Animated Shorts

Animated Shorts

9 Episodes

From gorgeous hand drawing to playful stop motion, dreamlike pinscreen to exquisite silhouette shadowplay, a dazzling array of techniques is on display in this miniature animation celebration. Including bite-size masterpieces by visionary animators such as Lotte Reiniger (PAPAGENO), John and Faith Hubley (COCKABOODY), and Suzan Pitt (ASPARAGUS), these eyeball-whirling wonders may be short in length but they’re positively epic in visual imagination.

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Animated Shorts
  • Les escargots

    Episode 1

    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.

  • Cockaboody

    Episode 2

    Directed by John Hubley and Faith Hubley • 1973 • United States
    Starring Emily Hubley, Georgia Hubley

    Faith and John Hubley visualize the spirit of childhood imagination in this slice-of-life short set to recordings of their daughters Emily and Georgia at play.

  • Asparagus

    Episode 3

    Directed by Suzan Pitt • 1979 • United States

    Suzan Pitt's animated short throws open the doors of perception onto a shape-shifting vision of polymorphous sexuality. A landmark in the history of independent animation, ASPARAGUS is a mesmerizing exploration of the artist's inner world, and a view...

  • No Place Like Home #1 and #2

    Episode 4

    Directed by Karen Yasinsky • 1999 • United States

    Over the course of these two stop-motion films, made by Karen Yasinsky in 1999, a woman—with the help of a pair of ruby-red slippers—delves into her fantasies and confronts good and evil before returning safely to the reality of her life.

  • Dad’s Dead

    Episode 5

    Directed by Chris Shepherd • 2002 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ian Hart, Kay D’Arcy, Chris Freeney

    A darkly psychedelic blend of animation and live action evokes a man’s memories of his former schoolmate and “best friend”: a charmer whose outward cool concealed a scary, sociopathic heart. Director ...

  • Old Man

    Episode 6

    Directed by Leah Shore • 2012 • United States

    For more then 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate to the outside world. Until now. These are actual never before heard phone conversations between Canadian best selling author Marlin Marynick and Charles Manson.

  • Public Service Announcement

    Episode 7

    Directed by Athi-Patra Ruga • 2014 • South Africa

    A stunning cosmic kaleidoscope of fluorescent, pixelated nature imagery is set to a dryly satirical lesson on the totalitarian, matriarchal political structure of the fictional republic of Azania.

  • Something to Remember

    Episode 8

    Directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr • 2019 • Sweden
    Starring Linnéa Wikblad, Staffan Westerberg, Arja Saijonmaa

    A lullaby before the great disaster. Two pigeons visit a zoo without animals, a snail measures his blood pressure at the doctor, in the CERN laboratory something has gone terribly wrong...

  • Goodbye Jerome!

    Episode 9

    Directed by Gabrielle Selnet, Adam Sillard, and Chloé Farr • 2022 • France
    Starring William Lebghil, Alma Jodorowsky

    Death is only the beginning in this fantastically phantasmagoric animated odyssey, which imagines heaven in the boldly colorful, psychedelic style of George Dunning’s Beatles clas...