One adage we live by here at Stately Beat Manor is that to win the office Oscar pool, you’ve got to get Best Short Film and Best Short Film (Animated). These obscure categories have been clogging up the Oscar® telecast with little known people in ill-fitting tuxes and inadvisable dresses for years, and while some think getting rid of them would shorten the telecast, we think you gotta keep the betting honest with something NO ONE knows about.
So as we have usually done over the past few years, here’s a guide to this year’s nominees in the Best Short Film (Animated) category. After reviewing the list, we feel confident that you’ll be one category closer to winning that pool.
(We don’t handicap the short films, but we should note that one of them — SPIELZEUGLAND (TOYLAND) — is about the Holocaust, and The Holocaust Always Wins Awards (see Reader, The.))
An old man stacks up boxes to avoid a flood. WE SAY: Poignant and haunting! Here’s a clip:
• LAVATORY – LOVESTORY by Konstantin Bronzit
In this simply animated entry, a homely bathroom cleaning lady finds romance in the stalls. While normally that is the kind of thing that gets you arrested and/or thrown out of the Senate, this is a cartoon we’re talking about. WE SAY: Touching!
No embeddable clips but if you wait long enough, one will come up here.
•OKTAPODI by Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
A cunning octopus embarks on a daring rescue when his love is taken out of the tank to be grilled with a bit of balsamic vinegar. WE SAY: The cute funny animals world of CGI animation has long cried out for invertebrate heroes! Watch below:
•PRESTO by Doug Sweetland
A magician wars with his rabbit over carrots and so on. WE SAY: This ran in front of WALL*E so millions and millions of people must have seen it. You saw it, right?
•THIS WAY UP by Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes
Two undertakers undergo comic misadventures as they head for the cemetery, WE SAY: Clever! Underexposed subject matter! A trailer:
AND THE WINNER IS: While La Maison en Petits Cubes has the poignant tone and innovative look that Oscar sometimes rewards, did we mention that PRESTO is from Pixar? And MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of people have seen it? Don’t bet against Pixar.