And we Brits, of course, do it pretty well nowadays - Nick Park won an Oscar for the sublime Creature Comforts, and now three more Channel 4- sponsored artists have nominations for this year's Best Animated Short Film gong.
Bob's Birthday (9.45pm C4) is grown-up suburban surrealism. Dentist Bob is having a mid-life crisis while his wife is preparing a surprise party. Cartoon people with noses like pancakes and a very witty script. Lovely.
The Big Story (5.30pm) is a very short, one-joke film done in monochrome with 3-D models; showing with it is Triangle, much more self-consciously "arty". A nude man and woman are dancing, coyly rendered in smudged pencil, until a Triangle intervenes. The Triangle's a Shamaness, right? So things go all abstract and airbrushed and not very compelling. Charlie Hart's music, though, is great stuff. Non-verbal animation really needs music, like dance does. Like Prime Minister's Questions does - deafening Wagner should do the trick.