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Preschool Poets: Animated shorts based on poems by four & five year olds

Eight poems, written and read by four and five-year-olds, were animated in a wide variety of styles by artists from around the world. Preschool Poets is a collaborative project helmed by artist and poetry teacher Nanc...

The Pits: An avocado searches for its other half

An avocado wanders New York City, feeling lonely and searching for its other half in this award-winning, puppet-filled story by The Bizzaro Company, directed by Mike Hayhurst. The Pits originally premiered at the New ...

Fløjteløs / Whistleless by Siri Melchior

A little bird is having a hard time learning how to whistle. But the other birds can whistle! And so can the train. And the people in the city. And the animals in the zoo. And the police officer directing traffic. How...

Joy and Heron

When a pesky Heron tries to steal all of the worms meant for a fishing trip, little Joy tries to scare it away without rocking the boat and scaring away the fish, too. From Passion Pictures Australia, this is Joy and ...

The Temple of Knowledge and what it’s like to grow up in a library

Ronald Clark’s father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remembers literally growi...

The rise and fall of the Inca empire

It was the western hemisphere's largest empire ever, with a population of nearly 10 million subjects. Yet within 100 years of its rise in the fifteenth century, the Inca Empire would be no more. What happened? With...

The North Wind and the Sun: A Fable by Aesop

Once the North Wind and the Sun were arguing about who was the stronger. They saw a man walking below. "I am the strongest," said the North Wind fiercely. "Only I can get the coat off that man." But the sun, answering...

Automata artist Matt Smith and his Curious Contraptions

Born in 1965, Matt Smith spent about six weeks at the Falmouth School of Art before deciding he would rather spend his time "making silly things." He began making automata in 1980 and, in 1986, formed the Fourteen Bal...

Henry Fox Talbot, the First Photographs, and the Pioneers of Photography

The invention of the photograph, in 1839, would forever change the way people looked at the world. But this extraordinary breakthrough cannot be credited to a single individual—while William Henry Fox Talbot labored q...

Where Does Elv Belong?

"This is Elv, and he's from outer space. His family moved to a brand new place. He knows this now, but he didn't before, that home can be one place... or more." Enjoy the story of Elv, "a meditation on home, friend...

Escape, a science fiction animated short from Moonbot Studios

Escape is a science fiction animated short from Moonbot Studios, branded content for their client Dolby Laboratories. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival as a demonstration of the company's surround sound and im...

Unendurable line – Design Ah!

Consider this line and its corresponding chorus as they graph and reflect the variables of different objects. It's a visual and aural experiment that can be created for anything... toast in the toaster, the wind in th...

Détour, an iPhone film by Michel Gondry

A family goes on a summer road trip through France with their bicycles in tow, until one beloved tricycle falls off the car and finds itself on a new adventure: searching for its owner. Détour was filmed on an iPh...

The Squid and the Whale: Evidence for an Epic Encounter

One of the most famous dioramas in the American Museum of Natural History depicts a battle between two gigantic animals: the sperm whale and giant squid. But unlike most dioramas in the Museum’s halls, this scene has ...

Sara Berman’s Closet

"And here we are, in the midst of elaborate trappings, of elaborate lives: An illumination of how important a modest life can be. This closet, all lined up with military precision and loving care, represents the unend...

It’s different from what you expected – Design Ah! (デザインあ)

A slow-building set up and then a surprising twist: "It’s different from what you expected" is a series of perception-bending short clips by Tokyo-based director Daihei Shibata. They were created for Design Ah! (デザ...

The Hoarder (1969) – Evelyn Lambart

In this short animation by Evelyn Lambart, a greedy little blue jay carries away whatever his beak can grasp. Berries, birds' eggs (nests and all), and even the sun in the sky go into his secret cache. Nothing is safe...

How to wait for a very long time

"How to wait for a very long time is a short film about a fisherman who is obsessed with catching a certain fish. His whole life he tries to make a big haul, but just catches other fishes instead. Over time he gets fr...

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