Animated Shorts

This weekend I had the opportunity to see all 5 Academy Award nominated animated shorts.  There was nothing special about this opportunity. Anyone who wants to buy a ticket can see them at the Ritz at the Bourse in Philadelphia. One ticket gets you all 5 nominees.  The 5 nominees are as follows:

  • Feral
  • Get a Horse!
  • Mr. Hublot
  • Possessions
  • Room on the Broom

“Feral” tells the story of the attempt to civilize a feral child in the 19th century. It was an interesting story.

“Get a Horse!” was submitted by Disney.  It is a combination of “Steamboat Willie” era looking animation with “Epic Mickey” type graphics. The story sort of breaks the fourth wall. It does not quite direct things at the audience, but it makes it clear that the “Steamboat Willie” style animation is the cartoon and  the “Epic Mickey” like art is the outside the cartoon. I think I would have liked it better if the animation style for the action apart from the cartoon was not in a readily accessible style.

“Mr. Hublot” was a French cartoon that shows how the life of Mr. Hublot, who suffers from OCD, is changed by his adoption of a robot pet dog.  The animation has a very steam-punk feel to it. Definitely a pleasant story.

“Possessions” hails from Japan. It tells the story of an itinerant repairman who take shelter one night from the storm.  The short is premised on the thought that physical objects can develop personalities over time.  Possessions has a double meaning, therefore, as it refers to both material objects, i.e. one’s possession, and things being inhabited by spirits. Another enjoyable short.

“Room on the Broom” was probably my favorite of them all. This English short also had the biggest “star power” behind it as it employed the vocal talents of several well known performers as Simon Pegg (Star Trek,, the World’s End, Shaun of the Dead, Paul), Gillian Anderson (X-Files), Timothy Spall (King’s Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2), and Sally Hawkins (nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Blue Jasmine) .

The primary way to see these shorts is either at showings like the one I went to or at film festivals where they might be presented.

While they were all good, I hope “Room on the Broom” wins.

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