Yesterday we went to a showing of the Oscar-nominated shorts, both animated and live-action (plus a few bonus animated shorts). Don’t worry, I won’t make all twelve posts today, just two or three a day. Today I’ll post my personal favorites in each category. It’s surprisingly easy to pick favorites; most of them are of a reasonbly good quality, but only a couple are what I’d expect from Oscar-nominated films. It was a pretty fun experience to see them (and adds another level of interest to watching the Oscars today), although it was also kind of crappy since the theater played a DVD instead of film – not some sort of “hi-def” digital projection, but an actual DVD. Pretty much an unforgivably horrible thing to do on a big screen.
Surprisingly, for animated short I won’t be rooting for Wallace and Grommit.
Title: “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty”
Length: 6 minutes
Director: Nicky Phelan
Writer: Kathleen O’Rourke
Starring: Kathleen O’Rourke
Music: Gregory Magee
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short (2010)
Synopsis: a creepy old lady gets carried away with her granddaughter’s bedtime story
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Special effects/design: Good. A reasonably clever combination of 3D and 2D.
Music: Good. I don’t remember the score at all, but Granny’s lullaby is great.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). Hilarious. It’s the only film in either of the categories that I loved. It’s also the only animated short that made me laugh (and they’re all supposed to be funny).
Objective Rating: 3.5/4 (Very good).