February 11, 2013
Here is how I would rank the five nominees for Best Animated Short Film in this year's Oscar Awards. How would you rank them? Who do you think will win the Oscar?
1. Adam and Dog: The watercolor-style art work and muted pastel colors used in this piece of animation by Minkyu Lee are very effective to convey the simple and timeless story. I have to admit those scenes between Adam and Dog can make you tear up a bit. Very touching execution.
2. Paperman: This charming, whimsical and romantic black and white animated short produced by Walt Disney Productions and directed by John Kahrs was shown before their feature-length hit "Wreck-It Ralph." The unique look was achieved by doing traditional drawing over computer-generated images.
3. Maggie Simpson and the Longest Daycare: This four-and-a-half minute traditionally-rendered Simpsons cartoon was rendered in 3D when it was shown in theaters as the pre-show bonus before "Ice Age 4: The Continental Drift." The art work is as it had been done on TV for the past 25 years, but without the typical witty Simpsons dialogue. The story is as surprising and evocative as its silent star though. This is the first Simpsons project to be nominated for an Oscar hence its buzz.
Watch video HERE.
4. Head Over Heels: I just watched the latest movie with Jim Sturgess and Kirsten Dunst sci-fi romance "Upside Down" and I wonder if this stop-motion clay animated short film by Timothy Reckart inspired that film. The familiar story of growing apart after years of marriage is very ingeniously portrayed here.
5. Fresh Guacamole: The concept is very original in this very short animated film by PES. Lasting less than two minutes with crude stop-motion animation showing a person making guacamole from the most unexpected mundane things, this film can be very amusing and fascinating in its imaginative-ness.