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Animation

Planemo

Planemo

Animator Veljko Popović’s surreal short film tells the tale of a man who finds his life fragmented and disjointed after an accident with a deer changes his life forever. As his world comes apart, so do the polygonal shapes of his universe.

Best Friend

Best Friend

(PG-13: Language) In the not-too-distant-future, a lonely man finds himself addicted to an implantable product that allows him to have the constant companionship of a group of virtual friends. A creepy Black Mirror-esque tale from students at animation school Gobelins.

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The Dark Phoenix Saga TL;DR

The Dark Phoenix Saga TL;DR

Do you want to remember or find out about the comic book version of the X-Men’s Dark Phoenix saga before the movie adaptation comes out? Marvel has your back. Here’s a silly recap of what happened when Jean Grey was given the all-powerful Phoenix force.

Dinner for Few

Dinner for Few

(Gore) In Nassos Vakalis’ not so subtle animated short film, a group of insatiable pigs are fed a feast out of a machine that turns anything into food. Surrounding them are cats that fight for scraps. But what happens when the food runs out?

Yona (Teaser)

Yona (Teaser)

It only gets a few seconds of screen time, but the visuals in Gautier Alfirevic and Kevin ‘Teau’ Rose’s short film are too good to ignore. The film tells the story of a Civil War captain who must face his deepest fears as he nears death. Support the production’s completion here.

Animator of the Human Soul

Animator of the Human Soul

(SPOILERS) ScreenPrism looks at the work of director Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Boy and The Beast, Mirai). Some are calling Hosoda the next Hayao Miyazaki. Regardless, his films are about exploring love in everyday life.

Toy Story 4 (Teaser)

Toy Story 4 (Teaser)

We can now wipe our tears from the ending of Toy Story 3. And prepare for more tears for 2019’s Toy Story 4. In the upcoming movie, Woody and the rest of Andy’s former toys meet a reluctant toy, Forky. They’re then taken on a road trip by their new owner, Bonnie.

Scrambled

Scrambled

A distracted young woman is running late for her train, when she stumbles onto a Rubik’s cube that’s been discarded by the tracks. But this is no ordinary puzzle – it seeks her help to find its own solution, and perhaps bring meaning to its life.

Koji

Koji

A boy with lightning powers and his ice cat best friend have adventures on an alien planet. Koji is a proof-of-concept short film made by Studio Mir, the animation company behind Netflix’s Voltron, The Legend of Korra, The Boondocks and more.

Missing Link (Trailer)

Missing Link (Trailer)

Zach Galifianakis takes on the perfect role – an 8-foot-tall, 630 pound, fur-covered beast, who decides to head out of the forest and into the civilized world in search of his long-lost relatives. It’s from LAIKA, the same studio behind Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings.

Overwatch: Reunion

Overwatch: Reunion

It’s high noon. Overwatch‘s sharpshooting bounty hunter gets his time to shine in Blizzard’s latest animated short film. He cases a train heist, hoping to retrieve a special crate inside. But someone got there first, and it’s an old friend of his.

Cyriak: RIP

Cyriak: RIP

Despite the title, animator Cyriak Harris is still alive and well, thank goodness. In fact, he’s here to celebrate Halloween with a playful video packed with hundreds of bendy skeletons filling our screens in his trippy trademark style.

Moving Parts

Moving Parts

Andrew B. Myers‘ experimental short film uses a combination of animation techniques to fill the frame with dozens of tiny objects constantly in motion. There’s so much going on that you’ll need to go back and watch it multiple times to catch all of the neat little details.

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The Loaf Zone

The Loaf Zone

(PG-13: Language) Welcome to Loaftown, an unusual place where generally absurd stuff happens all day long. If you like asdfmovie’s sense of humor, we think you’ll enjoy Christopher Rutledge’s animated short too. Kids, be sure to check out The Fun Zone!

Asleep on the Train

Asleep on the Train

Director Catherine Prowse’s music video for Tom Rosenthal’s simply wonderful tune Asleep on the Train tells a beautiful tale of self-discovery. Though the entire clip was animated using marionettes and miniatures, it’s as human a story as can be.

HISHE: Ant-Man & The Wasp

HISHE: Ant-Man & The Wasp

How It Should Have Ended takes on the inconsistencies and illogical sequences in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp, such as the Wasp forgetting that she can fly, how Janet survived all this time, and of course ignoring the Infinity War.

Dark Phoenix Animated Trailer

Dark Phoenix Animated Trailer

The debut trailer for Dark Phoenix was intriguing, but Darth Blender’s take on it looks way more exciting. They used scenes from the classic ’90s X-Men animated series, which did take on the Dark Phoenix saga. It’s a shame they didn’t use scenes from the actual battle.

Wooden Child

Wooden Child

While driving home to visit his daughter, a man tragically hits another child on a dark country road. Animator Joe Loftus’ highly atmospheric animated short chilled us to the bone with its stark imagery and incredible sound design.

Disney: The Magic of Animation

Disney: The Magic of Animation

Kaptain Kristian is back with his latest “visual love letter,” a tribute to the animation of the Walt Disney Company. He explores a dozen different techniques Disney animators have used to make their creations lifelike, and that any animator could use to improve their craft.

Mirai (Trailer)

Mirai (Trailer)

From filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast) comes another charming animated film. Mirai is about a boy who gets jealous of his baby sister, until he meets the future version of her. Premieres 11/29/18.

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Into the Spider-Verse (Trailer 2)

Into the Spider-Verse (Trailer 2)

The latest look at the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse packs more laughs and action. More importantly, it seemingly reveals the rest of the alternate versions of Spider-Man that will team up with Peter Parker and Miles Morales. Premieres 12/14/18.

2018 Trailer Trash-Up

2018 Trailer Trash-Up

“Welcome to the most advanced nation in the world! Where we choose our leader based on who fights best in shallow water.” ArtSpear Entertainment pokes fun at the trailers for Black Panther, Venom, Pacific Rim Uprising, Tomb Raider, Solo and more.

How Solo Should Have Ended

How Solo Should Have Ended

Han Solo named himself and is tired of all the pointless fighting and potential lovers. Qi’ra can’t wait to be alone for reasons. Lando drops the hottest single in the galaxy. All that and more in How It Should’ve Ended’s parody of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Future Thoughts

Future Thoughts

From living rooms on wheels, to 3D printed humans, to transporter beams, to robotic construction workers, Animator Loek Vugs’ short film muses on some of the likely and unlikely technologies which might be in the future of humanity.

Star Wars: A New Hope Anime Trailer

Star Wars: A New Hope Anime Trailer

Dmitry Grozov aka Ahriman made this awesome fan trailer for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in the style of ’70s anime, complete with Japanese dub. It’s not as smooth or sharp as OtaKing’s legendary TIE Fighter, but the jankiness only adds nostalgia.

One Small Step

One Small Step

Directors Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas of TAIKO Studios present a heartfelt and beautifully animated short film about the trials and tribulations of a girl who hopes to grow up one day to become an astronaut.

Pandy

Pandy

(PG-13) Animator Matúš Vizár’s trippy short film is a darkly comic tale about the life of a troubled panda as he makes the transition from starvation and isolation in the wild to being showered with attention, bamboo, (and drugs) in captivity.

An Unexpected Euphoria

An Unexpected Euphoria

(Flashing Images) Load your eyeballs with some trippy, yet captivating images from motion graphic artist Linyou Xie, whose animation is packed with strange manipulations of the human form which are so wrong, they’re right. Beats by Boys Noize, and their track ORVNGE.

Hilda (Trailer)

Hilda (Trailer)

Based on Luke Pearson’s graphic novels, Hilda is a Netflix series about a girl who was raised in a countryside teeming with magical creatures. She’s heartbroken when they move to the city. Little does she know that her new home has its own wonders. Premieres 9/21/18.

Kaizo Trap Remixed

Kaizo Trap Remixed

YouTuber t.p. took animator Guy Collins‘ amazing Kaizo Trap video, and reworked it with a fresh electronica soundtrack that fits perfectly with the protagonist’s challenging journey into a platform video game world. Even if you’ve seen the original already, it’s worth a rewatch.

Enough

Enough

Have you ever had the urge to touch a fire, just to see how it would feel? How about slapping the heck out of a noisy commuter? Film student Anna Mantzaris gives life to those and more sociopathic urges in this darkly comic animated short. Bill Burr would love this.

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