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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.
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