AMPAS announces shortlisted animated shorts

Posted by · 8:26 pm · November 20th, 2009

The Cat PianoVia press release:

“The Cat Piano,” Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People’s Republic of Animation)
“French Roast,” Fabrice O. Joubert, director (Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films)
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty,” Nicky Phelan, director, and Darragh O’Connell, producer (Brown Bag Films)
“The Kinematograph,” Tomek Baginski, director-producer (Platige Image)
“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte),” Javier Recio Gracia, director (Kandor Graphics and Green Moon)
“Logorama,” Nicolas Schmerkin, producer (Autour de Minuit)
“A Matter of Loaf and Death,” Nick Park, director (Aardman Animations Ltd.)
“Partly Cloudy,” Peter Sohn, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
“Runaway,” Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)
“Variete,” Roelof van den Bergh, director (il Luster Productions)

You can watch one or two of these on YouTube I think.  Anyway, thoughts?  Anyone?

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  • 1 11-20-2009 at 8:42 pm

    Marshall said...

    I love, love, LOVE “Partly Cloudy.” So sweet and fluffy.

  • 2 11-20-2009 at 8:50 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    I’d say Partly Cloudy (Pixar can’t miss), A Matter of Loaf and Death (Wallace & Gromit can’t miss), The Cat Piano (fantastic), Runaway (director’s third film, both previous shorts Oscar-nominated) and then the rest to battle it out over the fifth slot.

  • 3 11-20-2009 at 8:50 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    The Cat Piano is on YouTube in full. Most of the rest have trailers or clips up there. I’d wager:

    The Cat Piano
    The Lady and the Reaper
    A Matter of Loaf and Death
    Partly Cloudy

    hmmm. I don’t know. Pixar and Aardman are locks, probably. Can’t recall the shortlist last year, but “Lavatory – Lovestory” and “Oktapodi” were both really minor, so it’s not safe to predict what “looks” like it deserves a nom. Nominators be crazy.

  • 4 11-20-2009 at 9:02 pm

    Mike Ward said...

    Love that they even released the list after all these years! Discovering these films is one of the joys of Oscar season…

  • 5 11-20-2009 at 9:43 pm

    Georgie said...

    Partly Cloudy is one of my favorite Pixar shorts now. The baby ram running straight into the stork gets me every time.

    And Wallace and Gromit are part of my childhood, so I’d be fine with Nick Park winning as well.

  • 6 11-20-2009 at 10:06 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I hated Partly Cloudy. There’s something…creepy about it.

  • 7 11-20-2009 at 10:17 pm

    N8 said...

    lol! I didn’t exactly hate “Partly Cloudy”, but I get what you mean by that “something creepy”.

    I dig “The Cat Piano”. Remarkable style and a positively creepy (intentionally) poem to boot.

  • 8 11-21-2009 at 3:10 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Need to catch up with these. As of now, the only one I’ve seen is “A Matter of Loaf and Death,” which I thought was below par for Park, though still pleasant enough.

  • 9 11-21-2009 at 3:12 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Oh, and “Partly Cloudy,” which I’d entirely forgotten about. Make of that what you will.

  • 10 11-21-2009 at 3:52 am

    maurier said...

    I hope that Baginski’s “The Kinematograph” will be niominated, it’s much better than his Oscar-nominated “Cathedral”

  • 11 11-21-2009 at 4:12 am

    aspect ratio said...

    You can find trailers for most of these on Youtube, The Cat Piano can be viewed in full there or on Vimeo.. The only one I couldn’t find any video footage for was Logorama which is too bad because it looks very different.

  • 12 11-21-2009 at 4:56 am

    Glenn said...

    Chalk “The Cat Piano” up as a nominee pronto. Probably the win, too. EVERYONE loves that short.

  • 13 11-21-2009 at 8:15 am

    Trevor Hogg said...

    This is wonderful news for Pixar which has a great tradition for winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short. If you would like to learn more about PARTLY CLOUDY and the acclaimed animation studio check this out!


  • 14 11-21-2009 at 12:06 pm

    Mike said...

    You can see a trailer for Logorama here:

    It looks fantastically amusing and original, but I’m not sure it’s the kind of thing the Academy goes for in this category.

  • 15 11-21-2009 at 1:00 pm

    Brandon said...

    “French Roast” qualified by winning Siggraph and “Runaway” won at Annency. Both are quite prestigious animation festivals and I belive they have a history of their winners getting Oscar nominations.

  • 16 11-22-2009 at 2:34 pm

    Holden said...

    This is a tough one. You have Partly Cloudy, which was a funny, and sweet short. There’s Wallace and Gromit, and they have one twice before in this category, not to mention winning in the Animated Feature Film category in ’06. Then you have The Cat Piano, which is just a brilliant piece of art, and in the fullest sense. I don’t know who to root for.

    Animated Short Film Nominees
    -The Cat Piano
    -A Matter of Loaf and Death
    -Partly Cloudy

  • 17 11-22-2009 at 3:58 pm

    Nathaniel R said...

    French Roast is fun but I can’t quite see it as a winner. Very cute though.