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”.
In case you never quite got your fill of the Garbage Pail Kids, a new feature film adaptation is on the way courtesy of Michael Eisner’s The Tornate Company. The characters began as a batch of trading cards designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids, but immense popularity of the Garbage Pail Kids led to a 1987 live-action musical film adaptation and a TV series that was never aired in the U.S. due its controversial subject matter. It’s kind of strange that former Disney CEO Eisner is the one who’s company is bringing the twisted characters to the screen, but Deadline reports that The Tornate Company will finance and produce the feature.
The concept for the latest incarnation of the characters comes from screenwriter Michael Vukadinovich and director PES. Vukadinovich recently scripted The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto for Shawn Levy to produce, and PES is an acclaimed creator of a number of stop-motion animated shorts. PES will direct from a script by Vukadinovich. Judging by PES’ short film work, we’re in for quite the visual experience with Garbage Pail Kids. Hit the jump to check out his latest, fantastic short called Fresh Guacamole.