Here are a couple of shorts that have been posted on Cartoon Brew over the last few days. The first one, A Good Wife by W. Scott Forbes is a short that is primarily driven by shot (I know all film are) and is a good example of how to composite a narrative structure. It's loosely tied to animation rather than a generalized animation as its presence is very minimal to say the least. Still the timing and pacing of the piece is spot on, with the choice of visual cues very well planned.
The second is a short by 5 graduates titled Swing of Change. It has a lot more animated action than the previous piece, but is a great example of characters experiencing an emotional arc. This arc is at the core of all good animated shorts.