One of the hardest but most beautiful thing about animation shorts, is storyteller has incredibly less time to build the character that is relatable and establish the conflict as early as possible.
Steadfast Stanley is the best example of that. All the characters are introduced quickly, they are relatable and conflict is established in first minute.
Another remarkable thing about this animated short is, it reveals even more layers about characters along the way.
The short has its own world and own unique style of animation, which also strengthens the bond between character designs and animation.
The end is definitely my favorite part, but the entire animation short is delight. You actually do care for the characters in it.
Steadfast Stanley is 3rd year short film of John Cody Kim who is student at CalArts