jiraffejustin's Top 50 Short Films of All-Time

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50. The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome



Kenneth Anger / 1954

Anger is a truly unique figure in the history of cinema. He quite possibly invented the music video, though no music video was ever quite as daring as his films. He created bizarre and intriguing imagery, he took risks with his films both artistic and literally as he may have been the first person to release a film with dudes doing gay sh*t in it.

49. Unofficial Reality



Vince Collins / 2005

I put two Vince Collins films on this list, but they couldn't have a bigger gap in art style difference. This one is one of Vince Collins' late career "f*ck around with some sh*tty computer animation" phase films, I guess early-late career phase as he is stilling doing this stupid stuff.

48. Red Hot Riding Hood


Tex Avery / 1943

This mf wolf finna get cancelled.

47. The Band Concert



Wilfred Jackson / 1935

I used to think Mickey Mouse sucked cause he was overexposed and got the crappy modernized treatments over and over again, but back in the day, Mickey was actually in good cartoons.

46. what's Opera, Doc?



Chuck Jones / 1957

I just really love golden age cartoons. So much creativity. There's a level of care and effort put into entertainment geared towards children that eroded as art died and algorithms took over.




45. Darkness, Light, Darkness



Jan Svankmajer / 1989

Svankmajer was a master and this was his tribute to the male body.

44. One Froggy Evening



Chuck Jones / 1955

Hello my baby hello my honey hello my ragtime gal

43. The Man Who Planted Trees



Frederic Back / 1987

Animation as serious art, gorgeous, emotional, and flowing like a river

42. Porky in Wackyland



Bob Clampett / 1938

Animation as absurdist art, goofy, silly, and as wacky as the title suggests


41. Window Water Baby Moving



Stan Brakhage / 1959

Brakhage was a master and this was his tribute to the female body.




46. What's Opera, Doc?



Chuck Jones / 1957

I just really love golden age cartoons. So much creativity. There's a level of care and effort put into entertainment geared towards children that eroded as art died and algorithms took over.

I love What's Opera, Doc?. It's one of the best Looney Tunes cartoons ever made.
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44. One Froggy Evening



Chuck Jones / 1955

Hello my baby hello my honey hello my ragtime gal

42. Porky in Wackyland



Bob Clampett / 1938

Animation as absurdist art, goofy, silly, and as wacky as the title suggests


Porky in Wackyland is good, but One Froggy Evening is great. It's another top Looney Tunes cartoon.



40. The Immigrant



Charlie Chaplin / 1917

My favorite Chaplin short of the ones I've seen. Consider this representing Charlie Chaplin shorts in general.

39. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century



Chuck Jones / 1953

Some of my favorite Looney Tune gags mixed with some social commentary on the arms race.

38. Stigma



Lawrence Gordon Clark / 1977

I need to see more Lawrence Gordon Clark shorts. I've seen two (I think) and I think both are great, but Stigma stuck with me more as it was nastier than The Signalman. If I decide to do honorable mentions, I'll include The Signalman.

37. Asparagus



Suzan Pitt / 1979

Glorious animation. Something about female sexuality or something.

36. Duck Amuck



Chuck Jones / 1953

The high point of the Bugs vs. Daffy rivalry. An all-time classic.




35. Street of Crocodiles



Stephen and Timothy Quay / 1986

Creepy stop-motion spookies.

34. Scorpio Rising



Kenneth Anger / 1963

Anger chose great music

33. The Grandmother



David Lynch / 1970

The inspiration for the new Minecraft update where you can plant and grow grandmothers

32. It's Such a Beautiful Day



Don Hertzfeldt / 2011

Expect more Hertzfeldt. The Bill trilogy is one of my all-time favorite trilogies.

31. Swing You Sinners!



Dave Fleischer / 1930

spookier scarier skeletoner




30. The Terrys



Tim & Eric / 2011

F*ck you

29. Piper



Alan Barillaro / 2016

totes adorbs. The culmination of Pixar.

28. The Mad Doctor



David Hand / 1933

Disney getting terrifying.

27. The Hand



Jiri Trnka / 1965

A movie about how communist governments suck

26. The Wrong Trousers



Nick Park / 1993

representing the Wallace and Gromit series.




39. Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century



Chuck Jones / 1953

Some of my favorite Looney Tune gags mixed with some social commentary on the arms race.

36. Duck Amuck



Chuck Jones / 1953

The high point of the Bugs vs. Daffy rivalry. An all-time classic.


Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century and Duck Amuck are my two favorite Looney Tunes cartoons. IMO, they should be much higher on the list.



25. Babes in the Woods



Burt Gillett / 1932


24. Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory



Louis Lumière / 1895


23. The Cat Concerto



Hanna-Barbera / 1947


22. World of Tomorrow Episode Three: The Absent Destinations of David Prime



Don Hertzfeldt / 2020


21. The Old Man and the Sea



Aleksandr Petrov / 1999



Here are my favorite short films:

9 Variations on a Dance Theme (1966)
Apaches (1977)
The House is Black (1963)
Land Without Bread (1933)
La Jetee (1962)
Lessons of Darkness (1992)
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
Night and Fog (1956)
The Red Balloon (1956)
Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Overall, great list so far!



20. Lucifer Rising



Kenneth Anger / 1972


19. The Dream of a Ridiculous Man



Aleksandr Petrov / 1992


18. The Big Shave



Martin Scorsese / 1967

17. Michael Jackson's Thriller



John Landis / 1983


16. OPAL



Jack Stauber / 2020



15. The Heart of the World



Guy Maddin / 2000


14. La Jetée



Chris Marker / 1962


13. The House Is Black



Forugh Farrokhzad / 1963

12. Un Chien Andalou



Luis Buñuel / 1929


11. Everything Will Be OK



Don Hertzfeldt / 2006



10. World of Tomorrow



Don Hertzfeldt / 2015


9. Malice in Wonderland



Vince Collins / 1982

8. The Great Piggy Bank Robbery



Bob Clampett / 1946

7. Neighbors



Buster Keaton & Edward Cline / 1920

6. Tale of Tales



Yuri Norstein / 1979



5. I Am So Proud of You



Don Hertzfeldt / 2008

4. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story



Todd Haynes / 1988

3. The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes



Stan Brakhage / 1972

not very many images from this film seem appropriate to post here

2. Sallie Gardner at a Gallop



Eadward Muybridge / 1878

1. Night and Fog



Alain Resnais / 1956