Short Recommendations




Favorite | Good
imageAlma (2009)
  • details link Rodrigo Blaas icon Spain reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A little girl enters an antique toy shop after a strange doll in the window captures her attention.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation | concept | writing
    Beautiful, touching visuals with a good dose of eeriness.
imageBa Yidi (2005)
  • details link Ella TV Animation Studio icon France
  • Synopsis: A sad young girl is captivated by a musical puppet theater that comes to life.
  • Ranking: icon great concept, good design | animation | writing
    Tender story with cool, compelling characters and impressive animated dance moves.
imageBig Buck Bunny (2008)
  • details link Blender.org reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A large, passive bunny gets bullied by abusive squirrels.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation | concept | writing
    Incredible open movie project rivaling the top studios in character design, environment design, comedic action, and comedic writing.
imageDilla (2010)
  • details link Ringling College video link
  • Synopsis: A cute armadillo runs for its dear life!
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Super cute characters animated in Looney Tunes fashion!
imageFor the Birds (2001)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just desserts when a goofy bird drops in.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation | concept, good writing
    Funny and visually stunning.
imageIron Man's Adventure (2008)
  • details link Blur
  • Synopsis: Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Hulk team up against massive robots.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, average concept | writing
    Great animated action.
imageOktapodi (2007)
  • details link Gobelins icon France reference link video link
  • Synopsis: Two octopi fight for their lives in an escape through the streets of a small Greek village.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation | concept | writing
    Great comedy.
imagePigeon: Impossible (2009)
  • details link Lucas Martell reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A rookie secret agent faces a curious pigeon getting trapped inside his multi-million dollar, government-issued nuclear briefcase.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation | concept | writing
    Top-notch studio-quality character design, pigeon animation, and comedy done by an independent!
imageRUIN (2012)
  • details link Oddball Animations (Wes Ball) video link
  • Synopsis: A curious researcher runs for his life in an apocalyptic future.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Awesome realistic designs, animation, and action (including the camera work) on this short created for amusement parks.

Favorite | Good
image9 (2005)
  • details link Shane Acker reference link
  • Synopsis: A rag doll fights a monster that has been stealing the souls of his people.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, average concept | writing
    Impressive character animation.
imageThe Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: A clever forest dweller unwisely draws the ire of a fast-flying bee.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Innovative work for its time (dated animation).
imageAlarm (2009)
  • details link MESAI (Moo Hyun Jang) icon Korea video link
  • Synopsis: A young man trusts in his many alarms to keep him from missing work.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation, average concept | writing
    Nice visuals with clarity and realism.
imageAnchored (2009)
  • details link Ringling College (Lindsey Olivares) video link
  • Synopsis: A desolate man adrift finds inspiration in a hopeful love.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice, interesting visuals filled with tenderness.
imageArk (2007)
  • a.k.a.: Arka
  • details link Grzegorz Jonkajtys icon Poland reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A scientist is at the end of his line with an incurable virus that has destroyed almost the entire population.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Great visuals (some clunky animation).
imageAtomic Monsters (2004)
  • details link Alligatoon Studio video link
  • Synopsis: A dog is on a mission to rid the universe of a super annoying extra-terrestrial flea.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average writing, weak concept
    Nice character animation.
imageAunt Fanny's Tour of Booty (2005)
  • details link Blue Sky reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Robots] Aunt Fanny gives a tour of the Robot City Train Station to a motley collection of robots.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Good movie spin-off short offering little new stuff over the original movie.
imageAunt Luisa (2002)
  • details link Blur reference link
  • Synopsis: An old woman thinks that Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians are performing in her house.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
imageAzureus Rising [Proof-of-concept] (2010)
  • details link Black Sun reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A teenage freedom fighter kicks some butt!
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    A cool action vignette with lots of shooting and sword fighting.
imageBURN-E (2008)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of WALL-E] BURN-E (a welding robot) has trouble getting his job done thanks to WALL-E's pursuit of EVE.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Good movie spin-off short offering little new stuff over the original movie.
imageBad Role (2007)
  • a.k.a.: Mauvais-Rôle
  • details link Supinfocom (Frédéric Lafay) icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A computer game character gets fed up with playing the same lame villain roles all the time, and takes matters into his own hands.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Cool designs and animation (a little clunky).
imageA Barbaric Tale (2005)
  • details link Richard Vaucher video link
  • Synopsis: On a quest to recover something precious which was stolen from him, a Barbarian find his difficulties only really begin once he retrieves the object.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Creative concept.
imageBoog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run (2007)
  • details link Imageworks reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Open Season] Boog and Elliot try to raid campers of their fresh-baked buns.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Good movie spin-off short offering little new stuff over the original movie.
imageBoundin' (2003)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: An ashamed sheered sheep is inspired by a cheerful jackalope.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Tender musical story.
imageBunny (1998)
  • details link Blue Sky reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A tattered old bunny bakes in her kitchen, while being pestered by a mysterious moth.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept, weak writing
imageThe Cathedral (2002)
  • a.k.a.: Katedra
  • details link Platige (Tomek Baginski) icon Poland reference link video link
  • Synopsis: An explorer visits what appears to be the ruins of a gothic cathedral.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Visually impressive.
imageThe Chase (2011)
  • details link Space Patrol (Philippe Gamer) video link
  • Synopsis: Four crazy girls are chased by the police.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice realistic designs (except characters were a bit plasticy) and vehicle animation/action with a cool concept.
imageThe ChubbChubbs Save X-Mas! (2007)
  • details link Imageworks reference link
  • Synopsis: Meeper and the ChubbChubbs deliver presents for an injured Santa Claus.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
imageThe ChubbChubbs! (2003)
  • details link Imageworks reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A janitor at an alien night-club gets his wish to be a singer.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Endearing lead character.
imageCubic Tragedy (2005)
  • details link NTUST icon Taiwan reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A female character composed of angular planes struggles with her CG makeup and coming undone by her software undo function.
  • Ranking: icon great concept, good design | animation | writing
    Innovative concept.
imageDaffy's Rhapsody (2012)
  • details link
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
imageDear Anne. The Gift of Hope [Trailer] (2005)
  • details link reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A trailer for a movie about Anne Frank.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Could have been a nice movie.
imageDefective (2002)
  • details link Vancouver Film School icon Canada
  • Synopsis: Two defective robots fight over a hand.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
imageDescendants (2008)
  • details link Filmakademie (Heiko van der Scherm) video link
  • Synopsis: Two flowers have different perspectives on their destinies.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice little story with appealing visuals.
imageDim Sum (2009)
  • details link Ringling College (Jin Sop Kum)
  • Synopsis: The tables get turned on a dictatorial Chinese restaurant owner.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, average concept | writing
    Very nice look and animation.
imageDistraxion (2008)
  • details link Animation Mentor (Mike Stern) reference link video link
  • Synopsis: Office music has never been this annoying!
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice character animation.
imageDragon Fist (2009)
  • details link Sun Haipeng icon China video link
  • Synopsis: Super Baozi (a steamed bun) performs music with his band of buns!
  • Ranking: icon great animation, good design | concept, average writing
    Nice character animation.
imageDragonSlayer (2003)
  • details link Filmakademie (Robert Kuczera) icon Germany reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A man who travels the land killing dragons gets a bit of a surprise that leads to a change of heart.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Great character animation.
imageDreammaker (2007)
  • details link Filmakademie (Leszek Plichta) icon Germany reference link video link
  • Synopsis: The Dreammaker now only lives to recreate his own dream.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    While the animation can be a little clunky, it makes up for this with its expressiveness.
imageDug's Special Mission (2009)
  • details link Pixar reference link video link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Up] Alpha, Beta, and Gamma try to keep Dug out of their way while they hunt for Kevin the Snipe.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Good movie spin-off short offering little new stuff over the original movie.
imageE.T.A. (2008)
  • details link junkworks.org reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A bored, long-distance spacecraft operator is not alone!
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept | writing
    Very nice designs; human animation is a little clunky.
imageEarly Bloomer (2003)
  • details link Imageworks reference link
  • Synopsis: An awkward tadpole tries to fit in and keep up with his mischievous and playful friends.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Cute concept.
imageEl Materdor (2008)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of being a matador.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageFallen Art (2004)
  • details link Platige (Tomek Baginski) icon Poland reference link video link
  • Synopsis: On an old forgotten military base somewhere in the Pacific, army officers nurture their insanities and a general creates his art in an unheard of manner.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept | writing
    Visually impressive.
imageThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011)
  • details link Moonbot Studios video link
  • Synopsis: Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept | writing
    Nice animation for a creative story.
imageFinal Flight of the Osiris (2003)
  • details link Square reference link
  • Synopsis: [supplement to Matrix movies] After practicing their fighting skills, the crew of the Osiris attempts to warn the city of an impending attack.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept, average writing
    Incredible provocative sparring scene.
imageFrench Roast (2008)
  • details link The Pumpkin Factory icon France reference link video link
  • Synopsis: In a fancy Parisian Café, an uptight businessman discovers he forgot to bring his wallet and bides his time by ordering more coffee.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Cool character designs.
imageFur of Flying (2010)
  • details link Warner Brothers reference link video link
  • Synopsis: The second 3D adventure with The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    The feel of the original cartoons in a cool 3D environment.
imageA Gentlemen's Duel (2006)
  • details link Blur reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A seemingly innocent tea party is transformed into mega technological mayhem when two aristocrats compete for the affections of a lady.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
    Nice visuals and cartoon action.
imageGeri's Game (1997)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: An old man sets up a chess game to play his greatest opponent - himself.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Great facial animation.
imageThe Ghost of Lord Farquaad (2003)
  • a.k.a.: Shrek 3-D
  • details link DreamWorks reference link Amazon link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Shrek] Shrek's honeymoon has barely begun when Princess Fiona is ambushed by Lord Farquaad's henchman, Thelonius.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Funny premise for an amusement ride.
imageGone Nutty (2002)
  • a.k.a.: Gone Nutty: Scrat's Missing Adventure
  • details link Blue Sky reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Ice Age] Scrat frustratingly tries to force one last acorn into his huge and very neatly arranged stash.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | writing, average concept
    Always a joy to see this great character in new funny situations with his quest for nuts.
imageGopher Broke (2004)
  • details link Blur reference link
  • Synopsis: A gopher finds himself on a road where trucks are hauling produce to market.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice character animation.
imageHeavenly Appeals (2009)
  • details link Ringling College (David Lisbe) video link
  • Synopsis: A genuinely repentant sinner has a hard time getting his appeal to heaven heard.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice character animation.
imageHeavy Metal Mater (2010)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of being a rock star.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageHelp! (2005)
  • details link Vancouver Film School (Ernesto Bottger) icon Canada
  • Synopsis: A hunter takes time to help his prey.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Limited textures.
imageIn the Rough (2004)
  • details link Blur reference link
  • Synopsis: A caveman has all his stuff kicked out the cave by his wife.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice character animation.
imageThe Incident at Tower 37 (2008)
  • details link Hampshire College (Chris Perry) reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A guard for a water tower catches a strange pair of saboteurs.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
    Could have benefitted from a tighter story with a more defined conclusion.
imageJack-Jack Attack (2004)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of The Incredibles] When an outsider is hired to watch him, Jack-Jack shows his true superhero potential.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice animation with good comedy.
imageJungle Jail (2007)
  • details link ESMA (Aymeric Palermo) icon France reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A feeble new prisoner gets beat up in jail, until he makes the most unlikely friend.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
imageKnick Knack (1989)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: A snowglobe snowman wants to join the other travel souvenirs in a hot party, but the glass dome that surrounds him gets in his way despite all his efforts.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice character animation.
imageLEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013)
  • details link TT reference link
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Fun superhero action with cool visuals.
imageLegacy (2008)
  • details link Grzegorz Jonkajtys icon Poland video link
  • Synopsis: An alien arrives on Planet Earth in search of a human specimen.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept, average writing
imageLegend of the BoneKnapper Dragon (2010)
  • details link DreamWorks reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of How to Train Your Dragon] The viking gang seek out a legendary dragon.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, average concept | writing
    Awesome animation like the original film with decent writing.
imageLifted (2006)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: A teenage alien tries to abduct a sleeping human, but with so many switches to do so, it's nearly impossible.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
imageThe Little Dragon (2009)
  • a.k.a.: Le Petit Dragon
  • details link Bruno Collet icon France video link
  • Synopsis: Thirty-five years after Bruce Lee's death, his soul is reincarnated in the form of a toy action figure.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
    Great animation of the action figure's features.
imageLuna (2011)
  • details link Rainmaker video link
  • Synopsis: A caterpillar falls in love with a butterfly.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Beautiful animation with a sweet story.
imageLuxo Jr. (1986)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: A larger lamp watches while a smaller, younger lamp play exuberantly with a ball.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    The first CG work I ever saw.
imageMac 'n' Cheese (2011)
  • details link Colorbleed icon Netherlands video link
  • Synopsis: A big guy is furious with a skinny guy and tries very hard to catch him.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
    Nice animated action with a surprising twist.
imageThe Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (2005)
  • details link DreamWorks reference link Amazon link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Madagascar] Christmas short with the penguins.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Funny and cute although the ending was a little lacking.
imageMaestro (2005)
  • details link Géza M. Tóth icon Hungary reference link
  • Synopsis: The Maestro sits in front of a dressing room mirror as a mechanical arm prepares him for his grand performance.
  • Ranking: icon great design | concept, good animation | writing
    Expressive animation for robotic arm.
imageMater Private Eye (2010)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of being a private eye.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageMater The Greater (2008)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of being a daredevil.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageMater and the Ghostlight (2006)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars] Mater is told the scary story of a Ghostlight.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Good movie spin-off short offering little new stuff over the original movie.
imageMeet Buck (2010)
  • details link Supinfocom icon France video link
  • Synopsis: An unusual couple finds trouble when the girl's father finds out about them.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
    Creative concept with nice animation.
imageMike's New Car (2002)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Monsters, Inc.] Mike's bought a new 6-wheel-drive car that he can't wait to show off to Sulley.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Good movie spin-off short offering little new stuff over the original movie.
imageMonster Truck Mater (2010)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of being a wrestler.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageMonsters vs. Aliens: Night of the Living Carrots (2011)
  • details link DreamWorks reference link Amazon link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Monsters vs. Aliens] Sequel to Halloween TV special, Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, average concept | writing
    Pretty good Halloween short.
imageMoon Mater (2010)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of being an astronaut.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageMoongirl (2005)
  • details link LAIKA/house reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A boy and his flying squirrel are caught by a fish and taken to meet The Girl In The Moon.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Written for kids; animation is a little clunky (except squirrel).
imageMy Date from Hell (2006)
  • details link Filmakademie (Tim Weimann) icon Germany
  • Synopsis: The Devil moves into his Viagra years, hoping to find the right girl to make his life complete.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    A likable devil.
imageNo Room for Gerold (2006)
  • a.k.a.: Kein Platz für Gerold
  • details link Film Bilder icon Germany video link
  • Synopsis: A crocodile has his flat mates turn against him.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Reality show-type dialog done with cool animal character animation.
imageNo Time for Nuts (2006)
  • details link Blue Sky reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Ice Age] Scrat comes across a time machine and is transported to various times - all in pursuit of his beloved acorn.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | writing, average concept
    Always a joy to see this great character in new funny situations with his quest for nuts.
imageOffice Noise (2009)
  • details link The Animation Workshop icon Denmark
  • Synopsis: A noisy office companion makes it hard for anyone to do work.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept | writing
    Nice character animation.
imageOli's Chance (2005)
  • details link studio soi icon Germany
  • Synopsis: A little boy meets some unexpected kids after an accident.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Tender story with interesting animation (although a little clunky).
imageOne Man Band (2005)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: Two street performers engage in a petty feud over a child's donation.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
imageOne Rat Short (2006)
  • details link Charlex (Alex Weil) reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A New York City rat travels from his gritty world to the interior of a futuristic laboratory.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Very realistic design with a tender story and nice animation (although a little clunky); unexpectedly amazing communication of expressions and emotions in non-anthropomorphized rats!
imageOur Wonderful Nature (2008)
  • details link HFF icon Germany reference link video link
  • Synopsis: The mating habits of the water shrew like never before seen.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept | writing
    Funny concept, realistic animation, and well-executed comedy only suffering a little from some weak fighting animation.
imageOvertime (2005)
  • details link Supinfocom icon France video link
  • Synopsis: A recently deceased puppeteer is honored by his puppets.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept | writing
    Tender concept.
imageThe Package (2010)
  • details link Casio Entertainment reference link
  • Synopsis: [supplement to Halo games] The Spartans jet into space to rescue a precious package.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Nice visuals and decent action; lip sync was not convincing, faces appear plastic, and story is for fans only.
imagePartly Cloudy (2009)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: A cloud frustrates his partner stork by providing the most difficult babies to deliver.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice character animation.
imagePaths of Hate (2010)
  • details link Platige (Damian Nenow) reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A dogfight until the very end.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Imagery and action were visually cool.
imageThe Pig Who Cried Werewolf (2011)
  • details link DreamWorks reference link Amazon link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Shrek] Halloween short with the Three Pigs.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Some funny moments, but not as many as other Shrek shorts.
imagePiñata (2004)
  • details link Act3animation icon Australia reference link
  • Synopsis: A piñata donkey comes to realize his difficult purpose.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Great character animation.
imagePlumber (2003)
  • details link Red Rover
  • Synopsis: A frustrated man unsuccessfully tries to fix his own plumbing leak.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Good character design, environment design, and comedy only suffering a little from the weak water animation.
imageThe Potter (2005)
  • details link Josh Burton reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A young apprentice learns the mystical arts under the tutelage of an ancient potter.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Tender lead character.
imagePresto (2008)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: A stage magician's rabbit gets into a magical onstage brawl against his neglectful guardian with two magic hats.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Nice character animation.
imageProject: Alpha (2009)
  • details link The Animation Workshop icon Denmark
  • Synopsis: A single chimpanzee has been recruited for the space program.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
    Could have benefitted from a funnier ending.
imagePuddy Tat (2011)
  • details link
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
imagePuss in Boots: The Three Diablos (2012)
  • details link DreamWorks reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Puss in Boots] Puss goes on a heroic adventure with a mischievous trio.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Great animation like the original film with a tender and funny little story.
imageRabid Rider (2010)
  • details link Warner Brothers video link
  • Synopsis: The third 3D adventure with The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Cool 3D rendition of classic cartoons!
imageReach (2008)
  • details link Animation Mentor (Luke Randall) video link
  • Synopsis: A tiny robot is given the gift of life with only one limitation: the length of his power cable.
  • Ranking: icon great animation, good design | concept, average writing
    Nice character animation.
imageRed's Dream (1987)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: Propped up in the corner of a bicycle store on a rainy night, Red the unicycle dreams about a better place.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Innovative work for its time (dated animation).
imageReplay (2007)
  • details link ESMA icon France video link
  • Synopsis: In a destroyed world, the only glimpse of hope is the memory of a forgotten past.
  • Ranking: icon good design | concept | writing, weak animation
    Animation is a little dated and clunky.
imageRescue Squad Mater (2008)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of being a rescue fire truck.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageRobota - Teaser III (2004)
  • details link Doug Chiang
  • Synopsis: Two "bounty hunter"-type robots chase a woman through an old forest.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
imageRockfish (2003)
  • details link Blur reference link
  • Synopsis: A peaceful fishing trip on a remote desert planet turns out to not to be so peaceful after all.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
imageSIMULACRA (2008)
  • details link Tatchapon Lertwirojkul video link
  • Synopsis: A robot seeks to save an extinct flower.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation, average concept | writing
imageSame Difference (2003)
  • details link Gregory Katsoulis
  • Synopsis: Five identical robots deal with what it means to become different.
  • Ranking: icon good animation | concept, average design | writing
imageSamuroid Zero: Evil Does Not Conquer All (2005)
  • details link Polygon Pictures icon Japan
  • Synopsis: A mysterious ninja takes on a ruthless bad guy.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Anime-style action with a smoother flow and in 3D; character delineation (to simulate anime) is a bit weak.
imageSealed Lips (2005)
  • details link Gobelins icon France
  • Synopsis: A ventriloquism act like never before seen.
  • Ranking: icon great concept, good design | animation | writing
    Innovative concept.
imageSebastian's Voodoo (2008)
  • details link Joaquin Baldwin reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A voodoo doll must find the courage to save his friends from being pinned to death.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Amazingly expressive animation on the realistic voodoo doll.
imageSecrets of the Furious Five (2008)
  • details link DreamWorks reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Kung Fu Panda] Ordered to teach a martial arts class of rambunctious bunny kittens, Po tells stories of each of the Furious Five's pasts.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Good movie spin-off short offering little new stuff over the original movie.
imageSintel (2010)
  • details link Blender.org reference link video link
  • Synopsis: An adventuresome girl seeks out an old friend.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Impressive independent project with decent animation (although various weak spots including human walk and run cycles) which could have benefited from better writing.
imageSmile (2006)
  • details link Chris Mais icon UK
  • Synopsis: Smile, the happy face toy, defend his new friend, the happy face balloon, from the evil Pirate.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Some animation was a little clunky.
imageSuper Baozi vs Sushi man (2009)
  • details link Sun Haipeng icon China video link
  • Synopsis: Super Baozi (a steamed bun) takes on Sushi man (a sushi roll) - Bruce Lee-style!
  • Ranking: icon great animation, good design | concept, average writing
    Very cool fight animation.
imageSurly Squirrel (2004)
  • details link Pantaloons (Peter Lepeniotis) icon Canada reference link
  • Synopsis: A squirrel and a rat plan to heist discarded pizza.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Looney Tunes style in 3D; animal textures are pretty rudimentary.
imageSurviving Sid (2008)
  • details link Blue Sky reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Ice Age] Sid takes a small group of children camping.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
    Cute work with mostly average comedic writing.
imageTangled Ever After (2012)
  • details link Disney
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Tangled] Rapunzel and Eugene are getting married while Pascal and Maximus chase the lost wedding rings around town.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    Nice follow-up short to the movie.
imageThis Way Up (2008)
  • details link Adam Foulkes icon UK video link
  • Synopsis: Father and son have a bad day at their funeral parlor when a falling boulder flattens their hearse.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
imageThriller Night (2012)
  • details link DreamWorks reference link Amazon link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Shrek] The Shrek characters relive the Thriller video.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Funny Shrek character parody of Thriller video.
imageTin Toy (1988)
  • details link Pixar reference link video link
  • Synopsis: A one-man-band tin toy tries to escape a destructive baby.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept | writing
    Nice character animation for toy, but baby design and animation is seriously dated.
imageTokyo Mater (2008)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of drift racing in Tokyo.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageToy Artist: Papa & Baby (2005)
  • details link Chung-Ang University icon Korea
  • Synopsis: A toymaker tries to entertain his baby with his toys.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept, weak writing
    Tender story with cute animation (although a little clunky); father's vocals were a little awkward.
imageUFM - Unidentified Flying Mater (2009)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Cars; Episode of TV series "Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales"] Mater tells his story of encountering a UFO.
  • Ranking: icon great design | animation, good concept | writing
    [Same for all Mater's Tall Tales] Taking the characters into a new environment gives it an edge over standard movie spin-off shorts.
imageUnbelievable 4 (2009)
  • details link Sukwon Shin reference link video link
  • Synopsis: Bush and friends re-portray the "The Final Countdown" music video.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Cool comedic expressions.
imageVarmints (2009)
  • details link Marc Craste icon UK reference link video link
  • Synopsis: In the face of overwhelming urbanization, indifference, and recklessness, a small creature struggles to preserve a remnant of the peace he once knew.
  • Ranking: icon great design, good animation | concept, average writing
    Visually impressive.
imageVoodoo Bayou (2007)
  • details link Javier Gutiérrez icon Mexico reference link video link
  • Synopsis: After being mistakenly bitten by an electrified mosquito, a voodoo doll comes to life in a dilapidated shack.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation | concept, average writing
    Nice character animation.
imageWork in Progress (2000)
  • details link ILM reference link
  • Synopsis: A mad scientist, his assistant, and a little girl create an unusual monster.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Cool visuals woven together with a loosely developed story to showcase the CG capabilities of ILM.
imageWorld War (2008)
  • details link University Of Hertfordshire (Vincent Chai) icon UK video link
  • Synopsis: Two robots fight in Hiroshima, Japan, 100 years after the end of World War II.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Visually impressive.
imageYour Friend the Rat (2007)
  • details link Pixar reference link
  • Synopsis: [Spin-off of Ratatouille] Remy and Emile plead the case for rats by illustrating the historical and scientific facts.
  • Ranking: icon good design | animation, average concept | writing
    Good movie spin-off short offering little new stuff over the original movie.
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