I grew up on cartoons. Instead of sportsmen or great leaders, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck were my role models. Which, if you know me personally, certainly explains a lot (I would still be willing to sacrifice an appendage for a real life portable hole).
But animation can be used for more than just gags involving coyotes and really fast birds, and nowhere is that diversity more on display than in this year’s list of Oscar nominees for the Best Animated Short Film.
First up is one we’ve featured here before, Disney/Pixar’s Paperman, a lovely mix of modern CGI and traditional 2D animation techniques.
Next up is the weirdly food-centric Fresh Guacamole by PES, which is a quasi-sequel to a previous animated short Western Spaghetti. You might want to watch both to get a better understanding of what’s going on.
Minkyu Lee’s Adam and Dog plays around with some amazing visual techniques, just as much as it does with your emotions, as it tells the story of the first man and his best friend.
And then finally we have Head Over Heels, which is a just a marvel of stop motion. The attention to detail is ridiculous and this 10 minute effort about overcoming big odds, was clearly a labour of love for creator Timothy Reckhart.
All four entrants are standouts in my opinion, with all of them offering a little something different that would mark them as winners and the end, it just comes down to personal preference. With all the momentum and buzz behind it though, I think Paperman is going to take it, but personally I’d love to see Adam and Dog get the gong.
We’ll find out exactly who will get top honours on Oscar night, February 24, 2013.