Short Oscar hopeful ‘The Cat Piano’

Posted by · 5:30 am · November 21st, 2009

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

So says regular reader Glenn in the comment thread on the Best Animated Short Oscar shortlist. Having now watched this 8-minute Australian gem in all its noir-tinged, Nick Cave-narrated splendor, I can’t disagree. Take a look.

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  • 1 11-21-2009 at 6:00 am

    Alex said...

    It’s like the Aristocats but good.

  • 2 11-21-2009 at 7:37 am

    Mickche said...

    This was one of the nominees for Best Short Aniamtions at the AFIs, but i didn’t vote for it. I still thinks its pretty neat

  • 3 11-21-2009 at 7:55 am

    The Dude said...

    Wow, this was pretty incredible. I found myself wishing it was a full-length feature because I didn’t want it to end. Nice use of noir.

  • 4 11-21-2009 at 8:04 am

    Brent said...

    Fantastic Guy. Thanks for posting.

  • 5 11-21-2009 at 9:39 am

    Jim T said...

    Very good!

  • 6 11-21-2009 at 9:58 am

    geha714 said...

    Pretty cool! The voice-over was awesome.

    The look of the cats is quite similar of the Swat Kats cartoon of the 90’s.

    Still, my vote is for Partly Cloudy.

  • 7 11-21-2009 at 10:30 am

    twinzin said...

    It looked really cool and the story was great as well. It’s different and folks like different. Don’t know if it’ll win but it sure was oscar calibur.

  • 8 11-21-2009 at 10:32 am

    Patryk said...


  • 9 11-21-2009 at 1:06 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Really beautiful. Excellent.

  • 10 11-21-2009 at 1:28 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Whoa, whoa, lay off The Artistocats. That movie is amazing.

  • 11 11-21-2009 at 6:02 pm

    Colin Low said...

    Has there yet been a full-length animated noir? ‘Cause I’d love to watch that.

  • 12 11-21-2009 at 6:59 pm

    Glenn said...

    Colin, “Renaissance” is probably the closest that I can recall, but I’m sure there’s something else out there.

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Nick Cave (the narrator).

  • 13 11-21-2009 at 11:30 pm

    Neptun said...

    Really cool animation,great story,the narration by Nick Cave spot on and it’s poetic noir translation to the screen has brought to it the Oscar for Best Short Animation … at least that is my opinion .

  • 14 11-22-2009 at 3:21 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Glenn: I mentioned it in the blurb! Can’t say our readers weren’t informed…

  • 15 11-22-2009 at 4:47 am

    greg said...

    expand this out. this would make an awesome feature length.

  • 16 11-22-2009 at 2:35 pm

    Holden said...

    Simply amazing, and Shakespearean.