The Oscars are just round the corner and we can’t help but speculate who will bag the award for the.Best Animated Short Film this year. This year’s nominations are majorly focused on one or the.other aspect of a parent-child relationship baring one, Animal Behaviour, by Alison Snowden & David Fine.

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ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

Their previous collaboration, Bob’s Birthday had won them the Academy Award in the same category. This time they are back with an anthropomorphic comedy.
In Animal Behaviour,.five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by a canine psychotherapist, Dr Clement. The group includes a leech who suffers from separation anxiety,.a praying mantis who can’t seem to keep a man, a pig with an eating disorder,.a bird with a murky past and an obsessive compulsive cat. It shows how the group dynamics are.rattled when an ape in denial with major anger issues enters the session.
This short is a funny one but is more inclined towards the darker side of comedy. Above all, Animal Behaviour feels like a breath of fresh air amongst all the other parent themed shorts that are nominated.

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BAO

Moving forward, Pixar is back with their short named Bao by Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb. It’s about a lonely Chinese mother suffering from empty nest syndrome who is thrilled to become a parent again when one of her homemade dumplings comes to life. As Dumpling grows,.however, the inevitable conflicts between parent and child arise and Mom must acknowledge that no one stays little forever.
The short reminds us of a previous word by Pixar, the opening sequence of their movie Up! Bao was premiered before The Incredibles 2 and it left many people in tears.

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ONE SMALL STEP

One Small Step by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas is a story that shows the bond between a single father and his daughter. Bolstered by the unwavering support of her devoted father, a humble cobbler, Luna Chu grows up determined to become an astronaut. Although she is sometimes daunted by the obstacles she faces, Luna always shoots for the stars. The Disney DNA of the project is present in more than just its style. Taiko Studios is the brainchild of Shaofu Zhang, who worked at Disney for years and has credits on Big Hero 6, Moana, and Zootopia among other projects.

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WEEKENDS

Weekends is a gorgeously delicate 2D animation composed over a hand-drawn charcoal background. Set against the backdrop of 1980’s Toronto, Jimenez tells a deeply personal tale, with vivid details of his own childhood, as he explores what it was like to grow up in a fractured family. After his parents split up, a young boy must adjust to living with his mother during the week and his father during the weekend. Their new routine is difficult on all of the family members, but is especially confusing to the youngster as his parents move on with their lives without each other.

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LATE AFTERNOON

Louise Bagnall’s film distinguishes itself not with high drama or its extraordinary visual, but by pairing the subject down to a few essential emotions. It’s a mature work, confidently quiet and genuine to the core. The story is fragmented, yet easy to follow. Emily, an elderly lady with dementia, is increasingly alienated from the world around her. Whenever she sees her reflection, Emily wanders through memories of her childhood and young adulthood, and thereby attempts to use her past to reconnect with the present.

Which one is your favourite and which one do you think will win? Let us know here!
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