The Walt Disney toon factory used to own Best Animated Short, taking 10 of the first 11 races beginning in 1932. After that streak ended in 1942, it won just three more times with “Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom” (1953), “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day” (1968) and “It’s Tough to be a Bird” (1969).
That dry spell ended last year with a win for the innovative “Paperman,” a black and white film that fused traditional hand-drawn animation with vector-based CG to tell a tale of lost love.
And it looks like the studio could claim this prize again with this year’s equally ground-breaking entry “Get a Horse.” It leads the 10 semi-finalists which were winnowed down from 56 qualifying submissions.
Helmer Lauren MacMullan blends the old with the new in this fun-filled short. Drawings were crafted in the style of those award-winning 1930s shorts. Mickey Mouse (voiced using archival recordings of Walt Disney), Minnie Mouse, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow are enjoying a wagon ride in the country untile Peg-Leg Pete spoils the day. The characters appear to jump through the screen, turning from 2-D to 3-D and back again in a whirlwind of activity.
Below, take a look at the first minute of this cartoon which will unspool before the animated feature “Frozen” beginning Nov. 27.
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