Thursday, 4 March 2010
The Oscars are drawing near, and most eyes seem to be on the battle of the exes between Kathryn Bigelow and James Cameron. Naturally, other categories get forgotten in the grand scheme of things, particularly the animated short film award. This year's list features some very interesting submissions (I say this on the basis of having seen two of them). While I would love to see Aardman win another Oscar for the collection, I've found myself more drawn to a French production named Logorama (2009). The film is composed almost entirely of animated logos - 2,500 of them, to be precise. The story has a simple "bad guy on the run" arc, with Ronald McDonald taking the role of the villain. It's a stroke of genius in my opinion, filled with sarcastic digs at the expense of various conglomerations. Above is just the trailer - the full video will most likely do the rounds of the 'net post-awards ceremony.
Continuing the theme of consumerism and materialism, here's a Brazilian film named Island of Flowers (1989). Director and writer Jorge Furtado focuses on the journey of a tomato as it is harvested, processed, turned into food and then waste, before starting the whole cycle again. It sounds overwhelming, but it has a comical tone and it's easy to lose yourself in it.
Last but not least, a little skeletal skulduggery care of Disney and Ub Iwerks. If you're not completely entranced and spookified by this, I judge you differently as a person. Enjoy!