Gobelins is a French school of animation, both traditional (2d) and 3d animation. Here are some examples of really, really, reeeeally cool stuff from some of the students:
Brilliant short animation set in the Golden Age of Piracy, brilliant animation and interesting characters. I’ve heard some rumours that it might be turned into a feature film—that would be awesome!
Check out their website for HD version and some Making-of material: Pyrats.net
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À quoi ça sert l’amour?
A much more simple art style, but still brilliant animation! À quoi ça sert l’amour? (What is love good for?)
About two octopuses in love, fighting for their survival against the food industry. Very, very brilliant in all possible ways. I think it’s even better then “Finding Nemo”
Check out the website and all the rewards they got for this Oktapodi.com