Discovering animated short SF films is a great adventure. They lend themselves beautifully to science fiction stories because no matter how strange the imagined worlds and characters are, in animation they become believable and real.
What's more, they are a great way to introduce SF to kids. And just like any media they also showcase serious artwork and vision.
On the list below you'll find both kinds.
(2005, 11 min, USA)
Director: Shane Acker
In video about short movie 9, Shane Acker describes its plot:
"It is post-apocalyptic and post-human. We follow along with these little scavenger like rag-doll creatures made out of bits and pieces of this ruined Earth as they are making their way and evolving. They are being hunted by this mechanical creature that is bent on stealing their souls".
In 2005 it won Jury Prize award in Best Animated Short category at BendFilm Festival and Gold Medal at Student Academy Awards, USA. In 2006 it was nominated for the Oscar.
This short was inspiration for the feature movie 9, which was also directed by Acker under Tim Burton's production flag.
(2008, 4 min, Denmark)
Director: Henrik Bjerregaard Clausen
Space is a boring place for Marvin who has to travel another 2 years 173 days 16 hours 47 minutes and 58 seconds until he gets to his destination. He hasn't got much to do except watch some TV and drink coffee.
(2008, 3 min, USA)
Director: Mike Salva
Patching together body parts snatched from corpses, Doctor Frankenstein brings a creature back to life, but it has a few complaints.
(2008, 8 min, USA)
Director: Angus MacLane
This charming Pixar's short animation features robot BURN-E ("Basic Utility Repair Nano Engineer") which tries to replace a faulty lamp on an outside platform of the spacecraft Axiom (the ship in movie WALL-E) over and over again.
(2002, 7 min, Poland)
Director: Tomasz Baginski
The Cathedral is Janusz A. Zajdel Award winning short story written by Polish science fiction writer Jacek Dukaj.
Tomasz Baginski beautifully translates it into an amazing short film which won the first prize at SIGGRAPH and was nominated for Academy Award in 2002.
Story follows a lonely traveler who finds an unusual cathedral on the edge of a desert.
(2002, 6 min, USA)
Director: Eric Armstrong
This funny Sony Pictures Imageworks' cartoon pays homage to several SF movies. As its tagline says this movie is about "A little alien with a big problem" who also has a dream of becoming a great entertainer....
Won Oscar for best animated short film and it was nominated for BAFTA film award and Berlin International Film Festival's Golden Bear award.
(2009, 13 min, France)
Directors: David Alapont and Luis Briceño
In a package Oscar is asked to pick up for a friend he discovers a mysterious object which could shed light on the hidden truth about world he lives in.
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