Best Animated Short Film Nominees (2013, listed in order of preference)

All scores are based on my personal imdb rating. Half-points are always rounded down. Each short name comes with a link to view each short.

Paperman (2012): Read my full review from November 16, 2012 here. It also should be noted that Paperman since November 16th won the Annie Award (animation-specific awards) for Best Animated Short Subject.

My rating: 8.5/10

Head over Heels (2012): An elderly couple are living in a house in the sky and they have grown apart - he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. They live separate, yet parallel lives while he tries to figure out a way to rekindle their marriage.

A heartwarming claymation, it won the Annie for Best Student Film. It is Paperman's only realistic challenger in this category.

My rating: 8/10

Fresh Guacamole (2012): Talk about inventive. It’s less than two minutes and well worth a look. As I said, the most inventive of the five shorts and might just be among the shortest nominees ever in this category - a true disadvantage.For its pure uniqueness and creativity, it ranks third here.

My rating: 7.5/10

The Longest Daycare (2012): Maggie Simpson stars in this sequel to her role in the episode, “A Streetcar Named Marge”. Taken once again to the Ayn Rand School of Tots, Maggie is involved in no fewer than ten sight gags a minute as she tries to protect a caterpillar-turned-butterfly from Baby Gerald after being placed among the, “Nothing Special” kids.

Not the greatest short film in the world and perhaps only helped by its visibility, The Longest Daycare is nevertheless a welcome addition to this category.

My rating: 7/10

Adam and Dog (2011): The winner of 2011’s Annie Award for Best Short Subject has found itself in very stiff competition. Telling the story of Adam in the Garden of Eden through the perspective of a scruffy dog, it’s a quiet film which boasts instead a seamless combination of hand-drawn and computer-generated animation - in my opinion, the animation here is the best of all the five shorts.

But, for me, animation quality alone is not enough. Adam and Eve’s (she’s introduced later) fall and the dog’s connection with Adam didn’t quite resonate with me - even though I acknowledge many are lauding the short’s sentimentality. It’s last on my list, though I know many beg to differ.

My rating: 7/10

I am endorsing Paperman to make history with Wreck-it Ralph, the film it accompanied. If both win, it would mark the first time in the thirteen-year history of Best Animated Feature that both an animated film and its accompanying short would both win Oscar.

It would also mark Walt Disney Animated Studios’ (as in the studio’s main animation branch and excluding subsidiaries such as Pixar and Marvel) first Oscar wins since Phil Collins won Best Original Song for Tarzan (1999).

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