There came that moment when we got excited about make the predictions for the Oscars 2023 (HERE the full list of nominees). And of course, to enter all this in the best way, you have to take a look at the productions that compete in this 95th Academy Awards.
The point is that we were scratching the internet properly, and we found that some of the animated short films that are looking for the statuette this year are available to view at no cost. So we give you the information on how to see the shorts nominated here.
The Flying Sailor
Calgary Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis are the cheerleaders behind this great short called The Flying Sailor, which toured the film festival circuit last year with great acclaim. And it is not for less the nomination that she obtained for the Oscars.
The story, based on real life events, is set in the context of the First World War, exactly in the events of the Halifax Explosion, this in one of the busiest seaports in the Atlantic Ocean. On December 6, 1917, a ship carrying explosives and ammunition collided with another carrying food, killing approximately 2,000 people.
With those events as part of the plot, The Flying Sailor It shows us a sailor who is walking through the Halifax docks and witnesses the explosion of those ships. However, the detonation is so intense that it makes our protagonist fly through the air and it is at that moment when he begins to reflect on his existence; he sees his life go by. You can see it on YouTube here below.
My Year of Dicks
The title is quite curious and quite comical in a certain way, so much so that in the revelation of the Oscar nominations, the actor Riz Ahmedwho announced it, could not hold back his laughter.
The creator and writer of My Year of Dicks, Pamela Ribbon (who has already worked as a screenwriter in Moana Y Ralph Breaks the Internet), based this short film on his biographical book Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public. The direction belongs to the filmmaker Sara Gunnarsdóttir.
With a good tone of humor but without neglecting seriousness, this production tells the story of a teenager who, in the early 90’s, wants to lose her virginity and looks for the right guy for it in five prospects. Our protagonist goes through disappointments and a journey of self-discovery, offering a satire-filled critique of that social pressure that adolescents have to have sexual relations to feel fully fulfilled towards adulthood. Here we leave them:
joao gonzalez He is one of the most interesting animation directors of the moment. At only 27 years old, he has been appearing in the category and at film festivals for a long time with his different short films, being Ice Merchants one of his most acclaimed works. She already won an award at Cannes a few months ago, and now she’s looking for an Oscar.
As he has said, this new job is a watershed in his career because now, he has decided not to project part of his life onto the protagonists. Here, he decided to explore a story about family ties, without the need for dialogue, setting the pace in a seemingly simple, but very eye-catching animation.
In Ice Merchants, a father and his son parachute jump every day from the cliff where they live, this to sell the ice they produce in the nearby town. The plot may seem simple, but there is an emotional message about family connections, routines and nature In all this. Take a look here:
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse
charlie mackesy shouldered one of the most important literary successes of 2019 with his children’s novel The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse. And it didn’t take long for major studios to want to finance an animated adaptation.
A) Yes, Apple Studios and Bad Robot by JJ Abrams, joined the project of this short film that shows us a mole, a fox and a horse helping a child to get home. But beyond how literal that may sound, this is a moving journey between four unlikely friends about camaraderie, empathy and caring.
You can see The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse on AppleTV+ complete. Here the trailer.
An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It
This is one of the most curious and cool cases of the 2023 Oscar nominations in general. An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It (translated as ‘an ostrich told me the world is fake and I believe it’) is a short university film by Australian student lachlan pendragonwho with this production is seeking his doctorate at the Film School of Griffith University.
It was the same university that provided part of the financing to develop it, to the extent that the work has won recognition such as a Student Academy Award and the prize for Best Australian Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival of 2022. Now, he is looking for the Oscar and he does it with a very interesting stop-motion staging.
This is the story of an office worker who, at a rare moment in life, he discovers that his world is nothing more than an animated movie, all thanks to the bizarre intervention of an ostrich. And so, a very fun adventure begins that unfortunately, is not available to view anywhere at the moment. I hope they dare to project it on some platform or something. Check out the trailer.
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