These are a few of my favoourite animated shorts from recent years available on youtube. Several of thsee were nomimated for a 2013 Osccar. At turns impressive, moving, touching and sweet, there is nothing like celebrating Family Day by watching some cartoons! Although, it must be noted that animated shorts differ from what we normally think of as cartoons in a very distinct way. Notice the complete lack of verbal dialogue in these shorts. Communication and story is all delivered via the images, the environment, the music and sound effects, the movement of the characters, and perhaps some expressive noises. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and these shorts contain thousands of images rapidly flipping in succession. In my opinion the lack of verbal dialogue enhances the richness of the story-telling in these beautiful works of art. It leaves lots of space for imagination, interpretation and ambiguity, allowing the viewer to become a collaborator in making the story’s meaning. When the viewer is offered some space to engage in the re-telling of the story, it makes it all the more personal and affective. After watching these shorts, I was left totally in awe of the medium of animation… yet again.
Head over Heels (2013)
“La Luna” by Pixar
“In Sickness” – Winner World Gold Award 2011
ANIMATORS: Ian Van Heerden, Benito Kok, Johan Combrink, Chris Eloff, Peter Backeberg.
“The silence beneath the bark / le silence sous l’écorce”
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