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The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 4, 2011
In the past, we saw a lot of nominated animated films that seemed to be trying to out-Pixar Pixar, mixing gorgeous 3D animation and frenetic physical comedy. But this year's batch is more adventurous, harder to pigeonhole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 23, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Tallerico
February 18, 2011
It's hard to believe that these are the ten best shorts of the year but it's a case of a good program that is only disappointing if one hopes that the Oscar nominees would be great instead of just good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 17, 2011
This year's selection of five animated shorts is the strongest I've seen in a while, with all five contributing something special to the bunch, and no weak links.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
February 15, 2011
"The Lost Thing" is my fave.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 15, 2011
A varied lot, in both subject and quality. But they're an interesting bunch, well worth taking a lot at.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
February 14, 2011
Those of us who began our romance with the movies when double features were preceded by cartoons will revel in some of the outstanding animated shorts nominated this year by the Motion Picture Academy.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
February 12, 2011
This impressive showcase of cinematic treasures all have in common the amazing way that a complete story arc comes to fruition in a brief amount of time. The clear favorite to win this category is "Day & Night".
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 11, 2011
"The Lost Thing's" unusual steampunk aesthetic brings to life a first-person narrative that really resonates in its 15 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 11, 2011
Like any compilation, it's a mixed bag, but this year's films are stronger than those of the past several years.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
February 11, 2011
Teddy Newton's "Day & Night" is a six-minute spot of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Boslaugh
February 10, 2011
Retro is the theme for this year's Oscar-nominated animated short films, and whether that's a reflection of where the art is headed or more simply of the taste of the Viewing and Nominating Committees...we'll never know.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2011
Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
February 10, 2011
They help dispel our often fatigued prejudices about that format as a haven for all things digital, 3-D, snarky and kid-marketed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 10, 2011
Its spirit is so easygoing that its visual complexity and emotional nuances may take awhile to register.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 10, 2011
There's no unifying theme here, except that there's surely a short here for every taste.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Geoff Berkshire
February 10, 2011
The good news: they're all better than any of the live action short nominees.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tim Grierson
Village Voice
February 8, 2011
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.
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