Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Oscars 2010, Best Short (Animated)

After watching some nominated animated shorts from previous years yesterday, I decided to see what the 2010 nominations were, so here they are...

"French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert

I quite like the character design on this one but I didn't think the story line was all that well written, I think it had a lot of loose ends. I really liked how they used the mirror behind the main character for the outdoors scenes though as it was unusual.

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell

I was less keen on this one. I like the idea of an old granny telling fairy tales and twisting them and scaring the kid, but I think the storyline could have been more developed. I did like the use of 2.5D animation to show the story as she was telling it.

The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia -

I really like the character design for this one, the little old lady, the reaper and especially the nurses as their faces are similar to my style so I can see how mine would work in 3D.  Again my problem with this one is with the storyline, I like the idea of death and the Dr fighting over the old lady, but I think the ending was a bit poor, it could have been more emotional with her wanting to see her husband etc.

A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park -

I struggled to find this one on youtube so I've just posted the trailer. I did find it in two parts but it's dubbed! I'm sure most people have seen it anyway, I watched it when it was on TV which I think was the christmas before last? I love wallace and gromit, and stop motion is by far my favourite media for animation, but I remember being disappointed with this one when I first watched it, though I can't remember why, maybe it was because I was looking forward to it for aaaages and in the end it didn't live up to expectations.

Logorama Nicolas Schmerkin - 2010 winner

All I could find for this one was a trailer, but I think you get the gist of it. I get the impression it's one of those pretentious protests against consumerism or some such thing, but maybe I'm totally wrong! The animation isn't great but I guess they're limited to what style they can use when they're using recognisable logos and brands, so i'm guessing it won based on the content rather than the animation itself, which again leads me back to my original assumption! I'll have to see if I can find a full copy of it so I can get a better idea of what it's all about.


  1. French Roast should of won, I think the story is really good actually, its got a nice morale to it.

  2. i prefer it to the winner, i think for me it was between that and the lady and the reaper.

    I really liked it until the end and nothing really came of the nun who was actually the bank robber, i dunno, i just think it could have been developed more and a lot of loose ends could have been tied up and the end could have been rounded off better.
    I loved the character design though, and like i said the way the used the mirror.

  3. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I suppose you're right, but thats Paris for you Lynsey, full of crazy things and loose ends.

    Hows the model coming along?

  4. haha I do love Paris, especially the catacombs! i SOOOO want to go back to see them again! they were amazing :D

    the model is coming along slowly, havent been able to get in to finish the mould this week, but have finished the armatures for the music video im doing, need to get them fleshed out and then make moulds for them... with plaster this time though! lol