Animated Short Films

A list of some of the best animated shorts of the past 40 years or so.
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1.
Vincent (1982 Short Film)
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Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams which annoys his mother. (6 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Puppets. ” - Achton_DK
 
2.
Balance (1989 Short Film)
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A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk. (7 mins.)
“ Puppets. ” - Achton_DK
 
3.
The Sandman (1991 Short Film)
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On a dark night, as the clock strikes eight, a mother sends her child upstairs to bed with only a candle for light... (10 mins.)
Director: Paul Berry
“ Puppets. ” - Achton_DK
 
4.
Quest (1996 Short Film)
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A being made of sand wakes up in the desert. It finds a bottle near him, but it's empty. The noise of dropping water can be heard not far away... (12 mins.)
“ Puppets. ” - Achton_DK
 
5.
Flatworld (1997 Short Film)
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Matt Phlatt, along with his pet cat Geoff and his fish, Chips live in a world where everyone is "flat" character in a 3D world of paper and cardboard... (30 mins.)
Director: Daniel Greaves
“ Puppets. ” - Achton_DK
 
6.
The Periwig-Maker (1999 Short Film)
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Europe; the plague years. A wigmaker, locked in his shop, observes the events and writes about them in his journal... (15 mins.)
“ Puppets. ” - Achton_DK
 
7.
Lucas, the Ear of Corn (1977 Short Film)
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The story of Lucas, a young ear of corn, from his days in the cornfield with his mother to the moment he ultimately meets his fate as a meal for a young boy. (4 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
8.
The Snowman (1982 Short Film)
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On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus. (26 mins.)
 
9.
The Big Snit (1985 Short Film)
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A couple have a fight over a scrabble game unaware that a full scale nuclear war has started. (10 mins.)
Director: Richard Condie
 
10.
Your Face (1987 Short Film)
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A man's head transforms and contorts bizarrely as he sings "Your Face," an original song. (3 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
11.
The Cat Came Back (1988 Short Film)
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A pesky yellow cat becomes the bane of Mr. Johnson's life as it constantly outsmarts his increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it. (7 mins.)
Director: Cordell Barker
 
12.
How to Kiss (1988 Short Film)
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As a brave couple demonstrates, the narrator uses quotes, examples and advice to help us all reach the highest heights in the art of kissing. (6 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
13.
25 Ways to Quit Smoking (1989 Short Film)
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The perilous road to kicking the habit is explored in twenty-six vignettes that include various professionals and contraptions. (5 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
14.
Plymptoons (1991 Short Film)
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Sketches. We see human crash tests: a human hits a wall at five miles per hour, 50 mph, and 3000. A... (6 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
15.
Gagarin (1985 Short Film)
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(29 mins.)
Director: Rolf Teigler
 
16.
Gagarin (1994 Short Film)
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A young caterpillar yearns to fly like the butterflies and birds, but cannot launch himself high enough to do so - until a couple start playing badminton nearby. (3 mins.)
 
17.
Ah, L'Amour (1995 Short Film)
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A guy keeps getting painfully rejected (bodily harm) when he asks girls out. (2 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
18.
How to Make Love to a Woman (1996 Short Film)
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An animated look at the 11 essential steps to make the pilgrim's progess from finding a woman to making love to her... (5 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
19.
Genre (1996 Short Film)
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A hapless cartoon character is dragged through a spectrum of cinematic situations by his frustrated animator. (5 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
20.
The Apprentice (1991 Short Film)
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Medieval times. A jester is heading to the castle, but can't help running into a fruit tree in his path... (9 mins.)
Director: Richard Condie
 
21.
Bob's Birthday (1994 Short Film)
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Margaret Fish is planning a surprise party for her dentist husband, Bob. Meanwhile, at the office, Bob... (12 mins.)
 
22.
Mermaid (1997 Short Film)
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An elderly monk, while training the young novice who will succeed him, recalls the mysterious lost love of his past - just as his young successor appears to be encountering her himself. (10 mins.)
 
23.
Lily and Jim (1997 Short Film)
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Lily and Jim are interviewed about their disastrous blind date. (13 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
24.
Humdrum (1999 Short Film)
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Two very bored shadowy characters try to think of something to do--and end up playing "Shadow Puppets." (7 mins.)
Director: Peter Peake
 
25.
Billy's Balloon (1998 Short Film)
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A balloon wraps itself around a young child's hand, bringing him higher and higher, much to the child's delight... but... (6 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
26.
Animated Epics: Beowulf (1998 Short Film)
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(27 mins.)
Director: Yuri Kulakov
 
27.
Surprise Cinema (1999 Short Film)
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A mischievious man plays an assortment of extreme practical jokes on unsuspecting victims - like replacing one man's razor with a chainsaw. (7 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
28.
The Old Man and the Sea (1999 Short Film)
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An old fisherman goes out on his fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life. (20 mins.)
 
29.
When the Day Breaks (1999 Short Film)
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A rooster has his last biscuit for breakfast and goes grocery shopping. A pig prepares her breakfast (potato peelings... (10 mins.)
 
30.
Father and Daughter (2000 Short Film)
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A father says goodbye to his young daughter. In time the daughter grows old, but within her there is always a deep longing for her father. (8 mins.)
 
31.
Chicken Kiev (2000 Short Film)
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Without the mother in sight, a newborn chick starts staggering around, searching for food and warmth. (9 mins.)
 
32.
Rejected (2000 Short Film)
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A hilarious collection of animated television commercials that were rejected because of their creator's failing grip on sanity. (9 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
33.
Eat (2001 Short Film)
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A restaurant opens for the night. The diners include: A man dining alone, who orders a plate of spaghetti that becomes his dining companion... (9 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
34.
Strange Invaders (2002 Short Film)
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Roger and Doris are a childless couple who get more than they bargained for when a strange child appears at their door one day. (8 mins.)
Director: Cordell Barker
 
35.
Mount Head (2002 Short Film)
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A miserly man eats the pits of some cherries he can't stand throwing out. A tree starts growing from the top of his head... (10 mins.)
Director: Koji Yamamura
 
36.
Destino (2003 Short Film)
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To a song of love lost and rediscovered, a woman sees and undergoes surreal transformations. Her lover's face melts off... (7 mins.)
 
37.
The Animatrix (2003)
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The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the backstory of the "Matrix" universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix. (100 mins.)
 
38.
Guard Dog (2004 Short Film)
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Why do dogs bark at such innocent creatures as pigeons and squirrels... what are they afraid of? This film answers that eternal question. (5 mins.)
Director: Bill Plympton
 
39.
The Meaning of Life (2005 Short Film)
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The evolution of humanity, through countless eons. (12 mins.)
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
 
40.
André and Wally B. (1984 Short Film)
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A brainless android wakes up to be taunted by a large bee. (2 mins.)
Director: Alvy Ray Smith
 
41.
Luxo Jr. (1986 Short Film)
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A larger lamp watches while a smaller, younger lamp plays exuberantly with a ball but doesn't pick up the knack of correct handling. (2 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
 
42.
Red's Dream (1987 Short Film)
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With a sale tag hanging from his seat, propped up in the corner of a bicycle store on a rainy night, Red the unicycle dreams about a better place. (4 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
 
43.
Tin Toy (1988 Short Film)
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A tin one-man-band toy tries to escape a destructive baby. (5 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
 
44.
Knick Knack (1989 Short Film)
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A snow globe snowman wants to join the other travel souvenirs in a hot party, but the glass dome that surrounds him gets in his way, despite all his efforts. (4 mins.)
Director: John Lasseter
 
45.
Locomotion (1990 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Steve Goldberg
 
46.
Gas Planet (1992 Short Film)
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(3 mins.)
Director: Eric Darnell