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Animated shorts on Kanopy for children

by Lisa Brennan

Looking to keep your little ones entertained over the summer holidays? Take a look at our top picks of animated shorts, available to watch on our free streaming service Kanopy.

New to Kanopy? Find out how to get started or take a look at our other recommendations for children.

Diary of a Worm

Meet a worm not that different from you or me, except that his head looks a lot like his tail! A hysterical journal about the daily doings and the hidden world of a lovable underground dweller that will be sure to delight kids both young and old.

Watch Diary of a Worm

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally minuscule rival, Blefuscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands.

This animated classic was nominated for two Oscars for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

Watch Gulliver's Travels

Giraffes Can't Dance

Gerald the giraffe longs to dance like everyone else, but his legs are too skinny and he just can't seem to get it right. At the Jungle Dance, all the other animals make fun of him, and he almost believes he is a failure- until one friend's encouragement shows him how his uniqueness can make him the best dancer of all.

Watch Giraffes Can't Dance

Mr Hublot

Mr. Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. But when a very invasive companion, Robot Pet, arrives in his home, Mr. Hublot's world is turned upside down.

Winner of Best Short Film, Animated at the Academy Awards.

Watch Mr Hublot

Emperor's New Clothes

This is the classic story of the vain emperor who is so swayed by the importance of clothes that he does not realize he is being fooled.

Watch Emperors' New Clothes