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Amazing Animated Shorts

These are a few of my favoourite animated shorts from recent years available on youtube. Several of thsee were nomimated for a 2013 Osccar. At turns impressive, moving, touching and sweet, there is nothing like celebrating Family Day by watching some cartoons! Although, it must be noted that animated shorts differ from what we normally think of as cartoons in a very distinct way. Notice the complete lack of verbal dialogue in these shorts. Communication and story is all delivered via the images, the environment, the music and sound effects, the movement of the characters, and perhaps some expressive noises. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and these shorts contain thousands of images rapidly flipping in succession. In my opinion the lack of verbal dialogue enhances the richness of the story-telling in these beautiful works of art. It leaves lots of space for imagination, interpretation and ambiguity, allowing the viewer to become a collaborator in making the story’s meaning. When the viewer is offered some space to engage in the re-telling of the story, it makes it all the more personal and affective. After watching these shorts, I was left totally in awe of the medium of animation… yet again.

Head over Heels (2013)

“La Luna” by Pixar

“In Sickness” – Winner World Gold Award 2011
ANIMATORS: Ian Van Heerden, Benito Kok, Johan Combrink, Chris Eloff, Peter Backeberg.

“The silence beneath the bark / le silence sous l’├ęcorce”
website : http://joannalurie.com/

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Pixar/Disney Favourite Shorts

Pixar Shorts : Personal Favourites


Day and Night

Partly Cloudy (2009)

For The Birds (2000)

One Man Band (2005)

Lifted (2006)

Geri’s Game (1997)

Presto (2008)

The Little Match Girl (2006)

Jack Jack Attack (2005)

PLUS: A few other awesome animated shorts…

Octopodi (2007): Oscar 2009 Animated Short Film

Intention of Love (2010)

Big Buck Bunny animation (1080p HD)

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I Met the Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for ‘New Approaches’ (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).

“Technological Threat” animation short 1988 Academy Award nominee

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (full film)



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