The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation (2011)
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Critic Reviews for The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation
There are no handy publicity campaigns to introduce you to the five live-action shorts and five animated shorts nominated for Oscars, but I can help.
Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.
They help dispel our often fatigued prejudices about that format as a haven for all things digital, 3-D, snarky and kid-marketed.
Its spirit is so easygoing that its visual complexity and emotional nuances may take awhile to register.
There's no unifying theme here, except that there's surely a short here for every taste.
Writer-directors Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan elevate a familiar storyline into something exceptionally moving that touches on friendship, loneliness, and the tragedy of how getting older numbs us to the wonders of the small oddities around us.
Audience Reviews for The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation
Great films. "Let's Pollute" probably doesn't deserve to be there. "The Lost Thing" and "Day & Night" are definitely the strongest. "The Cow that wanted to be a Hamburger" is shown in this group and should have been nominated.
On the whole, I was very disappointed with these. Madagascar included some imaginative animation, but was little more than an overview of a countryside. Let's Pollute was just plain terrible, in-your-face, message-driven garbage. It was too obvious and dull even for children; the simplicity of the message was surprising, and better suited for the 70s or 80s before the "green" movement really came about. And the animation itself wasn't anything interesting or new. Just a really poor, thoughtless short film. The Gruffalo was horribly boring because it was a pure reincarnation of the children's book. It was too slow, too predictable, and childish to be enjoyable by any intelligent adult. The animation was, at least, fairly interesting in spots. The Lost Thing was clearly the best of the pack, and what I predict will win the oscar in this category. Both humorous and poignant, its environment was filled with the small details. This is what animation is about; transporting us to a vivid environment that is not simulating reality, but enriched because it's not reality. And best of all, its message was subtle in comparison to these others. Day and Night is of course Pixar, so I naturally have to root against it, since Pixar is now "The Man" of animation and this category in particular is supposed to be for upstarts and little ones. So I hope this amusing-but-not-great short doesn't win, but if "The Lost Thing" doesn't, this will. The other three, if the academy has any reason at all, don't stand a chance. Here are my individual ratings. I promise it's an accident that "4" happens to be the average of these numbers, on the dot. Madagascar: 3 Let's Pollute: 1 The Gruffalo: 3 The Lost Thing: 7 Day and Night: 6
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