Strange as it is, I just saw Elephants Dream, and I must say, I was quite dissapointed. For all the hype around it, it didn’t strike me as a good short. Sure it was made with open source tools, and had top-notch visuals (great job there) but the story was nonexistant. While you could pull lots of meaning from the various scenes, there was no real cohesive story that brought it together, just some somewhat random lines to go with the visuals. And while you may argue that as a short, it doesn’t need a storyline, you may be right, but there was also no main point, no truth conveyed by the images like in even Pixar’s seemingly random shorts. And unlike a short based around humor, which needs no story or setting, just antics or lines to elicit a few laughs or smirks, something on this level should provide some background, some story or point around which the whole short focuses on and develops so that one understands its meaning at the end.
Well there you go, tear at it, but that’s my opinion.