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10 November 2003 (Germany) See more »
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A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
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Winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Short See more (20 total) »

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Christoph Lauenstein 
Wolfgang Lauenstein 
 

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Short, 22 March 2000
Author: mctheimer from Bellevue, Washington, USA

It's been several years since I saw this, but it sticks in my mind like I saw it recently. This short does one of the best jobs I've ever seen of making a point in minimal screen time.

I won't go into the plot of the moral; part of the joy of this film is figuring it out. When I saw it, you could watch the audience members individually recognize what was happening over the time of the film. It's under 10 minutes long (I believe), and it would be a shame to spoil it for someone.

The film is not something children would enjoy. While there's nothing objectionable about the film, it's not typical colorful, pretty animation. One thing that struck me is that the animation style is very Eastern European, while the plot is rather Asian (group dynamics).

The bottom line is that this is well worth seeing -- and it won't even take that much time out of your schedule!

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