Una Furtiva Lagrima, stop motion of a real fish's journey to dinner sung as (ironically happy) opera. Brilliantly witty, sad, and funny.
Space Stallions, a mock 80's cartoon title sequence from film students in Denmark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Otaq2tmNMM
Une Historie Vertebrale, a romantic comedy about an L-shaped man, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq2hPgSzIwg
Aalterate, an abstract meditation on rebirth through an eclipse rendered in varying 2D and 3D styles http://videos.arte.tv/fr/videos/_aalterate_de_christobal_de_oliveira-6438028.html
Waiting for Her Sailor, http://www.annecy.org/edition-2012/festival/programmation/programme-fiche-film:f20121362
One Minute Puberty, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2pq-djrDBs
Bydlo, allegory of struggle and conflict through claymation--of clay people http://www.nfb.ca/film/bydlo_trailer
Koisuru Nezumi, a mouse falls in love with a cheese, with dialog seemingly translated through several languages and recited by a computer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGMOeg1-pQU
Hi-no-youjin, love, loss, and the danger of fire in a historical Japanese city. Clever combination of orthographic and linear perspectives http://www.annecy.org/edition-2012/festival/programmation/programme-fiche-film:f20121300
Second Hand, http://www.annecy.org/edition-2012/festival/programmation/programme-fiche-film:f20120830
The Centrifuge Brain Project, a seamless live action and animated faux science documentary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kCFdVYojyg
Moya Iyubov, a beautifully rendered tale of unrequited love in Russia painted on glass, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq7nLVoaPX8
Tsukumo, reminiscent of Studio Ghibli, http://www.annecy.org/edition-2012/festival/programmation/programme-fiche-film:f20121338
Morgan McGuire is a professional game developer and professor of Computer Science at Williams College. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques and the author of The Graphics Codex, an essential reference for computer graphics that runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.