Sunday, February 21, 2010

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Another great year for animation.

If you get a chance to see the Oscar nominations (and they are online), then do so.

From CartoonBrew:
French Roast was an amusing tale of some unusual patrons in a French cafe. I was impressed with the simplicity of this short and the effective camera.

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty is a hilarious short dominated by the great voice acting of the creator Kathleen O'Rourke.

The Lady and the Reaper - this is my pick to win - a bittersweet tale of a woman near death and a doctor who fights to save her. A slapstick tale of death!?

Wallace and Gromit are back in A Matter of Loaf and Death - the typically excellent clay figurines are in a new caper. Nothing new here.

Logorama is the most subversive of all of these films and I was surprised it got nominated. It SHOULD win, but it will not. A dark tale told completely through the use of corporate logos/mascots it pits a foul-mouthed Michelin Man against Ronald McDonald playing like Heath Ledger's The Joker, but the real star is the constant hammering of the corporate presence into every space in the film.

Cinematical review.

Several other shorts are playing along with the Oscar nominees (see Playback for a list).

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