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.
- 1 Forbidden Knowledge
- 2 The End of the Beginning
- 3 Underground
- 4 It's Not a Rock!
- 5 Strange New Powers
- 6 Hungry for your Hunger
- 7 The Stuff of Nightmares
- 8 A Moderately Friendly Update
- 9 Six Feet Under
- 10 All's Well That Maxwell
- 11 The Amazing Maxwell - The Final Act
- 12 Reign of Giants Autumn Teaser
- 13 Reign of Giants Winter Teaser
- 14 Reign of Giants Spring Teaser
- 15 Reign of Giants Summer Teaser
- 16 Reign of Giants Release
- 17 Resumptus
- 18 Shipwrecked Announcement
- 19 Shipwrecked Early Access
- 20 Shipwrecked Launch
- 21 Don't Starve Together Launch
- 22 A New Reign Cinematic
- 23 A New Reign: Part 1 Launch
- 24 A New Reign: Part 2 Launch
- 25 "Starver's Carol" Klei Dev Cover
- 26 A New Reign Launch
- 27 What Lies Beyond?
- 28 Hamlet Announcement
- 29 The Forge cinematic
- 30 The Gorge cinematic
- 31 Hamlet E3 Gameplay
- 32 Hamlet Early Access
- 33 Next of Kin
- 34 Possessions
- 35 From the Ashes
- 36 Hamlet Launch
- 37 Lunar Roots
- 38 Taste of Home
- 39 Return of Them: Turn of Tides Launch
- 40 Tree's a Crowd
- 41 Return of Them: Salty Dog Launch
- 42 The Monster Marsh
- 43 Return of Them: Hook, Line & Inker Launch
- 44 Wish You Were Here
- 45 A 1st For Everything
- 46 Return of Them: She Sells Sea Shells Launch
- 47 Constant Companion
- 48 Return of Them: Troubled Waters Launch
- 49 The Curtain Calls
- 50 Return of Them: Forgotten Knowledge Launch
- 51 Return of Them: Reap What You Sow
- 52 Don't Starve Tales: Inevitable
- 53 C'est La Vie
- 54 Return of Them: Axiom Visus
- 55 Return of Them: Eye of the Storm
- 56 Don't Starve Together 2021 Gameplay Trailer
- 57 Along Came A Spider
- 58 References
This trailer was originally found at the end of a puzzle campaign.
- When Wilson is holding the radio up in the Forbidden Knowledge cinematic (~00:40), there is a here. 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 The concept art page is no longer active, but an archived version is found
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- The beginning reuses animation of Wilson carrying a torch from the It's Not a Rock! trailer.
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.
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.
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.
- This trailer also features clips of the Klei-created horror mod, The Screecher. At the very end of the trailer is a jumpscare.
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.
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.
The Don't Starve: Shipwrecked Announcement trailer was featured at the end of the Wolly's Riddle puzzle campaign.
Shipwrecked Early Access
The Don't Starve Shipwrecked Early-Access Launch Trailer is the second trailer released for the Don't Starve: Shipwrecked DLC.
The Don't Starve: Shipwrecked Expansion Release Trailer is the final trailer for the Don't Starve: Shipwrecked DLC.
- The shot of Warly running up to the edge of a cliff and dropping his Portable Crock Pot in lava, is similar to the shot of Wilson dropping his Torch at the edge of the Abyss at the end of the The Stuff of Nightmares update trailer.
Don't Starve Together Launch
The Don't Starve Together Launch Trailer is a trailer for the game Don't Starve Together.
- 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.
A New Reign Cinematic
A New Reign: Part 1 Launch
A New Reign: Part 2 Launch
"Starver's Carol" Klei Dev Cover
Rather than being voiced by instruments, this music video marks the first time the Don't Starve Characters have been voice acted.
A New Reign Launch
- This short marks the first time the characters' in-game instrument voices are used in the cinematic animations.
What Lies Beyond?
The Forge cinematic
The Gorge cinematic
Hamlet E3 Gameplay
Hamlet Early Access
Next of Kin
- 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.
From the Ashes
Taste of Home
Return of Them: Turn of Tides Launch
Tree's a Crowd
Return of Them: Salty Dog Launch
The Monster Marsh
Return of Them: Hook, Line & Inker Launch
Wish You Were Here