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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

(PG-13) “From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.” Fabio Friedli and YK Animation Studio’s amazing and fast-paced stop-motion animation captures ideas big and small, all in under 5 minutes.

Nebulae

Nebulae

Take a journey to the outer reaches of space in Teun van der Zalm’s short film, which is packed with 10 meditative minutes of beautiful (and completely fake) images of cloud, gas, and dust formations which were computer simulated to emulate the birth of stars.

Island

Island

Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel’s short film takes us to a strange island when unusual creatures dwell. The stop-motion and 2D animated clip charmed us with its endearing character design, and David Kamp’s clever sound design brought it all together.

Doodly

Doodly

Anyone can make their own professional doodle-style video in minutes with this slick software. Doodly offers various drawing surfaces and hand models for you to choose from. Their Platinum and Enterprise editions offer a extra characters, props, and music.

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