If you need a break between last minute Christmas shopping and choosing which festive jumper best screams out your personality, then kick back and enjoy this fine selection of animation.

This is a wide-ranging list of films that are all freely available to watch online. Have fun!

Foxed!

Everyone loves stop motion, especially makers of creepy tales like this. Nev Bezaire and James Stewart's Foxed! is a very short film to get us going.  It opens on the plight of hapless Emily who is trapped within a sinister location.  

Forced to work in the secret underground blue goo mines, she must use her determination to get back home only to uncover a mysterious plan.

Longtime David Cronenberg collaborator Martin Katz has now taken on the task of turning this eerie story into a feature-length movie.

The Looking Planet

Directed by Eric Law Anderson, this 17-minute fantasy is set at the construction of the universe, where one of the cosmic corps of engineers decides to break some fundamental laws in the name of self expression.

The film, apparently from a ‘ tale translated from the cosmic background radiation’ was all completed on a 2007 Mac Pro

The language spoken by the characters is Kaingang, a real, though dying, language spoken in parts of Brazil.

Soar!

A cross between Miyazaki and Pixar, the beautiful Soar! concerns a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot back on his important journey.

Written and directed as a thesis project by Alyce Tzue - alycetzue.com, there are also plans to make Soar into a feature length film.

The music is by Jack Gravina

Lost Property

Aardman-represented and Bristol-based Åsa Lucander wrote and directed this lovely 2D short, which concerns an elderly woman looking for more than one special thing that has been lost.

See more about the film at http://www.lostpropertyfilm.com/

The Lost Mariner

On a slightly related note, this film by Tess Martin is an animated interpretation of a case study by the late Dr. Oliver Sacks, found in his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

It uses photographs to visualise the rare memory condition of patient Jimmie G, who has Korsakoff's Syndrome.

Watch the Making Of here.

The OceanMaker

In this high quality short, a courageous pilot, travelling a world after the seas have disappeared, fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds.

The bulk of the film was made using nothing but laptops during a seven-week artist retreat on Belize. Director Lucas Martell’s pitch to the crew was simple: "If you'd be willing to work for deferred payment, we'll cover the costs for you to travel and live in a tropical paradise."

Visit MightyCoconut.com if you want to support the filmmakers, get access to exclusive commentary tracks and the ability to download the film.

Sputnik

This fully CG animated film by Maxim Zhestkov is about the evolution of an extraterrestrial mind, and its journey to the light.

The project was created with the help of artists working remotely from all over the world, including from the USA, UK, Canada and Russia.

Production of the film took a year and a half. Zhestkov directed it and produced from Ulyanovsk in Russia.

The Holiday Spektakulär

Something in the spirit of the season now.

A family out in search of the holiday spirit find more than they bargained for when their car strikes what appears to be a grizzled, homeless man who has had a few too many spirits himself.

Coda

A change of direction with this tale by Dublin-based and maps and plans, starring Brian Gleeson and Orla Fitgerald.

A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.

Directed, co-written and animated by Alan Holly, it was co-written and animated by Rory Byrne, animated by Eoghan Dalton, with music composed by Shane Holly. 

The Tannery

We began with foxes, and we’ll end with them too. Iain Gardner’s The Tannery was released a few years ago on the film festival circuit to critical acclaim, but was only made available on Vimeo this year.

It concerns a life after death experience of some wild creatures killed by a hunter.

The film was produced by Axis and music is by Mick Cooke (of Belle and Sebastian fame)

Gardner has been behind the animation programme at the Edinburgh International Film Festival for some time, and his choices for the EIFF are always worth making a trip to see on the big screen.