Walt Disney may have won a record 22 Oscars but none of them was for his most famous creation, Mickey Mouse. This year, it was widely expected that the retro “Get a Horse” — which mixed retro drawings of Mickey and his pals with 3-D technology — would win Best Animated Short.
However, “Mr. Hublot,” by first-time nominees Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, pulled off an upset. Their film centers on an obsessive compulsive man who lives an isolated life until his life and organization abilities are turned upside down with the arrival of a rescued dog.
Mickey’s eight losses in this race began with the inaugural one in 1932 when “Mickey’s Orphans” was bested by another Disney toon, “Flowers and Trees.” His unlucky seven other bids were: Building a Building” (1933), “Brave Little Tailor” (1938), “The Pointer” (1939), “Squatter’s Rights” (1946), “Mickey and the Seal” (1948), “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” (1983) and “Runaway Brain” (1995). Mickey did appear in the Oscar-winning “Lend a Paw” in 1941, but that toon was centered on his dog, Pluto.
Below, take a look at the making of Mr. Hublot.