Midweek Motivations: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2018, Part 3

Midweek Motivations: Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2018, Part 3

Here are the ten Oscar nominees for the best Animated Shorts. Over the next couple of weeks, we are featuring all of them, alphabetically by title, with a bit of background on each. Today, we’re featuring “Lost & Found”, “One Small Step”, “Pépé le Morse”, and “Weekends”.

First, the list of nominees for Short Film (Animated).

Lost & Found

This is a beautiful stop-motion animation from Wabi Sabi Studios, directed by Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe. The short features a couple of brave crocheted stuffed toys who are best friends. One of them gets into a predicament. How far will the dinosaur go to save his friend? You'll have to watch and see! Don't miss the behind the scenes video!

Be sure to check out the website for parodies of movie posters with the fox and the dinosaur.

Lost & Found Behind the Scenes

Lots and lots of patience! Their work is incredible.

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Interview: Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe, Directors of Oscar Short-listed ‘Lost & Found’ – from Animation Magazine.

Dragonframe used on Lost & Found – They used Dragonframe on the short, along with DOP Gerald Thompson's own software. Dragonframe is the premier frame-grabbing software for stop motion animation and time-lapse photography. Dragonframe has innovated in the world of stop motion software by pushing the functionality beyond frame grabbing to provide a full assortment of production tools.

One Small Step

Directed by Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, One Small Step is the story of a Chinese-American girl called Luna who wants to be an astronaut. It's adorable but such a beautiful story animated in a 2D style but created with 3D software from TAIKO Studios, an award-winning studio, formed by CEO Shaofu Zhang, a former Disney, and Imageworks animator.

“One Small Step” – Bringing Papa Chu to Life

Behind the Scenes: Scoring

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Pépé le Morse

Pépé le Morse / Grandpa Walrus comes from director Lucrèce Andreae. It's about a grieving family who heads to the beach in France in October to say goodbye to Grandpa who spent his life sunbathing and smoking cigarettes. The synopsis: “On the windy and cloudy beach, Granny is praying, Mum is shouting, the sisters do not care, Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, now he's dead.”. Yep, that pretty much sums it up! The personalities and reactions of the family members are very funny. 

The short won the Audience Award in the 2017 Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the Caesar for Best Animated Short Film 2018. It was also selected to compete for the Short Film Palme d'Or in the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

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Most of the interviews and behind-the-scenes videos and articles online are in French.


Weekends is a very personal and surreal short by Canadian writer/director Trevor Jimenez. It's about a boy who gets shuffled back and forth between his mom's and dad's houses during the 80s in Toronto.

Trevor Jimenez: On Making “Weekends” from Cartoon Brew

Weekends – Trevor Jimenez – Annecy Festival

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki