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  • tennisfreak
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    So I went and saw the five animated shorts nominated today and some honorable mentions. I love that some theaters do this. I’ll go through them in the order I saw them:

    Sanjay’s Super Team-the animation and direction was wonderful. It tells a nice story and had great emotional impact at the end. Very sensitive and beautiful.

    World of Tomorrow- When this was funny holy crap it was funny. But it’s very long for its conceit. It would have benefitted from more judicious editing.

    Bear Story- Holy God. Ok this one was so well animated and just brutal in its beauty. I was crying at the end as was my friend. Chile did themselves proud here.

    We Can’t Live Without Cosmos- I felt it was predicable. It was well told and sad but I knew 30 seconds in where it was going. It’s well done but a bit obvious.

    Ok honorable mentions that are good: the Fox and Mouse and Catch It.

    Now for the finale that we were warned no less than four times because of nudity and violence: Prologue.

    What a piece of shit. It was like that ad for Mr. Plow Homer Simpson makes after Barney starts the Plow King.
    Just well animated Greco Roman nudes stabbing each other and some woman being sad at the end. I laughed bc it was so insanely stupid. I couldn’t believe this was in when any of the honorable mentions weren’t.

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    Josh Ben-Ami
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    #214145

    I agree with you about ‘Prologue.’ However, it is Richard Williams’ film, and he is an excellent animator in general. The character design was brilliant.

    That being said, I think Bear Story and World of Tomorrow are the frontrunners here… I myself preferred World of Tomorrow. 

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    Michael Norris
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    I thought the person at the end of Prologue was a child; and the idea was that with her family dead, she would have to face life without them; thus the film being the prologue to a rather difficult life. I may have been reading too much into it though.

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    Damiansport1
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    #214147

    Most people are predicting Sanjay Super Team even tho this is film hasnt great reviews. Its because of Pixar? I dont know what to do….World of Tomorrow easly can win.

     what do you think guys?

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    Filmatelist
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    Most people are predicting Sanjay Super Team even tho this is film hasnt great reviews. Its because of Pixar? I dont know what to do….World of Tomorrow easly can win.

     what do you think guys?

    Because they mail the screeners for this category out now and anybody can vote (without having to attend special screenings like in the past), the advantage goes to the film that more people have seen, and like last year’s FEAST (nowhere near the best in that slate), SANJAY was distributed nationwide before a theatrically released feature film so more people will have seen it than any of the others.  That, and it’s also by far the most sentimental on the list, so I think those are the key variables that will result in its win.   

    But I would love to see the fantastic TOMORROW pull out a victory, too.  Hertzfeldt is a genius, even if his sensibilty is not typical Academy fare. 

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    I think World Of Tommorow is the front runner. If you haven’t seen it go check it out on Netflix. It’s weird AF but in a weak catgory it stands above as the most unique and different. It has humor and emotion I think it’s the deserving winner and I think it will win.

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    PJ Edwards
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    #214150

    Not great reviews? On what planet? 80% on RT for a Pixar softball down the middle isn’t losing.

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    Chevi
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    Not great reviews? On what planet? 80% on RT for a Pixar softball down the middle isn’t losing.

    80% and an avg. of 5.6 isn’t good.
    Although the number of reviews is pretty small to be taken too much seriously.

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    Michael Norris
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    #214152

    There’s only one negative review, and it’s one that seemed to miss the point. I can’t see 5.6 anywhere.

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    Chevi
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    There’s only one negative review, and it’s one that seemed to miss the point. I can’t see 5.6 anywhere.

    I was talking about the average rating. I tend to watch for that instead of the Tomatometer (which is just a like it or not percentage).

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    Michael Norris
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    #214154

    I still couldn’t find it, but if you read the reviews, there’s no way the average rating is a 5.6. Whoever on RT said that made a mistake.

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    Chevi
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    I still couldn’t find it, but if you read the reviews, there’s no way the average rating is a 5.6. Whoever on RT said that made a mistake.

    In the detail of the movie is at the bottom of the tomatometer.
    It takes in consideration reviews that have a rating associated, that’s why with so few reviews one can’t take it too much seriously.

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    Michael Norris
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    For some reason it started showing up for me. It wasn’t before.

    But yeah, it has a B and a C, so that might be where they’re getting that. The three reviews without ratings are much more positive though. I’ve only heard very positive things about the film, apart from that one review.

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    tennisfreak
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    I honestly wouldn’t have a problem with Sanjay winning. The animation was cool and it told a nice story with good emotional kick at the end. I liked World of Tomorrow but some of it came off a little arch and since we all know the Academy skews older, that may not be how they go. After rethinking it I’m not surprised I had such a negative reaction to Prologue since we received no fewer than 4 warnings in the theater BEFORE it spooled which obviously won’t happen on screeners. Still think it’s pretentious as hell and looks more like those insane cologne ads that used to air all the time. That’s really the only one I DON’T want to win. I hope the voters take the time to see all 5 before voting (It seriously takes an hour.) and don’t just name check.

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    Michael Norris
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    World of Tomorrow is my personal favorite. I liked four of the five. Cosmos was okay.

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