27 Inspiring Blender Animations That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

It’s inspiration time! If you follow my Facebook page then you’ll know that I like to post little snippets of inspiration that I find on the net. But it’s not always created by Blender users.

“Do you know any good animations created with Blender?”

It’s a question that I get asked a lot, because let’s face it: we all want to know if Blender has what it takes to compete with the big boys.

Well, I’ve been hanging out in the Blender community for the last 8 years and so I’ve encountered quite a lot of blender animatons. You’d be surprised at the quality of blender animations out there.

So in lieu of a tutorial this week, I’ve put together the ultimate blender inspiration post: A list of the most inspiring Blender Animations. Some of these you may have seen, some you haven’t, but I hope that it can inspire you to get out there and create your own animation with Blender.

In no particular order, let’s begin with…

1. Memory

Director Junichi Yamamoto won Best Short Film at the 2009 Suzanne Awards for this attention grabbing short film about a robot in a post apocolyptic world.

2. BMW 3 Promo

Mike Pan modelled, lit and rendered a BMW for this conceptial advertisement using Blender 2.5.

3. Transformation

Andre B used Blender and AutoCAD to demonstrate the beauty of mechanical transformation in this beautiful short film.

4. Mindfields

When Andy Goralczyk created this short film way back in 2003 it became a milestone achievement for Blender. Up until then animations produced with Blender were rather basic, but in just 5 minutes Andy demonstrated grass rendering, deserts, character animation and meteor explosions. Way to break the mold Andy!

5. Kajimba

Red Cartel (formerly known as Promotion Studios) created this animated film project aimed at the Adult comedy market. It gained lots of attention for the Sydney based studio, who then went on to create TV adverts for Bridgestone Tires.

6. Evolution

Alex Glawion won Best Design at the 2009 Suzanne Awards for this moving short film about evolution.

7. Old Key

A personal favourite of mine that showcases particles, fluid simulation and very realistic rendering. The music alone is enough make me hit replay :)

8. Bounce to space

Pablo Vazquez somehow managed to give a bouncy ball personality in this humourous short film. He received a nomination for Best Character animation at the 2009 Suzanne Awards and later went on to work on Sintel.

9. Omega – Teaser Trailer

Andy Goralczyk used a unique combination of stop motion and CG, to pull us into this post apocolyptic world of robots and trash formations. Omega is still a work in progress, but you can follow the progress on his blog here.

10. Esign

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Chris Larkee created this abstract animation way back in 2005, winning Best Design at the Suzanne Awards.

11. Overheated

David Ward created this hilarious spoof of Pixar’s Cars about a grumpy car stuck in the sun.

12. The Cup

The students at Pepe-Shcool-Land created this hilarious short film in just three months using Blender. They received a well earned nomination for Best Short film at the recent 2010 Suzanne Awards.

13. Dikta – Goodbye

Miðstræti studio was contacted by the Icelandish band Dikta to create a music video for their popular song. The band gave complete artist license to the studio who pulled through to create a unique styled animation about a world made of paper.

14. Stop

Eoin Duffy won Best Design at the 2007 Suzanne Awards for this attention grabbing music video. It’s a perfect example of why visuals aren’t everything when it comes to creating a powerful video.

15. Chicken Chair

Bassam Kurdali created this iconic short film way back in 2003, and has stood the test of time with it’s brilliant character animation.

16. Lighthouse

Red Cartel created this short film for American insurance firm Liberty Mutual as a series of online short film around the theme ‘responsibility’. It is regarded by many as one of the finest Blender’s animations to date.

17. Project London: Benny’s Fuel and Repair

Project London is an independant, feature length, live action movie that uses blender for all it’s VFX work. It’s still a work in progress but you can follow their progress here.

18. Lista

Pawel Lyczkowski created this unique stop motion styled animation and won Best Short Film at the recent 2010 Suzanne Awards. Well deserved!

19. Suite Noire

Matray created this high impact opening for a TV show. Apparently the client deemed the intro “inappropriate” and it was never aired. I have no idea what the show was about but if I saw this intro I’d be hooked!

20. A Glimpse of Light

Alex Glawion created this super slick animation and received a nomination for Best Design at the 2009 Suzanne Awards. As with most of Alex’s work, the music and visuals go hand in hand to create a beautiful work of art.

21. Tape-à-l’oeil

Jason-Sean Guillemette created this artist short film about the topic ‘Cinema & Me’. The lighting, compositing and rendering are all top notch.

22. John el esquizofrénico Music Video

MoxStudios put an incredible amount of work into this catchy music video. It won Best Design at the 2010 Suzanne Awards.

23. Babioles Trailer

Matray composited this cute CG characted onto live backplates for the TV show pilot, Babioles.

24. Taste Lab

Chris Burton created this humourous short film about two rival professors in a race to create the ultimate drink. For his hard work, Chris received a nomination for Best Short film at the 2010 Suzanne Awards.

25. Klaas Vaak (TV intro)

Red Cartel created another amazing piece of work for the opening of the dutch TV show called Klaas Vaak (if you’re easily scared don’t watch past :32).

26. HapiLoli

Japanese artist Tomo, proves that anime styled animation is 100% possible using blender in this cute animation of a girl dancing. Be sure to check out his followup video: ルイズ/恋愛サーキュレーション

27. Death Grind

Endre Barath created this thought provoking short about the effect that television has on our minds. He received a nomination for Best Short Film at the 2009 Suzanne Awards.

Honourable Mentions

Some of these videos are more ‘tests’ than animations, but they are still powerful enough to deserve a mention.

That concludes this list of inspiring Blender animations! I deliberately left out Sintel, Big Buck Bunny and Elephants Dream as I wanted to focus on the lesser known independantly produced animations :)

Which animation was your favourite? Did I miss an animation? Write your comment below!

About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
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  • http://www.pixeledge.co/ Pixel Edge

    wow, thats awesome…. thanks a lot

  • Sathvik Rijo

    Sir, Andrew Price. I Want Your Help Sir. I Seen All Ur Tutorials And Logos Of Blender In Blenderguru. I Want A Help From U Please Please Pleaseeee.
    I Want To Know How To Create A 3d Animation Movie In Blender. Please Help Me Andrew Price – The God Of Blender Animation, Please Help Me….

    • forresthopkinsa

      Look at one of his tutorials–he already did help you by making those. >_>

  • Matt

    What about Sintel, or Big Buck Bunny? Also, #10 isn’t showing up, thought you should know. :P

    • Matt

      Nevermind. Literally just saw that you deliberately left those out. Haha! My bad! :P

  • Reyalp

    First one is so sad…

    • M

      I know, right?

  • Rand67231

    Hello is there a way to add buttons in an animation in which I can touch them and they will made an specific action?

    • forresthopkinsa

      Try using the game engine… although I’m unsure what you’re trying to accomplish here. If you want an interactive product then use the game engine.

  • TonyC

    All brilliant, but Lista stands out for humour and Taste lab. favourite is Lighthouse, timing and effects just brilliant! oh and a happy ending :)

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  • http://zoubek.bitandart.at Archonius

    I know that this post is old but am I the only one who get 404-errors for all the animations in this post?

    • http://www.blenderguru.com Andrew Price

      Whoops! It’s been fixed now. Thanks for pointing it out ;)

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  • ADJ

    im trying to figure out how to create braided hair, can u tell me how? also, do know how to maybe do it on blener 2.49b? I have 2.56 beta too, but I personally prefer using 2.49b more, because of the conveinience of the layout. :)

  • http://www.vimeo.com/julj JuL

    And yeah the “Ballad of the M4 carbine” should definitely be in here…But I understand that you wouldn’t be too keen about featuring yourself.

    Keep up the good work anyway!

  • http://www.vimeo.com/julj JuL

    I am much honoured to be featured in the “Honourable mentions” :)
    Thanks a lot.

    My personnal favorite is the “babioles” series and I would love to see more tutorials about using blender for VFX…Maybe someone could do that as a guest tutor…

  • http://- Aidan

    Where is ”The Ballad of th m4 carbine” ???? It should be in there!

  • lovetoplay94

    John el esquizofrénico was AWESOME, for those who don’t speak Spanish the lyrics were more or less congruent with the video.

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  • MichaelE

    Ive always enjoyed watching Blender progress, since 2004 when I made a few simple models with it. Its nice to see what others have made with it, especially when it comes to short films and animations. Some day more people will recognize Blender as a powerful tool that can aid in Movie production and other arts.

    I liked Lista the most, Have not yet watched all 27 but of the 6 or so that I have seen, Lista is my favorite.

  • jerry

    also hallway:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPzfN585WP4

    are there any good tutorials for human skin?

    I think I am getting close.. but just missing something..

  • Jerry

    update latest.. trying to make more realistic skin..

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/51851421@N02/5440044739/

  • John A.M.

    finely watched most all of em that i hadn’t seen already. i think my favorite one is Dikta – Goodbye.

    i also liked Lista.

    and the Babioles Trailer cracked me up!

    thanks for posting this Andrew! :-)

  • Anuraj

    Hey Andrew, very nice collection.
    I am a beginner to blender (2-3 weeks) and after watching few of your tutorials I made a short video of my own. Here is the link, please leave a comment about how i can improve it….i would be grateful to you
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUt3iWIt-kI

  • Moolah

    @Krash,
    thanks! this short movie “Freddy” is really funny ))
    I had remembered my childhood :)

  • Calcijp

    About Tomo (26. HapiLoli), *SHE* is one of the most respected and beloved *female* video artists in Japan!

  • Yad

    Wait am I crying ?! FIRST VIDEO! Deserves it! I will keeep watching the others later….WOW Nice one…

  • blendery

    Very Very Good :)

  • Krash

    This has always been one of my favorites. Simple, direct, weird and fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5VfwviX3ss

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  • Pablo

    Hi Andrew great tutorials im an architectural student and a newbie with blender but you tutorials are very useful for me and lots of people who use blender. by the way i will be great if will be more videotutorials of architectural visualization coming soon i think something like a living room and dinner room je well anyway great site and great job thanks oh excuseme for the bad english…

  • T-Mac 137

    Andrew, could you do another series that’s like focused critique, only you review short movies like these

  • Moolah

    @Ceropecero, Hi!
    What that “John el Esquizofrénico” says? Please, translate it a bit, I’m a very curious person :)