Everybody loves to see good cartoons and animations. The list consists of top 10 popular animated short films that shouldn’t be missed.
Zero is a stop-motion animation that is directed by Christopher Kazelos. It has been translated into over 35 languages since its first upload on Youtube and it has also earned the Best Animation award from the Rhode Island International Film Fest and LA Short Fest, among others. Zero is more than just a love story as it deals heavily into discrimination. The short imagines a world where the status of everyone in the society is determined by their number.
At first, it’s hard to tell whether this animation’s a sad short or an inspirational one. However, one thing is for sure – it definitely hits that soft spot in the heart. Doni Permedi created Kiwi as part of his Master’s Thesis Animation. The short demonstrates the efforts of one small Kiwi bird just to know the feeling of flying.
Lifted is probably one of the best animations by Pixar on YouTube. Though it isn’t precisely heart warming, it surely is funny. The short is about Stu, an alien who’s having a practical exam on abduction as he carries off a sleeping farmer. Lifted was theatrically shown with Ratatouille in 2007, which is probably why the sleeping farmer has a great resemblance to Ratatouille’s main character, Linguini.
If you are into dark stories, you should include Alma in your list. Produced by Rodrigo Blass (ex-Pixar animator) in 2009, Alma talks about what happened to a little child walking in the snowy streets of Barcelona. Though the setting of the short is Christmas and incorporates light music, the story holds a dark and chilly twist.
6. Day and Night
Day and Night is another short by Pixar. It combines 2D and 3D animation, showing the Day and the Night competing against each other. However, their competition will eventually lead to good friendship as they discover that they enjoy each other’s company. Day and Night earned the Best Short Film at the 38th Annie Awards and it has been nominated at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards as Best Animated Short Film.
A lot of people can relate to this animated short. The main character takes his morning ‘wake up’ routine to different levels as he sets up numerous alarm clocks – not just inside his bedroom but all over the house. Alarm is created by Mesai and a Korean independent animation team with director Moo-hyun Jang.
4. Geri’s Game
A lot may be familiar with Geri’s Game. The main character in this short is Geri, who is playing chess against himself at the park in one autumn day and you have to watch the film to know how to win a game of chess against yourself. Geri’s Game won Best Animated Short Film at the 1997 Academy Awards.
Oktapodi is a short film from France that shows how 2 octopuses conquer a series of amusing events just to stay with each other and escape from the rule of the restaurant delivery guy. The film lets you take a good look at how true love can triumph over hurdles especially when you are in danger. Oktapodi began as a Graduate Student Project and has earned numerous awards and a nomination in the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film.
2. French Roast
The moral lesson of this animated short is don’t judge a book by its cover. Created by Fabrice O. Jubert, French Roast follows a high-class businessman who misplaced his wallet while having coffee at a lavish coffee shop. While finding a solution without the embarrassment, he continues ordering coffee and as the day goes by, the hero meets some interesting characters who will help him out of his problem. French Roast was nominated in the 2009 Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film.
1. Partly Cloudy.
A very popular story about babies being brought to their parents by storks, Partly Cloudy tells about where these babies actually come from. The short follows the story of the insecure and lonely gray cloud Gus, who sculpts dangerous babies, which are to be delivered by his stork partner, Peck. As his creations become more and more unruly, Peck has to work out a way to handle his cargo, as well as his partner’s bad temper.