Sunday, March 7, 2010

Animated Oscar rant!

The Oscars happened tonight and overall I am pleased with the results. Save for one (and probably the one category closest to my heart)...

Logorama for best animated short? Seriously!?
Over Wallace and Gromit (or even French Roast)?

Here is Logorama...
and here is Wallace and Gromit (or French Roast, or The Lady and the Reaper)

Logorama is a short film based around a gimmick that gets old 3 minutes into the 16 minute film. The gimmick is cute but does not lend well to creating an entire story around it. Plot point weave in and out and are used solely to set up another random logo for (brief) use. The story leads nowhere and the driving natural destruction is never explained. The short film isn't bad, it serves its purpose and can be fun at times, but it is not the best animated short of the year. (My personal favorite wasn't even submitted for consideration, nor was my second favorite)

And even if it was the best short film of the year (what a sad year that would be), it is nowhere near the same level of caliber as previous winners. Watch "La Maison en Petits Cubes" or "The Danish Poet" and after you are finished sobbing and can compose yourself watch Logorama again and see if it touches you emotionally (well, positively at least). Then ask yourself if the animation quality stood out, or helped or hurt the film (or was even relevant)...

Oh well, you can't win them all.

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