2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation Reviews

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.
Top Critic
February 7, 2019
Still, even when these variations on a theme are slight, some raw filmmaking power still emerges.
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
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.
February 5, 2019
Academy members need a collective hug. How else to explain the weird abundance of films about children in severe distress, and aging adults ruminating on loss and mortality?