The Animation Pimp: Shit Yeah, It’s Cool – Animation Shorts You Need to See
The Animation Pimp presents his list of cool animated shorts you need to see. Shit yeah.
I Am So Proud of You, Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 2008
Faulkner meets scribbles in this tale of madness, mortality, and identity. Hilarious, confusing, painful, tragic. Will send shivers through your eyes.
1895, Priit Parn, Estonia, 1995
How does Parn celebrate the centenary of cinema? By attacking it of course. Parn uses the journey of Jean-Paul to show how cinema has impacted our perceptions of history, nationality and identity. Hilarious. Maddening. Clever. Rather sad too, really.
We Lived in Grass, Andreas Hykade, Germany, 1995
Young love and dick cancer told using an inventive, elliptical narrative, superb animation, and dazzling, violent and raw drawings. A harrowing, mature tale of masculinity in crisis. Hard to believe this was a student film.
Andrei Svislotski, Igor Kovalyov, Russia, 1991
The Robert Bresson of animation tosses us into the mysterious, fragmented lives of three strangers. It'll make ya feel dirty. And that's okay.
Crazy Mixed Up Pup, Tex Avery, USA, 1954
Doesn’t always have to be so dark and mucked up. Not usually mentioned as classic Avery but I be loving it for the pup's brief two step alone.
Son of Satan, JJ Villard, USA, 2003
Punk rock animation meets Bukowski. Broke all the rules here. Animation needs more Villards.
Hilary, Anthony Hodgson, UK, 1995
Sloppy, surreal and sad little student film about the beguiling life of Hilary as told by a father to his sleepy daughter.
The Hat, Michele Cournoyer, Canada, 2001
Dark, dirty and beautifully drawn film about addiction, love, seduction and emotional manipulation. It'll make ya cringe... as you should ever so often.
Broken Down Film, Osamu Tezuka, Japan, 1985
A giddy ode to old Hollywood and a kick in the balls to projectionists around the world.
Crossroads, Raimund Krumme, Germany, 1991
The animator that got it all it started for me. Samuel Beckett and Buster Keaton all rolled into seven minutes of existential goodness.
Who I Am and What I Want, Chris Shepherd and David Shrigley, UK, 2005
A tragic, hilarious portrait of a crumbling man told with machine gun narration and luscious kiddie scribbles.
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, Chris Sullivan, USA, 1992
Blunt, bare and unpretentious film on the loss of spirituality, love and community.
At the Ends of the Earth, Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 1998
Comic timing and geo-political satire at its bestest and funniest.
Beavis and Butthead: Animation Sucks, Mike Judge, 1995
Worth it just for the scene where the teacher describes the beauty and movement of animation as we watch a still shot of our two beloved twits. A loving ode to the frustration that is animation creation.
Koko, George Griffin, USA, 1988
America's greatest indie animator does Charlie Parker with torn Pop Art imagery in this exhilarating, playful slap to the face of consumerism.
Next, Barry Purves, UK, 1989