February 18, 2007

Best animated short film

“The Danish Poet” (National Film Board of Canada)
A Mikrofilm and National Film Board of Canada Production
Torill Kove
Jude sez: Completely charmed by this one. Not spectacular animation, but adorable, wonderful story. Lots of dry humor. Lots of amusing sight gags. I'd call it tied for first.

"Lifted” (Buena Vista)
A Pixar Animation Studios Production
Gary Rydstrom
Jude sez: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, told from the perspective of the aliens, one of which might be a child being shown the ropes by an elder. A good overall joke (making light of Speilbergian majestic film-making), some good site gags, but not my favorite.

“The Little Matchgirl” (Buena Vista)
A Walt Disney Pictures Production
Roger Allers and Don Hahn
Jude sez: Just completely predictable, from the Hans Christian Anderson tale (which I read as a child) to the Wizard of Oz-like bringing color into the animation during key parts. It was beautiful in its way, but and simple, but it seemed like a throw-away from Mulan or another Disney feature, and was about as subtle. (the source material has its limits, of course) The snow was pretty impressive.

“Maestro” (SzimplaFilm)
A Kedd Production
Géza M. Tóth
Jude sez: I was totally charmed by this one. A complete belly laugh punchline. Some creative (and foreshadowing) animation where in the camera perspective steps around the characters 360 degrees. Creative and just a littl alien props and characters. I'd call this one a tie for first.

“No Time for Nuts” (20th Century Fox)
A Blue Sky Studios Production
Chris Renaud and Michael Thurmeier
Jude sez: Very funny. Some belly laughs. A little too frenetic a la Ice Age - too fast, too furious, too in your face.

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