Oscar Nominee Program for Best Animated Short

Just came back from watching the program of Oscar nominees for Best Animated Short Film with my friend Joe Lewis. The program included these five:

  • French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell
  • The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)” Javier Recio Gracia
  • Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin
  • A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park

They were all well done, especially Nick Park’s  A Matter of Loaf and Death, the latest Wallace and Gromit vehicle.  His artistry and attention to detail never ceases to amaze me.

But I have to tell you, I was completely blown away by Nicolas Schmerkin’s daring and groundbreaking Logorama.  Using 2500 commercial trademark logos, it’s a completely kickass slam on the over-commercialization of practically everything and everybody in a city that looks like Los Angeles (surprise).  Violent, foul-mouthed and cynical, this is animation for adults–a welcome change from the constant need to appeal to youngsters.

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