2017 Oscars: Animated Short Contenders

Award season is slowly approaching for the Academy Awards. This year the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation branch has deemed eligible a record 70 animated shorts. There are ten shortlist animations followed by the final five nominations for the Oscars. Last year had 60 total animated shorts.  Previous years included 33 in 2010 to 58 in 2014. The Academy has yet to release the contenders but here is a list of contenders I believe that will make the cut for this years shortlist. The contenders are a varied lot shot in many styles, from the shortest, BAFTA-winner Ainslie Henderson’s “Stems” (Scotland), to the longest, Rob Valley’s “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Canada) at 35 minutes, just under the 40-minute mark. Disney has also been pushing two shorts this year, Alan Barillaro’s “Piper” and Leo Matsuda’s “Inner Workings.” Pixar has recently released a captivating independent short, “Borrowed Time.” I expect to Pixar to mean a strong contender for this year but I do hope a lot of the international films get recognized as well. The five nominees will be announced January 24, 2017.

1. Ainslie Henderson’s, “Stems” (Scotland)

Trailer for a new very short, short film about making puppet making make music. featuring the music of Poppy Ackroyd
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Made possible by Puppet Animation Scotland.

2. Rob Valley’s, “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Canada)

Drink and smoke…that’s what Techno Stypes really likes to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

3. Georges Schwizgebel, “Erlking” (Switzerland)

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Ottawa International Animation Festival

From September 21-25, 2016 downtown Ottawa will be transformed into an animation film festival, where you can enjoy the world’s best animation and characters. There is something for everyone and anyone at the Ottawa International Film Festival.  For over 40 years, the OIAF has attracted many film and animation lovers as well as filmmakers from around the world. The line-up includes screenings, workshops, panels and parties, National Gallery of Canada and more. Interested in seeing the schedule, then visit this link.  For more information on passes and tickets.  The sponsors include:header_2016-sponsorlogos.png

New Short Film With Finding Dory: Piper

This could be Disney Pixar’s cutest character creation yet. Meet Piper, the star of the animated short releasing theaterically with Finding Dory on June 17th. This new character is a bright eyed, little beach-dewlling bird named Piper. The short is about six minutes and was a inspiration from director Alan Barillaro. Alan Barillaro would run alongside the shore and notice birds in the ocean and on the beach. He wanted to portay a character that wants to venture out but might be to fearful of the adventures that lie ahead. The story is about a bird encountering a small hermit crab who teaches her the new way of the waves. It’s about a story of growing up and a child learning from a parent. The story took about 3 years to develop and with the same theme of talking animals on adventures such as with Finding Dory it was a perfect time to put the short on the big screen.
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Zootopia Easter Eggs

  1. Criminal weasel in Zootopia is  voiced by Alan Tudyk. Alan Tudyk also plays the voice of  the Duke of Weaselton in Frozen along with three other Disney films. hcdbTm2YG7qx.jpg
  2. Disney movie spin offs related to Zootopia animals.
    Meowana (Moana)  / Giraffic ( Jack and the Beanstalk, Gigantic planned for 2018)disneys-zootopia-easter-eggs-inside-jokes-movies-1-670x281.jpg
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43rd Annie Awards : Winners

Congratulations, to Inside Out for winning the  best animation category. The Boy and the World received best independent film.

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43rd Annie Awards Nominees

Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the 43rd Annual Annie Awards will be presented in 36 categories including animated feature, animated feature-independent, broadcast production(s), broadcast commercial, short subject, and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards
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The 43rd Annual Annie Awards will take place on February 6, 2016 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. You can watch the live showing here.

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