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.