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The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation

The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation (2011)



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Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Animation category for 2011. The nominated Animated Shorts are: DAY & NIGHT; USA; Oscar Nominee: Teddy Newton. When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other's unique qualities - and come to realize that each of them offers a different


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There are no handy publicity campaigns to introduce you to the five live-action shorts and five animated shorts nominated for Oscars, but I can help.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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They help dispel our often fatigued prejudices about that format as a haven for all things digital, 3-D, snarky and kid-marketed.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Its spirit is so easygoing that its visual complexity and emotional nuances may take awhile to register.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There's no unifying theme here, except that there's surely a short here for every taste.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Writer-directors Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan elevate a familiar storyline into something exceptionally moving that touches on friendship, loneliness, and the tragedy of how getting older numbs us to the wonders of the small oddities around us.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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In the past, we saw a lot of nominated animated films that seemed to be trying to out-Pixar Pixar, mixing gorgeous 3D animation and frenetic physical comedy. But this year's batch is more adventurous, harder to pigeonhole.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's hard to believe that these are the ten best shorts of the year but it's a case of a good program that is only disappointing if one hopes that the Oscar nominees would be great instead of just good.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

This year's selection of five animated shorts is the strongest I've seen in a while, with all five contributing something special to the bunch, and no weak links.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

"The Lost Thing" is my fave.

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

A varied lot, in both subject and quality. But they're an interesting bunch, well worth taking a lot at.

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Those of us who began our romance with the movies when double features were preceded by cartoons will revel in some of the outstanding animated shorts nominated this year by the Motion Picture Academy.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This impressive showcase of cinematic treasures all have in common the amazing way that a complete story arc comes to fruition in a brief amount of time. The clear favorite to win this category is "Day & Night".

February 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

"The Lost Thing's" unusual steampunk aesthetic brings to life a first-person narrative that really resonates in its 15 minutes.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Like any compilation, it's a mixed bag, but this year's films are stronger than those of the past several years.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Teddy Newton's "Day & Night" is a six-minute spot of magic.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Retro is the theme for this year's Oscar-nominated animated short films, and whether that's a reflection of where the art is headed or more simply of the taste of the Viewing and Nominating Committees...we'll never know.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

The good news: they're all better than any of the live action short nominees.

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