2018 Animated Oscar Shorts

83 mins.
Directed by various directors
NR
English and French with subtitles
2018

This year's animated Oscar-nominated shorts include stories about a basketball superstar, frogs that take over a house, a toy-stealing bully, and more. 

The program is recommended PG, except for the very end of GARDEN PARTY, which contains brief imagery of a corpse that could be upsetting to younger viewers.

Oscar-Nominated Shorts

DEAR BASKETBALL - dir. Glen Keane, USA, 7 minutes
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 - dir. Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro, France, 7 minutes
In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

LOU - dir. Dave Mullins, USA, 7 minutes
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 - Dir. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 6 minutes
Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge, ‘NEGATIVE SPACE’ is a short animated film that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.

REVOLTING RHYMES - Dir. Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, UK, 29 minutes
REVOLTING RHYMES interweaves Roald 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 and Gemma Chan. 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’).

Plus three additional shorts.