Animation Examples

These are examples of animated short films made by individuals or small groups with modest budgets, and lots of creativity. Some of them use simple techniques that you could try at home. They all offer good examples of simple, visual storytelling.We hope these will inspire you and give you ideas when making your own movie.


Little Red Cap

Paper stop motion animation

This animation is of the Brothers Grimm story ‘Little Red Cap’, the set and props are either hand made or laser cut from white card. The music is ‘Seaglopur’ by Sigur Ros.

Created by Hazel O’Brien, this remarkable short film retells “Little Red Riding Hood” without using words. Hazel used stop motion animation to bring to life the paper silhouettes she created using a laser paper cutter.


The Traveller

The Traveller – Animated Short Film by Raoof Haghighi

A journey of a boy to unknown. This animation was an experiment and it was my first attempt with Toon Boom! Music and animation by Raoof Haghighi – 2012. Toon Boom Animate Pro 2 www.raoofhaghighi.com

This fanciful adventure story was made by professional artist Raoof Haghighi using a software package called Toon Boom Harmony.

Paper City

Paper City – Maciek Janicki

The streets are paved with paper. This delicate animation follows the charming rise and fold of a fragile metropolis. Captured by an unseen helicopter, the narrative unfolds through winding roads, erupting forests and emerging mountains. Paper City grows in one fluid take, with skyscrapers rising from the page — only to crumble, wrinkle and gently crease back into the ground.

Maciek Janicki made this animated short when he was about 24 years old. While the paper in this film looks quite real, he actually made this using 3D animation software.