The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation Reviews
Madagascar included some imaginative animation, but was little more than an overview of a countryside.
Let's Pollute was just plain terrible, in-your-face, message-driven garbage. It was too obvious and dull even for children; the simplicity of the message was surprising, and better suited for the 70s or 80s before the "green" movement really came about. And the animation itself wasn't anything interesting or new. Just a really poor, thoughtless short film.
The Gruffalo was horribly boring because it was a pure reincarnation of the children's book. It was too slow, too predictable, and childish to be enjoyable by any intelligent adult. The animation was, at least, fairly interesting in spots.
The Lost Thing was clearly the best of the pack, and what I predict will win the oscar in this category. Both humorous and poignant, its environment was filled with the small details. This is what animation is about; transporting us to a vivid environment that is not simulating reality, but enriched because it's not reality. And best of all, its message was subtle in comparison to these others.
Day and Night is of course Pixar, so I naturally have to root against it, since Pixar is now "The Man" of animation and this category in particular is supposed to be for upstarts and little ones. So I hope this amusing-but-not-great short doesn't win, but if "The Lost Thing" doesn't, this will. The other three, if the academy has any reason at all, don't stand a chance.
Here are my individual ratings. I promise it's an accident that "4" happens to be the average of these numbers, on the dot.
Let's Pollute: 1
The Gruffalo: 3
The Lost Thing: 7
Day and Night: 6