Seasons greetings, my friends, and I hope all is well.
I was told that, while there may be iconic feature-length films, there are no iconic short films. Then, one day, I suddenly realized that there are many iconic short films - the Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!: Directed by Chuck Jones, Ben Washam. With Boris Karloff, June Foray, Dal McKennon, Thurl Ravenscroft. A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.
Whoever told you there were no iconic short films has a very poor understanding of the genre.
The Music Box
Gertie The Dinosaur
Steamboat Willie is just the start of dozens of iconic short film made by Disney
Un Chein Andalou
Duck Amuck and What's Opera Doc
The Red Balloon
Vincent and Frankenweenie
And then the iconic first Pixar short Luxo Jr.
We could call a dozen of Chaplin short films iconic like Easy Street and The Immigrant.
What about Keaton? Cops and Sherlock Jr.
There are definitely iconic animated shorts, and there are also iconic commercials.
Some of those iconic commercials are
1) Coca cola - "I'd like to teach the world to sing ..."
2) The Paul Anka Kodak commercial, with the song that became a hit single - "Times of your life";
3) The James Garner/Mariette Hartly Polaroid commericals;
4) The 1984 Apple commercial by Ridley Scott.
These can be considered short films, in a different genre. But, aside from "The Tramp" by Charlie Chaplin, I can't think of any short film that, to me, is iconic - but I'm just thinking of myself, and others may have different thoughts.
Hmmm ...... there may be an opportunity here, and I have to think about it.
Thanks, Indietalk, but I don't know any of these, except perhaps "Voyage to the Moon", so I can't say that they're iconic. Of course, iconic may be in the eye of the beholder, so, again, I can't say they aren't iconic.