2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated

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The Coolidge is proud to present the Oscar Shorts showcasing the 2018 nominees in the Animation category.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018 program offers viewers the rare opportunity to experience the year’s best short films from across the globe, collected together in this special cinematic showcase courtesy of Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures. The 90th Academy Awards take place Sunday, March 4. 

Dear Basketball - dir. Glen Keane, USA, 5 minutes

Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant’s NBA retirement announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Narrated by Bryant, the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages with its universal message about love and loss.

Garden Party - dirs. Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Navarro, France, 7 Minutes

In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

Lou - dir. Dave Mullins, USA, 7 minutes

When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

Negative Space - dirs. Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata, France, 6 minutes

My dad taught me how to pack.

Revolting Rhymes - dirs. Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer, UK, 29 minutes

Revolting Rhymes interweaves Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake. The animation was created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town.

Lost Property Office (additional film) - dir. Daniel Agdag, Australia, 10 minutes

Weeds (additional film) – details TBD

Achoo (additional film) – details TBD

"The funniest animated short may be “Garden Party,” a gorgeously rendered digital tale of backyard amphibians taking over the aftermath of what looks like the pool party to end all pool parties; a ghoulish final twist only moderately spoils the fun. The most touching short is “Negative Space,” a handmade stop-motion adaptation of a poem by Ron Koertge about a son and father bonding through a perfectly packed suitcase." — Ty Burr, The Boston Globe