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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[]

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 The concept art page is no longer active, but an archived version is found here.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, 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[]

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[]

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![]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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

Reign of Giants Release[]

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[]

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Shipwrecked Announcement[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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?[]

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Hamlet Announcement[]

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[]

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

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The Gorge cinematic[]

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

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Hamlet E3 Gameplay[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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[]

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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