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25 Brilliant Animated Short Movies

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 Link

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


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


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


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


Jasper Morello Animated Movie (AMV)13
An AMV made using clips from ‘The Mysterious Geographical Adventures Of Jasper Morello’ and The Widow, by The Mars Volta.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow15
Israel Kamakawiwo Ole’s version of Somewhere over the rainbow. It’s just damn hard not to love this song.


Artistic Short Movies Link

Elephant’s Dream
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-version17.


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.


Doll Face18
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.


Herr Bar
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.


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.


Hold your breath – Apnée
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.


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


Typography Link

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


Full Metall Jacket
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.


Handlettering Animation22
A stunning handlettering-animation presented during the TYPO Berlin 2007 party in 2007.


Alternative Rugby Commentary – The Ten Commandments24
This typographic video reveals 10 commandments of rugby.


Justice DVNO
Typographic motion design by design agency Machinemolle.


Oceans Eleven26
Ok, nothing phenomenal. But the elevator part is pretty fancy.


Funny Cartoons Link

Cane Toad28
What the hell happened to Baz?


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


In the Rough32
A cartoon created by the Blur Studio.


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


Last Click Link

Robin Hood34
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.


Further Movies Link

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 /2007/12/29/funny-and-creative-animated-videos/
  2. 2 /2007/11/19/monday-inspiration-typography-in-motion/
  3. 3 /2008/01/21/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/
  4. 4 /2008/01/28/monday-inspiration-graphics-in-motion/
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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Whooo !

    Justice a famous group electro in france :)

  3. 3

    Casey Wight

    March 3, 2008 3:20 am





    …. absolutely stunning too.

  4. 4

    Love it! thanks

  5. 5

    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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    March 3, 2008 4:21 am

    you are just smashing… thanks again

  8. 8

    Nice selection of animation.

  9. 9

    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.

  10. 10

    wow…great list

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    Captain Hairy

    March 3, 2008 9:49 am

    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.

  13. 13

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

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    You should definitely add this french short movie:

    It’s unbelievable!

  16. 17

    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.

  17. 18

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

  18. 19

    space alone is the best in my opinion..

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


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