The 2019 Oscar nominations are in and we're taking a closer look at the nominated animation shorts in the upcoming awards!
First up, we have Animal Behaviour, the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), in which five animals meet regularly to discuss their personal struggles in a group therapy session. The short is a witty and playful take on mental health sporting a menagerie of animals with issues and anxieties not so different from human ones.
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.
Next, we have the Disney Pixar animated short Bao, from writer/director Domee Shi and producer Becky Neiman-Cobb. Released in tandem with this summer’s blockbuster Incredibles 2, Bao brings laughs and tears to a story about the difficulties of motherhood and empty-nesting.
In Disney • Pixar's Bao, a Chinese mom who's sad when her grown son leaves home gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must face the bittersweet truth that nothing stays cute and small forever.
Next up is Cartoon Saloon’s Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnall and produced by Nuria González Blanco. This touching and nostalgic short boasts numerous award wins after being played at over 90 festivals. Jump into Emily’s wandering mind with her as she takes a stroll down memory lane, ultimately reminding us what is important in life.
Emily finds herself disconnected from the world around her. She goes on a journey through her memories and relives different moments from her life. Emily must look to her past so that she may fully embrace the present.
Next, we have One Small Step, directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas and produced by Shaofu Zhang. The CG short tells the tale of Luna, a Chinese American girl with out of this world dreams. After deciding on her future profession as an astronaut at a young age, we follow Luna and her loving father Chu as she tackles many adversities in the pursuit of what inspires her.
TAIKO Studios presents the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.
And lastly, we have Weekends by Trevor Jimenez. Based on his own experience, Jimenez paints vivid pictures with 2D animation of the weekends spent split between his mom and dad’s houses in the wake of their divorce. Though we explore the story from the perspective of a young boy, this short deals with mature and emotional subjects that make up a work that many can relate to.
“Weekends” is a film about a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal, dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand-animated film set in 1980's Toronto.
So there, you have it! Which one's got your vote?