This isn’t a film - this isn’t even news, since it went live in 2003 - but I can’t believe I’ve never at least mentioned Samorost.
If I had my way with personal animations, this game would be a main reference point. Gorgeous, surreal, and a more than just a little eerie, Samorost is a complex puzzle game about a gnome trying to avoid the path of a spaceship headed for his tiny planet.
Since its release, designer Jakub Dvorský and his studio, Amanita Designs, have put out two more games - Samorost 2, which continues the story of the gnome, once again in-browser, and Machinarium, a puzzle adventure game for Windows, OSX and Linux.
The Samorost series has won several awards, including two Webbys, and Amanita Designs is currently waiting for approval by Sony for Machinarium to be featured on their PlayStation Network.
Learn more about Samorost here, visit Amanita Designs’ amazingly adorable website here, and don’t forget to click the link to play!