2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation Reviews

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February 8, 2020
My pick: I haven't seen a short film this year that is as full of pure joy as 'Hair Love.' I'd like to think that its sweet positivity will be the thing that, at this awful moment, gives it an edge.
February 7, 2020
Do yourself a favor and seek them out.
February 6, 2020
There are real gems among these short films.
February 5, 2020
This is essential viewing for Oscar fans... the shorts categories are among the most interesting and diverse of the night.
February 4, 2020
Another intriguing lineup of short films in a series that's become a worthwhile annual event.
February 3, 2020
Hair Love is likely to win and should...These are heartfelt, tender, emotional films that are not easy to dismiss...
February 2, 2020
This year's crop of animated shorts offer moving accounts of the importance of emotional connection.
January 31, 2020
Outside of "Kitbull," which is cute but not much else, this is another strong category, but my favorite would have to be "Memorable" for the way that it finds an inspired visual motif to help fully communicate the themes of the narrative.
January 31, 2020
Some of the shorts are more artful than others, but most land with the saccharine emotional power you might expect from a Hallmark card.
January 31, 2020
The animated offerings are highlighted by "Memorable," an intimate look at a couple dealing with the onset of dementia.
January 31, 2020
These ... aren't just escapist cartoons; they impart valuable and sometimes harsh lessons to viewers of all ages.
January 31, 2020
Friendship and family drama dominate the seriously artful selections for the 2020 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts.
January 30, 2020
The animation category is a quintet of clever two-handers about bonds new and old, perhaps tenuous but usually healing.
January 30, 2020
Even the most conventional-looking entries here have charms.
January 30, 2020
The five nominees for the animated short prize are especially strong, and with three directed by women, they're a hopeful sign of increased opportunities behind the camera.
January 30, 2020
Get out your handkerchiefs, because rich tales of sadness constitute this year's selection of Oscar-nominated animated shorts.
January 30, 2020
With any luck, this curiously uneven program will be capped by the terrific "Maestro", a French-made two minutes of Italian opera performed by nocturnal forest animals.
January 29, 2020
Don't sit down to watch this year's batch of animated shorts without a handful of Kleenex.
January 29, 2020
Our favorite is the French stop-motion short Memorable. Through surreal imagery, [director Bruno Collet] finds a beautiful way to express his heartbreaking narrative. Think Amour if directed by Michel Gondry.
January 24, 2020
The Czech Republic's Daria Kashcheeva's stop motion puppet animation is the first of three stop motion animations to be nominated, each using a different medium... This is my pick for the Oscar.
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