|Dimanche/Sunday (Patrick Doyon; Canada, 2011, 9 Minutes)|
A quiet village Sunday, told from the point of view of a bored little boy. The graphic style is simple & flat, & there are touches of surrealism.
|A Morning Stroll (Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe; UK, 2011, 7 minutes)|
I saw this in the Annecy show just last month. The same anecdote told in 3 different styles, each more outlandish & grotesque than the last.
|Wild Life (Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby; Canada, 2011, 14 minutes)|
Minimally animated painted images tell the story of an idle young Englishman's seemingly pointless move to remote Canada.
|The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg; USA, 2011, 15 minutes)|
A cyclone transports a Buster Keaton-like character to a fanciful world of living books. It's a sentimental & nostalgic tribute to children's books, with a musical score based on "Pop Goes the Weasel." Seems like the likely Oscar winner.
|La Luna (Enrico Casarosa; USA, 2011, 7 minutes)|
A Pixar short, glowingly lit, about a trio of Italian stereotypes who have a whimsical job to perform on the moon.
|Skylight (David Baas; Canada, 2009, 5 minutes)|
In the Bambi-Meets-Godzilla category, an irreverent parody of old nature films. Googly-eyed penguins meet an ignoble fate, unless we all do something about it. Wonderfully silly & got the most laughs from the audience.
|Hybrid Union (Serguei Kouchnerov; USA, Ukraine, 2010, 4 minutes)|
Rattletrap CGI robots & a mattress-shaped raincloud race across what looks like the Black Rock Desert. I didn't understand this one at all.
|Nullarbor (Alister Lockhart; Australia, 2011, 10 minutes)|
A bad case of road rage develops between 2 nasty-looking drivers along a featureless stretch of southern Australia. This one amused me the most, & I enjoyed its shaggy dog story without getting distracted by the CGI.
|Amazonia (Sam Chen; USA, 2010, 5 minutes)|
Candy-colored CGI frogs & insects cavort to the scherzando of Beethoven's 8th Symphony, looking like a lost segment of Fantasia 2000.