Animated Short

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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."

[storycorps]

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"Pendulum," a short yet powerful three-minute anime from Japanese comedian Tekken, recently aired on Japanese TV, and has since racked up nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.

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.

[kotaku.]

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Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot give Little Red Riding Hood the American McGee treatment in this macabre retelling of Charles Perrault's equality disturbing fairy tale.

[cartoonbrew.]

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ABCs Of Cinema illustrator Evan Seitz tackles Numbers in Film in his latest animated movie knowledge quiz. How many titles can you name?

[thd.]

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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.

[/film.]

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Simon Tofield's cat is up to no good once again in the latest installment of Simon's Cat, "Shelf Life."

[simonscat.]

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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.

[colossal.]

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Cyriak Thing of the Day: Cyriak's latest collaboration with Showtime (previously) explores the "world of spiders and the never-ending networks that bind their universe together."

Cyriak + spiders? Yeah, you're gonna wanna leave the lights on for this one.

[b3ta.]