Animal Shorts

Animal Shorts

11 Episodes

Horses and foxes and snails, oh my! The wide, wild world of animals is on parade in a menagerie of wondrous, playful, affectionate shorts, which span silent and sound, documentary and fiction, live action and animation. From mammals to birds to reptiles to mollusks, creatures great and small, cuddly and majestic, domesticated and untamed are the natural-born stars of these loving and imaginative tributes to the myriad friends with whom we share our world.

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Animal Shorts
  • A Dog’s Life

    Episode 1

    Directed by Charles Chaplin • 1918 • United States

    Charlie Chaplin’s first film for First National Films, A DOG’S LIFE revolves around Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character as he navigates the cityscape with ‘Scraps’ the dog. The two go on a journey to help the Tramp have a better life with Edna, a d...

  • White Mane

    Episode 2

    Directed by Albert Lamorisse • 1952 • France
    Starring Alain Emery, Laurent Roche, Clan-Clan

    Possessed of the timeless perfection of a fable, this tale about the unique bond between children and animals is Albert Lamorisse’s ode to the awe-inspiring majesty of nature. Amid the vast flatlands of t...

  • The Magic Horse

    Episode 3

    Directed by Lotte Reiniger • 1953 • United Kingdom

    Lotte Reiniger returns to the character of Prince Achmed for this “Arabian Nights”–inspired fantasy in which our hero takes off on a flying horse.

  • Les escargots

    Episode 4

    Directed by René Laloux • 1966 • France

    FANTASTIC PLANET was not the first collaboration between writer-director René Laloux and illustrator Roland Topor. Presented here is a short film they made together in the mid-1960s: LES ESCARGOTS.

  • The Horse

    Episode 5

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 1973 • United States

    A young boy keeps a horse company during its last moments of life in Charles Burnett’s spare, lyrical student film, which poignantly contrasts the callousness of adults with the empathy of children.

  • Pigeons in the Square

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jean Painlevé • 1982 • France

    An enthusiastic man sits on a park bench and explains the behaviors and rituals of pigeons.

  • We’re Leaving

    Episode 7

    Directed by Zachary Treitz • 2011 • United States
    Starring Rusty Blanton, Veronica Blanton, David Maloney

    Facing eviction, trailer-park resident Rusty Blanton is given thirty days to find a new home for himself, his wife, and their nineteen-year-old pet alligator, Chopper.

  • Hairat

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jessica Beshir • 2017 • Ethiopia

    Yussuf Mume Saleh journeys nightly into the outskirts of the walled city of Harar to bond with his beloved hyenas, a ritual he has practiced for over thirty-five years. Shot in black and white, HAIRAT is a meditation on this uniquely symbiotic relatio...

  • In Dog Years

    Episode 9

    Directed by Sophy Romvari • 2019 • Canada

    Old dogs are celebrated in ten short stories about love, loss, and letting go.

  • Mutts
    Episode 10


    Episode 10

    Directed by Halima Ouardiri • 2019 • Canada

    A dystopian plunge into an enormous Moroccan dog shelter teeming with hundreds of strays doubles as a haunting commentary on poverty and the plight of refugees.

  • Fox Film

    Episode 11

    Directed by Isabella Rossellini • 2020 • United States

    In this bite-size, hand-drawn biology lesson, Isabella Rossellini explains how the human domestication of animals changed the course of evolution.