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2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts (Animation)

What a fun lot of animated shorts! Four of them timed at 7 minutes or less, and one was 29 minutes, but each of them tells an interesting story using very different animation styles. Dear Basketball (USA; https://www.go90.com/videos/261MflWkD3N), voiced by Kobe Bryant, is his ode to a long and successful career in the sport that he loved. The animation is a series of pencil sketches and with splashes of purple and gold. Lou (USA/Pixar) tells the story of a schoolyard bully who turns a corner when he comes into contact with the creature from the lost and found box. Revolting Rhymes (UK) splashes together the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the 3 Little pigs into a hilarious story. My runner-up favorite is Negative Space (France; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPFpgYFZ6pE) about a young man who bonded with his father by learning to pack luggage. The short uses Claymation and is a funny and poignant story. My favorite is Garden Party (France; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrJ5epn8Ikw), which has animation so intense that the frogs and insects look real. The animation is super-cool, and the story yields a surprise once one of the little frogs accidentally turns the lights on the pool area. A great collection of short films – big thumbs up!!

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