Animation Unlimited: Innovative Short Films Since 1940

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1. Color Cry (1952)

3 min | Short, Animation

An experimental short using fabric stencils, set to blues music.

Director: Len Lye

Votes: 112

2. Le nez (1963)

11 min | Animation, Short

A study in pins of a man who loses his nose which becomes a personality in its own right.

Directors: Alexander Alexeieff, Claire Parker

Votes: 397

3. Mothlight (1963)

4 min | Short

A "found foliage" film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape.

Director: Stan Brakhage

Votes: 2,227

5. Sunstone (1979)

3 min | Short

Electronic Arts Intermix describes Ed Emshwiller's pioneering experimental concept video as a digital sculpture: "Sunstone is a landmark tape. Symbolic and poetic, it is a pivotal work in ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Emshwiller | Star: Stoney Emshwiller

Votes: 119

8. Triangle (1994)

9 min | Animation, Short

Tension rises when a second woman joins a dancing couple.

Director: Erica Russell | Star: Cindy Creekmore

Votes: 94

11. Spook Sport (1940)

8 min | Animation, Short, Horror

It's midnight in a graveyard. The principal characters are spooks, ghosts, bats, bells, and, at the end, the sun. As midnight strikes, 12 spooks appear, then two ghosts. They move to the ... See full summary »

Directors: Mary Ellen Bute, Norman McLaren, Ted Nemeth

Votes: 282

14. Synchromy (1971)

7 min | Short, Animation

The film's soundtrack is an original musical composition produced with synthetic sound - through photographing unusual geometric shapes and running them through an optical sound head. The ... See full summary »

Director: Norman McLaren

Votes: 433

17. The Wolf Man (1999)

6 min | Animation, Horror, Short

In the middle of woods inhabited by wolves, an astrologist imagines what it would be like to be a werewolf, running and howling through the woods in a schizophrenic blur instead of sitting ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hope | Star: Waen Shepherd

Votes: 118

18. In Absentia (2000)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Animation

A woman sits alone on a chair at a table in a room on one of the top floors of an asylum. Bright spot lights dot the night, sometimes shining on her window. She sharpens pencils and writes ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Star: Marlene Kaminsky

Votes: 612

23. Jabberwocky (1971)

14 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Lewis Carroll's poem is read and followed by a free-form animated depiction of images and toys from childhood, repeatedly overturned by a live cat.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,132

24. Head (1975)

11 min | Animation, Short

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Director: George Griffin

Votes: 6

25. The Street (1976)

10 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

This film deals with a Jewish family in Montreal, Canada as they care for a dying grandmother and the young boy who is impatient to get the room he was promised as soon as she kicks the bucket.

Director: Caroline Leaf | Stars: Mort Ransen, Sarah Dwight, John Hood, Vera Leitman

Votes: 628

26. The Little Grey Wolf Will Come (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: 2,958

28. 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: 5,158

29. Save Me (II) (1994)

6 min | Animation, Short

A mixed media experimental animated film that generates a fragmented view of the world through the partial disclosure of a fantastic event.

Director: Stuart Hilton

30. Ah Pook Is Here (1994)

6 min | Animation, Short

A disturbingly organic-looking figure speaks to us of life, politics and death as the symbol of the common man toils away.

Director: Philip Hunt | Star: William S. Burroughs

Votes: 203

32. The Albatross (1998)

14 min | Short, Animation

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Director: Paul Bush

Votes: 18

33. The Man with the Beautiful Eyes (2000)

5 min | Animation, Drama, Short

Some children are fascinated by a lonely house in the neighbourhood they have been told to stay away from.

Director: Jonathan Hodgson | Stars: Peter Blegvad, Louis Schendler

Votes: 374

36. Number 11: Mirror Animations (1956)

4 min | Short

An experimental film from artist Harry Smith and part of his Number series of various animated scenes.

Director: Harry Smith

Votes: 129

37. Story of One Crime (1962)

20 min | Animation, Short

The man decides to kill the neighbors because they prevent him from sleeping.

Director: Fyodor Khitruk | Star: Zinoviy Gerdt

Votes: 271

38. The Hand (1965)

18 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A delicate and secluded ceramist sees his orderly life turn upside down, when a gigantic hand in a white glove invades his space, demanding that a sculpture of itself is made. When will the hand's obstinate demands stop?

Director: Jirí Trnka

Votes: 1,417

39. There Lived Kozyavin (1966)

9 min | Animation, Short

Kozyavin is ordered by his boss one day to find a man named Sidorov, and is pointed in a particular direction. The employee follows the indicated direction unswervingly to find him, encountering various obstacles along the way.

Director: Andrey Khrzhanovskiy | Star: Aleksandr Grave

Votes: 168

41. Door (1986)

11 min | Animation, Short

The residents of a building have found novel ways to enter and exit as their front door is broken. However, once the door is repaired they continue to avoid the door.

Director: Nina Shorina | Stars: Anatoliy Barantsev, Boris Novikov, Muza Krepkogorskaya, Ekaterina Gromova

Votes: 66

42. Tin Toy (1988)

G | 5 min | Animation, Short, Family

A tin one-man-band toy tries to escape a destructive baby.

Director: John Lasseter

Votes: 8,755

43. The Hill Farm (1989)

18 min | Animation, Short

A country couple and their shepherd endure drought, flood, a monstrous bear, hunters and tourists during a somewhat odd few days in their normally quiet life.

Director: Mark Baker

Votes: 191

44. Exciting Love Story (1989)

6 min | Animation, Short

A man visits the panels of a comic page-like world in search for his loved Gloria.

Director: Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo

Votes: 54

45. The Littlest Robo (1999)

9 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Richard Kenworthy | Star: Kurt Wagner

Votes: 14

46. 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: 5,285

47. Dog (II) (2001)

5 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A young boy and his father live in a dull, lonely house with the shadow of mourning hanging over them both. The boy misses his mother but gets no comfort from his father's ascertains that ... See full summary »

Director: Suzie Templeton | Stars: Tony Fish, Joshua O'Keefe, Bill Homewood

Votes: 311

48. What Is That (2001)

4 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Run Wrake

Votes: 5

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