Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts
Proves that it was still a good year for animation, even if audiences were underwhelmed by the mainstream feature fare.
Magic, whimsy, a fair amount of darkness (loneliness, aging, death, zombie apocalypses) and a wonderful mix of old-school cartooning and digital animation are on tap...
There are strong years for short films at the Oscars and there are weaker years, and 2012 appears to be one of the latter.
A consistently strong category that this year once again demonstrates a range of stunning styles from simple line drawings to computer-generated imagery.
Audience Reviews for Oscar Nominated Animation Shorts
The presentation included 9 films (the five nominees and, I guess, four bonus shorts), and I found it...notable...suspicious...that only one had any speaking beyond grunts. Many of them also seemed to deal with death. My favorite was probably the Canadian "Sunday" though each of the five nominees had something going for it. "The Flying Books" and "La Luna" were both gorgeous and "A Morning Stroll" was equal parts inventive, amusing, and messed up. "The Wild" had perhaps my favorite moment as the guy chats with his dog about God's intentions, but it also fell short of it's full potential. The bonus four seemed to mostly be going for laughs, which made them less memorable (though I will likely have the animated Aussie's ass crack burned into my brain for an unfortunate amount of time).
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