“Centopeia” is a weird—in the best way—little short about a famous singer who accidentally ends up become the voice and face of a revolution... and then in the hands of the dictator. Whoops.
A junior high or high school dance is hard enough without stress causing you to literally disappear. That’s the premise of “Invisible,” a short film by Michael Trikosko and Andrew Wilson.
In a bar in 1910 France, a fight predictably breaks out between different artists. Of course, since this is an animated short, it’s an art fight. A beautiful, beautiful art fight.
Khyan Mansley’s “The Ministry” is a short film all about the saddest sack of a writer, Henry, who has only ever published one novel. Once he discovers a cult that reveres his work as the coded words of god, things get a little weird.
There’s a lot in Heather Jack’s “Let’s Not Panic” that we’ve seen before, but it’s been arranged in such a fun way that it does not matter.
What, you haven’t seen a fuzzy, stop-motion animation story about a man’s struggle with cannibalism told backwards through time before?
Losing your job sucks. Losing your job when you live on the Red Planet could really, really suck. This short imagines what it might be like.
In addition to having an amazing premise, this short from Naleb is downright beautiful to look at. And at a minute long, “Vestiges” in no way wears out its welcome.
Poor Captain Phasma, the Boba Fett of The Force Awakens. But where the movie itself failed to live up to Phasma’s incredible hype, this new goofy short from Lego at least gives her a bit more to do.
Any longer than it is, and “Death Loves Life” would be just a bit too twee. But at under four minutes, the love between these personifications of life and death is just sweet.
What’s a peaceful alien to do on a planet full of people intent on killing each other? Hide. For decades and decades.
This is the face of a man who has just realized he’s doomed the human race.
Remember Marvel’s “One-Shot” bonus shorts? They used to be included in the home release of Marvel movies, and gave us things like post-Avengers weirdness, the best of pre-Agents of SHIELD Coulson, as well as our first look at Agent Carter. Marvel stopped doing them, but it looks like they might be returning to the…
You know how, when you think you’re failing as a parent, you just go and build a robot version who will succeed where you failed? Yeah, the short film “PAPA” is about that feeling.
And when I say “tiny,” I mean it. “Typha” follows a young woman from a literally miniature society as she is chosen by her village to perform a ritual that keeps them alive. Along the way she dodges rats and, more terrifyingly, a garden gnome.
Four years ago, Stephan Zlotescu’s “True Skin” blew us away with how off-the-wall it was. For a little while, it was supposed to become full-length film at Warner Bros. But now it’s found a home as an hour-long series at Amazon.
“iMom” isn’t a short with a brand new idea or even a totally shocking plot twist. There are many stories about what happens when a piece of technology takes over a quintessentially human function (in this case, mothering). What is great about iMom, though, is the execution.
“Echoes” is a (very short) short film from Naleb, which shows an astronaut’s disastrous encounter with a mysterious portal. As usual, you want her to just turn back, while simultaneously knowing she can’t.
“The Last Job on Earth” takes place in one of those nebulous near-future worlds so beloved by fiction. In it, the world is 99.99 percent automated. Instead of a utopia or dystopia, it presents something that is pretty much in between. The tolls of automation are more internal than external.
“The Tall Tales of Urchin” is a bizarre animated short about Urchin, who has a very sick pigeon he calls a “dog.” You will never want a bird to be healthy more in your life than this one, I promise.