The 25 Best Animated Short Films You Can Watch OnlineShort films remain, compared to their lengthier siblings, under-appreciated and unknown today. But, as anyone who’s ever seen an art film (or an exploitation film) knows, a lack of commercial appeal can bode extremely well for artistic potential. A seeming irony, there’s nothing shocking about this contrast at all: not having to find commercial success and not needing to appeal to a conventional audience grants a filmmaker far more artistic freedom to experiment and move away from the norm. True in live-action cinema, but perhaps even more-so in the world of animation, where “convention” and the need for popular success are married to immaturity and idiocy. Low and behold, at the same time, there is an ever flourishing surfeit of untapped animated short films that entertain and enlighten in equal measure, pushing forth the genre and using their relative shortness of breath to pack every second with innovation and exploration of animation as an art form. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.