Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation: Pixar Vs. Disney 

Wednesday, Jan 29 2014

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Animation Hooray for cartoons! While there's a lot wrong with the Academy Awards — the glaring lack of an award for stunt performers, for example — at least they've always had a category for Best Cartoon, even if they got all self-conscious and changed it from "Cartoon" to the more respectable-sounding "Animated Film" in the 1970s. Among the standouts of this year's cartoons are Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim's Get a Horse!, the semi-obligatory Disney offering and the first Mickey Mouse theatrical short since 1995. Continuing the studio's recent obsession with its glory days (cf. the Oscar-snubbed Saving Mr. Banks), Mickey steps off the screen of a faithfully-re-created 1928-style short into the real/CGI world, paying homage to Buster Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. in the process. Meanwhile, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares' Mr. Hublot takes Jacques Tati's fears of a mechanized world to its logical extreme, as a clockwork man in a clockwork world opens his heart to a clockwork dog. Max Lang and Jan Lachauer's Room on the Broom's tale of a witch on a joyride with an increasing number of animal pals is mostly distinguished by Simon Pegg's exuberant narration, while Pixar's under-nominated The Blue Umbrella is a startlingly photorealistic story about lovestruck umbrellas in a rainy city, aided by a beautiful Jon Brion score.

About The Author

Sherilyn Connelly


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"