Road to the Oscars – Animated Short Category
I’ve been making my way through as many of the Oscar nominees in as many categories as i can in prep for this years show. A few days ago i finally got a chance to see all of the nominees for the Best Short Film – Animated category. There are 5 nominees this year.
Adam and Dog (15 minutes)
Director: Minkyu Lee
Synopsis: The story about the dog of Eden. What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable? The dog, as he lives through this curious world, encounters a strange creature; a human being named Adam – and with that discovers a new found connection to the world.
Fresh Guacamole (2 minutes)
Director: Adam Pesapane (PES), Producers: PES and Sarah Phelps
Synopsis: Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole!
Head Over Heels (15 minutes)
Director: Timothy Reckart, Producer: Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Synopsis: After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. They live separate, parallel lives, never talking, barely even looking at each other. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together.
Paperman (7 minutes)
Director: John Kahrs, Producer: Kristina Reed
Synopsis: From first-time Director John Kahrs, “Paperman” tells the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. Convinced the girl of his dreams is gone forever, he gets a second chance when he spots her in a skyscraper window across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imagination and a stack of papers to get her attention, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.
The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare (5 minutes)
Director: David Silverman, Producer: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Richard Sakai and Richard Raynis
Synopsis: Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies.
The video below features the first four movies in full length. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a link to The Simpsons: Longest Daycare that stays up long enough or is stable enough to so you will only see the trailer. If you happened to see the last Ice Age movie it played before the film. I happened to see Paperman twice in theaters, once before The Odd Life of Timothy Green and again in 3D before Wreck-It Ralph.
In all I enjoyed them. My favorite was Head over Heels. Watch the full length version and tell me which one was your favorite then tune in on Oscar Sunday to find out who wins.
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