Watch Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Me and My Moulton’ Online—For 48 Hours

The National Film Board of Canada premiered its Oscar-shortlisted and Annie-nominated film Me and My Moulton on the Internet this afternoon. The catch is that the film will only be available to view for 48 hours.

Torill Kove, the Norwegian director of the film, has had more success at the Oscars than any other animation director contending this year. Her short The Danish Poet won the Oscar in 2006, and another short, My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts, was nominated in 1999.

Below you can watch a never-before-seen piece of animation by Kove called 5 Sure Signs Your Parents Were Architects that expands on Me and My Moulton with a new scene. On December 17, the NFB will debut a second new scene by Kove that further expands the film’s story.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm. A rather unimpressive short, both animation-wise and storytelling-wise. I wouldn’t call it bad, just bland and indifferent. The themes present are incredibly conventional and outdated even for a story centered around a white middle class family. I found myself unable to invest in the main character and her “struggles”. I get that kids at a certain age don’t want to stand out and fear stigmatization for being different but the protagonist comes off as ungrateful and selfish since her parents are shown to be very loving and supportive despite their mild eccentricities. And the ending with the somewhat acceptance of her different family felt rushed and artificial.

    I’ve watched 5/10 shortlisted shorts (Moulton, Feast, Duet, Dam Keeper, Numberlys), and they were all pretty unremarkable, safe, and predictable. It’s like animation even in its less mainstream form feels restricted to the Hollywood family-friendly mentality, perpetually regurgitating the same overworn, familiar stories and themes. Disappointing.

  • Lori

    What a great film! Charming and dry.

  • Robert Holmén

    It resembles a typical segment from (the NPR radio program) “This American Life” but with pictures added.

    Fun fact: Academy rules do not permit films to identify themselves as “shortlisted” except on the occasion where they appear on a program of other shortlisted films.