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Oscar-nominated animation shorts! Three days and evenings at the Guild Cinema.

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The 86th Academy Awards air on March 2, and the Guild Cinema has (and is) screening all the nominees for shorts. Only clips are ever shown during the awards ceremony (if at all, depending on the nominee), so this is your chance to see all the films. Just completed at the Guild was the screening of Live Action and then Documentary shorts. Beginning this afternoon, 3 days and evenings of Animation shorts are screening at 3.45 pm, 6 pm and 8:15 pm through March 2.

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“Get A Horse!” (6-minutes, US) nods to the past glory of Walt Disney animation. Directed by Lauren MacMullen, this film blends old and new animation techniques resulting in an astonishly retro yet contemporary piece. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are on a haywagon ride with their friends. Mickey loses track of Minnie and now his only goal is to find her again. Mickey’s role is voiced (using archived sound) by none other than Walt Disney himself. The trailer shows a bit of the story.

From Luxembourg and France comes Laurent Witz’s 11-minute short “Mr. Hublot.” Characters in this strange world are made in part by scraps of salvaged mechanical parts. Mr. Hublot, rather neurotic, prefers to stay indoors. One day, though, the dog Robot Pet enters his life. Mr. Hublot’s life is never the same. Here’s a very short teaser that gives you a glimpse of the animation style.

Daniel Sousa (U.S.) directs the 13-minute short, “Feral.” When a hunter discovers a wild boy in the woods, he brings him to the civilized world. This is a new and scary place for the boy, and he responds as he would have in the woods. The dreamy impressionistic style of animation is stunningly beautiful. After you watch this trailer, you will want to see the entire film.

“Possessions” (Japan) is directed by Shuhei Morita. It takes place in the 18th century and tells the story of a man who is lost. He enters a shrine and damaged umbrellas, kimonos, and other things appear. He takes it upon himself to fix them. This unusual 14-minute story is colorfully told. Here is a tiny segment of the film.

“Room on the Broom” (UK) is the longest of these animated shorts, 30 minutes. Directed by Jan Lachauer and Max Lang, this film is the story of a witch and her friends she invites on the broom - a frog, a bird and a dog - much to the chagrin of her loyal cat. This whimsical story of friendship is based on a children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This clip shows main characters, voiced by familiar actors like Gillian Anderson and Simon Pegg.

Screenings are at the Guild Cinema at 3405 Central Avenue NE. Check out their website for prices and more information or call them at (505) 255-1848. Again, these animated pieces will screen on Feb 28 through March 2 at 3.45 pm, 6 pm and 8:15 pm.

Sources: IMDb website, Guild Cinema website


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