scenarios inc. [7] : Oscars in Short

Ah, the luxury of the net, I enjoyed watching movies online without having the effort go to the mall, buy food and facing discomfort of having uncomfortable seats [and seatmates]. Anyway, as a bonus, It is also  an amazing experience to watch the recent Oscars online, via live streaming at the comfort of my own bedroom. Anyway, two of my favorite categories are Best Animated Short Film and Best Animated Feature. I got a chance to check the nominees of the animated short film category as they’re been casted. I love this year’s nominees, they showcased different types of animation, from tradition, 2D , flash-like up, stop motion to trendy 3D animation.

This year’s winner LOGORAMA was been done with a flashy-like animation. Even though it’s 3D, for me it look like made in Flash. It showcased different well recognized logos and brands. It is so amazing how they’re able to interact used different branding with each other. Like the infamous Playboy bunnies living on a Paramount Studios Mountain. Or the MSN butterflies flying across a zoo containing animals like Red bull…bulls [?] and Ecko rhinos.

It is also disturbing how they used Ronald Mcdonald as the main villain, having a gun fight the Michelin Chubby police duo. Mr peanuts died , also Pringles. Well I’m not aware Mcdonald can be rude until I watched that animation, he can ride a bad ass bike I must say, I just remembered Heath Ledger’s Joker for obvious reasons. The short’s message is how branding controls the market and eventually the whole world, but on the short, the whole {Visa] universe, check the whole animation to know what I mean .

I love  Nicolas Schmerkin’s thank you speech regarding LOGORAMA

“Good evening. It doesn’t look like, but it’s a French film. Sorry about the accent. I’m the producer of the film, so I have to thank the 3,000 non-official sponsors that appear in the film. And I have to assure them that no logos were harmed in the making of the project.”

—-Hilarious. 😀

“A Matter of Loaf and Death” was my favorite on the set. I was so thrilled that there’s another nomination for an Aardman production. So I searched my torrents site for any clear copy of this one. I never failed to fell in love with Stop motion animation like the Wallace and Grommit series.

The story is about a former “bread” commercial model taking revenge to all bakers in their place, blaming them being responsible for making her fat and lost her career. The comic  timing, the amazing interacting set designs , the detailed art direction, cinematography and the use of British noir making it worth watching, think about the effort making this stop motion [clay] animation and to me, this is the who should have won the category, but well, that’s only me.

“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” is a mix of 3D animation and some 2D narratives about a Grandma exerting effort to make her grandchild sleep by telling her version of sleeping beauty. Her version is twisted and disturbing. The Fairy tale became a horror story for the grand kid.

Well honestly I didn’t get the whole plot of the story, but for a guess, I think it is about a frustration of an elderly woman, her feelings being old and being rejected.

Next fave to Wallace and Grommit short is the “The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)”, a short about a battle between a famous doctor and the Reaper itself. They’re fighting over a life of an old woman who badly misses her deceased husband. The whole short is hilarious , had a very cartoonish humor  yet got a nice ending.

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In filmmaker Fabrice O. Jouberts animated short, “French Roast”, a situational sketch explores the many layers of human nature. From a hypocrite customer , to a beggar, to an old nun who turns out to be a criminal, up to a monotonous waiter and cliché inspector.

The story began when a customer ordered a French roast, denied a beggar who asked him for alms and discovered that he forgot his wallet. He don’t have the  money to pay for the bill and brain to withstand it, that’s why he ended up staying in the café, keeping ordering the same French until he got a chance to steal some money from an old woman’s purse.  The ending it hilarious and full of Irony: The beggar who was been denied paid the bills and went away, denying the hypocrite customer and continue picking up trashes. It’s a satire on how we judge people by appearance.

So there you go, hope you’ll check this year’s nominees in the animated short film category. It’s ood to see superb storytelling in a different medium and short span of time, it’s like taking a whole jawbreaker one at a time.

Next stop, My favorite Animated full length black horse : “The Secret of Kells”. By the way, apologies for late posting, wordpress password issues 😀

So Till then and Godspeed


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