Disney used to dominate the Oscar race for Best Animated Short, but last year’s win by “Paperman” was the studio’s first in 43 years. Disney is back in contention with “Get a Horse,” which is among 10 films that have advanced into the final stage of voting, narrowed down from 56 qualifying entries.
The Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation branches will now select three to five Oscar nominees, which will be announced on January 16.
The complete 2013 short list includes:
“Feral” – A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.
“Get a Horse” – Mickey, Minnie, Horace Horsecollar, and Clarabelle Cow go on a musical wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete tries to run them off the road.
“Gloria Victoria” – Propelled by the exalting “invasion” theme from Shostakovich’s “Leningrad Symphony (No. 7),” the film presents imagery of combat fronts and massacres, leading us from Dresden to Guernica, from the Spanish Civil War to “Star Wars.”
“Hollow Land” – In this evocative film about the eternal human search for home, Berta and Solomon arrive in a land that promises respite from their many journeys. But have they found utopia… or just another stop on their long journey?
“The Missing Scarf” – A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death. Narrated by George Takei.
“Mr. Hublot” – About a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet’s arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion…
“Possessions” – One night in the 18th Century, deep in the mountains, a man loses his way and comes across a small shrine. As he enters, the space transforms into a room of a different world.
“Requiem for Romance” – A modern-day couple’s secret love affair comes to a bittersweet end during an evening phone call. Cell phone static creates distance between them as they anguish over details of their relationship. But the visuals of the film reveal something entirely different: the epic re-imagining of their relationship set in feudal China.
“Room on the Broom” – To the annoyance of her cat a kindly witch allows a dog,a bird and a frog who have helped her retrieve things she has lost to ride on her broomstick,making it top heavy. The broom is destroyed by a fire-breathing dragon who threatens to eat the witch but the creatures band together to impersonate a monster and save her. As a result she fashions a luxurious new broom with seats on which they can all ride comfortably.
“Subconscious Password” – Forgetting somebody’s name is the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious.
Review the contenders below and make your predictions: