One thing you eventually develop from watching mountains of Japanese anime is an eye for eye-catching animation, no matter what the origin or style. Before you may have known that one piece of animation looks better than another but with years of training the eye to recognise quality animation you can now pick out what makes a certain piece of animation so great. I’m not saying that we are all turning into animation gurus but it’s the same principle that applies to spotting young talent on football. While we may not all be scouts for football clubs, anyone who had watched any amount of soccer could spot the great talent that lay in players like Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney when they first strode onto the pitch as raw 16 year olds. That overly long introductory paragraph is simply there to introduce you to two wonderful animation shorts. I went on a bit of an animation short binge recently and these two were the cream of the crop. The first is a Bafta winning Polish short called ‘Falling Art’ and the second is one of those Pixar shorts called ‘Lifted’. One about moving up, the other about moving down. Neither have any speaking in them and tell their story through their actions (Fallen Art) or through their facial expressions (Lifted). Trust me when I say these are the best. I watched a lot of stupid artsy ones that made no attempt to make any sense.