My favorite category at the Oscars will always be the Best Animated Short Film. There’s just something about how creative and quirky these shorts usually are that makes me so happy.
So every year, I do some investigating to find out more about these shorts. Here are my thoughts for this year’s batch:
One interesting thing that’s worth nothing- it appears as though none of this year’s nominees have a word of dialogue…
1. Paperman (dir. John Kahrs): the obvious frontrunner. I’ve been in love with this ever since I first saw it in front of Wreck-It Ralph, and it deserves to win because it’s just so heartwarming and adorable. The story is just simple enough to work, the visuals are amazing, and Christophe Beck’s score is beautiful. You can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GoppD5x2Qk
EDIT: Ok, yeah. Wow. That’s actually the most beautiful thing that came out this year. If this doesn’t win, I’ll be really upset.
2. Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” (dir. David Silverman): Aside from Paperman, this is the short that has probably gotten the most recognition. Because, well, it’s The Simpsons. Even though it played in front of the fourth Ice Age film, it’s actually really sweet and has that typical Simpsons humor. And there’s a pretty nice score from my man Hans Zimmer. You can watch the full thing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KJ5SI_DZRo
3. Fresh Guacamole (dir. PES): I was actually surprised that this got nominated. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s an incredibly unique concept, but at the same time it’s just ridiculously simple. But still, there’s some gorgeous sound design, and the visuals are pretty great too. You can watch it in full here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQMO6vjmkyI
4. Adam and Dog (dir. Minkyu Lee): This looks like what would happen if Walt Disney and Hayao Miyazaki teamed up to make a film. Only the trailer is available, but it shows off some really stunning animation. You can watch said trailer here: http://vimeo.com/34849443
5. Head Over Heels (dir. Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly): From what I can tell, this appears to be the most “dramatic” film of the bunch. While there will likely be humorous bits, the story will probably be, well, more of a drama at its core. It’s about a broken marriage, for God’s sake. Then again, I’m only basing this off of the trailer. Which you can watch here: http://vimeo.com/37604847