Like a good short story, a short movie can convey a powerful message in a short space of time. The visual effects now made possible by a tremendous leap in recent technology means that the combination of ridiculously life like animation and wonderful story concepts can combine effortlessly. The intricacies of modern day animation are such that they have become effective and compelling for audiences of all ages not just children. Perhaps some of the most interesting and well-made short films have not become box office hits but they are surely worth a look, after all they’re all pretty short! “French Roast” is an animated short movie created by Fabrice O Joubert and is set in 1960s Paris.
Very much a message for our day the story focusses on a business man at a café who, to his embarrassment discovers that he has neglected to bring his wallet. How he manages this situation and is eventually saved by an unselfish homeless man has much to teach us today! Winning numerous awards around the globe in 2008, before winning an Oscar the short movie “This Way Up” takes a look at the unfortunate series of events that unfold as the two main characters attempt to take a coffin to the grave yard. The story manages to combine the literal obstacles they encounter with the unravelling of their relationship.
The movie short “One Man Band” was first seen at the 29th Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France and came away with the platinum grand prize at the Future Film Festival in Italy. The film produced by Pixar in 2005 was also shown with the movie “Cars”. The film had some pedigree behind it being produced by Osnat Shurer head of short films at Pixar. The music for the movie was also composed by Michael Giacchino who worked on the feature films “The Incredibles”, “Up” and “Ratatouille”. Also recognizable to most people will be the character Scrat from the movie “Ice Age”. He stars in the movie short “No Time for Nuts” a computer animated production out of the 20th Century Fox studio. This short film can be found alongside the feature film “Ice Age: The Meltdown” on the DVD released. Taking a slightly different tack is the science fiction short movie based on “The Cathedral” a short story by Jacek Dukaj.
In 2002 Tomasz Bagiński took the award winning short story and turned it into an award winning short movie. It was nominated for an academy award in 2002, for best short animated film and won best animated short film in 2002 at Siggraph, San Antonio. Winning the 2009 Goya Award for best animated short “The Lady and The Reaper” is a 3D imaging short film produced by Kandor Graphics and the creation of Javier Recio Gracia. In addition to the Goya award this animated short was also nominated for an academy award in 2009. Just showing that sometimes the little guy can prevail “Oktapodi” was nominated for an Oscar for best short animated film at the 2007 academy awards.
The original movie began life as a student project at Gobelins L’Ecole de l’image in France and follows the fortunes and misfortunes of a pair of octopuses who fall in love. Hopefully not a glimpse of our future “Replay” is set in a world destroyed by some unknown cause and centres on two surviving siblings in an underground bunker. Outside conditions are grim and the air is polluted so they can only go out wearing breathing apparatus! The story takes a turn when one sibling makes a life changing discovery. This stunning animated short film illustrates that the medium of animation lends itself well to the serious, often darker issues of society. Whether the stories portrayed through short, animated movies are light-hearted or more serious in their content they all have the ability to entertain and stimulate the mind. Sometimes it’s not about the quantity but the quality so embraces the short animated movie and prepare to be amazed!