Last Saturday was a very exciting day for me – it's the screening of the ten animated short films that were short listed for the Oscars this year.
You probably all know the list by now: Matthew O'Callaghan's “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat”, sound by the late Mel Blanc and June Foray. “Sunday”, a Canadian film by Patrick Doyon, “La Luna”, Enrico Casarosa (Pixar), “The Magic Piano”, by Martin Clapp, “A Morning Stroll”, Grant Orchard, “Paths of Hate” by Damian Nenow, “Specky Four-Eyes”, Jean Claude Rozec, "Wild Life," by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, and "Luminaris," directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella.
They're all very good films, selected out of about 50 eligible shorts. I have 3 favorites of the group: “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”, an epic gem of digital animation.
“Paths of Hate”, a brilliant CG recreation of a World War II dogfight. But women hate this film.
And “Luminaris”, a wonderfully zany stop-motion fantasy comedy from Argentina, which I think is the odds on favorite to win the statue this year – but don't listen to me.
Tune in on February 26th to find out who wins!