78th Annual Academy AwardsShort films and Feature Animation BranchAnimation Nominees1. The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation (28 mins) (US)Explores the difficult emotional terrain of father/son relationships as seen through the filmmaker s own turbulent relationship with his father. The Moon and the Son will be broadcast on HBO.2. 9 (11 mins) (US)In the shadow of urban desolation, a rag d
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In what I truly hope will become an annual series, Magnolia Pictures has released a compilation DVD including three of the five Academy Award nominees for Short Animation (including the winner, The Son and the Moon) and all five of the nominees for Live-Action Short (obviously, this includes the winner, Six Shooter). The two animated shorts not included here are One Man Band, which Pixar has included on the DVD release of Cars, and 9, which, as I understand it, has been optioned for expansion as a feature and which I hope will be included at some future date on DVD, either as an extra to the feature or in some other context. It would probably serve very well as bait to draw audiences to the feature when it is released if the short is available for home viewing on DVD at the time.
There are two extra animated shorts, which were not nominated and were presumably included to flesh out and balance the comilation. They are The Fan and the Flower and Imago and they are two of...
This is truly a wonderful collection of short films. Although "Six Shooter" was the most critically acclaimed live action short, it was my least favorite of the lot. Ausreisser (The Runaway) is pure genius. Fan will also find "Cashback" and "Our Time is Up" to be both substantial as well as entertaining. The morbid "The Last Farm" is also masterful. The animated films are not as strong as the live action, and there were only 3 nominated this year. However, the DVD does contain 2 additional animated shorts that were not nominated, including the short that should have won, despite not even being nominated, "Imago". At about 2 1/2 hours in length, this DVD is a gem.
I mainly bought this for the "Jasper Morello" animated short, but there's some nice surprises on here as well. Besides this compilation, I was only able to find "Jasper Morello" by itself for $25. & over. So, at $12. or so, this was a steal. There's other great material on here, but "Jasper" is worth the money alone! Grab it!!!
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