Any longer than it is, and “Death Loves Life” would be just a bit too twee. But at under four minutes, the love between these personifications of life and death is just sweet.
This is the face of a man who has just realized he’s doomed the human race.
Remember Marvel’s “One-Shot” bonus shorts? They used to be included in the home release of Marvel movies, and gave us things like post-Avengers weirdness, the best of pre-Agents of SHIELD Coulson, as well as our first look at Agent Carter. Marvel stopped doing them, but it looks like they might be returning to the…
You know how, when you think you’re failing as a parent, you just go and build a robot version who will succeed where you failed? Yeah, the short film “PAPA” is about that feeling.
And when I say “tiny,” I mean it. “Typha” follows a young woman from a literally miniature society as she is chosen by her village to perform a ritual that keeps them alive. Along the way she dodges rats and, more terrifyingly, a garden gnome.
Four years ago, Stephan Zlotescu’s “True Skin” blew us away with how off-the-wall it was. For a little while, it was supposed to become full-length film at Warner Bros. But now it’s found a home as an hour-long series at Amazon.
“iMom” isn’t a short with a brand new idea or even a totally shocking plot twist. There are many stories about what happens when a piece of technology takes over a quintessentially human function (in this case, mothering). What is great about iMom, though, is the execution.
“Echoes” is a (very short) short film from Naleb, which shows an astronaut’s disastrous encounter with a mysterious portal. As usual, you want her to just turn back, while simultaneously knowing she can’t.
“The Last Job on Earth” takes place in one of those nebulous near-future worlds so beloved by fiction. In it, the world is 99.99 percent automated. Instead of a utopia or dystopia, it presents something that is pretty much in between. The tolls of automation are more internal than external.
“The Tall Tales of Urchin” is a bizarre animated short about Urchin, who has a very sick pigeon he calls a “dog.” You will never want a bird to be healthy more in your life than this one, I promise.
The first episode of the recently announced Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises short series is here, and it’s all about Poe Dameron being dashing, strangely deep-voiced, and a bit of a goofball while he goes on a rescue mission to save Admiral Ackbar from the First Order.
“WOODY” is a short film with the genius tagline “His dreams are big…but they’re about to get out of hand.” It features Woody, one of those artist dummies with paddles for hands, who dreams of having fingers so he can play the piano. He may go too far in pursuit of his dreams.
Grow is a short film that’s all about the premise: What if you had to buy oxygen to stay alive?
We’ve seen things with these intricately intertwined time-loops of action before, but the remain fascinating to see executed. Every character is locked in their predestined routine, their actions affecting one another, but also totally separable. Plus, there’s a clown looking for its wig.
“The Guillable Kiss of Mr. Patokos” is the story of a man who pulls a love interest out of his hat. And then makes the mistake of kissing it. It’s like Pygmalion, if that were a horror story.
Studio Smack’s “Branded Dreams” taps into a nightmare I didn’t even know I had. This feels like it takes place in the same future as the product placement-fueled Minority Report. People selling ad space in their dreams.
“Valse à quatre mains” (“Waltz with four hands”) is a short animated film by a group from Supamonks Studio, which is gorgeous in its music and imagery. The attention to detail is amazing—just look at the cracks in the hair of the violinist!
“Yule Log 2.015” is a collaborative process where a bunch of different artists each make their own yule-log-based short, which are all stitched together into a montage that replaces the traditional video of a burning log.
Vincent Peone’s “The Sea Is Blue” is a lovely tale about a girl’s journey, with the requisite voiceover telling the tale. As it should be, when you’re dealing with fairy tale mixed with myth.
We’re always happy when there’s a new Animated Life to watch, and the last one for the year is no exception. This time out, we’ve got the coelacanth and the discovery that the fish with the 400 million-year-old lineage is still alive.