House On Little Cubes (aka Maison En Petits Cubes & Tsumiki No Ie) by Japenese animator Kunio Kato won the Best Short Animation Oscar in 2009. As his town floods, an old man is forced to add levels onto his home in order to stay dry. But when he drops his favorite pipe into the watery levels below, his scuba-diving search for the pipe prompts him to keep on descending and relive scenes from his life. It's a bit of a weepy and could be considered the animated version of The Last 3 Minutes...
The overall winner of the amazingly high quality 7th FILMSshort comptition, the comic animation Dji. Death Fails is as good as Pixar. It was created by the Moldovan studio Simpals. Dji is an unusual manifestation of Death, who does not seem terribly good at his job and suffers from bad luck. All he has to do is to take the soul of a dying trucker, but that seems to be easier said than done!
The king of the macabre revealed his hand in this stop-motion animation film - made when he was 23 - in which a young boy dreams of being horror legend Vincent Price. It was not his first short film but it introduced him to the wider film world as a darlky humorous director, which would lead on to his first successful feature film, Beetle Juice. Having Vincent Price narrate this short animation film was probably one of his most salient career moves.
A Morning Stroll claims to be based on a true story, as unlikely as that seems! Nominated for an Academy Award as well as winning a BAFTA, it is a clever and enjoyable romp through the decades and different styles of animation starting off in the 1950s. It seems there has been a chicken living and going about his business in New York for many years. Orchard mainly works on television spots, which is perhaps why he can turn his hand to various styles.