Let’s continue with Oscar posts and make this Oscar week!
At this point, the one category in which I have seen all nominees is Best Animated Short.
Surprisingly, the weakest nominee, in my opinion, is the Wallace and Gromit short, “A Matter of Loaf and Death.” It is cute, but usual Wallace and Gromit – nothing new. I predicted how the plot was going to play out within the first few minutes. Predictable plots are okay for cartoons aimed at kids, but not Oscar winners.
“French Roast” was funny and clever, although not enough has stuck with me to really say more than that.
“The Lady and the Reaper” was great. It reminded me of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon with the music, the bosomy nurses, strong-chinned doctor, squinty old lady, and hooded Death. The reaper and the doctor fight over the end of the old lady’s life – Death pulling her into the light, only to have the doctor yank her back. Not my favorite, but definitely a lot of fun, with great music.
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” was my personal favorite as far as what tickled my fancy. Granny terrorizes her grandkid with bedtime fairy tales. The animation is fun, and I enjoyed the dark humor. It is from Ireland, which also might make me a little biased towards it.
“Logorama” is the final short and right now I think it is the contender for the Oscar. (This is based solely on my opinion of the shorts, not on any buzz I have read.) “Logorama” is set in a world built completely out of company logos. Buildings, cars, even the people are crafted out of well-known images: the AOL man, the Pringles guy, Best Buy, McDonald’s. I don’t want to explain the plot because it’s great to just let it unfold. I have read on-line where people don’t understand how the creators got away with the use of so many logos, but I think this falls under Fair Use. I can only imagine the licensing fees involving in that amount of logos would probably equal Avatar‘s budget.
If you can take the time to watch these shorts, I think it is worth it. As I shared before, some of these are available on-line. “A Matter of Loaf and Death” is available through Netflix (DVD only, not on Watch it Now), and some theatres are carrying all the shorts together as a feature. In the past, iTunes has offered them for purchase, but so far I haven’t seen them on there. I am hoping to see the live shorts at my local indie theatre before the Oscars on Sunday.
Have you seen any of these? What are your thoughts?
Coming tomorrow, my thoughts on Best Documentary, based on the three out of five I have seen!