Animation in the Soviet Union was often a glorious thing to behold: experimental, surreal, and eclectic, even amidst government censorship. In fact, just one home-grown animated film didn’t make it past the censors: Andrei Khrzhanovsky’s 1968 satire The Glass Harmonica.
After meeting with misadventure, a space probe from the Voyager mission crashes back to Earth, centuries after it left. But Earth is a very different place now, and there’s only one person around to witness the Golden Record’s message.
In a world where most dogs still hang out at home with their owners, three canine friends have decided to try for their dream careers. But they still can’t help but wonder: did they make the right choices?
We’ve seen endless adaptations of Snow White, but we’ve never seen one quite like this. In this animated short, a crew of thieves in matching hats has just pulled the job of their lives, but things don’t turn out quite as they expected.
Finding a new roommate is complicated enough when the only people making the decision live inside the house. In this kooky animated short, a trio of oddball roommates have to let their sentient house in on the process.
What’s the line between genocide and pest control? The two exterminators in the animated short Bûche Royale view themselves as ordinary working stiffs on a foreign planet, but their coworker patter is punctuated by the systematic eradication of a native species.
When giant robots conquer the Earth, a lone man finds himself on the run from a marching horde of mechanical titans. He soon finds himself face-to-face with a redheaded engineering genius and one of the massive invaders. Guess which one he makes a love connection with?
The Royal Observatory Greenwich has been posting some adorable space-themed animations, but this one detailing the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission and the landing of Philae on comet 67P is particularly charming. Can we have clay versions of all our space robots?
The short anime comedy Bureau of Proto Society takes us to a post-apocalyptic bunker, when the last remnants of humanity live isolated from the world. The bunker’s historians gather each day to try to debate how the world ended—and once you see their historical sources, you’ll understand their confusion.
With a title like Odin’s Afterbirth, you would hope that this short animated film brought plenty of over-the-top gore. And it doesn’t disappoint with its grotesque story of a viking heck-bent on revenge, even in defiance of the Norse All-father himself.
Once humans live on other planets, what allegiance will those human colonists to people back home and their space research? That’s the question explored in the meditative short film The Earth We Forgot, where a woman expresses her frustration to her robot companion.
The female wielder of Mjolnir takes on a pack of zombies in this animated fan film. It’s all going rather well too — at least until an undead Hulk shows up for an electrifying battle.
Dating can be a very dangerous endeavor when you’re a praying mantis, as one unlucky insect gent learns in the adorable short film Lovebites. It turns out that, after all that preparation, Cecil the mantis doesn’t know what happens at the end of a nice romp with a lady.
Pixar’s geological love story Lava isn’t just meant to evoke the tropical islands of Hawaii; it’s actually inspired by a real underwater volcano off the coast of the Big Island. We spoke to the short film’s director and learned about the real geology simmering beneath Lava.
PBS Digital Studios’ Blank on Blank series, which takes interviews with interesting people and then animates them, is just a delight, and this interview with Roger Ebert is no exception. Ebert talks about his issues with film school, who has the biggest ego, and why his favorite love scenes aren’t about passion.
The characters in the short film Proximity barely move. After all, they’re kitschy ceramic figurines in some lady’s living room. But they still manage to make us giggle with this tale of love and revenge. Pixar this ain’t.
Each day of the Annecy International Festival of Animation opens with a short film made by students at Gobelins School of the Image. This year, each of those very brief and beautiful animated films paid tribute to a woman who had a significant impact on the art of animation.
Dracula is a grandfather in the first trailer for Hotel Transylvania 2, and he’s determined to bring out his toddling grandson’s inner monster. When Drac’s daughter Mavis considers moving out of the hotel to find a safer home for her kid, Drac gets desperate — and things get worse when Mel Brooks shows up as Drac’s…
In 1910, Didier Masson successfully flew a biplane designed and built by self-taught engineer Lilian Todd. In the short film Miss Todd, Todd’s life — with the challenges the came with being a woman in early aviation — is turned into an animated musical, although her life takes a slightly different turn.
The trailer for the upcoming animated movie The Secret Life of Pets feels like a short film unto itself. See for yourself how dogs, cats, and other critters entertain themselves while their human companions are off at work. Where can we get one of those head-banging poodles?