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20th Annual Animation Show of Shows


Let's Get Animated

Last year I saw and reviewed the 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows, and this year's, the 20th, is similar in quality. Once again there is a wide variance among the entries.

This year, there are 15 animated short films from six countries:

The Green Bird * - Maximilien Bougeois, Quentin Dubois,      Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen, Pierre Perveyrie, France
  • One Small Step * - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas, U.S.
  • Grands Canons - Alain Biet, France
  • Barry - Anchi Shen, U.S.
  • Super Girl - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, U.S.
  • Love Me, Fear Me - Veronica Solomon, Germany
  • Business Meeting - Guy Charnaux, Brazil
  • Flower Found! - Jorn Leeuwerink, The Netherlands
  • Bullets - Nancy Kangas, Josh Kun, U.S.
  • A Table Game - Nicolás Petelski, Spain
  • Carlotta's Face - Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld, Germany
  • Age of Sail * - John Kahrs, U.S.
  • Polaris - Hikari Toriumi, U.S.
  • My Moon - Eusong Lee, U.S.
  • Weekends * - Trevor Jimenez, U.S.
I'm not going to review all 15, but I'll mention some that made an impression on me.

The Green Bird - A great soundtrack accompanies this funny computer animation, in which a bird suffers an unfortunate series of setbacks when she finds herself a mother-to-be.

Bullets - One of two very short films by Nancy Kangas and Josh Kun included here. This one manages to combine innocence, evil, and charm. It is based on the writings of a group of pre-schoolers.

Love Me, Fear Me -This outstanding piece of claymation explores the ever-changing roles we play and shapes we assume in our continual efforts to impress others and be accepted by them; my personal favorite.

Age of Sail - Set on the open ocean in 1900, it's the story of an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When he reluctantly rescues a teen who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours. This one was my second favorite.

Weekends - A young boy shuffles between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Depressing, but very well done, and my third favorite.



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