All of the films in contention for the Best Animated Short Film at this year’s Academy Awards are now online.
I rather like Head Over Heels. It’s got echoes of Up, I suppose, and also Upside Down, and it looks a bit like $9.99, but it’s distinct from them all and, ultimately, worth its ten minute runtime.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHs3Pe32b8Q
Some of the animation in Adam and Dog is lovely, the sound design does some heavy lifting, the backgrounds are remarkable – especially when they’re moving in 3D – and despite some wobbles in the pacing and clarity of storytelling, it’s a charmer.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq0-i8GQbgw
You’ll have seen a credit there for Glen Keane, who also helped out with Paperman. I don’t know that I need to say more about this one. Surely you’ve seen it by now, right?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTLySbGoMX0
Fresh Guacamole by Pes might put you off your dinner, or maybe I just need to get a grip on my gag reflex.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQMO6vjmkyI
That’s a sequel, of sorts, to Western Spaghetti. This isn’t Oscar nominated but I want to include it, for context.
Finally, and with thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the embed, here’s Maggie Simpson’s short, The Longest Daycare.
I’d vote for Paperman, I think, but there’s some actual competition here.
The Oscars happen on the 24th. More on in the meantime, I strongly suspect.