Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Animated Shorts Oscar Race (Trailers)

Animated shorts have never been bigger. Starting today, ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures are screening the five nominees theatrically in North America and Europe for the eighth consecutive year along with the live-action and doc short nominees; they continue to sell briskly on iTunes; and, for the first time, the Academy has opened up the voting to all members, and will be sending out DVD screeners, which will offer greater exposure. And this year's crop is the most compelling in years: "Adam and Dog": a gorgeous hand-drawn reworking of the Genesis story from Disney animator Minkyu Lee ("Wreck-It Ralph"), who made it independent of the studio without a producer or a budget. "Fresh Guacamole":  a culinary stop-motion delight by Pes ("Western Spaghetti") and the shortest short ever nominated in Oscar history at a minute and forty-five seconds. "Head over Heels": a poignant stop-mo student work by Timothy...
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