Buffy the Vampire Slayer Animated Promo (2004)
This one is a bit of a cheat. It is a promo created to sell a television show and NOT a proper short. However, this little promo is excellently animated and has some of the best character moments in any short on this list. Sadly, Buffy the Animated Series was never picked up and therefore this oddity and a nod in the comic series are all fans have. Jeeps Loeb, Joss Whedon, and Jane Espenson were writers on the series (13 scripts were said to have been produced) but unfortunately I can’t seem to find the director for this animated short. Anyway, it’s a fun piece of work regardless.