The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation
The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation (2011)

Collective screening of the Academy Award nominated short films from the Animation category for 2011. The nominated Animated Shorts are: DAY & NIGHT; USA; Oscar Nominee: Teddy Newton. When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger… More

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Release Date: February 11, 2011
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

There are no handy publicity campaigns to introduce you to the five live-action shorts and five animated shorts nominated for Oscars, but I can help.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Its spirit is so easygoing that its visual complexity and emotional nuances may take awhile to register.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

In the past, we saw a lot of nominated animated films that seemed to be trying to out-Pixar Pixar, mixing gorgeous 3D animation and frenetic physical comedy. But this year's batch is more adventurous, harder to pigeonhole.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

There's no unifying theme here, except that there's surely a short here for every taste.

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Brian Tallerico

It's hard to believe that these are the ten best shorts of the year but it's a case of a good program that is only disappointing if one hopes that the Oscar nominees would be great instead of just good.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

They help dispel our often fatigued prejudices about that format as a haven for all things digital, 3-D, snarky and kid-marketed.

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Tim Grierson
Village Voice

Writer-directors Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan elevate a familiar storyline into something exceptionally moving that touches on friendship, loneliness, and the tragedy of how getting older numbs us to the wonders of the small oddities around us.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This year's selection of five animated shorts is the strongest I've seen in a while, with all five contributing something special to the bunch, and no weak links.

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