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An animated series featuring a collection of short subjects. These mostly come in two flavors: compilation works that repackage older material, usually theatrical animation or individual segments of a company's older Two Shorts series, and Variety Show-style works comprised of newer material made specifically for the show or acquired for it, and often presented in a Three Shorts format.

Programs in the latter format may also serve as a showcase for numerous pilot episodes, skipping focus testing to gain direct audience reaction on whether or not they should become standalone series. More standard shows without that goal may also vary the relative lengths of the shorts under their umbrella, and it's not uncommon to see either style of series have episodes be themed around a certain subject.

See also: Anthology Film, Animation Tropes.


Classic Compilations:

Variety Show Style: