Mr. Hublot, the little film from directors Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, is one of three more forward thinking movies in the Animated Short category this year. The movie’s eponymous hero is a shut-in with OCD, living contently in his tiny apartment, spending his days tending is flower box, doing his work, and straightening his furniture. One dreary day, though, his sympathy gets the better of his agoraphobia and he rescues a stray dog from certain death. The rest of film follows the curious question of what will get the better of Hublot in this interesting situation – will he accept the chaos of this constantly growing creature in his life or will his tendencies get the better of him? The film isn’t necessarily engineered for the animation treatment – it could just as easily have made a charming live-action film – but Witz and Espigares turn Hublot’s world into a steampunk wonderland that gives the story an added dimension of allure. Everything from the dog to the flowers is made of metal-mechanical curiosities, and even Hublot himself has little number dials that spin furiously on his forehead when he thinks and worries. It is charming to be sure, but probably not charming enough to be remembered by voters – but it is worth its nomination, and a viewing by anyone who has the means to do so.