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TELLURIDE: ‘La Luna’ is Pixar’s best short in years

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 7:31 am · September 3rd, 2011

Yesterday before the 3D screening of Wim Wenders’s “Pina,” the audience was treated to Pixar’s latest animated short (which was also shown to audiences, I believe, at the D23 convention last month). I felt like it deserved some notice here, because it’s my favorite short from the studio in quite some time.

I greatly admired “Day & Night,” which was attached to last year’s “Toy Story 3.” I wasn’t too keen on “Partly Cloudy” (which accompanied “Up” in theaters) and “Presto,” which tagged along with “WALL-E,” was cute and a nice ode. But the last Pixar short that I really got all that jazzed about was “Lifted,” Gary Rydstrom’s nifty, though admittedly slight, 2006 UFO abduction spoof.

“La Luna” is my favorite since then, and probably since “Gerri’s Game” way back in 1997. It’s a delightful piece about finding your own way and eschewing expectations for your own identity, all built within a typically magical and imaginative narrative, and it doesn’t stoop to being blatant about its message. It’s also rendered with some of the best animation we’ve seen yet from the studio.

That’s all. Just a tip of the hat to that. I can’t imagine it won’t pop up as a nominee for Best Animated Short next year at the Oscars after premiering with “Brave.” Here’s a short clip:

[Photo: Pixar Animation Studios]




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8 responses so far

  • 1 9-03-2011 at 9:24 am

    Mitchell said...

    I think the Oscar might have to wait, because I think it’s premiering in front of Brave next year.

  • 2 9-03-2011 at 9:32 am

    Mr. F said...

    So Pixar may have failed with their movie this year, but they had quite a good year for shorts with this and Hawaiian vacation, and I imagine their short that will play before The Muppets will be good as well

  • 3 9-03-2011 at 9:43 am

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    Looking forward to this! I was a major fan of “Presto”.

    Unrelated question: has the site’s mobile interface been turned off? Is there a way to get it back? It’s been pretty difficult to access the site from my iPhone these past months.

  • 4 9-03-2011 at 10:12 am

    Graysmith said...

    I imagine they could submit it for the Oscars this year, since the shorts have a whole other selection process, but they’ll probably hold off on La Luna until 2012 as to not enter two ponies (the Toy Story short) into the 2011 race.

  • 5 9-03-2011 at 10:21 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Thanks Mitchell. Noted.

    Nic: I turned it off a while back because there was an issue with the plugin. I’ll give it a look and see if that was addressed.

  • 6 9-03-2011 at 11:50 am

    Speaking English said...

    Gee, I thought “Presto” was a masterpiece. So was “One Man Band.”

    Anyway, this does look lovely.

  • 7 9-03-2011 at 1:19 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I love One Man Band. One of my favorite Pixar shorts.