10 Must-See Animated Short Films

No matter how old we are, we love watching cartoons. Come on, we still crack up when we watch any Tom & Jerry episode! But, those lazy Sunday afternoons have gone, when we used to watch our favorite cartoon shows on TV. But thanks to YouTube, we have unlimited access to the world of animation.

Here’s a list of 10 short-animated films that you must watch:

Mr Hublot

Mr Hublot, directed by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short at the 86th Academy Awards. This is an adorable story of how the mundane life of OCD-ridden Mr Hublot turns upside-down with the arrival of a robotic pet dog. With a streak of steampunk and intricate illustrations, the film will definitely make you smile.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

This one is for the avid book lovers. Directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, the short film traces the magical world of Mr. Morris Lessmore, a young bibliophile. The stylish pace and vivid illustrations makes the film a masterpiece.


Everyone can relate to this film. How times do you press the snooze button every morning? Or set alarms clocks in every corner of the house. This film from Mesai – an independent animation team based in Korea – captures our everyday struggle with the ‘evil’ alarm clock.

French Roast

The animated short created by Fabrice O. Joubert is about a high-class businessman who forgets his wallet while having coffee at a fancy coffee shop. The film was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film award at the 2009 Academy Awards.

Life is Beautiful


The film starts with a montage of family photos and gives the viewers a brief idea about the protagonist – Anton. Tired of his life and being ‘little’, Anton decides to end his life. But life ain’t done with Anton. This Dutch animation created by Ben Brand shows that sometimes our biggest weakness can be our biggest strength too.

Johnny Express

This dark comedy from Korea is just brilliant! You will smile, then smile some more and then something unexpected happens. This brutally funny animation about an intergalactic delivery man, Johnny, will make you ponder.

Dark Noir

I’m a cursed man, I see things other people can’t…. The film traces the dark and mysterious underworld of Vincent Black – a private eye. Created by Brazilian artist Rafael Grampá, the film takes us on a grim journey of self-discovery.


If you enjoyed watching Wall:E, L3.0 will leave you amazed. The animation combines live-action shots with sleek 3D animation. The film traces the touching yet disturbing story of a lonely robot looking for companionship.



Yes, junk food is evil. You might not want to eat a hamburger after watching this film. This graduation film by five students from Supinfocom is just plain crazy. Beware, this animation can gross you out!


Every night when time freezes for a moment at 3.33 am, there is a party somewhere in the dark alleys where spirits of different colors and shapes come out from every nook and corner. Caveirao created by Guilherme Marcondes captures this urban folklore brilliantly. Combined with groovy music, the film is joyful and fun to watch.

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