Friday, February 5, 2010

One Category at a Time: Best Animated Short

While last year's class was a bit of a disappointment, things look like they're getting back on track here. All of the nominees are amusing and visually interesting endeavors, but some more so than others.

Bringing up the rear are French Roast, Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, and The Lady and the Reaper. All three are entertaining (at times hilarious) and artfully rendered, but I would much have preferred to have The Cat Piano in here. It doesn't matter, because none of them can hold a candle to Logorama or Wallace & Grommit in A Matter of Loaf and Death:

The latter is an ingenious piece that uses corporate logos (including a psychotic Ronald McDonald and profane Michelin Tire men) to make a darkly funny and pointed commentary on the American corporate culture, the collapse of the economy, and the nation's dependence on oil. The former is what you would expect from any Wallace & Grommit cartoon; top-notch comedy and action done by master claymater Nick Park. The man's record speaks for itself: four Oscars on five nominations, three of them for Wallace & Grommit films, making A Matter of Loaf and Death the smart pick to win this award.

Will win: A Matter of Loaf and Death
Should win: Logorama

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