2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation Reviews

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February 22, 2020
Far and away the best of the category is Weekends... Despite working with limited 2D animation, it packs more emotion into its gestures, compositions, and sense of time passing than any of the other nominees.
April 24, 2019
The 56 minutes of nominated Animated Shorts has been buffed up with two additional items (Wishing Box and Tweet Tweet) for a respectable 73-minute running time.
April 16, 2019
A strong bunch of incredibly depressing short films.
February 19, 2019
My pick: The animated short of the year surely must be Domee Shi's 'Bao,' a bittersweet reverie on motherhood that features one of the most hilariously shocking moments onscreen this year.
February 17, 2019
A relatively strong set of nominees that, while high on themes of melancholy and familial displacement, are able to capture their resounding sentiments quite well.
February 10, 2019
In the wake of the president's State of the Union address, I thought it opportune to deliver my State of the Oscar Shorts for 2019. And, sad to report, they are anything but strong.
February 9, 2019
Well worth seeing for the artistic prowess it showcases.
February 9, 2019
The five animated shorts up for the Academy Award this year are notable for their representation both on and off screen.
February 8, 2019
The 2019 nominees for Best Animated Short display plenty of talent but (with one exception) tell very similar stories of familial love and time-passing melancholy.
February 8, 2019
Pixar's longtime domination of the animation world takes its toll, as generational rifts and/or personal neuroses are what gets treated here.
February 8, 2019
What makes this crop of shorts interesting, but ultimately somewhat tedious, is their thematic similarities.
February 8, 2019
The standout is 'Weekends,' a visual wonder rooted in the sad realities of childhood and featuring an omnipresent Toronto skyline.
February 8, 2019
They represent the best in class from around the world and are selected on the basis of merit, but there are some uncannily unifying themes in evidence.
Top Critic
February 7, 2019
Still, even when these variations on a theme are slight, some raw filmmaking power still emerges.
February 7, 2019
The most intriguing is Trevor Jimenez's Weekends.
February 7, 2019
This year's Oscar-nominated shorts carry plenty of emotional weight in their compact running times with stories that span life's breadth.
February 7, 2019
Rarely has the short film category, especially the features and animated films, been dominated so completely by children in extreme distress and mopey narratives about aging. Some of them are extremely good.
February 7, 2019
Several of these efforts are able to focus on children's emotional lives without turning them into opportunistic plot devices.
February 6, 2019
The future may look grim in these four shorts, but at least the next generation will have some great actors. All of the children in these shorts are excellent.
February 6, 2019
Great animation not only shows us what could never be; it visualizes what already is but hidden out of sight.
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