Shortcakes is our once-a-week guide to the latest in animated short films. We scour the Internet, from YouTube to Vimeo to parts unknown.
It’s a bit of a slump this week, but I’ve managed to find some good picks nonetheless. NSFWhale and Last Judgement are especially impressive.
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They say: A whaling run takes a turn for the worse when a fearless captain and her small crew of whale-hunters encounter a far more ancient and horrible evil.
We say: NSFWhale is a Vimeo staff pick, and it’s ours too. The stylish art looks like something from a really cool indie comic book. The music, which mixes classical with a brief but eye-searing foray into techno, is the perfect accompaniment.
Warning, though. It really is NSFW. Don’t watch with the kids.
Creator: Kostas Karvountzis
They say: They say… nothing.
We say: Stop motion using found objects. Namely, the objects in the creator’s apartment. The story of a small piece of thread as it journeys through a strange human environment is surprisingly touching. When the thread finally finds its friend (a straw wrapper), it’s hard not to say “Awww!”
Creator: Junyi Xiao
They say: Last Judgment
CTAN555 final project in USC. A man involved in a group violence
We say: This student film took home a massive pile of awards around the world, and it’s no surprise why. From the opening shot of an insect being crushed underfoot to the final seconds, in which society does the same to a man, Last Judgement is utterly gripping. Although it’s wordless, it tells a potent story nonetheless with clever cinematography and impeccable art.
Animated Atrocities #129: Squirrel Boy (The Big Haggle Hassle)
They say: Well, let’s start the new year with a bang… or a burst.
We say: I have a bit of a soft spot for animated vlogs, and The Mysterious Mr. Enter is especially good at them. There’s just something inherently cool about someone drawing an entire animated short just to babble on about whatever’s happening in their life. Enter’s art style is crisp and clean, and his voiceover is, well, it’s entirely adequate.
Disney’s MOANA – “Gone Fishing”
They say: A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.
We say: Although this is technically a deleted scene from Moana, it functions just fine as an animated short on its own. Maui is trying to show Moana that his magic fishhook isn’t just for shape-shifting: he can fish with it as well! But he can’t, and hilarity ensues.