Short films

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New Pixar Short Brings Us Superpowered Hindu Heroes


You'll laugh AND you'll learn
Jul 06
// John-Charles Holmes
One of the best parts of any new Pixar film (or most animated films these days) is the little short films before the feature. Usually these will showcase unsung animators, student works, or something the new guy was tasked to...
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FFS: Wrestling

Flix for (Not So) Short: Wrestling Isn't Wrestling


Mar 18
// Nick Valdez
Regardless of your feelings toward Max Landis' work (last seen in Chronicle), the guy can put together an interesting, and informative pop culture video. The last time we saw one of his videos, he took on the famous Death of...
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Flix for Short: Power/Rangers, a super gritty MMPR fan film


No No Power Rangers
Feb 24
// Nick Valdez
Last year, around the time Saban and Lionsgate announced they were working on a new Power Rangers movie, I wrote up a few ways to do it properly. One of those suggestions is to keep the grimdark stuff as far away as possible...
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Flix for Short: The Missing Scarf


Oct 10
// Liz Rugg
The Missing Scarf by Eoin Duffy was my favorite short from this past year's Oscar nominated animated short films - and I'm excited to say everybody can finally watch it online! Narrated by George Takei, The Missing Scarf fol...

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Twilights

More Twilight films in the works...sort of


Oct 06
// Nick Valdez
With all of the Young Adult properties out there now trying to fill the void Twilight left behind, you figure we'd never hear about the series again. Well, someone out there really wants to explore those films again. Luckily,...
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Flix for Short: Space Cat Hob


Sep 26
// Liz Rugg
In Space Cat Hob, we meet Hob, an anthropomorphic cat with a fancy space suit who has crash landed on a dangerous planet. Despite just wanting to do the right thing, Hob finds himself in trouble after trouble as he navigates...
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Flix for Short: The Shift


Sep 24
// Nick Valdez
The Shift, written and directed by Francesco Calabrese, is a short film set in the 60s with a neat twist on science fiction films like The Stepford Wives and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. As a husband comes home from work ...
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Flix for Short: The Planets


Sep 19
// Liz Rugg
The Planets, by Andy Martin, is a wonderful short film "told in twelve parts." The short features 12 mini-stories, each on its own planet and each with its own brilliantly unique animation style. Towards the end the larger s...
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Flix for Short: Manly


By Adventure Time writer Jesse Moynihan
Sep 03
// Liz Rugg
Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan teamed up with his brother Justin Moynihan to create this awesome Cartoon Hangover short film; Manly. In the short we meet Manly, the daughter of the emperor god of ...
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Usagi Yojimbo

Watch this stop motion Usagi Yojimbo short, The Last Request


Aug 18
// Nick Valdez
While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently overturtlepowering the box office, let's not forget another anthropomorphic comic book hero, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi, a rabbit samurai, once hung out with the turtles...
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Flix for Short: Duet, a film by former Disney animator Glen Keane


Jul 16
// Nick Valdez
Although you may not know Glen Keane, chances are you recognize his work. He designed characters from famous Disney Animated films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast. Although traditional 2D anim...
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Flix for Short: The Gunfighter, a western with Nick Offerman as the narrator


Jul 01
// Nick Valdez
From director Eric Kissack and writer Kevin Tenglin comes The Gunfighter, a short western where a man walks into a saloon and soon everyone can hear the narration of the film. It's short, hilarious, and definitely worth a watch.  So much infidelity.  [via Short of the Week]
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Flix for Short: Butter Ya'Self (NSFW)


A stop motion rap about food
Jun 27
// Liz Rugg
Presenting: Butter Ya'Self, a stop-motion animation of food rapping about food. You're welcome. Butter Ya'Self was created by a bunch of people at CalArts, but specifically by Julian Petschek. The characters are all voiced b...
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Flix for Short: Big Bang Dog


Jun 20
// Liz Rugg
"Is it possible that it happened yesterday? He disappeared right before my eyes and everything remains just as different? Why do they multiply and divide? Only the dogs take this as a natural fact. Please don't go into the ...
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FFS: O Futebol Classico

Flix for Short: O Futebol Classico, a Mickey Mouse short


Jun 17
// Nick Valdez
To celebrate the FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil, Disney has crafted a new Mickey Mouse short entirely in Portuguese, O Futebol Classico. It's short, sweet, and funny. You don't even need to know Portuguese to like it!  JOSE CARIOCAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.  
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Flix for Short: Poulette's Chair, designed by Ghibli animator Yojiro Arai


Jun 11
// Nick Valdez
Poulette's Chair, directed by Hiroyasu Ishida with character designs from Ghibli animator Yojiro Arai (From Up On Poppy Hill, The Secret World of Arietty) is a short and sweet animated short about a little girl and her living magical chair. There's not much to say as the film itself is less than five minutes, but the kinetic movement is absolutely splendid. Give it a watch, yeah? [via io9]
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Street Fightah

You should watch Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist


Indestructible
Jun 04
// Nick Valdez
So apparently Ultra Street Fighter IV Supreme Deluxe Pizza Extra Mushrooms with a Side of Cheesy Sticks released on Xbox and PS3 recently. In celebration of that, Machinima released a line of short films much like that ...
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Flix for Short: Secondary Education, a science themed Kamen Rider


May 27
// Nick Valdez
Secondary Education, a short by Jon Truei, takes tokusatsu influences (namely Kamen Rider and Power Rangers) and gives them a science spin to provide a fun, educational adventure. It's sort of like Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus became a masked hero and fought a lobster man. You should give it a watch. [via io9]
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Flix for Short: Phantom Limb


May 16
// Liz Rugg
Phantom Limb is a wonderful animated short by animator Alex Grigg about a couple's struggles physically and psychologically after a motorcycle accident. The animation and design of the characters and settings is simple but s...
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Flix for Short: Birder Dash


May 09
// Liz Rugg
Birder Dash is the first animated short from Russian illustrator and artist Max Litvinov. It's a pretty cool little short, the animation style is full of repetitive yet somehow fresh movement - it feels more like a comic bro...
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Flix for Short: Johnny Express


May 09
// Liz Rugg
The year is 2150. Johnny is a great delivery man. He is however, incredibly lazy. All Johnny wants is to sleep in his automated space delivery ship. All he has to do is deliver the packages he's sent. However, his deliveries...
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Flix for Short: Steadfast Stanley, a tale of a Corgi in the zombie apocalypse


OMG
May 05
// Nick Valdez
Steadfast Stanley, a short film created by third year CalArts student John Cody Kim, is the story of a Corgi pup trying to find his lost boy in the zombie apocalypse. It's the most heartbreaking, yet heartwarming thing I've ...
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Flix for Short: Francis


Apr 04
// Liz Rugg
Francis is an animated short based off of a short radio piece for the (incredible) radio show This American Life. The original short story was written by novelist Dave Eggers and was later transformed into an animated short ...
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Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace will be shown in select U.S. theaters


Mar 28
// Liz Rugg
Katsushiro Otomo, the Japanese animation director most well known for his seminal film Akira, has a brand-new animated film about to his U.S. shores! Well, sort of. Short Peace is actually a collection of four short films pr...
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Watch: BaneCat - a villainous cat that torments his owner


Mar 28
// Liz Rugg
The Dark Knight Rises' evil Batman antagonist Bane has one of the most recognizable and most fun to parody voices ever. Enter: BaneCat, a short video about a villainous cat who torments his owner. It's a pretty funny little ...
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Flix for Short: StormJumper


Mar 14
// Liz Rugg
In StormJumper, an alien shaman attempts to use meditation and magic to escape from an annihilating planetary storm. I totally love everything about the visual style of StormJumper, from the character design to the color pal...
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Trailer for French animated short TempÍte Sur Anorak delights


Mar 14
// Liz Rugg
Tempête Sur Anorak - or Storm Hits Jacket - is an upcoming French animated short film by animator and artist Paul Cabon. It's not everyday we see a trailer for a short film, and it's certainly that much more rare to se...
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Flix for Short: A Day for Cake and Accidents


"This cake is cloying and thick like Summer"
Mar 07
// Liz Rugg
A Day for Cake and Accidents is an animated short film, and a collaboration between artists Steve Reinke and Jessie Mott. The absurdest work focuses on a nonsensical birthday party, though some of the attendees seem preoccupi...
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Check out this clip from animated short The Missing Scarf


Feb 25
// Liz Rugg
The Missing Scarf is an animated short by Irish animator and filmmaker Eoin Duffy. I had the chance to see it when I recently saw a screening of the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films, and though it is a runner-up and...
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Animated Short Films

A look at the 2014 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films


Reactions, predictions, and spoilers!
Feb 19
// Liz Rugg
One easily overlooked part of the flurry of The Academy Awards is the shorts sections. Perhaps they seem less interesting or less consequential due to their bite-size nature, but to me, short films are often all the more acce...
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Flix for Short: Juste de l'eau


Feb 05
// Liz Rugg
This lush animated short titled in French Juste de l'eau (or Just Water) is set in an anthropomorphic animal-version of Europe at the time of the discovery of new continents. As the explorers' ships come in to land, they are...
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Flix for Short: A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted


by Miranda July
Feb 05
// Liz Rugg
This short film by Miranda July is full of helpful ideas. Apparently a deleted scene from July's 2011 feature-length movie The Future, A Handy Tip For The Easily Distracted is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a handy...
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Pixar short Party Central playing before Muppets


More Pixar = Never a bad thing
Jan 07
// Matthew Razak
We've got a long wait for new Pixar movies since they've delayed The Good Dinosaur to 2015 (thankfully Disney is picking up the slack), but that doesn't mean we'll be completely devoid of the ol' Pixar magic in 2014. In the g...
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Kung Fury is the most awesome not awesome thing ever


Hyperbole seemed very appropriate here
Dec 30
// Matthew Razak
The 80s were awesome for action movies, but not as awesome as they could have been with today's technology (or really 15 years ago technology). Enter Kung Fury, a action parody film trying to get some footing over on Kicksta...
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Flix for Short: Jonas Cuaron's Aningaaq


A companion short to Gravity
Nov 21
// Liz Rugg
Gravity is pretty high on a lot of people's Best of 2013 lists, and is expected to get some serious Oscar nominations in the upcoming awards season. Gravity was created by Alfonso Cuaron with his son Jonas Cuaron, and now Jo...
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Flix for Short: The Four Players


Nov 14
// Matthew Razak
Super Mario Bros. adaptations come along every so often on the web and usually they're cute, but not much to talk about. The Four Players, four short films from screenwriter Evan Daugherty, on the other hand defini...
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Flix for Short: Somewhere


"Somewhere, our limbs lost in the distance."
Nov 13
// Liz Rugg
Somewhere is a short animated film by artist Nicolas Ménard. It follows the journey of a star-crossed, stranded astronaut and his love back on his home planet. The 2D animation style feels appropriately lush, and I ab...
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Flix for Short: Tank


Nov 06
// Liz Rugg
Tank is a short film by artist and animator Nate Milton. It tells the story of a young boy who is an amateur naturalist. The boy captures all kinds of little woodland river and pond creatures like frogs, bugs and fish, and k...
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Toy Story of Terror! gets a clip


Oct 09
// Matthew Razak
With Halloween just around the corner it's time to bust out the specials based on popular kids franchises once again. This year's new entrant is Toy Story of Terror! and you can watch a clip of it above. Watching a...
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Flix for Short: Wonder Woman


Oct 01
// Nick Valdez
While DC Comics continues to flounder about with twenty more Batman and Superman movies, I suppose this fan film from Rainfall films is the only incarnation of Wonder Woman we'll see on screen. Well, not including the Linda ...

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