25 Brilliant Animated Short Movies

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Beautiful animated short movies are excellent for tedious coffee breaks and uninspiring monday mornings. To put some beautiful story in a short 2-5 minutes sequence isn’t easy, but even in this case designers and artists are quite creative and manage to come up with very surprising and unusual results. The selection below is supposed to make you cry, laugh, feel bizarre or even shocked — in every case being absolutely smashed.

Let’s take a look at the collection of 25 brilliant animated short movies. Among them you’ll find funny cartoons, typography-related movies as well as artistic masterpieces — hopefully everybody will find something interesting and unusual for his/her personal taste.

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Short and Sweet

Starless Night5
A short animation about a cat, a dog and… a sleepless night. Sweet!

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Circle of Life7
“Life constantly changes, as it comes full circle…” A finalist of numerous animation contests and festivals.

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Space Alone9
Everyone is looking for a friend. Even in space. A beautiful piece of art by the Greek animator Ilias Sounas.

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At a glance11
2nd single of 2nd album Ease Your Mind of the Belgian band Sioen. [via resfest12]

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Jasper Morello Animated Movie (AMV)14
An AMV made using clips from ‘The Mysterious Geographical Adventures Of Jasper Morello’ and The Widow, by The Mars Volta.

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow16
Israel Kamakawiwo Ole’s version of Somewhere over the rainbow. It’s just damn hard not to love this song.

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Artistic Short Movies

Elephant’s Dream18
Elephants Dream is the world’s first open movie, made entirely with open source graphics software such as Blender, and with all production files freely available to use under a Creative Commons license. Quicktime-version19.

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Illuminations20
The film consists of a choreography based on an original musical score. The movements illustrate a dialogue between the figurative and the abstract, attempting to find a mutual meaning and an affinity between them while at the same time emphasizing the polarity. By an Isreali artist Itai Froumin.

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Doll Face21
A machine with a doll face mimics images on television screen in search of a satisfactory visage. Doll Face presents a visual account of desires misplaced and identities fractured by our technological extension into the future.

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Herr Bar23
Epidermis ornamentation and a ballet of legs. Images of vegetation encircled by humming birds initiates a science-fiction-style journey into a surreal and meaty landscape. By Clemens Kogler.

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Seasons25
A fluent sand animation about Spring in the form of a beautiful young girl hatching from the ground. Singing nature’s bustling song of life, she dashes through the seasons until, having spend all of her strength in one go, she must once again sleep in the earth before being reborn.

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Hold your breath – Apnée27
Apnée / Hold you Breath by Claude Chabot is an impressive one shot sequence short movie. A photographer tries to capture an embarrassing moment of someone in the public eye, but he doesn’t realize that time is working against him.

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Ted29
The animation might be not the most attractive piece of art, but it perfectly blurrs the border between real and abstract motion.

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Typography

Tenspace31
A short movie created by a Japanese design agency WoW. Wow, beautiful.

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Full Metall Jacket33
Taking a famous scene from the classic film, Full Metal Jacket, typography is used to illustrate a heated dialogue between a Sergeant and a Soldier in a station bumper for AMC, American Movie Classics.

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Handlettering Animation35
A stunning handlettering-animation presented during the TYPO Berlin 2007 party in 2007.

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Alternative Rugby Commentary – The Ten Commandments37
This typographic video reveals 10 commandments of rugby.

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Justice DVNO39
Typographic motion design by design agency Machinemolle.

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Oceans Eleven41
Ok, nothing phenomenal. But the elevator part is pretty fancy.

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Funny Cartoons

Cane Toad43
What the hell happened to Baz?

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Gopherbroke45
A hilarious story of a funny gopher who wanted to eat some tomatos. Life is tough, buddy.

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In the Rough47
A cartoon created by the Blur Studio.

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Bananas49
Zach Parrish A greedy monkey gets what he wants… sort of. A short movie by Zach Parrish.

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Last Click

Robin Hood51
If you haven’t seen Robin Hood you haven’t lived. This is the opening sequence of the 1973 Disney animated version of Robin Hood. At 00:50 starts the best moment in the history of music film scores. Well, it’s not really short, but it’s indeed brilliant.

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Further Movies

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    Please stop making posts like these… they’re absolutely brilliant and I end up losing hours watching ‘em!

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    Whooo !

    Justice a famous group electro in france :)

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    SPACE ALONE IS SO SAD

    WHY DIDNT YOU WARN ME

    ITS SOOOO SAD

    HAVE YOU SEEN IT?! WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!?

    …. absolutely stunning too.

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    Love it! thanks

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    great video collection… liked funny cartoons section so much…

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    OH MY! That Robin Hood opening song!
    That’s my favorite song ever! I watched the movie when I was 3 or 4 years old, I already forgot about the movie but still remember the song. My father loves it too..

    Long time no hear the song, and now you post it. LOOOVE IT!

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    you are just smashing… thanks again

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    You should definitely add this french short movie:
    - http://www.le-building.com/themovie.htm

    It’s unbelievable!

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    Nice selection of animation.

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    Space Alone is just heartbreakingly beautiful, sniff! This little collection will keep me occupied for quite some time :-)
    I came across a short film recently that looks amazingly beautiful if the trailer is anything to go by: The Animal Book … I’m hoping they get a deal soon so I can see the rest :-)

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    Wow, great list SM!

    And thanks so much for posting the Robin Hood video. That whole movie brings me back to my childhood; I’m going to have to re-watch it sometime.

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    wow…great list

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    I can’t believe that Kiwi isn’t here. Do a Youtube search for that one, it’s freakin’ fantastic.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    March 3, 2008 10:18 am

    @Captain Hairy: you’ll find Kiwi in our article Funny and Creative Animated Videos.

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    You’ve got a good list here but what about Adam Philip’s work with Brackenwood?

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    nice one SM ;)

    love the robin hood video, nice to remenber again those times.
    i saw that when i was a child .

    continue the good work.
    ;)

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    Greate list guys, (as always ;))
    Gopherbroke rocks ,!!!!

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    space alone is the best in my opinion..

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    Oo-da-lolly!

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    Always wondered what you guys will come up with next – this is great – thanks.

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    I completely enjoyed watching the 25 animations showcased. I appear to have developed a curiosity about animations, as a result of this.

    Hopefully, in a future post, you could list 25 of the greatest animation showcased.

    Great post!

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    Great cool thanks, I like the blue one.

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    Robin Hood is an all time favorite.

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    50 seconds into Robin Hood: It’s the frigging HAMSTER DANCE!

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    Whoooo!!! great work.. great videos!!

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    Hey guys, your spam blocker (presumably Aksimet) blocked my previous comment on this post. Please release it. Thank you.

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    Nice videos! Especially ‘In the Rough’ was very funny :)

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    Space Alone made me think of the music video for “In This World” by Moby. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtBnfJvf6eQ
    Adorable aliens that make me sad.

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    Now how could you leave out “Heavy Metal”?

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    Hi,
    nice shortfilms. Here is my own collection of short films:

    http://sehenswert.wordpress.com/

    greets,
    jack

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    Good list, but you guys should check out the short animated film More by Marc Osborne. It’s a great piece of work.

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    Am I the only one noticed there’s only 24 clips in this 25-item list?

    Try doing what I did….count them over and over again.

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    i forgot to say this THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! useful for MP$/iPods..seriously

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    How to download the movies.????????????????

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    This is my favorite short movie The ChubbChubbs :)

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    “Hold Your Breath” was just some load of crap with a guy in a hazmat suit. WTF?

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    moives of gopherbroke
    its good concept , charcters ,

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    Hi, I would like to show you my low-budget adventure short movie entitled: “The Guardian”.
    You can see it here:

    http://it.youtube.com/user/GuardianShortMovie

    I hope you enjoy!
    Andrea

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    illuminations is hypnotic & dreamy, the colors and the music inspiring

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    doll face evokes a sadness & longing that is frightening in its misplacement

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    Hi there -

    Thanks for the great animations. I’ve been looking for one that I though was called “the plate” – animated short – 2 guys fishing from a plate balanced in the middle, one guy catches a box, other guy wants it – ends up one guy falls off and other is stuck on other side balancing box. Do you know of this?

    Thanks much

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    I am teaching in Iraq – how can i download these shorts for my students to watch – internet is too on and off here.

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    I love short films and animations and this post was a pleasure. Have you seen this one Milk of Amnesia by Jeff Scher

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    hi the world of animation is very better of world that we live at this ****************** && ^^^ $$$$$$$ ###### @@@ +++

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    The Blackheart Gang
    http://theblackheartgang.com/

    The Tale of How
    http://vimeo.com/1516019

    The Tale of How is the second part of a trilogy of works called The Dodo Trilogy. It is later to be flanked by The Tale of Then and The Tale of When. The Dodo Trilogy, in turn, fits into a much greater work called The Household. In The Tale of How we meet a giant octopus with a tree growing in his head, the terror of the Indian Ocean, OTTO THE MONSTER! His lonely pass-time is to devour the innocent dodo’s who lived on his head. We then see the dodos unite and with the help of a little white mouse, we see them escape the clutches of the terrible be-tentacled tyrant and sail off into the sunset on their mother the tree.

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    Hi, I’m trying to find a short animated film about following the same routine as everyone. I remember the person or creature worked at a factory and towards the end he separates from the crowd and gains color (the creatures were all gray…I think everything was grey until he realized he shouldn’t follow the crowd). The music in the short film was heavy metal I think.

    Thanks for your help!

    Edit: I’m also trying to find a short animated film about “life” and it shows a man going up some big stairs and as he gets higher he gets older until he dies.

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