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Oscars 2013: Best Animated Short

  

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Attica wrote:

: Paperman was stunning, do doubt. I still have to go with Adam and Dog though. It's an incredible film.

Definitely. Paperman is masterfully executed, but it's also a little too "cute", a little too formulaic, a little too typically Disney-Pixar-ish. Adam and Dog, on the other hand, is a lasting, lingering work of art.


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Attica wrote:

: Paperman was stunning, do doubt. I still have to go with Adam and Dog though. It's an incredible film.

Definitely. Paperman is masterfully executed, but it's also a little too "cute", a little too formulaic, a little too typically Disney-Pixar-ish. Adam and Dog, on the other hand, is a lasting, lingering work of art.

I have the same feelings about these two films. Paperman was the most immediately joyful, Adam and Dog the most thought-provoking and colorful (literally).

How does the Academy usually vote on animated shorts? Are the votes predictable -- do they always go for the best-known animators, etc. -- or is it a wild-card, toss-up choice every year? I'm not thinking of compare/contrasts with other animated-film awards, just what someone looking at the Oscar nominees alone might expect.

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Paperman wins

Worst upset of the night, while Paperman was a cute, and nostalgic little film (think The Artist) to the "good old days" of Hollywood, Adam and Dog was a subversive, powerfully told story of a dog's unending loyalty to his master, and in perhaps one of the most beautiful metaphors I've ever seen, God's love to us...and it is my most favorite film of last year.


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