Editors' pick

Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts 2012

Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts 2012 movie poster
MPAA rating: NR
Genre: Animated
See a screening of the nominees: "Dimanche/Sunday," "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," "La Luna," "A Morning Stroll" and "Wild Life."
Release: Opened Feb 10, 2012

Editorial Review

If one word could describe the overall tone of the five candidates this year, it would be "poetic."

Especially lovely are "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" -- a nostalgic fantasia about the transportive joy of reading -- and "Sunday," an old-fashioned, hand-drawn entry that follows the idle activities of a small-town boy. Along with "Wild Life," the latter is one of two films produced by the National Film Board of Canada, an animation powerhouse.

Another powerhouse, Pixar, has an entry as well. Called "La Luna," the nearly seven-minute charmer by Italian director Enrico Casarosa is the studio's longest theatrical short ever. Look for it at screenings of the upcoming animated feature "Brave."

Contains cartoon roadkill and other animated animal death, a bloody zombie and thematic material related to death.

-- Michael O'Sullivan (February 4, 2012)