Head over Heels (2012): An elderly couple are living in a house in the sky and they have grown apart - he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. They live separate, yet parallel lives while he tries to figure out a way to rekindle their marriage.
A heartwarming claymation, it won the Annie for Best Student Film. It is Paperman‘s only realistic challenger in this category.
My rating: 8/10
Fresh Guacamole (2012): Talk about inventive. It’s less than two minutes and well worth a look. As I said, the most inventive of the five shorts and might just be among the shortest nominees ever in this category - a true disadvantage.For its pure uniqueness and creativity, it ranks third here.
My rating: 7.5/10
The Longest Daycare (2012): Maggie Simpson stars in this sequel to her role in the episode, “A Streetcar Named Marge”. Taken once again to the Ayn Rand School of Tots, Maggie is involved in no fewer than ten sight gags a minute as she tries to protect a caterpillar-turned-butterfly from Baby Gerald after being placed among the, “Nothing Special” kids.
Not the greatest short film in the world and perhaps only helped by its visibility, The Longest Daycare is nevertheless a welcome addition to this category.
My rating: 7/10
Adam and Dog (2011): The winner of 2011’s Annie Award for Best Short Subject has found itself in very stiff competition. Telling the story of Adam in the Garden of Eden through the perspective of a scruffy dog, it’s a quiet film which boasts instead a seamless combination of hand-drawn and computer-generated animation - in my opinion, the animation here is the best of all the five shorts.
But, for me, animation quality alone is not enough. Adam and Eve’s (she’s introduced later) fall and the dog’s connection with Adam didn’t quite resonate with me - even though I acknowledge many are lauding the short’s sentimentality. It’s last on my list, though I know many beg to differ.
My rating: 7/10
I am endorsing Paperman to make history with Wreck-it Ralph, the film it accompanied. If both win, it would mark the first time in the thirteen-year history of Best Animated Feature that both an animated film and its accompanying short would both win Oscar.
It would also mark Walt Disney Animated Studios’ (as in the studio’s main animation branch and excluding subsidiaries such as Pixar and Marvel) first Oscar wins since Phil Collins won Best Original Song for Tarzan (1999).
Fox posted their Academy Award-nominated animated short, The Longest Daycare, starring Maggie Simpson, up on their YouTube channel today. For those unfamiliar with the short, this played directly before screenings of Ice Age: Continental Drift last year, which hopefully is the reason why many of you have not yet seen it. And if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend pressing play on the video right now and watching one of the most touching animated shorts I’ve seen (outside of Pixar’s work) in a long time.
One of the many things I loved about the Maggie’s animated short from last year it’s on the very beginning, when they show you the 1st shot of her… and I was like, wow… “I saw more detail coming”, something you would even wait for a theatrical released one… but then Marge actually correct her hair and all, getting her back into the not-so-detailed-nor-curvy look… like “This is my Maggie” =3
I found that adorable and quite clever from the director (David Silverman) to do XD