The Washington Post

PICK OF THE WEEK: Oscar-nominated short ‘Adam and Dog’ is a visual stunner [+VIDEO]

MINKYU LEE is no stranger to working on Oscar-nominated films, having apprenticed on Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” and lent his talent to “Wreck-It Ralph.” But never before has it been Lee’s own film.

Lee, 27, reportedly put up $25,000 and put in two years to create the hand-animated “Adam and Dog” — a stunning 15-minute short that looks like what Terrence Malick might render if he could animate.

Minkyu Lee, Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter and director John Kahrs (Dinsey’s “The Paperman”) attend the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon last week in Beverly Hills, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/GETTY IMAGES)

The result is a painterly, visually masterful and no-dialogue film that perhaps should be considered the front-runner for an Oscar later this month — despite the Pixar and Fox pedigrees of some of the other nominated shorts.

“Adam and Dog” — featuring exquisite animal movement and saturated backgrounds in the Garden of Eden — hit the Internet two days ago, and the wider exposure should only buoy its profile.

Suitably dazzled, Comic Riffs offers up this as our ‘Riffs Pick of the Week.

Feel free to see what you think:

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
How to make Sean Brock's 'Heritage' cornbread
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
The signature dish of Charleston, S.C.
Play Videos
Why seasonal allergies make you miserable
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
What you need to know about filming the police
Play Videos
The Post taste tests Pizza Hut's new hot dog pizza
5 tips for using your thermostat
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
The signature drink of New Orleans