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25 Brilliant Animated Short Movies

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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.

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

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

Space Alone 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 glance 2nd single of 2nd album Ease Your Mind of the Belgian band Sioen. Screenshot Jasper Morello Animated Movie (AMV) An AMV made using clips from 'The Mysterious Geographical Adventures Of Jasper Morello' and The Widow, by The Mars Volta. Screenshot

Artistic Short Movies

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-version. Screenshot Doll Face 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. Screenshot
Screenshot Ted The animation might be not the most attractive piece of art, but it perfectly blurrs the border between real and abstract motion. Screenshot

Typography

Handlettering Animation A stunning handlettering-animation presented during the TYPO Berlin 2007 party in 2007. Screenshot Alternative Rugby Commentary - The Ten Commandments This typographic video reveals 10 commandments of rugby. Screenshot Oceans Eleven Ok, nothing phenomenal. But the elevator part is pretty fancy. Screenshot

Funny Cartoons

Cane Toad What the hell happened to Baz? Screenshot Gopherbroke A hilarious story of a funny gopher who wanted to eat some tomatos. Life is tough, buddy. Screenshot In the Rough A cartoon created by the Blur Studio. Screenshot

Last Click

Robin Hood 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. Screenshot

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