The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation (2013)
Adam & Dog - (director: Minkyu Lee, USA) The story about the dog of Eden. What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable? The dog, as he lives through this curious world, encounters a strange creature; a human being named Adam - and with that discovers a new found connection to the world. Fresh Guacamole - (director: PES, USA) Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole! Head Over Heels - (director: Timothy Reckart, UK) After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter discovers a long-lost memento of their wedding day, he tries to reignite their old romance. But it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can't agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together. Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare' (director: David Silverman, USA) Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies. Paperman -(director: John Kahrs, USA) Paperman follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him. (c) Shorts International … More
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Critic Reviews for The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation
Every film is a balance of style and storytelling, the ideas explored and the medium used to express them.
The five films the Academy anointed as nominees for this year's Best Animated Short category take to heart the old saw that a picture is worth a thousand words ...
Of the three different contests for best short film - documentary, live action and animation - the live action nominees are the strongest category.
If you're primed for the sudden shifts in tone, style, story and look, the payoff is one provocative and evocative film after another.
A delightful set of films spanning genres, styles and the globe in just one outing.
The "Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2012" lack the consistency of last year's group ...
There are three separate annual compilations of Oscar-nominated shorts, with the animation reel always more popular than the live-action and documentary offerings.
This year's Academy Award nominees in the category of animated short film feel notably old-fashioned, quaint even.
As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...
..."Adam and Dog," an 11-minute film written and directed by Minkyu Lee, stands out for sheer beauty and ambition.
While there are few genuine knockouts, the 2013 crop is an improvement over last year.
Each in its own way, these shorts are masterworks that will stand the test of time.
Audience Reviews for The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animation
The five animated shorts nominated for an Academy Award this years, plus some bonus shorts to round out the running time. The nominees are the fun but slight 2-minute stop-motion "Fresh Guacamole"; the clever standalone Simpsons short "The Last Day Care"; Disney's romantic "Paperman"; "Head Over Heels," about a wife who lives on the ceiling while hubby takes the floor; and "Adam and Dog," about man's first encounter with his canine pal in the Garden of Eden. Curiously, none of the nominated shorts have any dialogue. The black and white "Paperman" looks great and is the prohibitive favorite, but my vote would go to "Adam and Dog" for the best combination of visual artistry and storytelling. Overall a bit of an uneven and even a weak field (comparitively speaking) make this a worthwhile but innessenial compilation.More
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