The wonderful thing about this generation is the availability of nominees in the Best Animated Short category. It does take a little searching around, but each title was found online for free. The five nominees are an eclectic group. Check them out below.
Nominees Michael Capbarat and Michelle Sharafian
Watch on Disney+
A bunny plans to burrow out his dream home, but his anxiety of the surrounding animals leads him further down the rabbit hole.
At just six minutes, Burrow is the shortest of the five nominees, but it is also the most traditionally enjoyable. Everything is cute, a clear messages is sent and you leave with a smile on your face. Slight in comparison to other heavier entries, but a welcome respite from the seriousness that this category has turned into.
Nominees Adrien Merigeau and Amaury Ovise
Watch on YouTube
A woman observes the chaos the world presents as she ventures out of her apartment.
The most abstract of the nominees, but also one of the most visually striking. Chaos is the overarching theme, but it is not viewed as a negative, more of a fact of life. What is viewed can never been taken as truth when three leering men turn into a bull or a friend turns into a tree. There is a hidden message about mental illness in there as well, but it was lost on me initially. Worth a rewatch or two.
If Anything Happens I Love You
Nominees Michael Govier and Will McCormack
Watch on Netflix
A couple is tested following the death of their daughter in a school shooting.
The heavy material and timely subject makes quite the impact. A powerfully delivered view of grief, though I had some small, nitpicky issues with it. Many will be affected by it and it shows how people can’t just move on from something a horrible as the death of a child.
Nominee Eric Oh
Watch on Twitter
Humanity progresses from the top of the pyramid to the depths.
Presented in a non-narrative, Opera begins at the peak of a pyramid with a myriad of small, stick-like people doing a number of tasks and the camera descends on the pyramid at the various things the figures do and the madness it all descends into. There is so much happening, it is difficult to keep track of, but then you could just watch it again, since it is designed to be watched on a loop. I cannot imagine the time and effort put in. Has lots to say about religion and war, among many other ideas.
Nominees Anar Gunnarsson and Gisli Dari Halldorsson
Watch on Twitter
A group of people in an apartment face a number of problems in a day.
The most baffling of the nominees, Yes-People does not feature any big themes, memorable imagery or hilarious gags. It’s just a group of people and their mildly amusing day. The day goes on and the day ends. There isn’t much else to say.