Every 2020 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Film Briefly Reviewed + More!

2020 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films > 2020 Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Short Films

And, by a looooooooong shot too. 

Hair Love (2019)

You people with perfectly straight hair have nooooooooo idea what it’s like. And this is only coming from a dude! 

Damn this is the best Pixar film I’ve seen since Coco—it’s not actually Pixar so please don’t let that joke fly over your head; thank you very much. I wish the final scene didn’t feel so tacked on though considering how obvious the secret “YouTuber’s” identity became towards the third act, but hey, it’s all good and done. 

Verdict: 3/5

Daughter (2019)

If you thought the animation in Coraline was creepy, wait until you get a load of this…

Daughter is an unconventional stop-motion that is directed with some of the most schizophrenic camera mannerisms ever put to animation. It’s told under a very abstract and obscure method yet you at least understand an idea of how the daughter’s brain is functioning and what the relationship between her and the father might be. “It’s borderline experimental.” 

The low Letterboxd rating is criminal, by the way. DON’T HATE THE STRANGE. 

Verdict: 3.5/5

Sister (2018) 

A charmingly animated stop-motion picture that is the mundane Fight Club wannabe of stop-motion short films. Solid diss on China’s retired one-child policy, too! You tell ‘em! 

Verdict: 3/5 

Mémorable (2019) 

Mémorable is the Synecdoche New York of animated shorts that dabbles in Altizemer’s disease and the psychological prison that it encloses. The puppet molds and set pieces are absolutely staggering and inventive, as well as its abstract depiction of memory loss. WINNER ALERT—hopefully; I’m crossing my fingers!

Verdict: 4/5 

Kitbull (2019) 

CUTE, but also really f’ed up? 

Kitbull takes the cheesy stigma “don’t judge a book by its cover” and applies it in a more convincing matter to the world of pets! If I find out that any of you have even thought about supporting dogfighting, I will personally hunt you down and do…something bad and mean to you!

Verdict: 3.5/5

The Short Films (Honorable Mentions) That Almost Got Nominated for the 2020 Oscars Briefly Reviewed: 

Henrietta Bulkowski (2019)

You could remove all the superfluous narration in this short film and we would’ve gotten just as much out of the story as without it. However, it’s got fantastic animation, good intentions, yet, some seriously goofy and indecisive writing. Meh. 

Verdict: 2.5/5

The Bird & The Whale (2018)


It was aight. Very “poetic.” Laboriously crafted animation. Good job? 

Verdict: 2.5/5

Hors piste (2018)

Reminds me of those old-fashioned slapstick cartoons that you don’t see too often these days. PRAISE BE! 

Verdict: 3/5

Maestro (2019)  

Somebody watched a very foreign edition of The Little Mermaid recently…

My expectations were subverted, I guess? Pretty animation, I can’t deny, howbeit. 

Verdict: 2.5/5 

Oscar-Nominated Short Films Ranked 

The 2020 Oscar-nominated animated short films are now playing in select theaters. 


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