The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2015: Animation (Part 1 of 3)

Oscar ShortsShortsHD™, the Short Movie Channel (, celebrates its 10th anniversary of its Oscar shorts release by opening “THE OSCAR® NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2015 in a record 450+ theatres across the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America on Friday January 30, 2015.

I really appreciate these programs because it gives the public the opportunity to see the Oscar nominated short films in the categories: animation, live action and documentary. I’ve decided to list the animated shorts in the order that I enjoyed them from great to merely good. I dug them all so I’d at least recommend each one to a certain extent, although it’s a shame Glen Keane’s Duet didn’t make the cut.


The Dam Keeper
USA/18MINS/Directors: Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
The Dam Keeper
Touching tale about a young pig, his important job, the kids who bully him at school and the new classmate that changes everything. This saga tugs at the heartstrings more honestly than any nominee this year. My personal favorite. (9/10)


USA/6MINS/Director: Patrick Osborne
Latest offering from Walt Disney studios was shown before Big Hero 6 in theaters so chances are you’ve seen this one at least. Sweet feature recounts the love life of a human man as told through the meals he feeds his beloved dog. Succinct, remarkably emotional saga in just 6 minutes. The front-runner, although this category can be unpredictable. See last year’s winner: Mr. Hublot. (9/10)


The Bigger Picture
UK/7MINS/Director: Daisy Jacobs
The Bigger Picture
Two brothers argue over whether to put their mother in a home. Visually interesting design combines traditional animation, stop motion techniques, life size 3D models and wall paintings. Director Jacobs creates a tableau that elevates its simple narrative with arresting visual style. (7/10)


Me and My Moulton
CANADA/NORWAY/14MINS/Director: Torill Kove
Me and My Moulton
Quirky story of three sisters living in an artsy Norwegian family who yearn for a bicycle. A Moulton is an English bike manufacturer by the way. Bright color palette and simple style highlights Torill Kove’s 3rd nomination. She won in 2007 with The Danish Poet so perhaps she has history on her side. (6/10)


A Single Life
THE NETHERLANDS/2MINS/Directors: Marieke Blaauw, Joris Oprins, Job Roggeveen
A Single Life
A record gives a woman the power to time travel through moments of her life. At 2 minutes this is the shortest entry this year. It’s cute but not enough time to elicit more than a chuckle by the time it’s over. (6/10)

9 Responses to “The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2015: Animation (Part 1 of 3)”

  1. That does seem like a great program. Thanks for your quick recap of these shorts. Based on your quick takes, I’m most interested in seeing The Dam Keeper and Feast.

  2. Wow — a 2 minute short? That’s really taking that category to task. Or whatever the expression is there. I’d be curious to check all of these out, and unfortunately b/c I never got around to seeing ‘Big Hero 6’ i’m actually out of the loop on every single one! Means I have some work to do. Hope that the indie theater nearby picks some of these up.

    450+ screens gives me some hope.

  3. I’m torn between “The Dam Keeper”, and “Feast”. Both are excellent.

  4. So if Feast DOESN’T win…what will be this year’s Mr. Hublot do you think?

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