I adore animation, and it bums me out that most animated features are so formulaic and safe. I understand that they have to be widely-appealing due to the high production costs, but it keeps the animated form mostly constrained to family films. The Oscar-nominated animated shorts allow us to have a peek at an animated world that can break boundaries, and show us the potential of the medium when it doesn’t have to appeal to all ages. Unfortunately, most of these nominees are fairly safe, although it seems like they were all required to avoid dialogue. The majority of the shorts are still entertaining, but there’s a runaway winner in the pack.
Hit the jump for my reviews of the 2012 Oscar-nominated animated short films: Paperman, Fresh Guacamole, Head over Heels, Adam and Dog, and Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”.