Vancouver Shows Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts

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Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

Vancouver’s Vancity The­atre is bring­ing back its pop­u­lar pro­gram of Acad­emy Award-nominated short films in the cat­e­gories of Best Ani­mated Short and Best Live Action Short from Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 8 to Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 21.

Here are the Oscar-nominated ani­mated shorts to be shown in an 88-minute program:

Mag­gie Simp­son in The Longest Day­care (David Sil­ver­man, U.S.A., 5 min.)
Mag­gie Simp­son spends a day at the Ayn Rand Day­care Cen­ter, where she is diag­nosed at an aver­age intel­li­gence level. Long­ing to be grouped with the gifted chil­dren, Mag­gie finds her des­tiny by res­cu­ing a lonely cocoon from Baby Ger­ald, who is busy smoosh­ing butterflies.

Adam and Dog (Minkyu Lee, U.S.A., 16 min.)
The story about the dog of Eden. What hap­pened in those first days of Cre­ation that made Man and Dog so insep­a­ra­ble? The dog, as he lives through this curi­ous world, encoun­ters a strange crea­ture; a human being named Adam — and with that dis­cov­ers a new-found con­nec­tion to the world.

Fresh Gua­camole (Adam Pesapane aka PES, U.S.A., 2 min.)
Learn how to trans­form famil­iar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels (Tim­o­thy Reckart, United King­dom, 10 min.)
After many years of mar­riage, Wal­ter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceil­ing. They live sep­a­rate, par­al­lel lives, never talk­ing, barely even look­ing at each other. When Wal­ter tries to reignite their old romance, it brings their equi­lib­rium crash­ing down, and the cou­ple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way to put their mar­riage back together.

Paper­man (John Kahrs, U.S.A., 7 min.)
Paper­man tells the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose des­tiny takes an unex­pected turn after a chance meet­ing with a beau­ti­ful woman on his morn­ing com­mute. Con­vinced that the girl of his dreams is gone for­ever, he gets a sec­ond chance when he spots her in a sky­scraper win­dow across the avenue from his office. With only his heart, imag­i­na­tion and a stack of papers to get her atten­tion, his efforts are no match for what the fates have in store for him.

And for your view­ing plea­sure… three short­listed con­tenders that did not make the final cut:

Abio­gen­e­sis (Richard Mars, New Zealand, 5 min.)
In this breath­tak­ing sci­ence fic­tion spec­ta­cle, a strange mechan­i­cal device lands on a des­o­late world and uses the planet to undergo a star­tling trans­for­ma­tion that has pro­found impli­ca­tions for an entire galaxy.

Dripped (Leo Ver­ier, France, 9 min.)
Jack is a strange char­ac­ter. He steals paint­ings from muse­ums to eat them. He feeds him­self with the artis­tic process of the painter. But one day, the muse­ums are closed, and he will have to paint by him­self to survive.

The Gruffalo’s Child (Uwe Hei­d­schöt­ter and Johannes Wei­land, United King­dom, 27 min.)
A lit­tle Gruffalo ignores her father’s warn­ings and tip­toes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse.

Screen­ing dates and times:

Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 8, 6:30 p.m.
Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 9, 8:45 p.m.
Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 10, 6:30 p.m.
Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 12, 8:45 p.m.
Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 15, 6:30 p.m.
Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 6:30 p.m.
Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 20, 8:45 p.m.
Thurs­day, Feb­ru­ary 21, 6:30 p.m.

Vancity The­atre is at 1181 Sey­mour Street. Call the Film Info Line at (604) 683-FILM (3456) or visit www.viff.org for the lat­est info and listings.

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