The academy expanded the potential pool of voters for Best Animated Short beyond those who attended one of the four official screenings in Los Angeles and the two in New York. For the first time, those who saw these five films as part of the Shorts International program that unspooled at 200 theaters nationwide were eligible to vote.
At 15 minutes, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is the longest of the lot. Brandon Oldenberg shared helming duties with one-time Pixar producer William Joyce who made his directorial debut with this fanciful tale of the curative power of books. They incorporate a variety of animation techniques and include references to Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, and “The Wizard of Oz” in this silent salute to reading.
“La Luna” was produced by Pixar and Enrico Casarosa‘s seven-minute short will screen before the studio’s upcoming feature film “Brave.” It tells the story of a young boy brought to work for the first time by his father and grandfather. While Pixar won three of its first four bids in this race (“Tin Toy,” 1988; “Geri’s Game,” 1997; “For the Birds,” 2001), it has since lost six in a row.
“A Morning Stroll” just won the BAFTA for Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe. They also claimed the Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance Festival. The seven-minute toon tells the tale of a New Yorker who encounters a chicken during his daily constitutional.
Patrick Doyon makes his directorial debut with “Dimanche.” In this 10-minute slice of life, a boy entertains himself by flattening coins on a train track. This simply drawn film won Best Short at the 2011 Berlin filmfest.
In “Wild Life,” an Englishman moves to the Canadian frontier and quickly finds it is not the life for him. This 13-minute comic caper was directed by one-time past nominee Amanda Forbis and two-time contender Wendy Tilby.
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