The Oscar Short-List

Tweety made the cut! So did Pixar, William Joyce, Wendy Tilby and the NFB. Here’s the official short-list of the ten qualified animated shorts that will be whittled down to five final nominees for this year’s Academy Award. Congratulations – and best of luck – to all!

A Morning Stroll
A Morning Stroll by Grant Orchard (Studio AKA)
Read Cartoon Brew’s post about A Morning Stroll.



Dimanche / Sunday by Patrick Doyon (NFB)



I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat by Matt O’Callaghan (Warner Bros.)



La Luna by Enrico Casarosa (Pixar)
Read Cartoon Brew’s coverage of La Luna.



Luminaris by Juan Pablo Zaramella (JPZaramella Studios)
Read Cartoon Brew’s coverage of Juan Pablo Zaramella.



Paths of Hate by Damien Nenow (Platige Image) Poland
Read Cartoon Brew’s post about Paths of Hate.



Specky Four-Eyes by Jean Claude Rozec (Vivement Lundi)



The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg (Moonbot Studios)
Read Cartoon Brew’s post about The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.



The Magic Piano by Martin Clapp (BreakThru Films) Poland



Wild Life by Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby (NFB)
Read Cartoon Brew’s post about Wild Life.

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2012.


  • ajnrules

    Great. I’ve seen zero of them. I’ve got my work cut out for me. Thanks for the list. I’ve been waiting for it for weeks!

  • http://closetshipper.deviantart.com Sev

    Only in today’s world would any of these be considered Award-worthy (especially the the I Taw a Putty Tat thing. I can’t even call that a film, it’d be too much of a compliment).

    • GhaleonQ

      If you saw the longlist, you’d be glad they pulled some of merit out of it. Let’s hope the Academy gets back on track after last year’s sad win.

  • Tom

    Seen a few of these, and I loved Paths of Hate. Also wouldn’t mind Luminaris taking the gold. Wild Life was also good, but not quite as memorable. La Luna is, in my opinion, one of of Pixar’s weakest shorts.

    Didn’t like The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris.

  • hannah

    My money’s on Morris Lessmore

  • http://enigmation.de slowtiger

    I just compared this with your own 45 screenshots in the last article. I’ve seen only 4 complete films and excerpts of another 4, but it seems to me that only proven visuals were chosen, nothing too offbeat or experimental, and also nothing too disturbing storywise. Neither David O’Reilly nor Matthias Bruhn made it.

    Oh well, it’s the academy. Don’t expect anything than mainstream.

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    “Paths of Hate” seemed like an obvious choice to include, but I’ve read a lot of good things about “Specky Four-Eyes” over the past few months.

  • http://cjdoodles.blogspot.com/?zx=3959afd8e11d60b CJ

    Stop motion I see! Major yay! Love the variety of the films here. :) Visually PIXAR’s doesn’t look that interesting in terms of character design. But maybe they will surprise me with the story. As long as the concept and story shows strongly, normally I can overlook visual blandness.

  • Lucymarie

    Can someone please tell me how I can access these movies?

    Also, I’m still trying to find the film “A Cat in Paris”. Any suggestions on where I might find it (in English) would be greatly appreciated.

    • ajnrules

      At this moment in time, “The Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is readily available on iTunes for $1.99. “I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat” is playing everywhere in front of Happy Feet Two. And Cartoon Brew is hosting an advance showing of “La Luna” at Animation Breakdown in LA tomorrow six months before it will debut before Pixar’s Brave.

      As for everything else, I’m guessing right now they’re still running the festival circuit, and will slowly appear online or something within the coming months. I assume Shorts International will sponsor the showing of all the nominees come next spring.

  • Celia

    I’ve seen only half of these. None of them really do it for me, but if I had to pick one, it would be Amanda and Wendy’s new film.

    I really want to see A Morning Stroll. Anyone know where to see it?

  • Seth

    Am I the only one who didn’t like Paths of Hate? Besides the rendering graphics that made the film look like the video game Borderlands, the film itself was in my opinion pretty bad. The story stretched forever and the screening I went to everyone kept checking their watches and cell phones wondering when it’d be over.

    at the risk of sounding like a hater, I hope it along with several other films (including Pixar’s short) don’t get selected because it would just be encouraging bad films. Standards need to go up IMO.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariville Ariel

    Completely biased opinion here… but I hope a fellow Canadian wins this one.

    The NFB’s “Dimanche” and “Wild Life” are simply gorgeous films. The latter film is beautifully animated in a “painterly” style that blew my breath away.

    They’re all good films though. Congrats to all!

    • J.M.Urbina

      As gorgeous as they are, they look like typical NFB films, the painty and sketchy style and plympton like camera moves *(specially on wildlife) have me a bit tired personally.

      Zaramella’s short however looks like something fresh and new.