February 9th, 2019

overthehedge

2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated

I had to check my archives to see when I first started going to our local art house theater to see the short film nominations. It looks like 2011. So I have been making these posts annually for the past 8 years. Wow. So expect 2 more posts over the next week as we go to see the live-action and documentary shorts. This year's crop of animated nominations was pretty disappointing. Normally there is one standout, but this year we both agreed that all were pretty "meh." 3 of the 5 had an Asian element. I don't know if there are more Asians making animations or if there are just a lot of weeaboos. Most of the films had pretty depressing elements in the plots e.g. death, divorce, old age. It will be hard to pick a winner.

"Bao" was the Disney/Pixar entry that I guess was shown at the beginning of "The Incredibles 2." Of course the quality was outstanding because, well, Disney/Pixar. But I just did not like the story about an anthropomorphic dumpling. Yes, I get that the mother misses her son, but it was just weird. Pass.

"Animal Behavior" (full cheap Chinese ripoff version) - This one at least gets furry points. While the plot was cute, the animation was just so-so. I guess I would give it the award just based on its furriness, but that ain't sayin' much.

"Late Afternoon" This one has a shot of winning since it probably had the best plot about an old woman with Alzheimer's who relives moments from her life and finally realizes that the young woman bringing her tea and biscuits is her daughter. The animation was very basic. It reminded me of "Doug."

"One Small Step" - A young girl has a dream of becoming an astronaut and struggles to finally reach for it after the death of her father. May win for its uplifting message.

"Weekends" - A pretty depressing film about a boy with divorced parents who floats between their 2 worlds as they try to get their lives back in order. Pretty depressing.

There were also 2 honorable mentions.

"The Wishing Box" - A pirate finds a treasure chest that is empty except it grants wishes to his monkey pal. Of course the monkey only wishes for food.

"Tweet Tweet" - This was a weird Russian film about a bird who follows the life of a young girl to an old woman. Why does the bird care? Why is everyone on a tightrope? How does the bird live for 70 years? I guess it's supposed to be a metaphor for something.