Not all great feats of animation require the breadth of a feature length piece. Shorts can be equally brilliant in their brevity.

|| In compiling this list, I’ve come to realize my affinity for stories that can be told with minimal dialogue. ||

———-

-ALMA

2009 Spanish short film produced by Rodrigo Blaas, an animator formerly of Pixar fame. Something to note: the word “alma” means soul in Spanish.

-ZERO-

2010 stop-motion animation written and directed by Christopher Kazelos. The “something from nothing” story has never been told quite like this.

-PRESTO-

2008 short from Pixar. Something a little lighter. Who doesn’t love magic?

-OKTAPODI-

2007 short about two octopuses in love, and the lengths they’re willing to go to be together. What started out as a graduate student project from Gobelins L’Ecole de L’Image became an official nominee for Best Animated Short Film at the 81st Academy Awards.

-FRENCH ROAST-

2008 French animated short by Fabrice O. Joubert, formerly of Dreamworks. You won’t need to know French to understand the message: all is not as it seems on the surface. Don’t judge based on appearances.

-ALARM-

2009 short by Jang Moo Hyun of independent animation team MESAI. Anyone who’s ever had a little trouble getting out of bed in the morning will be able to identify with this. Also, some of the rendering is pretty impressive.

-JOHNNY EXPRESS-

2014 animated short directed by Woo Kyung Min. Chaos reigns for an unsuspecting planet when a lazy Space Delivery Man arrives with a package for one of its inhabitants.

-GERI’S GAME-

This one will be familiar to many as it’s been around since 1997, not to mention it won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film that year. I included it because after almost twenty years, it’s still one of my favorite shorts.

Advertisements