Ranking the 5 Oscar-Nommed Animated Shorts

It’s a great field for animated shorts featuring a winsome canine, a heroic pig, a vinyl record that spins like a time machine, and two lovely tributes to growing up and adulthood.

1. The Bigger Picture (Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees): Jacobs learned how to paint watching her late grandmother, Eileen, who mentored her, and this short is a beautiful tribute to her gran. Dark emotions take on animated importance as tea keeps on pouring and filling the room and a Hoover sucks up everything.

2. The Dam Keeper (Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi): These former Pixar art directors blend hand-drawn with lush brushstrokes to bring this Dutch-inspired folk tale to life about an unsung hero combating pollution. Pig works tirelessly to keep the sails of a large windmill spinning to protect his desolate town from poisonous clouds despite an indifferent public and bullying.

3. Feast (Patrick Osborne): The love of food and dogs turned into a clever and romantic conceit for Osborne (head of animation on the Oscar-winning “Paperman” and co-head of animation on the Oscar-contending “Big Hero 6″). Staying exclusively with Winston’s POV, he utilizes a quick-cutting, mockumentary style and a look comprised of warm colors, flat shapes and shallow depth of field.

4. Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove): Oscar winner Kove (“The Danish Poet”) completes her autobiographical trilogy about growing up in Norway in the ’60s with the brightest-looking and most humorous hand-drawn short. It’s about three sisters growing up with unconventional parents and the stir they cause when asking for a Moulton bike.

5. A Single Life (Joris Oprins): The dark horse comes from Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins and Markieke Blaauw: three young partners who run a Netherlands-based design studio. In ‘A Single Life,’ Pia finds a strange vinyl single. If she spins the record forward, she becomes older. If she skips backward, she gets younger. The CG short (which played in front of blockbusters in Holland theaters) has a quirky stop-motion vibe and a catchy title tune composed by Roggeveen.

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers

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