Oscar Shorts: Animation

Animation Rated: R 80 min

See the Oscar-nominated short films before the Academy Awards on March 12! Produced by ShortsTV for the past 16 years and the largest commercial release of short films on the planet, this special feature showcases Oscar-nominated short films in three categories on the big screen. The emotionally complex and moving animated selections this year come from Iran, France, Israel and the United States. Sean Ono Lennon concepted and helped produce “War Is Over!”, the short film inspired by his parents’ music (above). Napoleon Dynamite filmmakers Jared and Jerusha Hess directed “Ninety-Five Senses,” their first animated film, about the musings of a death-row inmate.

Note: This year’s program is not appropriate for children under 13. Topics include the Holocaust, inferred child sexual abuse, and violent battle scenes.

The nominees are:

Our Uniform – Yegane Moghaddam, 7 min., Iran (in Farsi; subtitles)

Letter to a Pig – Tal Kantor and Amit R. Gicelter, 17 min., France/Israel (in Hebrew; subtitles)

Pachyderm – Stéphanie Clément and Marc Rius, 11 min., France (in French; subtitles)

Ninety-Five Senses – Jerusha Hess and Jared Hess, 13 min., USA (in English)

War is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko – Dave Mullins and Brad Booker, 11 min., USA

Additional notable films included in the program:

Wild Summon – Karni Arieli and Saul Freed, 14 min., UK (in English, narrated by Marianne Faithfull)

I’m Hip – John Musker, 4 min., USA

Farsi, Hebrew, English (with English subtitles)
Iran, France/Israel, United States