2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation Reviews

May 28, 2020
My personal favorite of the bunch is the wordless French offering Garden Party... It's a mystery, comedy and stunning animated work that looks so lifelike, I thought the animators had cheated.
February 5, 2020
The shorts run the gamut from failure to success, the outcome depending largely on the degree to which they innovate rather than recycle clichés.
March 10, 2017
My theory for the category is that the short that brings you closest to tears-or, perhaps, just the one that inspires any emotional response at all-is the one that will win.
February 25, 2017
All four of the ... animators have clearly demonstrated by their work that they can be trusted to take a more prominent role in studio features going forward.
February 20, 2017
My pick: 'Pearl,' blending new VR tech with old-fashioned characters and emotions, demonstrating storytelling possibilities that are beginning to open up.
February 13, 2017
A likeable enough group, in which the expected contenders (why hello there, Pixar) sit alongside unknowns whose styles are just varied enough to avoid monotony.
February 10, 2017
The odds-on favorite to win this year's Oscar for best animated short film is Alan Barillaro's Piper... I'd hate to be one of the other animators... especially since most of them have better films in competition.
February 10, 2017
Arresting, often impassioned and technically deft proof that a film doesn't have to drone on for an hour and a half to qualify as art.
February 9, 2017
The animated nominees include handmade as well as digital productions, and dark, adult themes as well as child-friendly charm and whimsy.
February 9, 2017
By far the most polished of this year's offerings, and the one that will surely get the broadest exposure, is from Pixar.
February 9, 2017
Offerings range from the cute to the transcendent.
February 9, 2017
Usually this category is good for at least one gut-bustingly funny entry. This year's nominees, though, are overwhelmingly somber.
February 9, 2017
This is the sort of showcase that we should see annually, highlighting some of if not the greatest animated shorts of the past year.
February 9, 2017
As befits their nominations for an Academy Award in the field of animation, the five chosen short films all boast some excellence in whichever style of animation - CG, woodcut, traditional cel - and storytelling they employ.