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For Don't Starve, its DLCs, and Don't Starve Together, Klei Entertainment regularly releases animated shorts and trailers for promotion and storytelling. These include fully animated cinematic shorts as well as gameplay trailers with cinematic-style sections.

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Forbidden Knowledge[edit | edit source]

Forbidden Knowledge is the first animated short released for Don't Starve and is the origin story of how Wilson became trapped in The Constant.

This trailer was originally found at the end of a puzzle campaign.

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  • When Wilson is holding the radio up in the Forbidden Knowledge cinematic (~00:40), there is a hidden link that leads to a page with the machine that Wilson built. Clicking on the machine's lever will turn the machine on and go to a page with concept art on the Don't Starve website, along with a message from Maxwell. The concept art page is no longer active, but an archived version is found here.
  • The various images that fly around Wilson while he is being given "forbidden knowledge" by Maxwell include a Tie Fighter and the Death Star from Star Wars, an illustration of Gamera, various words such as "KLEI", mathematical formulas, the molecular structure of caffeine, a Gundam-like mech, and a Vitruvian Man featuring Wilson.
  • The ending shot of Wilson being taken by shadow hands was nominated in the 42nd Annie Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Video Game.[1]

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The End of the Beginning[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: The End of the Beginning is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name. The animation featured includes a rotating shot of Wilson holding a torch at the start of the trailer and a shot of Maxwell at the end where he reaches out to the viewer as if blocking the camera.

The end of the trailer contains a puzzle in the form of a piece of audio which, when decoded by the community, led to a link for an image teasing the Caves updates.[2]

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Underground[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: Underground is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name. The beginning features a scene following a Rabbit up to and through a hole in the ground. At the end is a scene of Wilson holding a Lantern in the Caves while a Bunnyman sneaks up behind him.

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It's Not a Rock![edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: It's Not a Rock! is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name. The beginning features a scene of an anxious Wilson walking through the caves with a Torch. The end features a scene showing a Boulder before panning to its shadow transforming into the looming shadow of Rock Lobster.

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Strange New Powers[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: Strange New Powers is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name.

This trailer is notable for featuring the first cinematic animations created for Willow, Wolfgang, Wendy, WX-78, Wickerbottom, Woodie, Lucy, and Wes.

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Hungry for your Hunger[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: Hungry for your Hunger is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name. The beginning of the trailer shows Wilson mining in the Caves when a Slurper approaches him. The Slurper lunges towards the camera from Wilson's point of view. At the end of the trailer, Wilson is seen running in a panic with the Slurper latched onto his head.

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The Stuff of Nightmares[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: The Stuff of Nightmares is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name. At the beginning, Wilson is walking through the Ruins with a torch, when he trips and falls onto the floor which starts to glow. At the end, Wilson reaches the edge of the Ruins and drops his torch into the Abyss, just as Shadow Creatures start to swarm him.

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  • The beginning reuses animation of Wilson carrying a torch from the It's Not a Rock! trailer.

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A Moderately Friendly Update[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: A Moderately Friendly Update is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name. The end of the trailer features a scene where a repaired Damaged Knight emerges and fights off Shadow Creatures for Wilson. Wilson gives the allied Damaged Knight a thumbs up.

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Six Feet Under[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: Six Feet Under is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name. At the beginning, Wilson builds a Meat Effigy and runs off smugly. At the end, a Depths Worm appears and lunges towards the viewer. Wilson is then seen resurrected at the Effigy.

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All's Well That Maxwell[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve: All's Well That Maxwell is the trailer for the Don't Starve update of the same name. After Maxwell is shown waking up in-game at the beginning, a brief scene of him looking up from the Codex Umbra is shown. This is done similarly to how the other survivors' perks were showcased in the Strange New Powers trailer.

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  • This trailer also features clips of the Klei-created horror mod, The Screecher. At the very end of the trailer is a jumpscare.

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The Amazing Maxwell - The Final Act[edit | edit source]

The Amazing Maxwell - The Final Act is an animated short found at the end of the William Carter Puzzles and shows what happened to Maxwell and Charlie during their last act and at the moment of being taken into the Constant.

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Reign of Giants Autumn Teaser[edit | edit source]

The Reign of Giants Autumn Teaser is the first trailer released for the Don't Starve DLC Reign of Giants.

Reign of Giants Winter Teaser[edit | edit source]

The Reign of Giants Winter Teaser is the second trailer released for the Don't Starve DLC Reign of Giants.

Reign of Giants Spring Teaser[edit | edit source]

The Reign of Giants Spring Teaser is the third trailer released for the Don't Starve DLC Reign of Giants.

Reign of Giants Summer Teaser[edit | edit source]

The Reign of Giants Summer Teaser is the fourth trailer released for the Don't Starve DLC Reign of Giants.

Reign of Giants Release[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve: Reign of Giants Expansion Release Trailer is the final trailer for the Don't Starve DLC of the same name.

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Resumptus[edit | edit source]

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Shipwrecked Announcement[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve: Shipwrecked Announcement trailer was featured at the end of the Wolly's Riddle puzzle campaign.

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Shipwrecked Early Access[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve Shipwrecked Early-Access Launch Trailer is the second trailer released for the Don't Starve: Shipwrecked DLC.

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Shipwrecked Launch[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve: Shipwrecked Expansion Release Trailer is the final trailer for the Don't Starve: Shipwrecked DLC.

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Don't Starve Together Launch[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve Together Launch Trailer is a trailer for the game Don't Starve Together.

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  • The opening shot following a crow through the trees of the Constant mimics the opening of Forbidden Knowledge, where a crow in the real world is followed to Wilson's house.

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A New Reign Cinematic[edit | edit source]

The A New Reign Cinematic is an animated short released along with the Cyclum Puzzles as part of the announcement for the Don't Starve Together expansion A New Reign.

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A New Reign: Part 1 Launch[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together- A New Reign: Part 1 is the first trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion A New Reign.

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A New Reign: Part 2 Launch[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together- A New Reign: Part 2 is the second trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion A New Reign.

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"Starver's Carol" Klei Dev Cover[edit | edit source]

The Starver's Carol - A Winter's Feast Klei Dev Cover is a music video released as part of the first Winter's Feast event in Don't Starve Together.

Rather than being voiced by instruments, this music video marks the first time the Don't Starve Characters have been voice acted.


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A New Reign Launch[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve Together - A New Reign Trailer is the final trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion of the same name.

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  • This short marks the first time the characters' in-game instrument voices are used in the cinematic animations.

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What Lies Beyond?[edit | edit source]

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Hamlet Announcement[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve Hamlet Announcement Trailer is the first trailer released for the Don't Starve DLC Hamlet.

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The Forge cinematic[edit | edit source]

The Forge Cinematic is the animated trailer for the Don't Starve Together event The Forge.

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The Gorge cinematic[edit | edit source]

The Gorge Cinematic is the animated trailer for the Don't Starve Together event The Gorge.

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Hamlet E3 Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve Hamlet 3 2018 Gameplay Trailer is the second trailer released for the Don't Starve DLC Hamlet.

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Hamlet Early Access[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve: Hamlet Early-Access Launch Trailer is the third trailer released for the Don't Starve DLC Hamlet.

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Next of Kin[edit | edit source]

Next of Kin is an animated short featuring Winona. It was released as part of her character refresh for Don't Starve Together on March 7, 2019.

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  • The Voxola worker that Winona saves in the short was named by DST writer Kris during Rhymes with Play #228. Her name is Genevieve but goes by Genny (specifically with a "G").
  • A more complete view of the conspiracy board was (perhaps unintentionally) shown during Rhymes With Play #229.

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Possessions[edit | edit source]

Possessions is an animated short released for the debut of Wortox in Don't Starve Together on March 28, 2019.

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From the Ashes[edit | edit source]

From the Ashes is an animated short featuring Willow. It was released as part of her character refresh for Don't Starve Together on May 7, 2019.

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Hamlet Launch[edit | edit source]

The Don't Starve: Hamlet Launch Trailer is the final trailer released for the Don't Starve DLC Hamlet.

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Lunar Roots[edit | edit source]

Lunar Roots is an animated short featuring Wormwood. It was released along with Wormwood's debut in Don't Starve Together on June 6, 2019.

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Taste of Home[edit | edit source]

Taste of Home is an animated short featuring Warly. It was released along with Warly's debut in Don't Starve Together on July 25, 2019.

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Return of Them: Turn of Tides Launch[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Turn Of Tides is the first trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion Return of Them.

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Tree's a Crowd[edit | edit source]

Tree's a Crowd is an animated short featuring Woodie. It was released along with Woodie's character refresh in Don't Starve Together on September 12, 2019.

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Return of Them: Salty Dog Launch[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Salty Dog is the second trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion Return of Them.

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The Monster Marsh[edit | edit source]

The Monster Marsh is an animated short featuring Wurt. It was released along with Hallowed Nights 2019 and Wurt's debut in Don't Starve Together on October 24, 2019.

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Return of Them: Hook, Line & Inker Launch[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Hook, Line & Inker is the third trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion Return of Them.

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Wish You Were Here[edit | edit source]

Wish You Were Here is an animated short featuring Wendy and Abigail. It was released along with Wendy's refresh in Don't Starve Together on March 19, 2020.

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A 1st For Everything[edit | edit source]

A 1st For Everything is an animated short featuring Wes piloting a balloon mech to save Wilson from a Bearger attack. It was released as part of a mini April Fool's Day event in Don't Starve Together on April 1, 2020.

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  • In the shot where Wes punches the Bearger, a piece of paper with a picture of a fish on it is seen taped to the balloon mecha's back. This is a reference to an April Fools Day tradition found in France, called poisson d'avril.
  • This short took less than two weeks to complete.[3]

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Return of Them: She Sells Sea Shells Launch[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - She Sells Sea Shells is the fourth trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion Return of Them.

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Constant Companion[edit | edit source]

Constant Companion is an animated short featuring Walter and Woby. It was released along with Walter's debut in Don't Starve Together on June 15, 2020.

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Return of Them: Troubled Waters Launch[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Troubled Waters is the fifth trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion Return of Them.

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The Curtain Calls[edit | edit source]

The Curtain Calls is an animated short featuring Wigfrid. It was released alongside Wigfrid's character refresh in Don't Starve Together on September 24, 2020.

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Return of Them: Forgotten Knowledge Launch[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Forgotten Knowledge is the sixth trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion Return of Them.

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Return of Them: Reap What You Sow[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Reap What You Sow is the seventh trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion Return of Them.

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Don't Starve Tales: Inevitable[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Tales: Inevitable is an animated short released for Winter's Feast 2020. It is a musical style short in the same vein as the Starver's Carol video from Winter's Feast 2016, featuring fully voice acted singing for the characters. Inevitable was created after Starver's Carol and had been kept "in the vault" by Klei for a long time before it was finally released.[4][5]

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C'est La Vie[edit | edit source]

C'est La Vie is an animated short featuring Wes. It was released alongside Wes' character refresh in Don't Starve Together on April 1, 2021.

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Return of Them: Axiom Visus[edit | edit source]

Axiom Visus is a teaser trailer for the Return of Them: Eye of the Storm update.

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Return of Them: Eye of the Storm[edit | edit source]

Don't Starve Together: Return of Them - Eye of the Storm is the eighth and last trailer released for the Don't Starve Together expansion Return of Them.

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The Forge trailer 2018[edit | edit source]

The Forge trailer 2018 is the animated trailer for the Don't Starve Together event The Forge Season 2. This video (seem) was not released in 2018, but instead appeared as a past video reposted on Klei Entertainment official Bilibili account.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. The 42nd Annual Annie Awards Posted on February 22, 2015.
  2. A comprehensive guide to the SECRETS and HIDDEN MESSAGES of the DON’T STARVE timeline post by Kai. Posted on April 22, 2013.
  3. Wes's Refreshing Character is Still Available: "The team produced that short from start to finish in just under 2 weeks!". Posted on April 1, 2020.
  4. Inevitable YouTube description from Klei: "To celebrate the Winter's Feast in Don't Starve Together we wanted to release this short that’s been in our vault for a while. After creating the Starver’s Carol in 2016 we had another musical project we made, here it is! We honestly weren’t sure when or how to release this, but felt it was a shame to not have anyone see it. If people enjoy this sort of thing, we have some other projects we’ve done and are interested in making that we may release down the road as other standalone shorts.   So without further ado, here’s Don’t Starve Maxwell’s Tales: Inevitable!"
  5. Happy Holidays, From Klei! from JoeW: "To celebrate the Winter's Feast in Don't Starve Together we wanted to release this short that’s been in our vault for a while. After creating the Starver’s Carol in 2016 we had another musical project we made, here it is!" Posted on December 22, 2020.
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