My pick for the winner of Animated Short goes to:
I think it was clever, well animated and a great re-imagination of old fairy tales.
This category was known as “Short Subjects, Cartoons” from 1932 until 1970, and as “Short Subjects, Animated Films” from 1971 to 1973. The present title began with the 1974 awards. Walt Disney won ten out of the first eleven Oscars in this category. In 1931, the first Oscar for “Short Subject, Cartoon” went to Walt Disney’s Flowers and Trees:
There are five Animated Shorts nominated this year and they are as follows (click on their name for their individual blogs):
Oscars page for the Animated Shorts has some great takes and trailers.
The criteria per the Oscar.org site for Animated Short is as follows:
A. A short film is defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.
B. This excludes from consideration such works as:
1. previews and advertising films
2. sequences from feature-length films, such as credit sequences
3. unaired episodes of established TV series
4. unsold TV series pilots
An award shall be given for the best achievement in each of two categories.
A. Animated Short Film: An animated film is defined as a motion picture in which movement and characters’ performances are
created using a frame-by-frame technique, and usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation: narrative or abstract. Some of the techniques of animating films include but are not limited to hand-drawn animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cutout animation, pinscreen, camera multiple pass imagery, kaleidoscopic effects created frame-by-frame, and drawing on the film frame itself. Motion capture and real -time puppetry are not by themselves animation techniques. An animated short film has a running time of 40 minutes or less. An animated feature film has a running time of more than 40 minutes. In an animated film, animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time. In addition, a narrative animated film must have a significant number of the major characters animated. If the picture is created in a cinematic style that could be mistaken for live action, the filmmaker(s) must also submit information supporting how and why the picture is substantially a work of animation rather than live action. Documentary short subjects that are animated may be submitted in either the Animated Short Film category or the Documentary Short Subject category, but not both.
B. Live Action Short Film: A live action film uses imagery created primarily through practical photographic techniques used to capture physical actors, props, sets, and locations. Documentary short subjects will not be accepted in the live action category. If the picture is created in the cinematic style of a documentary, the filmmaker(s) must also submit information supporting how and why the picture is
substantially a work of fiction rather than a documentary.