Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Having seen several Laika productions, I was intrigued to learn they'd made a short, so I found it on youtube. It's very disappointing.
The disjointed story involves a boy out night fishing who winds up on the moon. The story reminded me a little of an episode of Axecop, only that series is purposely nonsensical while this one seemed to be going for a sense of wonder and failing. There's no attempt at character building beyond giving one kid a cloying southern accent, and the story feels like it should have either been long enough to fully explore the concept or about 50 seconds long so it would just flash by with some striking visuals.
The end result looks kind of nice but, as another reviewer here noted, has no heart at all.
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