3 Things: Animated Short Films


Animated short films are very high in my favorite art forms. They can tell stories that ordinarily wouldn’t get told in a visual medium. I’ve wanted to do this post for a while, after seeing Glen Keane’s newest short film Duet. There are many, many short films that I’ve come to love, everything from old Disney shorts like The Band Concert and the Fantasia shorts, to goofy (and sometimes disturbing) stuff like Cyanide And Happiness (click the link to see why you should never touch my beard).

In that spirit, I’d like to share three recent-ish shorts that I’m quite fond of. Ready?

The Meaning Of Life

Don Hertzfeldt. If you’ve seen any of his work before, you won’t need any primer. The Meaning of Life is somewhat abstract, but is important because of the perspective it gives. Also, there’s the sheer joy of watching Herzfeldt’s characters, who are little more than stick figures yet move with fluidity that is mesmerizing at times.

Adam and Dog

Three reasons this is here: 1)Music. 2) Backgrounds. Seriously, wow. And 3) dog.


(No video to embed as there isn’t a great quality free video to be had, but you can purchase Paperman for $1.99 in various outlets.)

Okay you probably know of this one, even if you barely pay attention to short films. Doesn’t matter. I love this one regardless. It is a shame that John Karhs moved on from Disney, but hopefully that means he’ll be able to direct more original work elsewhere. In the meantime, here’s hoping the style and technology employed in Paperman makes an appearance in a feature someday.

Have any animated shorts you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about more. There are thousands out there after all, and I’ve barely scratched the surface.

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