Recommended Animations

Note: In order to hopefully keep this list interesting, I'll try to maintain most of my recommendations towards more independent productions, nothing too mainstream, without necessarily having to be something too obscure either. Within these boundaries, I'm going to be very selective. The intent is to communicate the most with the least, sort of following the words of well-known film editor and sound designer, Walter Murch, from his book "In the Blink of an Eye".

Animated Feature Film

Tekkonkinkreet (2006)

Japanese animation directed by an American, it has a very unique visual style with a beautifully told story and a really cool soundtrack by Plaid. The Minotaur sequence is one of the best animated sequences I've seen.

Animated Mini-Series

Samurai Champloo (2004-2005)

From Shinichiro Watanabe, who enjoys making unlikely combinations and ends up creating something with a lot of personality. This series seems less popular than his other very cool miniseries Cowboy Bebop but I personally enjoyed this one way more. Here he combines medieval Japanese and hip hop cultures. It has a fantastic sense of humor, of drama, action and mystery, with distinctive and complex characters and stories. It's very balanced and fresh, never going down the obvious path but without getting too convoluted. Definitely not your typical anime.

Animated Short

Un vistazo al futuro (A glance into the future, 2011)

[Spanish with English subtitles]
This is a little tale with a retro style that glances into the future in order to poke fun at and criticize the present. I find it very spot on, genuinely funny and quite sarcastic.

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