A selection of short animations

September 23, 2020

You may remember Juliette’s post a few years back, An inspiring selection of short animations, well, she’s back with round two! Once again, there are just too many good animations to choose from. This list is far from exhaustive, but each of the videos from this collection of shorts had us coming back for more.

Tumbleweed Tango

Starting off with a video that is a “Disney Favourite”. This dynamic, brightly coloured and impressively well-executed video is a roller coaster of a ride, the kind on which you realise you’ve been holding your breath the whole time. ENJOY !

The Present

We all like to feel fake heartache and happy tears. This animation plays on the viewer’s soft side with a phenomenal talent. “The Present” is a thesis short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. It is based on a great little comic strip by the very talented Fabio Coala. Make sure to check out his page: mentirinhas.com.br.

Le futur sera chauve

“Being a bald man sucks,” says French animator Paul Cabon in the intro to his animated film The Bald Future. “Knowing you’ll become one is worse.” A surreal and charming exploration of the inescapable combination of genes and time, the film takes you from Paul’s initial realisation of his eggheaded fate during a family meal consisting of entirely bald relatives, to outlandish fantasies of his thick-maned alter ego – a life that Paul will never lead. “I knew going bald was not such a serious problem, yet it was really hard to get some distance and feel ok about it. I realised it could be interesting comedy material because of that – there was some tension behind it.”

Fox And The Whale

A curious fox goes in search of an elusive whale – a tale of longing and discovery. Fox And The Whale is an independently produced and self-financed Animated Short Film. The film was shortlisted for the 90th Oscars and is a nominee for the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. More info: https://gumroad.com/patchoforange.

This animation has a pace and “silence” that might not please all but the style, shapes and colours are incredible.

Have Heart

Will Anderson’s Bafta-nominated animation Have Heart follows a gif stuck in an infinite loop. Visually simple yet profoundly innovative, the animation comments on a world of infinite content and how we measure our own self-worth via social media, all through the character arc of its protagonist, Duck.

In a Heartbeat

By Beth David and Esteban Bravo. A closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams. An adorable short film to give you all the feels, you can skip this one if you like to pretend that you don’t like lovey-dovey things.

12 Principles of Animation 

A simple, helpful video about some principles of animation on how to improve your style and techniques.

1. Squash and Stretch 2. Anticipation 3. Staging 4. Straight Ahead/Pose to Pose 5. Follow Through & Overlapping Action 6. Slow In & Slow Out 7. Arcs 8. Secondary Action 9. Timing 10. Exaggeration  11. Solid Drawing  12. Appeal

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