200 Great Animated Shorts on YouTube (2000s)

by Imdbidia | created - 13 Oct 2011 | updated - 16 Feb 2017 | Public

Shorts from year 2000 onwards. Randomly ordered. Mostly independent and young animators from schools of animation. A few conceptual pieces, too! Most of them are silent, in English or have English subtitles but a few are in their vernacular language. Different genres, styles and stories, mostly for adults. If you find any broken link or anything out of the ordinary, please let me know! I hope you enjoy the shorts!

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1. Supervenus (2014)

3 min | Animation, Short, Drama

An update of our classic human anatomy.

Director: Frédéric Doazan

Votes: 397

2. Sintel (2010)

14 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

The film follows a girl named Sintel who is searching for a baby dragon she calls Scales. A flashback reveals that Sintel found Scales with its wing injured and helped care for it, forming ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Levy | Stars: Halina Reijn, Thom Hoffman

Votes: 3,132


3. Temerario (2006)

10 min | Animation, Short

After being shot and left for dead, Rio finds himself in a dream of revenge where, as an old man, he must confront his own Shadowside in order to find peace.

Director: Carl Zitelmann

Votes: 54


4. One Rat Short (2006)

10 min | Animation, Short

The rat fights for survival in the New York City subway.

Director: Alex Weil

Votes: 547


5. Ubornaya istoriya - lyubovnaya istoriya (2007)

TV-G | 10 min | Animation, Short

In the strangest of places, a lonely public lavatory attendant who dreams of romance will find excitement and perhaps love, when a chivalrous secret admirer keeps leaving flowers in her tip jar. But, what good is an invisible lover?

Director: Konstantin Bronzit

Votes: 1,483


6. In Memoriam (2006)

8 min | Animation, Short

An old watchmaker turned toy maker is spending the last days of his life trying to recreate his happiest moment in life through a miniature set and a bunch of mechanical toys.

Directors: Valentin Gueu, Romain Maleyrot, Jérôme Oudot

Votes: 39


7. Haoma (2008)

7 min | Animation, Short

An infertile male is left alone when his people form couples to perpetuate their family trees.

Directors: Matthieu Deltour, Mélissa Lafon, Elodie Legros, Yann Moalic

Votes: 71


8. The Cat Piano (2009)

8 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A city of singing cats is preyed upon by a shadowy figure intent on performing a twisted feline symphony.

Directors: Ari Gibson, Eddie White | Star: Nick Cave

Votes: 919


9. The House of Small Cubes (2008)

12 min | Animation, Short, Drama

To save his house from rising flood waters, an old man uses bricks to build it higher, then he relives events from his past while searching for his dropped pipe.

Director: Kunio Kato | Star: Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 9,122


10. Descendants (2008)

R | 14 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A 3-D animated film about the dream of reaching the unreachable and about the fact that something good can evolve from something evil.

Directors: Patrick Cunningham, Heiko van der Scherm | Stars: Whoopi Goldberg, Christy Scott Cashman

Votes: 192


11. Ceasefire! (2002)

8 min | Animation, Short

A boy is forced to face the hardships of war alone.

Director: Ferenc Rofusz

Votes: 44


12. Le Moulin (2005)

6 min | Animation, Short

The life of a coastal town is under the spell of the movement of a windmill's sails.

Director: Florian Thouret

Votes: 34


13. Out of a Forest (2010)

6 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A family of rabbits are having a birthday party under a big tree, unaware that a mischievous wolf is approaching.

Director: Tobias Gundorff Boesen

Votes: 134


14. Masques (2009)

7 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

In the middle of the desert, a fierce combat between two warriors is taking place. Only one can survive, and the tribe is watching.

Director: Jérôme Boulbès

Votes: 38


15. Minotauromaquia (2004)

10 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A trip into Picasso's creative mind. We enter his imagination to find the creatures and stories that populated his psyche.

Director: Juan Pablo Etcheverry

Votes: 103


16. The Backwater Gospel (2011)

Not Rated | 9 min | Animation, Short, Horror

Backwater is doomed by the regular visits of the undertaker and its dwellers blame a tramp.

Director: Bo Mathorne | Stars: Zebulon Whatley, Lucien Dodge, Phillip Sacramento, Laura Post

Votes: 1,059


17. The Mantis Parable (2005)

TV-G | 8 min | Animation, Short

The Mantis Parable is the charming tale of a humble caterpillar trapped in a bug collector's jar and in need of a helping hand.

Director: Josh Staub

Votes: 225


18. A Gentlemen's Duel (2006)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Action

A seemingly innocent tea party is transformed into mega technological mayhem when two imperious aristocrats compete for the affections of a lady.

Directors: Sean McNally, Francisco Ruiz-Velasco | Stars: Tom Kenny, Ashley Walsh, Chuck Wojthiewicz

Votes: 593


19. Monsieur Cok (2009)

10 min | Animation, Short

Mister Cok is the owner of a large bomb factory. Looking for efficiency and profit, he decides to replace his workers by sophisticated robots; however one of the workers does not accept being discarded so easily.

Director: Franck Dion | Star: Gaëtan Gallier

Votes: 92


20. Géraldine (2000)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Gerard is dealing with an unwanted sex change.

Director: Arthur de Pins | Stars: Anne-Charlotte Guillot, Camille Serceau

Votes: 180


21. Even Pigeons Go to Heaven (2007)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

On a moonlit fall night, a priest races to the home of Mr. Moulin running a motorcycle off the road and arriving just in time to catch the old man as he falls from a chair on which he ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Tourneux | Stars: Frédéric Saurel, Bernard Jung, Clémence Cournac

Votes: 821

In French [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqsa31mMnzI&list=PL1CBAAFE4E4756C03[/link]

22. Éclosion (2006)

9 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

In an uncertain time and place, a group of animated shy rock cubes come out from the anonymity of their quarry to mate. Powerful and indescribable forces made them move towards others in ... See full summary »

Director: Jérôme Boulbès

Votes: 32


23. Bärenbraut (2007)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama

An allegoric fable of the relationship between humans and Nature through the relationship between a bear and a woman.

Director: Derek Roczen

Votes: 17


24. Father and Daughter (2000)

8 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A father says goodbye to his young daughter. Time passes and the daughter moves through life age by age, but within her there is always a deep longing for her father.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Votes: 4,989


25. This Way Up (2008)

TV-G | 9 min | Animation, Short

On their way to deliver a coffin to a graveyard, a grim duo of undertakers go through hell and back, as formidable and tangled obstacles stand in the way.

Directors: Adam Foulkes, Alan Smith

Votes: 1,417


26. Jacinta (2008)

9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Old Jacinta knits non-stop longing for a visit.

Director: Karla Castañeda | Star: Ana Ofelia Murguía

Votes: 46


27. Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

17 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A series of dark and troubling events forces Bill to reckon with the meaning of his life - or lack thereof.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt | Star: Don Hertzfeldt

Votes: 2,092


28. Le silence sous l'écorce (2010)

11 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Two tree-creatures hibernating underneath the bark of their respective tree wake up by the quakes produced by the snowfall outside, so they go out to explore and that's how they meet each other.

Director: Joanna Lurie | Star: Patrick Saignes

Votes: 190


29. Jojo in the Stars (2003)

TV-PG | 13 min | Animation, Short

In a bleak and desolate world, a small creature seeks out the woman of his dreams: a high-flying circus performer with a cruel and possessive ringmaster.

Director: Marc Craste | Stars: Oliver Miceli, Andrew Stirk

Votes: 490


30. Sleeping Betty (2007)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

In a world of odd people and surreal habits, the Queen weeps and wails: her daughter Betty won't wake up. With the court looking on, the King swings into action, jiggling the bed with the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Cloutier | Stars: Martin Barry, Johanne Garneau, Rick Jones

Votes: 398


31. Exit (IV) (2005)

9 min | Animation, Short, Drama

In an almost isolated mental asylum a doctor and a patient discuss about the world, society and human nature.

Directors: Xavier Aliot, Florian Bestel, Nicolas Chombart, Guillaume Roux | Stars: Benoît Allemane, Michel Saillard

Votes: 11

In French, no subtitles.


32. Skhizein (2008)

13 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Having been struck by a 150-ton meteorite, Henry has to adapt to living precisely ninety-one centimeters from himself.

Director: Jérémy Clapin | Stars: Julien Boisselier, Théo Grimmeisen, Mado Debrus

Votes: 3,324


33. The Danish Poet (2006)

15 min | Animation, Short, Romance

A woman ponders over the strange coincidences that made her forefathers and -mothers meet and create the premises for her becoming the person that she is.

Director: Torill Kove | Star: Liv Ullmann

Votes: 2,061


34. French Roast (2008)

TV-PG | 8 min | Animation, Short

In a fancy Parisian Café, an uptight businessman discovers he forgot to bring his wallet and bides his time by ordering more coffee.

Director: Fabrice Joubert

Votes: 2,481


35. Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)

17 min | Animation, Short, Thriller

Solitary, exhausted, and profoundly melancholic--the anachronistic, Madame Tutli-Putli--waits patiently to board a train, surrounded by a lifetime's worth of personal belongings. Is she running away from a bleak past?

Directors: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski | Star: Laurie Maher

Votes: 2,285


36. Pig Me (2009)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A little piggy is able to escape a slaughter house. Being sheltered by the owner of a pet shop, he thinks he has found the right place to survive, the only problem is that humans seem to prefer other animals as pets.

Director: Mette Tange | Stars: Carsten Knudsen, Rebecca Bang Sørensen, Israel Hernández

Votes: 66


37. Al Dente (2007)

6 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A hungry little street girl discovers the magic and the dangers of an opera-singing ogre's kitchen.

Directors: Jean-François Barthelemy, Jean-François Barthélémy, Maël François, Carlos Felipe León Ortiz

Votes: 39


38. L'autoroute (2007)

7 min | Animation, Short

A man driving at night finds himself in the same strange situation in a road café over and over again.

Directors: Maxime Ramos, Cyrielle Sigu, Camille Vitroly

Votes: 27


39. The Chubbchubbs! (2002)

G | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A janitor at an alien nightclub gets his wish to be a singer.

Director: Eric Armstrong | Stars: Brad Simonsen, Mortonette Jenkins, Jeff Wolverton, Peter Lurie

Votes: 3,561


40. The Legend of the Scarecrow (2005)

10 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A scarecrow befriends a wounded crow setting a chain of unfortunate events into motion.

Director: Marco Besas | Star: Sancho Gracia

Votes: 316

In Spanish with subtitles [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhOUyyMUDdk&list=FLQcBOCBwDTOifEfqt1nNmGg[/link]

41. The Lady and the Reaper (La dama y la muerte) (2009)

TV-G | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

All alone in her room, a solitary elderly widow lying on her deathbed yearns to reunite with her beloved late husband, nevertheless, the road to the afterlife can be long, while on the other hand, today's modern medicine works miracles.

Director: Javier Recio Gracia | Stars: Miguel Angel Perez, Eva Molina

Votes: 2,262


42. L'inventaire fantôme (2004)

10 min | Animation, Short, Mystery

In the empty apartment of an old wheel-chaired collector, a bailiff discovers a secret floor full of mementos. He then proceeds to flag which objects shall be seized.

Director: Franck Dion

Votes: 150

In French no subtitles [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyvNkHC100g&list=PL1CBAAFE4E4756C03[/link]

43. Strange Invaders (2001)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Roger and Doris are a childless couple who get more than they bargained for when a strange child appears at their door one day.

Director: Cordell Barker | Stars: Cordell Barker, Jennifer Torrance, Jackson Barker

Votes: 483


44. Cortex Academy (2004)

4 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Different parts of a man's brain react to an adultery declaration.

Directors: Cédric Jeanne, Frédéric Mayer | Star: François Pérusse

Votes: 27


45. Pigeon: Impossible (2009)

6 min | Animation, Short, Action

The tale of Walter, a rookie secret agent faced with a problem seldom covered in basic training: what to do when a curious pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase.

Director: Lucas Martell

Votes: 605


46. Arka (2007)

8 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

An unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease, the remaining survivors escape to the sea in great ships.

Director: Grzegorz Jonkajtys

Votes: 813


47. Alma (I) (2009)

Not Rated | 6 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Alma, a little girl, skips through the snow-covered streets of a small town. Her attention is caught by a strange doll in an antique toy shop window. Fascinated, Alma decides to enter.

Director: Rodrigo Blaas

Votes: 2,290


48. Fallen Art (2004)

6 min | Comedy, Animation, Short

A volunteer soldier plummets to his death. A photograph is taken and sent by courier to a huge man, who adds it to his macabre collection.

Director: Tomasz Baginski | Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Marcin Kudelka, Dariusz Toczek

Votes: 3,455


49. Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2008)

Not Rated | 6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

It's night; a wide-eyed fearful child is in bed. When her granny enters the room, the child pretends to be asleep. Granny O'Grimm isn't fooled; she pokes the child with a walker and picks ... See full summary »

Director: Nicky Phelan | Star: Kathleen O'Rourke

Votes: 1,436


50. Parigot (2010)

5 min | Animation, Short, Comedy