This year again Ottawa’s ByTowne Cinema programs the collections of Oscar nominated shorts compiled by Shorts international. Every year we can judge for ourselves the qualities of those short masterpieces.
Here are the five nominees:
Dear basketball, Directed by Glen Keane, U.S., 5 min.
Based on a letter Kobe Bryant wrote announcing his retirement from basketball. Bryant reads his letter while we see him as a child full of hope and dreams. It has everything going for it, even a classy John Williams score. Beautiful.
Garden party, Directed by Gabriel Grapperon, Florian Babikian, Victor Caire, Vincent Bayoux, Théophile Dufresne, Lucas Navarro, France, 7
Directed by students at an animation school in France. A few amphibians have taken over an abandoned mansion. Extremely well made, funny and disturbing short.
Lou, Directed by Dave Mullins, U.S., 6 min.
A creature made of items from the school’s lost and found box teach a lesson to a toy-stealing bully. From Pixar/Disney, but much less interesting than their earlier shorts.
Negative space, Directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5 min.
The sad relationship between a boy and his father, who is a traveling salesman. The father is often away on business, but he has taught his son the best way to pack a suitcase. Good animation.
Revolting rhymes, Directed by Jakob Schuh & Jan Lachauer, U.K., 28 min.
Adapted from a series illustrated books of poems from Roald Dahl. Fairy tale characters are modernized into a witty and amusing retelling. There is even a possible lesbian romance. Hey, this is 2018!
Additionally on the program there are these three more short films.
Lost property office, Directed by Daniel Agdag, Australia, 10 min.
At the Lost property office (meaning Lost and found) the custodian’s only friend is a toy robot and he spends the long hours listening to old records on his old gramophone. Hand–crafted stop-motion animated films is a bit of a bore. This film was on the Oscar shortlist, but was not retain as a nominee.
Weeds, Directed by Kevin Hudson, U.S., 3 min.
The short life of a flower on a hot sunny day. Clever but too short to have nay impact.
Achoo, Directed by Yuki Hirakawa, Japan, 5 min.
At a flame blowing contest for dragons, the littlest of dragons, blowing only tiny sparkles, doesn’t stand any chance.
And the Oscar went to… Dear basketball won! Co-producer Kobe Bryant was there to accept the award.
Oscar nominated Animated shorts 2017
Approx. 90 min.