22 Of The Best Short Animated Films

You’ll watch in this article some of the best short animated movies that were created, most of them awarded or nominated for the Academy Awards. Most of these motion graphics masterpieces have a funny approach on the situations presented but you will also see some dramatic short videos. It will take you some to watch them all so I’m suggesting you to bookmark the article. I’ve watched all of these and I was astonished by their author’s creativity and exemplar execution.

Logorama


Logorama is a 16-minute animated film written and directed by H5/ François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain, and produced by Autour de Minuit. The film depicts events in a stylized Los Angeles, and is told entirely through the use of more than 2,500 contemporary and historical logos and mascots. The film won the Prix Kodak at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.

Presto

Presto is a 2008 American Pixar computer-animated short film shown in theaters before their feature length film WALL-E. The short is about a magician trying to perform a show with his uncooperative rabbit and is a gag-filled homage to classic cartoons such as Tom and Jerry and Looney Tunes. Presto was directed by veteran Pixar animator Doug Sweetland, in his directorial debut.

Oktapodi

Oktapodi is a 2007 French computer-animated short film that originated as a Graduate Student Project from Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image. The short is about a pair of love struck octopuses who through a series of comical events are separated and find each other. Oktapodi was directed by Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier, and Emud Mokhberi. Music was composed by Kenny Wood.
Oktapodi was well received, winning a number of awards, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film (Animated) for the 81st Academy Awards.

Alarm

Alarm is an animation directed for Jang Moo-hyun from the independent team of MESAI.

Invasions

Pictures, animation & music: Clément Morin
Scenario : Matthieu Lesaint – Sound Design : Lorice Fouquer

The lady and the reaper

The Lady and the Reaper is a 3D imaging animated short film created by Javier Recio Gracia and produced by Kandor Graphics. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and won the Goya Award for Best Animated Short of 2009.

Replay

In a world destroyed by the human kind, the only glimmer of hope is the memory of a forgotten past.
Created by Anthony Voisin, Zakaria Boumediane, Fabien, Congratulates-Zulma, Camille Delmeule
Music by Miguel Randrianasolo

French Roast

French Roast is an animated short created by Fabrice O. Joubert. It is Joubert’s first short film.

In a fancy Parisian Café c. 1960, an uptight businessman discovers he forgot to bring his wallet and bides his time by ordering more coffee. He constantly turns away a homeless man who asks him for money, but in the end, due to a curious turn of events, it is the homeless man who is unselfish enough to pay the businessman’s bill thus saving him from embarrassment.

Cathedral

The Cathedral is the title of a science fiction short story by Jacek Dukaj, winner of the Janusz A. Zajdel Award in 2000; and of a 2002 short animated movie by Tomasz Bagiński, based on the story. The film was nominated in 2002 for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film for the 75th Academy Awards. The movie won the title of Best Animated Short at Siggraph 2002 in San Antonio as well as several other awards.

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty is a six-minute-long CG/flash animated socially satirical black comedy short film, directed by Nicky Phelan and produced by Darragh O’Connell of Brown Bag Films in 2008. It was written by Kathleen O’Rourke. The plot centres on Granny O’Grimm, a seemingly sweet old lady, who loses the plotline as she tells her own version of Sleeping Beauty to her terrified granddaughter.

This Way Up

“This Way Up” is a 2008 short film directed by Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes. It follows the story of two undertakers trying to deliver a body to a graveyard. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film at the 81st Academy Awards.

Even Pigeons Go To Heaven

Even Pigeons Go To Heaven is a short film directed by Samuel Tourneux and released in 2007. It was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for best animated short film.

Madame Tutli-Putli

Madame Tutli-Putli is a 2007 Academy Award nominated stop motion-animated short film by Montreal filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). It is available on the Cinema16: World Short Films DVD as well as from the NFB.

Lifted

Lifted is a 2006 Pixar computer-animated short film directed by Gary Rydstrom. This is the first film directed by Rydstrom, a seven-time Academy Award winning sound editor and mixer.

No Time for Nuts

No Time for Nuts is a computer animated short film from Blue Sky Studios (20th Century Fox Animation), starring Scrat of Ice Age fame, premiering on the DVD release of Ice Age: The Meltdown, much in the same vein as Gone Nutty on the previous movie’s DVD release. It was nominated for an Oscar “Best Short Film, Animated” in 2007, though it never received a billing with a Fox feature film. It also won “Best Animated Short Subject” at the Annie Awards.

One Man Band

One Man Band is a 2005 Pixar animated short film. The film made its world premiere at the 29th Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France, and won the Platinum Grand Prize at the Future Film Festival in Bologna, Italy. It was shown with the theatrical release of Cars.
The short was written and directed by Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews and produced by Osnat Shurer, head of Pixar’s Shorts group. The score for the short was written by Michael Giacchino, who also composed the scores for Pixar’s animated feature films The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Up.

Artificial Paradise, Inc

Artificial Paradise, Inc is an experimental film anticipating a future where a major corporation has developed an unique software, based on organic virtual reality, which holds all the lost memories of humankind. A user connects to this database of the forgotten…what is he searching for?

And Then There Was Salsa

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The Monk & The Monkey

A determined young boy, Ragu, is sent by his master on his final quest to become a monk. A seemingly simple task becomes an unexpected challenge for Ragu as he discovers the real value of his quest.
Created by Brendan Carroll & Francesco Giroldini
Music by Erez Koskas

Something Left, Something Taken

An animated dark comedy about a vacationing couple’s encounter with a man they believe to be the Zodiac Killer. Based on a true story.
Techniques and tools: After Effects, Stop-Motion, Pixilation, Drawn on Paper, Flash, Live Action puppets

Direction/Animation/Design/Writing: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata
Sound Design/Mix:Greg Sextro (East West Audio)
Voice recording: Erin Kilkenny

The Raven

This movie is not fully animated so take it as an exception for this article. I’ve included it because it has some damn good effects.

Chris Black possesses a power that could lead to the destruction of the current regime, and they will stop at nothing to destroy him.
The chase is on as Chris runs for his life in this sci-fi thriller set in an alternate and futuristic Los Angeles.

Director : Ricardo de Montreuil
Producers: Ricardo de Montreuil & Eliz Eskeranli
Writers: Ricardo de Montreuil & Antonio Perez
Cinematographer: Andres Sanchez
Music by: Angelo Milli
Special Effects Supervisor: Aaron Burns
3D Modeling and Animation: Juan Somarriba and Francisco Concha
Visual Effects and Compositing: Ricardo de Montreuil
Editing: Ricardo de Montreuil
Color Correction: Santiago Padilla
Sound Design and Mixing: Martin Seltzer
Budget: $5k
Format: RED 1920×1080
Special thanks: Filmosonido, CO3 and Converse

Descendants

Heiko van der Scherm – Writer, Director, Design, Modeling
Bernhard Haux – Character TD Flower main actors
Goro Fujita – Supervising Animator
Felix Graf – Animator
Holger Schönberger – Pipeline, Shading, Lighting, Compositing

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