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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. [Content Care Oct/21/2016]

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 Night4
A short animation about a cat, a dog and… a sleepless night. Sweet!

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Circle of Life6
“Life constantly changes, as it comes full circle…” A finalist of numerous animation contests and festivals.

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Space Alone8
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 glance10
2nd single of 2nd album Ease Your Mind of the Belgian band Sioen.

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Jasper Morello Animated Movie (AMV)12
An AMV made using clips from ‘The Mysterious Geographical Adventures Of Jasper Morello’ and The Widow, by The Mars Volta.
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Artistic Short Movies Link

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-version14.

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Doll Face15
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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Ted17
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 Link

Handlettering Animation19
A stunning handlettering-animation presented during the TYPO Berlin 2007 party in 2007.
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Alternative Rugby Commentary – The Ten Commandments21
This typographic video reveals 10 commandments of rugby.
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Oceans Eleven23
Ok, nothing phenomenal. But the elevator part is pretty fancy.
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Funny Cartoons Link

Cane Toad25
What the hell happened to Baz?

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Gopherbroke27
A hilarious story of a funny gopher who wanted to eat some tomatos. Life is tough, buddy.
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In the Rough29
A cartoon created by the Blur Studio.
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Last Click Link

Robin Hood31
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 Link

How To Make An Animated Movie33
25 of the best title sequences

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 /2007/11/19/monday-inspiration-typography-in-motion/
  2. 2 /2008/01/21/monday-inspiration-brilliant-music-videos/
  3. 3 /2008/01/28/monday-inspiration-graphics-in-motion/
  4. 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPW13qymVpA
  5. 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPW13qymVpA
  6. 6 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHOACiKSwDc
  7. 7 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHOACiKSwDc
  8. 8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASrRZ_XMR6s
  9. 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASrRZ_XMR6s
  10. 10 http://youtube.com/watch?v=vS-6mCnO0M8
  11. 11 http://youtube.com/watch?v=vS-6mCnO0M8
  12. 12 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbxGcVSJGbI
  13. 13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbxGcVSJGbI
  14. 14 http://orange.blender.org/download
  15. 15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl6hNj1uOkY
  16. 16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zl6hNj1uOkY
  17. 17 http://youtube.com/watch?v=ymh13G8YgQE
  18. 18 http://youtube.com/watch?v=ymh13G8YgQE
  19. 19 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3RUTAdCzRY
  20. 20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3RUTAdCzRY
  21. 21 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cny1i4qyyMo
  22. 22 http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cny1i4qyyMo
  23. 23 http://youtube.com/watch?v=rIDdx7NPJgo
  24. 24 http://youtube.com/watch?v=rIDdx7NPJgo
  25. 25 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3ENUqV5-bw
  26. 26 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3ENUqV5-bw
  27. 27 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoS2qh9SoT4
  28. 28 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoS2qh9SoT4
  29. 29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQdqaSITVyI
  30. 30 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQdqaSITVyI
  31. 31 http://youtube.com/watch?v=V_1eN90zUG4
  32. 32 http://youtube.com/watch?v=V_1eN90zUG4
  33. 33 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNeqigDQmMs

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  1. 1

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

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  2. 2

    Whooo !

    Justice a famous group electro in france :)

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    Casey Wight

    March 3, 2008 3:20 am

    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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  4. 4

    Love it! thanks

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  5. 5

    great video collection… liked funny cartoons section so much…

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  6. 6

    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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    Kultivation

    March 3, 2008 4:21 am

    you are just smashing… thanks again

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  8. 8

    Nice selection of animation.

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  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.

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  10. 10

    wow…great list

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  11. 11

    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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  12. 12

    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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  13. 13

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

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  14. 14

    First

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  15. 15

    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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  16. 16

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

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  17. 17

    space alone is the best in my opinion..

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  18. 18

    Oo-da-lolly!

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  19. 19

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

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  20. 20

    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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  21. 21

    Great cool thanks, I like the blue one.

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  22. 22

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

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  23. 23

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

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  24. 24

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

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  25. 25

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

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  26. 26

    Now how could you leave out “Heavy Metal”?

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  27. 27

    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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  28. 28

    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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    Theophilus71

    June 12, 2008 5:17 am

    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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  30. 30

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

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  31. 31

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  32. 32

    This is my favorite short movie The ChubbChubbs :)

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  33. 33

    Ignatz Horowitz

    October 22, 2008 6:09 am

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

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  34. 34

    moives of gopherbroke
    its good concept , charcters ,

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  36. 36

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

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  37. 37

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

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  38. 38

    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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  39. 39

    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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  40. 40

    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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  41. 41

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

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  42. 42

    hi fernando your film was good like you thanks

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  43. 43

    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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