2016 Oscar Nominated Short Films Live Action | Select Animation Reviews

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Terence Gavish


  • Ibochild 2 years ago
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    All Eight Nominated Films Are Good, Some Are Great, February 23, 2016
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    The first question people will undoubtedly ask is “Why aren’t all of the animated shorts included?” My guess is that this is probably due to some licensing issue, so this review will only reflect on the shorts included here. There’s no point in judging this collection based on what is not included.

    This collection includes all five of this year’s Oscar-nominated live action shorts and three out of five of the animated short nominees.

    Live Action Shorts

    “Ave Maria” is the lightest of the five dramatic shorts, but it uses comedy to reveal much about the political situation in the West Bank.

    “Day One” tells the story of an interpreter for the US Army in her first day in Afghanistan. The subject matter is very intense with one scene in particular that is very difficult to watch.

    “Everything Will Be Okay” involves a divorced father spending time with his daughter. What starts out as a very normal visitation, slowly takes an unusual turn.

    “Shok” follows the relationship of two boys during the Kosovo War. One boy is Albanian and the other is Serbian. This film arguably has the biggest emotional punch of the films in this category.

    “Stutterer” as you can imagine involves a man who stutters. Although, I could predict the ending about half of the way through, this did little to lessen its emotional impact.

    Before I had seen these shorts, my expectations were admittedly low. However, after seeing them, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s hard to pick a favorite of the five, but “Day One” was arguably the most effective in telling its story. However, one gets the feeling that “Shok” will grow on me after repeated viewings.

    Animated Shorts

    “Bear Story” is the most visually appealing of the three included animated shorts. It is also the most kid friendly of the three.

    “Prologue” is well animated using a more traditional ink drawing style. However, the imagery is very violent and can be disturbing for even adults. Needless to say, this short is definitely not for small children.

    “World of Tomorrow” is about a little girl who takes a trip into the future. While the animation is somewhat minimalist, the story is very complex.

    All three of the included animated shorts were well done. Perhaps the best of the three (and arguably the best of all of the nominees) was “World of Tomorrow.” It is far removed from the slick look of Disney and Pixar animation, but in many respects showed more imagination in its use of visuals.

    The two Oscar nominated animated shorts that were not included in this collection are “Sanjay’s Super Team” and “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos.” While I appreciated the message of Pixar’s “Sanjay’s Super Team,” I didn’t feel it went far enough. I thought the Russian short, “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” was more fully realized. Also, it’s worth mentioning that none of the four highly regarded animated shorts that were not Oscar nominated (but included in the theatrical release) are present in this collection as well.

    Overall, this collection of eight Oscar nominated shorts is worthy of consideration. While there are no duds in this collection, some of the films were clearly stronger than others.

    TECHNICAL NOTE: As of this writing (2/24/2016), subtitles are only available on your web browser via Closed Captioning. I’ve contacted customer support and they are working with the content provider to fix the problem.

    (2/26/2016): Subtitle issue resolved.

    (2/28/2016): This year includes the Oscar winning animated short film, “Bear Story.”


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  • ShortsHD 2 years ago
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    Working To Resolve The Issue, February 24, 2016

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for making us aware of the issue. The films do include subtitles and we have been in touch with Amazon regarding the issue. Their team has been working to quickly resolve so that the subtitles can be seen on FireTV. Apologies for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience.

    The ShortsHD Team


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