The Oscar Short Films: Mini-Reviews and Where to Watch Them

This year, I’m going to try to watch all the short films nominated for Oscars. Some are available online for free (and legal), some are available for $1.99 on iTunes, and some seem to be missing completely from the Internet. Bad on those nominees– it would have been easy money and publicity. I haven’t seen them all, but I’ll update this as/when I do.

Animated Shorts:

  • Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death— I haven’t seen it yet, because it’s the longest (almost 30 minutes). But it’s Wallace and Gromit, so it’s most likely the best of the lot. They’ve already won three Oscars, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was their fourth. Available on iTunes.
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty— an old grandmother re-tells the story of Sleeping Beauty, from the perspective of the old fairy that nobody loves. This one starts out mildly depressing and ends up creepy. Available on YouTube.
  • Logorama— this one is really inventive, subversive. I’m not sure what the message is, but it’s something about corporate/consumer culture, I’m sure. Available on iTunes.
  • The Lady and the Reaper— an epic battle between a doctor and the grim reaper for the life of an old lady. It’s heartbreaking, but fast and funny. Available on iTunes.
  • French Roast — it’s quirky and fun story about a man in a French cafe who realizes he lost his wallet. I like the way the camera work is in two dimensions, but the animation is in three. Available on YouTube.

Live Action Shorts:

  • Kavi– can’t find it online
  • Miracle Fish– can’t find it online
  • The Door– on iTunes
  • The New Tenants– on iTunes
  • Instead of Abracadabra– on iTunes

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