And remember, this is solely by how much I liked the short. There are excellent films that rank low because it didn't click with me, and mediocre shorts that rank highly because I have terrible tastes.
NULL: Lorenzo (2004)
It's the film Disney refuses to release, a fact that still drives me absolutely nuts.
49. Katedra (2002)
Beautiful to look at, but its drab and lifeless story keeps me from wanting to look at it.
48. This Way Up (2008)
Wonderfully macabre sequences that don't add up to a satisfying whole, and I didn't like the ending.
47. Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)
Brilliantly animated with an interesting first half, but the film trips on its own metaphors in the second half.
46. Boundin' (2003)
The music is pleasing to the ears, but it pounds the message into your head. Plus, I don't like the characters.
45. Mike's New Car (2002)
It took two characters with great chemistry, and throws them into a dry slapstick show that gets old after a minute.
44. Dimanche/Sunday (2011)
The dark humor is excellent, but the film just seems to meander along until it gets to its bland and lifeless climax.
43. A Morning Stroll (2011)
The premise and the structure is great, but it lost me with its poor pacing, and I didn't care for the climactic scene.
42. Lifted (2006)
It's a funny look at an all too familiar situation, but the main character is a bit too annoying to be sympathetic.
41. The Lady and the Reaper (2009)
A great soundtrack and an excellent ending doesn't quite make up for the rest of the film's irritating slapstick moments.
40. A Matter of Loaf and Death (2009)
It's a good film, but it's impossible not to compare it with other Wallace and Gromit shorts, and it falls apart in comparison.
39. I Met the Walrus (2007)
I liked the clever and dynamic animation style, but Lennon's philosophy was lost to me, so most of the film was a bore.
38. Peter & the Wolf (2007)
Great animation, wonderful music and excellent character development. I just wish the film wasn't so gosh darned boring.
37. 9 (2005)
The animation and atmosphere are terrific, but the story was a bit too simple and one-dimensional for it to be interesting.
36. Birthday Boy (2004)
It's a devastating but effective look at the horrors of war. I just found the main character to be a bit annoying for my tastes.
35. Ryan (2004)
The animation is great, the premise is clever, and it highlights an animation legend, but the ending feels like a whimper.
34. Let's Pollute (2010)
It's a funny parody of old educational films with good animation, but it's a one-joke film that hangs on for far too long.
33. Nibbles (2003)
This frantically fast-paced look at a fishing trip is interesting, but doesn't leave much lasting impressions once it ends.
32. Destino (2003)
This is exactly what you'd expect from a Dali/Disney collaboration. It's near impossible to decipher, but enjoyable from afar.
31. Gopher Broke (2004)
A funny film, but the gopher is annoying, and the humiliation he experiences when his plans don't work out doesn't quite make up for it.
30. Badgered (2005)
It's a funny film with a simple but charming animation style, but it doesn't leave much lasting impression once it ends.
29. Madagascar: A Journey Diary (2010)
It's a great exhibition of a foreign culture with a wonderful variety of animation styles. However, the film kind of drags in the middle.
28. The Lost Thing (2010)
It's a tender and touching allegorical story that maintains a picture book feel. Sometimes I wonder if it'll be better without narration.
27. Oktapodi (2008)
It's fast-paced and furiously fun, with effective slapstick. Yet it feels incredibly slight even for a two minute short.
26. Lavatory Lovestory (2008)
A sweet tale of love complemented by its simple lined animation. The film does drag at times, and doesn't leave much of an impression.
25. Presto (2008)
Some of the jokes feel forced and are kind of dumb, but overall this is a funny and wildly entertaining film with terrific execution of a clever premise.
24. Even Pigeons Go to Heaven (2007)
This is an interesting film that deals with the serious topic of salvation in a humorous light. The ending is dark but is extremely funny and effective.
23. Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty (2009)
It's a little bit of a one joke concept, but at least the joke is funny. It still runs a bit long, but at least it ends with a bang. Great mix of 2D and 3D animation.
22. The Chubbchubbs! (2002)
Not exactly the deepest work, but it's a light and funny tale. There's a lot of great science fiction references. Unfortunately, the main character was quite annoying.
21. French Roast (2009)
This film is both funny and touching with an ending that will put a smile on your face. It is complemented by some pretty clever filmmaking techniques.
20. Gone Nutty (2003)
It's a Scrat film, so you know it's not going to teach you much life lessons, but it'll make you feel good about laughing at a rodent's numerous misfortunes.
19. The Gruffalo (2010)
The story's contents doesn't match the running time, so there's a lot of down time, but I personally found this film to be incredibly charming. Great animation and voice work.
18. One Man Band (2005)
This madcap story about two dueling one man bands will leave you rolling in the aisles. It's not one of Pixar's deepest or more memorable works, but it is one of the studio's funniest.
17. La Luna (2011)
This film combines beautiful imagery with a good story. This imaginative film is one of Pixar's most subtle works, and it's a welcome change considering some of the films that came before.
16. No Time for Nuts (2006)
This second Scrat short delivers even more humor with less torment, so you won't have to feel as guilty for laughing. And there's still a lot of misery awaiting our intrepid explorer. A great concept that's well executed.
15. The Danish Poet (2006)
This film uses a funny story with simple animation to explore the idea of serendipity related to our lives. The underlying meaning may be lost, but the tongue-in-cheek humor will still make this quite an enjoyable film.
14. Maestro (2006)
This film may be short and simple, but it moves at a rapid pace and packs a lot of depth into its five minute running time. The film builds up towards an ending that is well worth it.
13. Atama-yama (2002)
The extreme Japanese feel to this film may be a turn off for some people, but if you don't mind it you will enjoy a hilarious tale that messes with your mind. The narrator really makes this story come alive, and the traditional Japanese music is great too.
12. The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation (2005)
This sobering family drama combines old photographs and footage with deceptively simple animation to tell a deep and complex story about a man trying to come to terms with the father who made his life miserable. Eli Wallach and John Turturro are terrific in their roles as father and son.
11. Day & Night (2010)
This clever little short is one of Pixar's best from a filmmaking standpoint. The use of both 2D and 3D animation along with diegetic sound to tell the tale is genius. Unfortunately, the ending is weakened by a scene that not only disrupts the flow but also pounds the film's message in your head.
This charming film tells a funny yet tender tale about the restorative power of books while paying tribute to film history such as Buster Keaton and The Wizard of Oz. This film also celebrates the human spirit, especially the recovery of New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The animation is a clever mix of miniatures with 3D animation and somewhat of a faux 2D animation. It's overall an enjoyable work and a deserving winner.
9. Das Rad (Rocks) (2002)
8. The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005)
7. My Love (2007)
6. Logorama (2009)
5. Guard Dog (2004)
4. Wild Life (2011)
3. Harvie Krumpet (2003)
2. The Little Matchgirl (2006)
1. La Maison en Petits Cubes (2008)
Whew, I didn't expect writing a second review for most of these films. But hey, maybe they're more coherent than my original reviews. Anyways, let's take a look at some of the "stats."
Highest ranked non-winner: The Little Matchgirl (2)
Lowest ranked winner: Peter & the Wolf (38)
Number of winners in the top ten: Four (La Maison en Petits Cubes, Harvie Krumpet, Logorama, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore)
Only film that was my favorite in a year outside the top 10: Day & Night (11)
Only film that was not my favorite in a year in the top 10: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (10)
Highest average ranking in a year: 2006 (average rank is 17.6)
Lowest average ranking in a year: 2007 (average rank is 31)
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