5 Must-See Animated Short Films

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

I woke up today wondering what to write about. I have not written a blog post in two weeks, and I felt inspired to change that. I started my process off by going on YouTube - usually I find a video or two that catches my eye. I was then reminded about a genre of film that is mostly forgotten: Short film. The films that are not in the movie theatre, the ones not on streaming services (besides Disney+, they have a lot), the film category at award shows where people say "those are a thing?" and "haven't seen any of these". They are so under-appreciated. Which is sad, because they are some of the most heartfelt and powerful films I have ever seen. So, here is a list of a few that I love and recommend, in no particular order, like always.

1. Negative Space

Genre: Stop-Motion Animation

Rating: NA

Where to Stream: YouTube


Oh my God, is this short heartbreaking. It is slow, it is simple. The writer took a small concept one really thinks twice about, and turned it into a five minute story. It is about a boy who packs his father's luggage every time he goes on a trip. The animation is incredible and beautiful in so many ways, even the transitions between scenes are mind-blowing. Watch this to feel emotions you've never felt.


2. Purl

Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Where to Stream: YouTube, Disney+


I'm a huge Pixar fan, so when i saw Disney+ had a category just for it's short films, I needed to check it out! This short is sooo cute. It is about this ball of yarn who earns a job at a corporate office with a bunch of humans. The main topics addressed are diversity and self acceptance/love. It is a great film to show young people and children as it has teaches important values. This may also be the only positive short on this list, so watch this if you feel like smiling.


3. Less Than Human

Genre: Animation

Rating: NA

Where to Stream: YouTube


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm sure a lot of us feel like this is the closest event to ever happen in our lifetime to mimic an apocalypse - and yes, I wish there were zombies, too. This short is a comedic approach to zombies. The zombies have brains and are very much still human. They have feelings and get into arguments just like people do. It teaches viewers that the things we can be most afraid of are not scary at all. Everyone goes through troubles of their own, and that is very much showcased in this.


4. The Man Who Was Afraid Of Falling

Genre: Claymation

Rating: NA

Where to Stream: YouTube


This is another short that is such a simple concept, yet is done so well. It follows an elderly man who, as the title clearly states, develops a fear of falling. It explores the legitimate feelings of anxiety and paranoia, exploring their effects on a person. The short follows him through the different stages of fear and every stage becomes more real. This is a must see, simple as that.


5. Oh Willy...

Genre: Stop-Motion

Rating: NA

Where to Stream: YouTube


This is the strangest short film on the list. There is very little dialogue, if any. The movie focuses on a lonely man who drifts away from society. It shows the significance of motherly love and being with nature, and also emphasizes how important it is to feel connection with another being. The look of the film is very beautiful, as it plays a lot with felting and wool. Depending on your comfort level, I will inform you that nudism plays a large role in the film. Nothing is sexualized, just putting that out there to give everyone a heads up. It is not an easy watch.


Let me know what you think! I am always open to recommendations and comments. If you watch any of the shorts listed, let me know what you think!

All the love,

Hannah

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