Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 89
    This second incarnation of the Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt-produced animation anthology is, if anything, even better than the first.
  2. 80
    Animation fans, no matter their stylistic preference (computer-generated, claymation, old-school hand-drawn), will find much to sate their appetites in this collection of award-winning and critically acclaimed work. There’s not a dud in the bunch.
  3. 80
    If there's a theme to this group of films it's the richness of imagery gathered from a variety of forms including hand-drawn, computer-generated and hybrid work. Ink, pixels and clay are brought to life with equal parts darkness and light to evoke stories and moods that are anything but conventional.
  4. As it is, this collection clocks in at a fleet 87 minutes, which is shorter (and taken together, more lively) than a whole mess of features.
  5. When applied properly, short-form animation can bring dreams and nightmares to life like no other medium.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    The highlight of this package of 12 recent animated shorts from around the world is Australia's "Ward 13."
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    It's a mixed bag almost by definition. Yet the good is good indeed, making this show worth a look for devotees of the form.
  8. 70
    Judge and Hertzfeldt take us on an international trip through the world of animation. From the silly, to the beautiful, to the terminally lame and pretentious, there’s a little something for every taste here…yeah, even for those who love farts.
  9. 70
    Expertly programmed by Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt, the second go-round of The Animation Show features 12 films from five countries.
  10. Reviewed by: Curt Fields
    70
    All of the dozen works featured are strong, with even the least engaging of the stories ... being visually compelling.
  11. 60
    Given the dearth of outlets for short, noncommercial animation, fans of the form shouldn't miss this collection.

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