Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts
Tue-Sat February 20-24, 7:30 PM; Sun February 25, 2:00 PM; Sat March 3, 7:30 PM
Note to parents: consider the animated shorts program to be rated PG. Most of the shorts would be G rated, but the very end of GARDEN PARTY has some disturbing imagery of a corpse that could be upsetting to younger viewers. Kids eight and over should be fine.
DEAR BASKETBALL USA/5MINS/2017
Director: Glen Keane
Producers: Kobe Bryant, Gennie Rim, Andrea Fairchild, Molly Carter, Dan Goodman and William H. Masterson III
Synopsis: Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant’s NBA retirement announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Narrated by Bryant, the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages with its universal message about love and loss.
GARDEN PARTY FRANCE/7MINS/2016
Directors: Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro
Synopsis: In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.
Director: Dave Mullins
Producer: Dana Murray
Synopsis: When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
NEGATIVE SPACE FRANCE/6MINS/2017
Directors: Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
Producer: IKKI FILMS, MANUEL CAM STUDIO, IKKI INC.
Synopsis: My dad taught me how to pack.
REVOLTING RHYMES UK/29MINS/2016
Directors: Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer
Producers: Martin Pope and Michael Rose
Synopsis: REVOLTING RHYMES interweaves Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, REVOLTING RHYMES was directed by Oscar nominees Jakob Schuh (“THE GRUFFALO”) and Jan Lachauer (“ROOM ON THE BROOM”), co-directed by Bin-Han To and produced by Magic Light Pictures’ Martin Pope and Michael Rose (“THE GRUFFALO,” “ROOM ON THE BROOM,” “CHICO AND RITA”). The animation was created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town.