We draw closer and closer to that inevitable and exciting day when the Oscars are announced, seeing how our predictions stack up and whether our favorite films get their deserving honors. Like last week’s Oscar Circuit article on “Best Live Action Short,” the “Best Animated Short” category is often forgotten by moviegoers who just want to see the major awards announced. That’s a shame, because there are some truly innovative animated films out this award’s season whose studios, one in particular this year, have the potential to become major power players in the animation industry. I see animated short films as both poems and experiments. You have small studios like Moonbot Industries and StudioAKA unafraid to showcase their talents with great little stories featuring some often bizarre yet stylistically impressive animation. Everything is so compact and told in such little time, but the emotion that pours through in those brief minutes is often more gripping than a full length feature. The nominees this year are no exception.
The 2012 Nominees for “Best Animated Short Film” Are…
- Sunday/Dimanche — Patrick Doyan
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
- La Luna – Enrico Casarosa
- A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
- Wild Life – Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis