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 Posted:   Feb 19, 2019 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

There was nothing special in the animated shorts this year. The funniest, and my favorite, was "Animal Behavior", but it's a bit risque for general audiences. I'd seen the Pixar short, "Bao", before. It's not one of their best. The memory piece "Late Afternoon" was a slow 9 minutes for a brief payoff at the end. I admit to dozing off during the 15-minute "Weekends." I can see the Academy going with the kid-friendly, girl-power "One Small Step," which has an emotional tug at the end.



Altogether a mostly-uninspiring field, no real winners in all areas of story plus execution plus art plus whatever.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2019 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

An anonymous director wrote an article for the Hollywood Reporter on what his Oscar votes were and why. Here's what he said on...

Best Animated Short

I personally have a rule that applies to all the shorts categories: I'm not going to vote for anything that is supported in any way by a corporation like Netflix or Amazon or Pixar, because these are supposed to be categories to help little people break through and finally succeed. Even if it's not financed and is just distributed by one of them, they have money to campaign in a way that gives them an unfair advantage. So I will not vote for [Pixar's] Bao because there's just too much fucking money behind it, and the only reason they made it was to win an Academy Award. My problem with this category is Bao is the best of them, and I didn't like any of the other four, so in this category I’m passing.

My Vote: I abstain.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/brutally-honest-oscar-ballot-roma-just-an-expensive-home-movie-1187668/item/best-animated-short-brutally-honest-oscars-ballot-19-1187873

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2019 - 5:27 AM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

Pretty simple stories, albeit nicely told, from Bao and Animal Behavior (so far as I've seen), even if the latter could be seen as a treatise signifying toxic masculinity as a mental illness. Although disqualified, I rather liked the Pixar/Sparkshorts release of Kitbull more.

  • An anonymous director wrote an article for the Hollywood Reporter on what his Oscar votes were and why. Here's what he said on...

    Best Animated Short

    I personally have a rule that applies to all the shorts categories: I'm not going to vote for anything that is supported in any way by a corporation like Netflix or Amazon or Pixar, because these are supposed to be categories to help little people break through and finally succeed. Even if it's not financed and is just distributed by one of them, they have money to campaign in a way that gives them an unfair advantage. So I will not vote for [Pixar's] Bao because there's just too much fucking money behind it, and the only reason they made it was to win an Academy Award. My problem with this category is Bao is the best of them, and I didn't like any of the other four, so in this category I’m passing.

    My Vote: I abstain.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/brutally-honest-oscar-ballot-roma-just-an-expensive-home-movie-1187668/item/best-animated-short-brutally-honest-oscars-ballot-19-1187873


    I'm calling it: Uwe Boll said this. Re: the bold portion... he's not wrong. It's why Uncle Walt's hyperbolic chamber was smelted and forged from all of his Oscar trophies.

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     Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

    Naturally, the winner was BAO. What are you gonna do.

     
     Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 9:55 AM   
     By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

  • Naturally, the winner was BAO. What are you gonna do.

    Shrug very violently?

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     Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 7:22 PM   
     By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

    Naturally, the winner was BAO. What are you gonna do.

    Pixar again?

    Brother.

     
     Posted:   Feb 28, 2019 - 7:11 PM   
     By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

    Did anybody else, when watching BAO, get weirded out when the mother put the dumpling in her mouth. And did it twice?

     
     
     Posted:   Feb 28, 2019 - 11:04 PM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

    Did anybody else, when watching BAO, get weirded out when the mother put the dumpling in her mouth. And did it twice?


    Left a bad taste.

     
     Posted:   Mar 2, 2019 - 5:45 PM   
     By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

    Did anybody else, when watching BAO, get weirded out when the mother put the dumpling in her mouth. And did it twice?


    Left a bad taste.


    Clever answer!

     
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