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OSCAR ANIMATIONS - 3

Four more Academy Award winning short animations.


House On Little Cubes by Kunio Katô (2008) (Japan) (12m) *

House On Little Cubes (Tsumiki No Ie) by Kunio Kato won the Oscar in 2009. As his town floods, an old man is forced to add levels onto his home in order to stay dry. But when he drops his favorite pipe into the watery levels below, his scuba-diving search prompts him to relive scenes from his life. It is a bit of a weepy (OK, it's a huge weepy) and could be considered the animated version of The Last 3 Minutes.

House on Little Cubes

Ryan by Chris Landreth (2004) (Canada) (14m)

Ryan by Chris Landreth won the Academy Award in 2005. It is a strange mix of animation and documentary, and introduces Ryan Larkin, a pioneering Canadian animator of the 1960s who, after succumbing to addiction, was reduced to begging on the streets by the time this film was made. Supported by the Canadian Film Board, Landreth interviews his compatriot to gain an insight into a troubled genius as well as understand the process that led to his downfall.

Ryan

Chubbchubbs

The Chubbchubbs! by Eric Armstrong (2002) (US) (5m)

Written by Jeff Wolverton and directed by Eric Armstrong, The Chubbchubbs! was the first short animation film produced by Sony PIctures Imageworks (SPI) and won the makers the Best Short Animation Oscar in 2003. It helped positiion SPI as both a special effects company and an animation studio (now Sony Pictures Animation) but its feature films, inlcuding the Open Season series have failed to dent the dominance of Pixar and Dreamworks.





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