2018 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

First show: March 03

The annual popular program provides both the delight of discovery and renewed wonder at the ways in which animated cinema can explore the world through fresh points of view and unbridled curiosity. As in previous years, the 2018 Oscar® Short Animations program will present all five nominees in one spectacular presentation, along with additional screenings of some highly commended animated shorts that didn’t make the cut. Make your picks and see the winners announced at our annual UP THE AWARDS BENEFIT BASH on March 4th.  If past years are any measure, advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended! Total Run Time: 84 minutes 




Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant’s NBA retirement announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Narrated by Bryant, the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages with its universal message about love and loss.

Directed by Glen Keane. 5 minutes. United States. 2017.



When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.

Directed by Dave Mullins and Dana Leigh Murray. 7 minutes. United States. 2017.



My dad taught me how to pack.

Directed by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter. 6 minutes. France. 2017.




REVOLTING RHYMES interweaves Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan and Isaac Hempstead Wright. Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, REVOLTING RHYMES was directed by Oscar nominees Jakob Schuh (“THE GRUFFALO”) and Jan Lachauer (“ROOM ON THE BROOM”), co-directed by Bin-Han To and produced by Magic Light Pictures’ Martin Pope and Michael Rose (“THE GRUFFALO,” “ROOM ON THE BROOM,” “CHICO” and “RITA”). The animation was created at Magic Light’s Berlin studio and at Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town.

Directed by Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer. 29 minutes. United Kingdom. 2016.



In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.

Directed by Gabriel Grapperon and Victor Claire. 7 minutes. France. 2016.




In ancient China, a little dragon who can’t breathe fire will fight to overcome his weakness in order to take part in the New Year’s celebration.

A short film by Lucas Boutrot, Elise Carret, Maaris Creantor, Pierre Hubert, Camille Lacroix, and Charlotte Perroux. 7 minutes. France. 2017.


When you lose something dear to your heart, there is only one place it can be found. The Lost Property Office.

Directed by Asa Lucander. 6 minutes. United Kingdom. 2016.



WEEDS tells the story of a dandelion, rooted on the wrong side of the driveway in a barren yard surrounded by dry dirt and dead grass. Just across the concrete lies another yard, where the sprinklers spray water endlessly, and the greener grass holds the promise of a better life. While watching helplessly as its fellow weeds wither away and die, the dandelion faces a decision: take action or suffer the same fate.

Directed by Kevin Hudson. 3 minutes. United States. 2017.




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