Jeremy Fassler Ranks the Oscar-Winning Animated Shorts

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 3:24 pm

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It was a delight to read Jeremy Fassler’s ranking of all of the Oscar-winning animated shorts for New York Magazine’s Vulture. From Disney’s “Three Little Pigs” (which introduced the song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”) at #12 to the Hubleys’ “Moonbird” (#30), Herb Alpert songs (#59), and “The Hole” (#7) (John Hubley also worked on #4, “Gerald McBoing-Boing”) and Nick Parks’ “A Close Shave” (#43) and “The Wrong Trousers” (#1), from powerhouses like Tom and Jerry and Disney to one-offs like the Polish director who ended up in jail with his Oscar after he misplaced his ticket and got into an altercation with the security guard who would not let him back into the theater, it is an entertaining and insightful look at some of the greatest animated talents of all time.

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Wes Anderson’s Animated Short About the Books in “Moonrise Kingdom”

Posted on June 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

My favorite part of Moonrise Kingdom was the books.  Wes Anderson’s props are often more appealing than his characters (I still long for that luggage from Darjeeling Limited).  “Moonrise Kingdom” is set in 1965 and one of its lead 12-year-old characters brings library books with her when she runs away from home.  Those books are all created by Anderson with six different graphic designers commissioned to create book jackets for books that look and sound as though they could have been written in the 1960’s — and that will make you wish they had been, so you could look for vintage copies on Ebay.  Anderson has created an enchanting animated short featuring these books that is utterly captivating.

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