PBS Editors’ Picks: The 17 Top Digital Shorts Of 2013

Join us in re-watching our favorite digital shorts made by PBS’ various web producers for viewers like you! Which one was your favorite? Tweet us (@PBS and @PBSDS) to let us know using #BestPBSDS2013! By Danielle Steinberg and Natalie Benson

1. Mister Rogers Remixed (B-Side): PBS Digital Shorts

After making you cry (good tears) with last year’s Mister Rogers Remix, this year we gave you part two in collaboration with Melody Sheep.

Make sure you check out the original, as well as our remixes of other icons like Bob Ross, Julia Child and LeVar Burton at PBS Digital Studios.

2. Are You a Hipster?: Idea Channel

Spoiler Alert: You probably are.

Hear More Ideas: PBS Idea Channel

3. Kurt Cobain on Identity: Blank on Blank

Achieve Nirvana by watching this never-before-seen (animated) or heard interview with Kurt Cobain.

Find more lost and animated interviews of celebrities (musicians, authors, actors, etc) here: PBS Blank on Blank

4. The Odds of Finding Life and Love: It’s Okay to be Smart

A cosmic love story, starring a guy named Carl.

Get smarter, here: It’s Okay to be Smart

5. Magnetic Putty Magic: Shanks FX

Common misconception: you need a ton of money to create amazing special effects.
Exhibit A: the mesmerizing video above!

Feel the FX: PBS Shanks FX

6. Will 3D Printing Change the World? PBS Off Book

Well… WILL IT? Has it already?

Challenge what you know about art and culture, here: PBS Off Book

7. Thru Tokyo: PBS Digital Shorts

Thanks to Kutiman, you can experience the sights and sounds of Tokyo without leaving your couch.

More digital shorts, here: PBS Digital Studios

8. Jim Gaffigan Talks About his Kids: Modern Comedian

Who says PBS can’t be funny? Not this guy.

See more short comedy docs, here: PBS Modern Comedian

9. Inventor of Video Games, Ralph Baer: INVENTORS

This brilliant dude invented video games. You’re welcome, on his behalf. And to your mom and significant other, we’re sorry.

Get Inspired to invent, here: PBS INVENTORS

10. Heartbeats of Fiji: Beat Making Lab

Art + Activism = Artivism. Two guys try to change the world, one laptop at a time.

More beats, here: PBS Beat Making Lab

11. How to Make Ice Cream: Full-Time Kid

Being a kid is absolutely a full-time gig. You deserve the ice cream you’re about to learn how to make.

Become a full-time kid, here: PBS Full-Time Kid

12. Cookie Monster Spoofs Movies: National Film Society

The Karate Kid = The Biscotti Kid? That’s YouTube gold.

Join the society: National Film Society

13. The Aurora Hunter: Indie Alaska

Get ready to “Ooh” and “Aah” as you follow Alaska’s most notorious Aurora hunter.

Head up north with: PBS Indie Alaska

14. Dark Matter Song: Coma Niddy University

If you like science and music, you better subscribe for some free Scitunes.

Visit the university: Coma Niddy

15. Do Videogame Stereotypes Hurt Men?: PBS Game/Show

Do games promote unrealistic male stereotypes? (Yes, there is also a video on feminism in video games.)

Game on, here: PBS Game/Show

16. Jesus Christ Lizard: Songs for Unusual Creatures

Do you ever wish someone would compose theme songs for Earth’s craziest creatures? Wish no more.

Get weird, here: PBS Songs for Unusual Creatures

17. Coming to a Computer Near You!: The Art Assignment

Lastly, we leave you with this teaser for our upcoming art show premiering in 2014 with John Green and his wife, Sarah. It’s so awesome, that it’s not ready yet…i. (Only John Green fans will get that.)

Get pumped, here: The Art Assignment

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