13 Fun Animated Shorts To Help Get You Through The Week

You're gonna wanna binge these.

Few things can put a smile on your face like a cute animated short can. Sure, there are a lot of awesome full-length films out there, but some of of life's best things come in smaller packages. You don't need to sit in front of a screen for two hours to get into a really sweet and heartwarming story. It's for that reason animated short films are one of the most innovative forms of storytelling. Despite the limited time length, artists still manage to create stories that make us laugh, smile, and even shed some happy tears. Below, we've rounded up some of the best animated short films that are so good, you'll wish they made them into full features.

1. "In A Heartbeat” by by Beth David and Esteban Bravo

In this cute animated short film, one boy desperately (and literally) tries to hide his beating, lovesick heart from his crush. It's an adorable young love story for sure, but mostly it's a relatable tale for anyone who has ever struggled coming to terms with same-sex attraction. Watch and and feel all the feels! 

2. “Ménage à Tetris” by Emile Rademeyer

Contrary to popular belief, not all animated films are for kids. If you couldn't tell by its title, Ménage à Tetris is definitely for the adult crowd. The film — which premiered at TEDxSYDNEY 2017's film festival under the "Unconventional" theme — reveals the secret lives of Tetris shapes, as one seemingly "unfit" couple finds a third member who completes them.

3. "Alike" by Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez

If there's one thing animated shorts can remind us of is to never lose our childlike spirit. This message is the main theme in Alike. The story, created by Madrid-based animators Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez, follows Copi and his son Paste as they try to hold on to their colorful and creative spirit in a bleak, grey world full of conformity and strict rules. 

4. “Print Your Guy" by Team PYG

Finding love isn't easy, but with the help of the internet, it can be — at least in this funny animated short. The film follows a girl who tries to create the "perfect" boyfriend using a "Print Your Boyfriend" app. Spoiler: Turns out there is no such thing as the perfect anything.

5. "Animation Infestation” by Marty Cooper

In this quirky animated short, cartoonist Marty Cooper imagines what it would be like to have pesky little cartoons infesting your home. This includes little cartoon birds falling out of your bathtub's faucet, a doodle moose licking food residue in your microwave, and an animated octopus taking over your kitchen counter. 

6. "Disillusionment of 10 Point Font" by Greg Condon

This animated short tells it story through words. Artist Greg Condon transforms everyday words and descriptions into lively forms of expression using movement and sound. 

7. “Decaf” by The Animation School

This funny animated short tells a story of a pup who wants nothing more than to play with his cat BFF. To help give his lazy feline friend a boost of energy, the dog offers him multiple bowls of coffee. What ensues is a whole lot of hyper mess. 

8. "Hermetic Dating Rituals” by Brent Sievers

Animated shorts aren't just cutesy animals and talking plants. Sometimes, things get real. In this hilarious and relatable short film, we're reminded to be wary of online dating — you never really know who you're chatting with. 

9. “Bluff” by Futuro Pelo

This music video doubles as a fun animated short. Music artist Futuro Pelo collaborated with paper designer Alexis Facca to create a stunning and colorful, nonstop animation.

10. “Mr. Night Has a Day Off” by Ignas Meilunas

You ever wonder what night does while day is at play? Artist Ignas Meilunas imagines the mysterious nightime character enjoys his day off by turning light-colored objects darker in preparation for his late shift. 

11. "Borrowed Time" by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj

You can't think of animated shorts without thinking about Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio has produced some of the most iconic animated short films of all time, so it's no surprise Borrowed Time, a short created by Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, was nominated for an Oscar. The 2016 film received critical acclaim for its stunning animation and its emotional storytelling. 

12. "Flying While Fat" by Stacy Bias

In this powerful animated short, filmmaker Stacy Bias brings to light the pain, struggle, and anxiety that can come with "flying while fat." In the film, plus-size women tell their own stories on some of the most hurtful body-shaming experiences. It's great reminder for everyone to treat each other with kindness and respect, no matter their size. 

13. “June: Life is Better When You Share the Ride” by John Kahrs for Lyft

Grab some tissues because this one is a tearjerker. Lyft's short film is so heartwarming you'll forget it's an ad. The story follows an older woman named June as she gets hip to new technology, including ride-sharing apps like, you guessed it, Lyft. It's a sweet film about compassion and community. 

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