A hilariously weird, darkly comic short film about two soccer moms living in a surreal world where superficiality and nonchalance lead to some very strange outcomes indeed. From the warped minds of Upright Citizens Brigade alums Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe.
THE BEST Short Films
In Jared Lee’s intriguing short film, the job of grim reaper is held by everyday Joes. As one of these soul collectors gets used to his gig, he starts having strange dreams which may provide clues to the demise of his clients. The post-credits scene clarifies the twist in case you missed it.
Set after Star Wars Episode 3, Vader is Star Wars Theory’s fan-made series about the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. In the first episode, Vader is sent on a mission to defeat a powerful Jedi while he’s still grieving from Padme’s death.
A knit toy dinosaur sees the love of its life in danger, and will do whatever it takes to save his one and only, regardless of the consequences. Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe’s stop-motion short is an emotional ride as good as anything from Pixar. Behind the scenes here.
Chris Cousins‘ animated short film uses imagery of endlessly churned-out drugs as an analogy for the addictive – and potentially harmful nature of social media. Seriously, how did something that delivers cat videos become a vehicle for manipulating global politics and distributing hate?
A man decides to make a big change in his life and buy a field filled with corn, but he finds himself distracted as he contemplates the impact his newfound purchase will have on the world. Cory and Brendan’s short film is the perfect blend of hilarious and weird.
Don Hertzfeldt’s hilariously weird Rejected was nominated for the 2001 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It was remastered for a Blu-Ray release in 2015, and the artist recently re-released the clip on his YouTube channel. It’s a must watch for lovers of the absurd.
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