Oscar Contenders

Oscar 2014: Previews for the 10 Animated Short Film Contenders

Mickey Mouse competes among the ten selected titles

2014 Oscar contending animated short films
A scene from Room on the Broom
Photo: Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Today the Academy announced the shortlist of ten animated short films that will be competing for nominations at the 2014 Oscars and I have gone ahead and found trailers/previews for seven of them, the complete short film for one of them and pictures for the two that didn't seem to have any video preview online as of yet.

The Academy's Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all 56 eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in New York and Los Angeles and now the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles previewed below.

The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT.

Check out the titles contending for this year's race over the next couple of pages.

Feral
Directed by Daniel Sousa

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

Get a Horse!
Directed by Lauren MacMullan
Get a Horse!
Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney Animation Studios' never-before-seen short "Get a Horse!" stars the one and only Mickey Mouse and features Walt Disney himself as the voice of the iconic character. This black-and-white, hand-drawn short follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow as they delight in a musical wagon ride -- until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road.

Gloria Victoria
Directed by Theodore Ushev

In this finale to his acclaimed twentieth-century trilogy, Theodore Ushev continues to brilliantly draw from his graphic design background, referencing Russian constructivist elements to imbue this 3D animation with potent and thrilling energy. The "Invasion" theme from Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 forms the backdrop to an explosive collage of the visual connections between art and war.

Hollow Land
Directed by Uri Kranot and Michelle Kranot

With their old bathtub in tow, a displaced couple arrives in a new land, where all is not as they expected it to be. Awaiting the birth of their first child, and in their effort to adjust to an oddly oppressive environment, they are challenged by cultural/gender roles and customs. Hollow Land is a brilliant animated film that captures the disruptions, and corrosive anxieties that are part of daily life for so many immigrants, refugees and misfits around the world. Asburd, dark and awkardly playful; it is an insightful story about humans.

The Missing Scarf
Directed by Eoin Duffy

Narrated by George Takei, The Missing Scarf is a black comedy exploring some of life's common fears: fear of the unknown, of failure, rejection and finally the fear of death. All delivered under the misleading tone of a child's storybook reading.

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  • http://cineenuruguay.com/ Driver

    Subconscious Password looks like some looney fun.

  • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

    I'm surprised Woody (http://woodyshortfilm.com/) didn't make the cut. Also the Chipolte "ad" Scarecrow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUtnas5ScSE) was surprisingly amazing. This category never ceases to confuse me.

  • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

    I'm also curious why "Get a Horse" is a contender if it was made so long ago. Can you shed any light on why that is?

    • Shane O’Neal

      It's actually a new short that's made to look like the classic Disney shorts, I believe.

      • RBBrittain

        Correct; it'll hit theaters with Frozen on Nov. 27. Though most of Mickey's lines are Walt Disney himself (recycled from old shorts), the short itself is brand-new (its classic-Mickey characters seamlessly jump from the old-school look to CGI).

        The shocker is Pixar's short paired with Monsters University, "The Blue Umbrella", didn't even make the list of 10.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/juanperezcarlos/ Carlos

    Sometimes these shorts have better themes and stories than the actual movies, so I'm always excited for this field.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    I kinda wish Don Hertzfeldt had a film this year so that I could say he deserves to win. I'm gonna check all these out later.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    Get a Horse and Requiem for Romance are locks-one is Disney and the other is spectacular. Room on the Broom is also likely based on the talent behind it. Gloria Victoria is also likely based on its message. As for the final spot, it usually goes to something a bit wacky. While I liked Subconscious Password, it seems a bit too out there, so I'm going with The Missing Scarf

  • Edwin Schaap

    Cool, which one can be found online already? And isnt it so that an oscar qualifying film may not be online yet? Thanks!