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 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

http://theoscarshorts.shorts.tv/thefilms.php (trailers available here)

Fresh Guacamole
Adam and Dog
Head Over Heels
The Longest Daycare
Paperman

My predictions:

"Fresh Guacamole" should win.

"Adam and Dog" will win.

*(or "Head Over Heels")

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2013 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Head Over Heels should win. Fresh Guacamole is awesome but there's not much to it. I'm scared that Paperman will win.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2013 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Head Over Heels should win. Fresh Guacamole is awesome but there's not much to it. I'm scared that Paperman will win.

I agree that "Head Over Heels" might have the advantage of its (ultimately) sentimental story, so it well might win.

I, too, really hope "Paperman" doesn't win. Or just as bad would be "The Longest Daycare." Both production companies have shown us already that they know how to do this type of writing/characters/etc.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2013 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Jon C   (Member)

I, too, really hope "Paperman" doesn't win. Or just as bad would be "The Longest Daycare."

Both Paperman and Longest Daycare (Paperman especially) were very good. Although I really like Head Over Heels and Fresh Guacamole. Any of those would be a worthy winner in my book. (Didn't care for Adam and Dog.)

I have never approved of giving the award to someone just because they are "new" or "David going against Goliath." Let the best short win.

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 10:20 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I, too, really hope "Paperman" doesn't win. Or just as bad would be "The Longest Daycare."

Both Paperman and Longest Daycare (Paperman especially) were very good.


I agree they were good.

These entities are also showing us that they can still do the same thing they've been doing for the last squillion years (how many times have Disney productions used THAT particular style of woman??). So I was bored watching them and was only barely entertained.

Keep in mind this opinion is from someone who has watched animation over a long period of time. Someone with a newer experience of animation is VERY likely to have a different opinion.

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)





 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 12:33 PM   
 By:   MusicMaker   (Member)

I'm sure it's probably not eligible for one reason or another (not least of which is the fact that I think it actually screened independently in 2011),...

...but I found the Pixar short film LA LUNA to be absolutely magical. Unfortunately the same can't be said for BRAVE, for which LA LUNA opened at every theatrical screening in 2012.

I love animated shorts, though I have not (yet) seen any of this year's Oscar nominees. So my vote for LA LUNA isn't exactly fully informed. Still, as I said... it is magical.

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I'm sure it's probably not eligible for one reason or another (not least of which is the fact that I think it actually screened independently in 2011),...



It was nominated last year. I thought it was a technically a very, very notable short, quite worthy of its nomination.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   MusicMaker   (Member)


It was nominated last year.


Well whaddya know... I somehow missed that completely! Bravo to last year's nominating committee, then. wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2015 - 6:50 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

In 2014:

I think:

THE BIGGER PICTURE should win, but won't.

THE DAM KEEPER might win, and I'll be glad if it does.

I hope FEAST, yet another Disney/Pixar bravura “feel-good” yawn, does NOT win.

I'll be surprised, but not entirely unhappy if ME AND MY MOULTON or A SINGLE LIFE (a surprising nomination, but work worth encouraging) win.

BTW, it looks like these are available on iTunes and all those other places like it.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2015 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

My vote goes to A SINGLE LIFE. Amusing, poignant, based on a good idea, and makes its "single" point and gets out, all in two minutes. I thought that ME AND MY MOULTON was very bright and fresh with clean-line animation, something I favor. I didn't think that the animation of THE BIGGER PICTURE added much to the story that a live-action short couldn't have communicated equally well. THE DAM KEEPER has a nice twist at the end, but the style of animation doesn't appeal to me. And I agree that FEAST is the least of this group.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2015 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

My vote goes to A SINGLE LIFE. .... makes its "single" point and gets out, all in two minutes.


Very much to its credit, I agree.

I didn't think that the animation of THE BIGGER PICTURE added much to the story that a live-action short couldn't have communicated equally well.

I still admired it trying an animation technique I'd never seen before.

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2015 - 12:17 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I get to vote in the short film categories for BAFTA, and I too was really impressed by "The Bigger Picture" so I hope that wins the Oscar. But I ended up going with another pick for animated short this year for BAFTA that was not included in the AMPAS lineup -- Marcus Armitage's extraordinary "My Dad":

https://vimeo.com/99997078

This not only looks stunning -- it reminded me of Akira Kurosawa's paintings come to life http://akirakurosawa.info/kurosawas-paintings/ -- but it also packed an emotional punch that was quite unexpected and poignant, so I won't spoil it here. Perhaps it will turn up online one day. [Edit, five years later, here it is]:

http://www.marcusanimation.co.uk/My-Dad

My favorite live-action short film in the BAFTA line-up this year was "Boogaloo and Graham", a witty little story by Ronan Blaney and Michael Lennox about about two Northern Irish boys and their chickens. I've not seen all the Oscar shorts, but this one's also in the running there, so I wish them luck with that. Very much worth a look, if you can catch it.

https://www.facebook.com/boogalooandgraham

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2015 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


I hope FEAST, yet another Disney/Pixar bravura “feel-good” yawn, does NOT win.


There's no joy in Mudville.... frown

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2016 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

http://www.shorts.tv/theoscarshorts/

Of the animation nominees, I'd like "Bear Story" or "We Can't Live Without Cosmos" to win.

I really admired the work of (was surprised to see the name of) Richard Williams on the bill.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2016 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



I hope FEAST, yet another Disney/Pixar bravura “feel-good” yawn, does NOT win.



Disney/Pixar does it again this year, with a veneer of diversity, and the idea that doing things faster and faster is cooler and cooler.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2016 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

http://www.shorts.tv/theoscarshorts/

Of the animation nominees, I'd like "Bear Story" or "We Can't Live Without Cosmos" to win.

I really admired the work of (was surprised to see the name of) Richard Williams on the bill.


BEAR STORY WON!!! YAY!

http://oscar.go.com/nominees/short-film-animated/bear-story

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2016 - 10:14 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

My favorite animated short was WORLD OF TOMORROW. Very thought provoking.

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2017 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Here are the nominees this year:

2016 (89th)

Blind Vaysha – National Film Board of Canada – Theodore Ushev
Borrowed Time – Quorum Films – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Massive Swerve Studios/Passion Pictures Animation – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
Pearl – Evil Eye Pictures/Google Spotlight Stories/Passion Pictures – Patrick Osborne
Piper – Pixar – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Trailers here: http://shorts.tv/theoscarshorts/trailers/animation/blind-vaysha/

The screening of them will be in Berkeley in February. Can't wait!

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2017 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


See lots of previews of the pre-nominations here:

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/awards/2017-animated-short-oscar-contenders-record-number-films-competing-144106.html

 
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