March 7, 2010

Granny O'Grimm's Sleepying Beauty

Yesterday we went to a showing of the Oscar-nominated shorts, both animated and live-action (plus a few bonus animated shorts).  Don't worry, I won't make all twelve posts today, just two or three a day.  Today I'll post my personal favorites in each category.  It's surprisingly easy to pick favorites; most of them are of a reasonbly good quality, but only a couple are what I'd expect from Oscar-nominated films.  It was a pretty fun experience to see them (and adds another level of interest to watching the Oscars today), although it was also kind of crappy since the theater played a DVD instead of film - not some sort of "hi-def" digital projection, but an actual DVD.  Pretty much an unforgivably horrible thing to do on a big screen.

Surprisingly, for animated short I won't be rooting for Wallace and Grommit.

Title: "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty"
Year: 2008
Length: 6 minutes
Director: Nicky Phelan
Writer: Kathleen O'Rourke
Starring: Kathleen O'Rourke
Music: Gregory Magee
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short (2010)

My reaction
Synopsis: a creepy old lady gets carried away with her granddaughter's bedtime story
How I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Good.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Good.  A reasonably clever combination of 3D and 2D.
Acting: Great.
Music: Good. I don't remember the score at all, but Granny's lullaby is great.
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites). Hilarious. It's the only film in either of the categories that I loved. It's also the only animated short that made me laugh (and they're all supposed to be funny).
Objective Rating: 3.5/4 (Very good) 3.6/4 (Great).

1 comment:

  1. You are our very favourite commentator.
    We saw it just now- great omen and will remember you kindly whatever the result!!!!!! happy day