The movements in kung fu are so graceful that even when you replace the human with random digital objects, the art of it still shines through. Tobias Gremmler captured the motion of kung fu and then recreated it with different digital variations: as a fabric weaved over time, expanding into emptiness, reconstructing…
Instead of rebuilding cities like New York, Boston, Detroit, and Washington, D.C. like a CG dinosaur, Alexey Zakharov used a technique where he sliced up antique photos and then carefully animated the various elements, like people, cars, and buildings, to give the appearance of actual moving footage.
What’s the line between genocide and pest control? The two exterminators in the animated short Bûche Royale view themselves as ordinary working stiffs on a foreign planet, but their coworker patter is punctuated by the systematic eradication of a native species.
When giant robots conquer the Earth, a lone man finds himself on the run from a marching horde of mechanical titans. He soon finds himself face-to-face with a redheaded engineering genius and one of the massive invaders. Guess which one he makes a love connection with?
The characters in the short film Proximity barely move. After all, they’re kitschy ceramic figurines in some lady’s living room. But they still manage to make us giggle with this tale of love and revenge. Pixar this ain’t.
When a young man tries to propose on a dock, he ends up losing the engagement ring to the drink. Fortunately, he finds a friendly octopus willing to help him find it. Unfortunately, the ring has found its way into a wicked shark’s kingdom.
Now this is one of the sillier takes we’ve seen on Pluto’s journey from planet to dwarf planet, but it’s also pretty adorable. In the short film Stellar Moves: The Story of Pluto, Pluto is a young man who wants to join the popular dancers known as the Planets, but he’s going to need some astronomical help on his moves.
Amumu: The Curse of the Sad Mummy provides the backstory for the League of Legends character of the same name, but even if you’re not familiar with the video game, it’s still great fun to watch the little cadaver wander through his strange world while the narrator sings his tragic tale.
John Hurt voices a dead alchemist in the gorgeously animated short film The Alchemist’s Letter. A young man arrives at his late father’s lab and learns all about his father’s invention, a device that can turn objects into gold, but at the price of his most precious memories.
We’re not sure what possessed director Nicolas Deveaux to make a five-minute film about animated, acrobatic giraffes diving from the high board into a swimming pool, but we’re glad he did — because we’re grinning ear to ear watching them tuck and plunge.
Ruairí Robinson directed the critically panned Last Days of Mars and was once attached to direct the live-action Akira movie, but he's best known for his short films. Still, after seeing jaw-dropping this proof-of-concept teaser for The Leviathan, we want a feature-length version of Robinson's monster-hunting film.
Miranda is a children's book writer who just can't seem to sell her book, Danny and the Wild Bunch, even though she has regular conversations with its main character. But when she tries the editors' suggestions to make her story "darker" and grittier, Miranda's life becomes darker as well.
The premise of the animated short film Le Gouffre is simple: two friends need to get across a broad chasm, so they start to build a bridge from one end to the other. But over the course of ten minutes, we're treated to a beautiful, wordless drama about friendship, filled with plenty of tense action.
Second-year students at the Animation Workshop in Denmark were tasked with creating 30-second CG trailers inspired by classic movies. The group that was assigned Alien decided not to do a straight tribute, but instead mixed a bit of Jules Verne in with their scifi horror.
Story of R32 is a great little film if you want to feel like a bag of hell for the rest of the day. Spoiler warning, everyone is an insufferable prick to this robot and it makes me angry.
Small Garden is just a beauty of a short film, one that feels like a surreal painting mated with an indie video game and had a strange and lovely baby. Let it pick you up and sweep you away to an alien world filled with moving plants and luminous landscapes.
As this animated short film opens, Evan wakes to find himself in a wrecked taxi cab, and once he frees himself, he realizes everything in his city has changed. But as he gradually understands what happens, he has to work harder and harder to stay alive.
In order to cope with the battle around him, the soldier in this short film imagines a land where toy soldiers kill only balloons, shoot daisies from their rifles, and receive chocolate coin medals. But even in his imagination, he can't escape the horrifying truth about war and what it costs the people who fight.
Princess Bubblegum as Batgirl? BMO as Alfred? Gunter as...well...the Penguin? We're in. These 3D models dressing the characters from Adventure Time as Batman friends and foes are perfect and we want them on our desks pronto.