Animated films offer another form of escape that we sometimes cannot get in live-action movies. There are those times when we just want to let loose the child inside all of us. And animated movies just do the job perfectly. It instantly brings us back to those days when we look forward to every cartoon we watched as a child. The amount of effort though to produce a full-length animated movie is huge. That is why more creative animators choose to express themselves through animated short films. Listverse below are ten short animation films that are a total must-watch.
Zero is a stop-motion animated short released in 2010 directed by Christopher Kezelos. Don’t let the cute and seemingly innocent characters and backdrop fool you. This short film is actually dark and heavy and tackles weighty issues such as discrimination and racism. Underneath it all, the film is still a story about love. The film has won many awards and has been translated to many languages since it was uploaded on Youtube.
Kiwi is a short film released in 2006 by Dony Permedi as a school project. This animated short film is about a kiwi bird assembling some rows of trees on a cliff. The little bird actually wants to learn how it feels to fly. That’s all that can be said about the film to avoid any spoiler. If you don’t know what a kiwi is, a simple Google search will reveal what kind of bird they are.
Lifted is a short animated movie directed by Gary Rydstrom of Pixar. The short film is about a young alien taking an exam about alien abduction. He is being graded by his instructor based on how smoothly the abduction takes place. Unlike other movies in this list, Lifted is light and funny. The short film was nominated for the Oscars’ best animated short film category and was released in theatres with Ratatouille.
Now, for Alma, a Spanish short film made by Rodrigo Blaas, we go back to the seemingly fun film but with a dark and creepy twist. The light music and the snow setting give the film a cheery Christmas vibe. From there, the short movie quickly builds up into a grim setting and leads to a disturbing conclusion. Alma has won many best animated short awards and is now in development for a feature-length adaptation from Dreamworks.
6. Day and Night
Day and Night is another Pixar animated short film that was released in 2010. This one goes to the fun and light category. It is about the competition between Day and Night as to which one is better. They soon find out that they have more in common than their differences. Day and Night has won awards and accolades for being one of the best.
You could probably see yourself in this short film. We all have that struggle of waking and getting out of bed in the morning. The movie is about a man who has trouble waking up early so he decides to set up several alarms throughout his apartment. It is made by an animation team in Korea and has employed top-notch animation in the film.
4. Geri’s Game
Geri’s Game is another animated short film from Pixar that was released theatrically together with A Bug’s Life. The movie won the Oscars for Best Animated Short Film in 1998. The story is about an old man at a park who is playing chess with himself. This is the first Pixar movie to feature a human as a main character.
This short film is a 2007 French movie and is another one that started as a school project. The movie is about two octopuses that are separated from each other and the struggles they have to face to be with each other again. The short film is entertaining and has won many awards and is nominated for the Academy Awards.
2. French Roast
French Roast is another French animated short released in 2008. The movie is about an obnoxious businessman having his coffee at a fancy coffee shop. He then learns that he has forgotten to bring his wallet. Still too proud to ask for help, he keeps on ordering more French roast to have time to think of a solution. The film has gained many accolades.
1. Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy is inspired by Dumbo, another Disney movie, in which the baby Dumbo was delivered by a stork. According to this film, those babies came from the clouds and the storks are the one that delivers them. It is about a certain cloud and his delivery stork that always gets the worst babies to deliver. Partly Cloudy is released by Pixar theatrically together with its own critically acclaimed Up.