedgehog’s Home

Hedgehog’s Home

Director Eva Cvijanović’s award-winning stop-motion short film offers up a charming tale of a hedgehog who loves his home to no end, and a pack of hostile woodland predators who don’t understand the value of a happy and cozy place to call their own.

Sivan Talmor: Sad Heart

Sivan Talmor: Sad Heart

The music video for Sivan Talmor’s emotive track Sad Heart is filled with incredible imagery that has a handmade feel, despite being computer animated. Unlike most CG animators, directors Karni and Saul embrace imperfection as part of their aesthetic.

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We Need to Talk About Cosmos

We Need to Talk About Cosmos

(PG-13: Language) An astronaut speaks about the complexities and challenges of living in space. Raphaël Bluzet’s animated short has a light start, but a dark ending. If the voice sounds familiar, that’s Gary Dourdan, who played Warrick Brown on CSI.

NFL Commentary, Animated

NFL Commentary, Animated

If you knew nothing about how American football worked, and only ever heard the hyperbolic commentary, you might imagine it playing out something like the scenes in Nick Murray Willis‘ hilarious animation.

I Was a Winner

I Was a Winner

(PG-13: Language) “When we weren’t playing, we… We were almost always playing.” Jonas Odell’s thoughtful short film features three recovering video game addicts talking about their experiences in the guise of their old video game avatars.

Zoetrope Pottery

Zoetrope Pottery

Artist Kenny Sing of Turn Studio first mapped out a series of geometric patterns on his computer, then carefully cut them out from a ceramic bowl before firing it. Once completed, spinning the piece on a potter’s wheel creates the illusion of movement.

Distortion

Distortion

Animator Guldies Konst’s latest stop-motion animation was made using 2500 individual still images of painstakingly-shaped Plastilina clay. Combined with the clever use of sound effects, each element of his surreal short film takes on a sense of mass, material, and scale.

EPOCH

EPOCH

Visual artist Kevin McGloughlin used countless images from Google Earth along with audio samples from NASA to provide “a visual representation of our connection to earth and it’s vulnerable glory.” It’s amazing how these static satellite images can tell such a story.

Cubed

Cubed

Xue Enge’s quirky animated short envisions a world in which everyone has a Rubik’s Cube for a head. Our protagonist wanders about in his tighty whities desperately seeking to make a connection in his puzzling and conformist universe, and makes a heartening discovery.

Rebooted

Rebooted

Ringling College of Art and Design students Sagar Arun and Rachel Kral’s lighthearted animated short pokes fun at the sometimes vast differences between a superhero’s comic book origins and their modern-day versions, in this obvious jab at a certain DC Comics hero.

Fabricated

Fabricated

Director Brett Foxwell spent 10 years working on this incredible stop-motion film in which inanimate objects work together to bring a biomechanical alien world to life. We can only imagine how much work was involved given the smoothness of each creature’s movements.

Majestic Wilderness!

Majestic Wilderness!

Peer through the lens to spy on an exotic and spooky forest, where strange and mysterious creatures lurk in the shadows. We just love the black and white shading in animator Elenor Kopka’s quirky little short film.

Bilby

Bilby

Dreamworks TV presents a charming animated short about a funny looking blue creature trying to survive on his own in the deadly Australian outback, when he meets up with an adorable and puffy bird who he ends up having to protect from just about everything in sight.

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