I was lucky enough to have a cinema close to me that was showing both the animated shorts and short films of this year’s Oscar nominations. Although all of them are wonderful, only a few of them really caught my eye.

THE GRUFFALO
(UK; Germany, 27 min., Directors: Jakob Schuh, Max Lange)

It starts with the mom squirrel (Helena Bonham Carter) telling her children a story about a mouse walking through the woods out smarting his predators by telling them about his friend the Gruffalo. This is actually based on the Children’s book by Julia Donaldson with same title. It was such a beautiful story that anyone can enjoy and I would highly recommend seeing it if you get the chance, especially with kids.

THE LOST THING
(Australia; UK, 15 min., Directors: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan)

About a boy who finds this weird looking creature while he is out collecting bottle caps for his collection. The boy realizes this thing is lost and tries to find out who it belongs too. No one’s ever seen it and no one ever cares too look anymore because of their busy everyday lives. The boy feels for it so he set out to find a “place” for it. It’s a Very Enchanting story, and the animation and style is in the steam punkish ways. It’s actually online to watch here: The Lost Thing (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgtlpk_the-lost-thing-de-shaun-tan-et-andrew-ruhemann_shortfilms)

MADAGASCAR, CARNET DE VOYAGE
(French, 15 min., Director: Bastien Dubois)

I really didn’t like this film. If you know me I am a story/dialogue whore. Of course this is all about animation, but I think some story to it would have been great. The short is a diary of a European traveler’s trip to Madagascar. The rolling pages, and animation and 3D like environment make this an excellent film to watch but mostly just for the visuals. I managed to find it on YouTube here: Madagascar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaWEzsLVGiA)

The others were just as great. “Let’s pollute” USA, 6 min., Director: Geefwee Boedoe) a 50’s style Satire on how pollution helps our economy grow stronger, “Day & Night” (USA, 6 min., Director: Teddy Newton) which most everyone has seen if you watched Toy Story 3. The last two additional shorts were award winning. “The Cow who Wanted to be a Hamburger” (USA, 6 min., Director: Bill Plympton) Hilarious! It’s about how advertisements manipulate your mind but without the whole in your face talk, And “URS” (Germany, 10 min., Director: Moritz Mayerhofer) this one left me sad and at the same time I didn’t think it was good. There’s no dialogue but again, it’s the animation that make it astounding.

If you get a chance to see these I wouldn’t miss out on it. These are a few gems that do get recognized by the academy but will never be truly appreciated like the bigger films at your local theater. If you watched any of these please comment below and tell us what you think. Did you enjoy it?

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