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Web Animation Watch: Christmas Special 2021

Welcome back to the new look, bigger than ever Web Animation Watch! Web Animation Watch brings you the best in online animation: independent shorts, student films, commissioned films, music videos and more! This time, we are here with our Christmas special edition.

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Ted Lasso- The Missing Christmas Mustache

Apple TV+ breakout hit (perhaps their only real hit so far) Ted Lasso is a favourite with critics and fans alike. In  a fun surprise, Apple have released a stop-motion animated Christmas short featuring Ted and the gang at AFC Richmond in a slightly off-kilter festive frolic.

Light Lunch|Simon's Cat

In this year's Simon's Cat season special, our favourite feline is back for another cute, funny and brilliantly observed slice of animated genius. Simon tries to enjoy his Christmas dinner in peace while his ever-hungry kittie tries his best to crash the party.


Christmas With The Moonies

In this comedic short from the UK's Blue Zoo Animation, originally released in 2018 and back for this year, The Moonies are a chaotic couple out for a festive drive when they run into a certain white-bearded red-clad gentleman... quite literally. For those who like their festive funnies with a dark edge. This short was made entirely in Unreal Engine.


Waaber  ⎸ MerryChristmas

Stop-motion animator Waaber's fun festive short features his usual blobby characters offering viewers a festive message. Keep watching for some revealing making-of footage of the production of this virtual Christmas card.


No More Stuff

This year's new animation from Blue Zoo is a very funny and brilliantly made movie trailer parody featuring a vengeful Santa on the rampage. It's a follow on of sorts from the previous BZShorts musical Christmas animation More Stuff.  See all their Christmassy shorts here.


The Stepdad   ⎸Disney UK

Christmas adverts are a big deal in the UK. Various companies and broadcasters try to outdo each other and become the commercial to go viral that year. A large percentage of them are animated, and the percentage is probably even higher this year, when the animation industry has been less affected by the pandemic than any other part of the film and TV sector. This one is made for Disney UK's  'From Our Family To Yours' campaign and in support of the Make A Wish foundation. Sure, it's an advert for the biggest entertainment company in the world, but it's absolutely beautifully made and if it doesn't affect you even a little, then you might just have a lump of coal where your heart should be.

Weebl's Animated Advent Colander 2022.

Web animation icon Mr Weebl has scaled back his animated Advent Calendar Colander over recent years. And who can blame him? Much as we enjoyed the full-scale years,  trying to put out 24 or 25 pieces of animation in as many days is an insane idea. This year, like last, he's just put out a handful of new animations, and we are grateful for each one! See the rest of this year's entries here, or watch him making the films over on Twitch.

Sleigh Ride  ⎸Ella Fitzgerald

Ovet the past couple of years, music video giant VEVO has commissioned animated music videos to accompany classic Christmas songs from the likes on Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby. New for this year is this charming video set to the classic by the one and only Ella Fitzgerald. Check out more animated video for Christmas classics here.