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The 2018 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animated

Part of the 2018 Oscar-nominated Shorts program.
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For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films, opening on Feb. 9th. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 4th.

Dear Basketball – Glen Keane and Kobe Bryant, USA, 5 minutes; Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant’s NBA retirement announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Narrated by Bryant, the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages with its universal message about love and loss.

Negative Space – Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 5 minutes; My dad taught me how to pack.

Lou – Dave Mullins and Dana Murray, USA, 7 minutes; When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

Revolting Rhymes – Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29 minutes; REVOLTING RHYMES interweaves Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, REVOLTING RHYMES was directed by Oscar nominees Jakob Schuh (“THE GRUFFALO”) and Jan Lachauer (“ROOM ON THE BROOM”), co-directed by Bin-Han To and produced by Magic Light Pictures’ Martin Pope and Michael Rose (“THE GRUFFALO”, “ROOM ON THE BROOM”, “CHICO & RITA”). The animation was created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town.

Garden Party – Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, France 7 minutes; In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

Lost Property Office (additional film)

Weeds (additional film)

Achoo (additional film)

Note that none of these film is MPAA rated but most of them would be rated G except for GARDEN PARTY, which has some disturbing imagery of a human corpse that could be upsetting to younger (under eight years of age) and more sensitive viewers.

Played at

Playhouse 7, 3.10.18 - 3.11.18
Claremont 5, 3.03.18 - 3.04.18
Monica Film Center, 3.02.18 - 3.08.18
NoHo 7, 2.23.18 - 3.07.18
Rated NR
Runtime: 83 min
Language: English