ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Oscars for CARTOON Nominees

Updated on June 18, 2014

Available in Theaters Now

Source

Oscars Recognize Quality Work

In all the categories of excellence recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the majority do not receive much attention in mainstream news. While nominations for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, and Director hog our notice, many categories worthy of recognition exist. Nonetheless, professionals advance film entertainment by their contributions in many arenas.

To illustrate this situation of ignoring the little guys, a many-a truth-is-said-in-jest moment occurs at the end of a Muppet movie. As credits roll at the end, the voice of Fozzie Bear, one of the characters, urges that they fast-forward through all those boring words. Kermit the Frog objects, stating that all those employees have mothers and families which want to see their loved one’s contributions acknowledged. Hear, hear! The same applies to the nominees for all the smaller, technical, yet equally important achievements in the film industry.

Oscars for Animated Shorts

The Academy has been awarding Oscars for animated and live action shorts since 1931, according to a Smithsonian Magazine blog. Unlike the best picture contenders, these shorts were rarely seen by the public at large. How, then, could one give a thumbs up or a thumbs down to the decision? Fortunately for us viewers, in 2005 ShortsHD started packaging these works into programs for theaters and cable release.

“ShortsHD teams with Magnolia Pictures to bring the Oscar nominees to theaters, at the moment on 200 screens… On February 21, many of the shorts will become available on iTunes. The packages are also available via some “On Demand” cable systems.”

From http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/movies/2012/02/2012-oscar-nominated-animated-shorts-a-cheat-sheet/

This year the package in theaters includes 4 shorts on a highly commended list to make the run time 1 hour and 20 minutes. My friends and I found them to be better than the nominees.

Wild Life

Here is the protagonist of the short, Wild Life, 2012.
Here is the protagonist of the short, Wild Life, 2012. | Source

Contenders

Here is the list in no particular order:

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” Moonbot Studios Louisiana, USA. 15 minutes. No dialogue.

Dimanche” National Film Board of Canada. 10 minutes. Grunty inflections. Some written French and English.

La Luna” Pixar, USA. 7 minutes. Grunty inflections.

Wild Life” National Film Board of Canada. 13 minutes. English dialogue.

A Morning Stroll” United Kingdom. 7 minutes. No dialogue.

My Likes

First, I think it is absolutely unfair that the category of animated shorts includes both hand-drawn oeuvres and computer-generated multimedia “pixar-ish” productions. That is not a level playing field and quite subject to the personal preferences of the judges. I am from the baby Boomer generation, so I grew up quite comfortable with black-and-white television, movies, and photographs. I appreciate the gradations and subtle effects which can be shown in black-gray-and-white. (So does Woody Allen.)

A Morning Stroll” uses black and white and then color. It is 2-D and pretty bizarre, even apocalyptic. I did not care for it at all, but could appreciate the attention to detail.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” color pixar. Too long and a weird maybe-story line. I did enjoy the way books were depicted with little bird legs and they moved, tilted, and flew exactly like real birds. Kudos to the part of the team that created them.

“Dimanche” black and white. This film resonated with me. It depicts a small child’s small town routine on a Sunday. He puts a coin on the railroad tracks to get flattened by a passing train, goes to church, and visits elderly relatives. It is a dear story with no dialogue needed.

“La Luna” color pixar. This also involves a small child and elders, although I puzzled over whether there was a plot for most of it. It includes cute mild competition between the father and the grandfather. Sound effects for the moon’s surface were good.

“Wild Life” primarily black and white with occasional pastels. This has a story! Hurray! It is the recounting of an adventure turned misadventure with some mockery of the colonializing British. There also are inter-titles providing an enigmatic corollary theme story. The backgrounds of gray and white impressionistic Van Gogh-like watercolor swirls are a visual treat.

Dimanche/Sunday

Seen from animated short, Dimanche, 2012.
Seen from animated short, Dimanche, 2012. | Source

Extra Treats

Playing alongside the nominated films are four ecologically-themed “Highly Commended” titles, the most entertaining of which is “Skylight,” a public service announcement about the dangers of global warming that features a variety of exploding aviary and terrestrial lifeforms, especially.

Nullarbor - 10 minutescolor, pixar-ish. outback A male-ego car race between a gritty man and a older ain’t-gonna-take-no-baloney man over the barren outback landscape of Australia's Nullarbor Plain. Entertaining. Surprise ending.

Amazonia - 5 minutes – color, 2-D.
A little tree-frog tries to eat as predators and prey do their things around him. A larger frog lurks- is he friend or foe? Excellent feature: background music is Beethoven's Symphony No.8.

Skylight - 5 minutes – color, 2-D.
A mock documentary about global warming with exploding life forms and demented penguins! Silly, fun, and easy to understand. My favorite.

Hybrid Union - 4 minutes – color, pixar-ish.
Two little robots race a mysterious big flying saucer. It forces them to form an alliance - The Hybrid Union! It was ok.

Oscars on television

Tune in on Sunday, February 26th on ABC. The presentations will be broadcast live in more than 225 countries worldwide. Keep your ear perked for the winner of the Animated Shorts.

Text copyright 2012 Maren E. Morgan.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      AliciaC, Yes, that is great. So many creative people deserve some viewing of their work.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is very interesting, Maren Morgan. I've never thought much about animated shorts, but I enjoyed reading your descriptions. I'd like to see some of the shorts, so I'm glad that many are going to be available on iTunes.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)