Top 40 Short Animated Films

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1. The Cat Concerto (1947)

Passed | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Jerry is determined to disrupt Tom's concert while Tom fights him with the piano without missing a single note.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 3,346

2. Kick-Heart (2013)

Not Rated | 12 min | Animation, Short, Action

A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good.

Director: Masaaki Yuasa | Stars: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Takako Honda, Wataru Takagi, Yûko Kaida

Votes: 509

3. 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: 9,144

4. Hoshi no koe (2002)

Unrated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The love of Japanese high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Tera is tested when Mikako is sent to fight aliens in a distant universe and voice mails to and from Earth become months to years in transmission.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Mika Shinohara, Makoto Shinkai, Sumi Mutoh, Chihiro Suzuki

Votes: 7,396

5. Das Rad (2001)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Apparently, rocks are having conversations all around us, but they talk very, very slowly...

Directors: Chris Stenner, Arvid Uibel, Heidi Wittlinger | Stars: Rainer Basedow, Michael Habeck

Votes: 1,824

6. Balance (1989)

7 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk.

Directors: Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein

Votes: 4,291

7. Bugs and Thugs (1954)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When Bugs calls a cab he doesn't know it's the getaway car for a couple of bankrobbers (he does know the capital of Nevada).

Director: Friz Freleng | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 1,237

8. What's Opera, Doc? (1957)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 8,617

9. The Alphabet (1968)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

Director: David Lynch | Star: Peggy Lynch

Votes: 6,146

10. Eikyû kazoku (1997– )

28 min | Animation, Comedy

A TV family confined within a home/set is suddenly set free and ventures into the outside world for the first time.

Votes: 105

11. Atama-yama (2002)

Not Rated | 10 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

A sad rakugo of a stingy old man experiencing the unforeseen consequences of eating a few cherries whole, without throwing the pits away.

Director: Koji Yamamura | Stars: Takeharu Kunimoto, Bruno Metzger

Votes: 1,227

12. The Eagleman Stag (2010)

9 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

If you repeat the word 'fly' for long enough it sounds like you are saying 'life'. This is of no help to Peter. His answers lie in the brain of the beetle.

Director: Michael Please | Stars: David Cann, Tony Guilfoyle

Votes: 324

13. Chumon no ooi ryori-ten (1992)

19 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A couple of hunters lost in a forest find a restaurant. Upon entering they are greeted by greater and greater requests.

Director: Tadanari Okamoto

Votes: 120

14. X densha de ikô (1987 Video)

51 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Toru works for a railway corporation; while his co-workers prepare for an upcoming press event, a rogue ghost train runs amok across Japan. As a directive from his boss, Toru must track down and apprehend the inexplicable vehicle.

Director: Rintaro

Votes: 13

15. Paperman (2012)

G | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention.

Director: John Kahrs | Stars: John Kahrs, Kari Wahlgren, Jack Goldenberg, Jeff Turley

Votes: 28,827

16. The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)

30 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

Director: Frédéric Back | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 5,017

17. Vincent (1982)

G | 6 min | Short, Animation, Family

Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams which annoys his mother.

Director: Tim Burton | Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 19,932

18. Logorama (2009)

16 min | Animation, Short, Action

Police chase an armed criminal in a version of Los Angeles comprised entirely of corporate logos.

Directors: François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain | Stars: Bob Stephenson, Sherman Augustus, Aja Evans, Joel Michaely

Votes: 5,217

19. Surogat (1961)

10 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Simple story about the man who comes to the beach and uses inflatable objects for all of his needs.

Director: Dusan Vukotic

Votes: 878

20. Special Delivery (1978)

7 min | Short, Comedy, Animation

A hapless husband neglects to clear the icy walk, which leads to the mailman slipping and breaking his neck. A comedy of errors results from his attempts to hide the body.

Directors: Eunice Macaulay, John Weldon | Stars: Sandy Sanderson, Jean Marchand

Votes: 818

21. Neighbours (1952)

Not Rated | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A surreal story of two neighbours' destructive feud over a flower.

Director: Norman McLaren | Stars: Grant Munro, Jean Paul Ladouceur

Votes: 2,580

22. Yozhik v tumane (1975)

11 min | Animation, Short

A little hedgehog, on the way to visit his friend the bear, gets lost in thick fog, where horses, dogs and even falling leaves take on a terrifying new aspect.

Director: Yuri Norstein | Stars: Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Mariya Vinogradova, Aleksey Batalov

Votes: 5,405

23. Mouse Trouble (1944)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Tom's new book on "how to catch a mouse" doesn't prove too helpful against Jerry; actually, Jerry seems to make better use of it than Tom.

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Votes: 1,367

24. Budet laskovyy dozhd (1984)

10 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

Animated Film based on Ray Bradbury's novel "The Martian Chronicles", on the short story called "There Will Come Soft Rains..."

Director: Nozim To'laho'jayev

Votes: 291

25. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)

TV-G | 15 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

After a hurricane levels his city, a young man wanders into a mysterious library where books literally come to life.

Directors: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg

Votes: 5,019

26. I Am So Proud of You (2008)

22 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Dark shadows are cast over Bill's recovery, in this second chapter to "Everything Will Be OK".

Director: Don Hertzfeldt | Star: Don Hertzfeldt

Votes: 1,352

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: 2,093

28. Skazka skazok (1979)

29 min | Animation, Short

Distant, well-worn memories of childhood are inhabited by a little gray wolf. Through astonishing imagery, the memory of all of Russia is depicted.

Director: Yuri Norstein | Star: Aleksandr Kalyagin

Votes: 2,793

29. Duck Amuck (1953)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 7,200

30. One Froggy Evening (1955)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner.

Director: Chuck Jones | Star: William Roberts

Votes: 4,726

31. Cat Soup (2001)

34 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul.

Director: Tatsuo Satô

Votes: 3,965

32. Tango (1981)

8 min | Animation, Short

Subsequent characters appear in a poorly-decorated room, intertwining but never colliding, all possessed by never-ending rituals.

Director: Zbigniew Rybczynski | Stars: Kenny McCormick, Aoles Sport

Votes: 2,069

33. Johann Mouse (1952)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

At the home of Austrian composer Johann Strauss, lived Johann Mouse. Whenever the composer played his waltzes, the mouse would dance to the music, unable to control himself. One day, when ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna | Star: Hans Conried

Votes: 984

34. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978)

73 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

Krabat, a beggar boy, is lured to become an apprentice to an evil, one-eyed sorcerer. With a number of other boys, he works at the sorcerer's mill while learning black magic. Every ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Ludek Munzar, Jaroslav Moucka, Christian Brückner, Friedrich Schütter

Votes: 774

35. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Action

After reading his favorite Dick Tracy comic, Daffy Duck has a surreal dream in which he is Duck Twacy, a private eye on the trail of an army of horrifyingly grotesque villains who stole every piggy bank in town, including his own.

Directors: Robert Clampett, Michael Sasanoff | Star: Mel Blanc

Votes: 1,610

36. Rabbit of Seville (1950)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Comedy

Bugs and Elmer supply new lyrics to Rossini's opera.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 4,323

37. Nezha nao hai (1979)

65 min | Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Tells the fable from Chinese mythology about the young warrior Zezha who takes on a group of evil dragons.

Directors: Shuchen Wang, Jingda Xu, Ding Xian Yan | Stars: Ke Bi, Banjô Ginga, Daisuke Gôri, Junko Hori

Votes: 580

38. King-Size Canary (1947)

Approved | 8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A mangy cat on the verge of starvation finds a tiny canary and a bottle of 'Jumbo-Gro' fertilizer, which gives him an idea that leads to giant cats, dogs, mice and canaries chasing each other round Lilliputian towns and cities...

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham

Votes: 1,435

39. Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

The characters of the traditional fairy tale demand a new approach to the story as a sexy urban comedy with Red as an adult nightclub dancer.

Director: Tex Avery | Stars: Sara Berner, Daws Butler, June Foray, Frank Graham

Votes: 2,018

40. Feed the Kitty (1952)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A bulldog, charmed by a kitten, tries to keep her hidden from his human guardian.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Bea Benaderet, Mel Blanc

Votes: 2,614

41. Rabbit Fire (1951)

Approved | 7 min | Animation, Family, Short

Daffy Duck and Bugs argue back and forth whether it is duck season or rabbit season. The object of their arguments is hunter Elmer Fudd.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 3,139

42. Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1953)

7 min | Family, Animation, Short

The final installment of the "Hunting Trilogy" once again has Elmer out hunting, while Bugs and Daffy try to con him into shooting the other.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan

Votes: 2,738

43. Urusei Yatsura: Inaba the Dreammaker (1987 Video)

57 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

It is summertime, and Shinobu laments not having a boyfriend. She then happens upon a young man weak from hunger, and wearing a rabbit costume. She gives him a carrot, he expresses his ... See full summary »

Director: Satoshi Dezaki | Stars: Fumi Hirano, Toshio Furukawa, Akira Kamiya, Saeko Shimazu

Votes: 63



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