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House of Small Cubes (La Maison en Petits Cubes)



Directed by John Kahrs, this Oscar-nominated animation shows the power of the paper airplane (and persistance). This wonderful short from the animators at Disney uses a new technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation.

The Lost Thing – Shaun Tan

If Hieronymus Bosch had painted warm and fuzzy things I would imagine it would look something like this. A 2010 Oscar winner for animation, Shaun Tan takes the weird and makes it the wonderful with this fun little tale.


Check out the website at, it’s a work of art in itself.

Destino – Walt Disney and Salvador Dali

Destino (destiny) was storyboarded by Disney studio artist John Hench and artist Salvador Dalí for eight months during 1945 and 1946. World War II, however, had not been kind to Walt Disney Studios and it was in financial trouble. Considered not viable financially, production on the film was suspended indefinitely.

In 1999, Walt Disney‘s nephew Roy E. Disney, came across the old project while working on Fantasia 2000 and decided to complete it.

[Destino] follows the story of Chronos and the ill-fated love he has for a mortal female. The story continues as the female dances through surreal scenery inspired by Dalí’s paintings.

Music by the Mexican composer Armando Dominguez, sung by Dora Luz. Directed by Dominique Monfréy.

Shortlisted for the 2003 Oscar for Best Animated Short.

House of Small Cubes (La Maison en Petits Cubes)


Badgered – Sharon Colman


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Such is the power of books.

Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. … [A]ward winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a new narrative experience that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals.

Rich and warm animation telling a layered and engaging tale.

Nominated for the 2012 Oscar in the Best Animated Short category and the winner of numerous (13 so far) awards. From Moonbot Studios.

[UPDATE: It won!]

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