In La Luna -- which made its debut in theaters over the summer before Brave -- a young boy gets to go work with his Papa and Grandpa for the first time.
They row far out to sea in an old wooden boat, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait...
Stop-motion animator Hayley Morris was inspired to by her grandfather to capture the harrowing progression of Alzheimer's disease:
A drifting man struggles to pull objects from the roiling sea below him and scrambles to keep the objects from slipping through his fingers.
Undone is terrifyingly beautiful, and rightfully won Best Animated Short at the 2009 Slamdance competition.
StoryCorps' latest animated short, A Family Man, tells the story of John L. Black, Sr., who spent decades in the boiler rooms of the Cincinnati public school system to provide for his wife and 11 children.
After work, "he would fall down on the bed... he'd ask us to rub his feet," recounts his son, Samuel. "We hated it -- he'd been working 16-hour days. He'd take his socks off, he'd ask you to rub his feet -- you hate to walk past his bedroom, because he'd call you in and ask you to do that."
It'll be easy to see why once you watch it. Strike that: It'll be impossible to see anything once you watch it considering how obscured your vision will be by a thick coat of tears.
Wes Ball, a graphic artist best known for his work with HBO and his award-winning student short A Work in Progress, has spent the last two years working with his company, OddBall Animation, on a "passion project" called Ruin, described as "an animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe."
Words can't do this stunning feat of CGI justice, which is probably why the entire short is completely free of dialog. Do yourself a favor and set the next 8 minutes aside to watch something truly remarkable.
Animated Short of the Day: Good Books, an online book retailer that donates all its proceeds to Oxfam, recently collaborated with NYC-based creative studios Buck and Antfood to create this trippy promo based on the works of Franz Kafka and Hunter S. Thompson.
In a disclaimer, the company notes that the video is not endorsed by either estates, but they "humbly suggest" Thompson would have liked it. Considering there is enough contact high in this short to kill a wild horse, I'd say they're probably right.