Film : Two Adventures in Shorts

The nominees for the 84th Academy Awards were just announced and somewhere beneath the chatter of who swept and who got snubbed are a few handfuls of largely ignored shorts nominees.

Whatever it says about my attention span, I’m a big fan of the short film, but access can be problematic. Unless you’re a big film festival junkie, most of these shorts never surface elsewhere. When was the last time you watched the Oscars and had seen ANY of the shorts nominees? If your answer was never, this year you’re in luck.

As of this writing two of the films are available for free online viewing, both animated tales of adventure. Bookmark these dreamy little numbers for when you have a half hour to spare.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by Moonbot Studios:
If Willy Wonka had dabbled in books instead of chocolate, it might have looked something like this (with bits of Up and Wizard of Oz, which the filmmakers officially cite as an influence, thrown in for good measure). This imaginative world of flying books will deliver a little more Pop Goes the Weasel than you ever thought you’d enjoy in one sitting, but trust me it’s worth it.

Wild Life by Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby:

This tiny tall tale of the wild west follows an English chap trying to make a go of life on a ranch. Trouble is, he might not be tough enough for the new world. The film can be viewed here.

When you tune in to the Academy Awards action on Sunday, Feb. 26, or at least what everyone is saying about it on twitter, you can have a couple of shorts to rally around.

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