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.

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.

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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