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. ||



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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.