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Oscar-Nominated Shorts Program at the ICA

The Oscars have come and gone but you can still see the Oscar-Nominated Shorts Program through the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) now until March 16. The program is holding three categories in short film: animation, documentary, and live action. Highlighted below is the Animation segment.

The Animation program was hosted by a hilarious CGI’d ostrich and giraffe, who both donned a fancy black bowtie.

“Get A Horse!” is an innovative and fun short (by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim) featuring Mickey Mouse and friends with antagonist Pete the Cat. Amazingly crafted to combine both the classic black-and-white and the modernization of CGI. This animated short will have you smiling and laughing no matter how old you are.

Made in Luxembourg/France, “Mr. Hublot” (by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares) is an intricately detailed and beautifully designed short about an agoraphobic individual with OCD, who takes a chance on an abandoned robotic dog. The adorable Robot Dog grows as does Mr. Hublot’s acceptance of change. “Mr. Hublot” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

A beautiful, yet sad tale, “Feral” (by Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden) incorporates simple neutral brushstrokes and shadows to tell the story of a young boy raised in the wild and is taken in to a civilized society. As he tries to adapt to his strange surroundings, he reverts to his animalistic techniques to survive.

Japanese short film, “Possessions” (by Shuhei Morita) tackles a myth that spirits reside in objects that become unusable by humans. The magnificent mix of bright colors and harsh shadows, brings the myth alive when a wanderer seeks shelter during a thunderstorm and is tested by the spirits.

Adorable English short, “Room on the Broom” (by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer) is about a happy-go-lucky witch who takes on every pet animal that helps her along her way. Adapted from a picture book, “Room on the Broom” is perfect for all ages and will have you laughing along with the witch’s selfishly cute cat. 
Also shown with the nominated shorts are the highly commended short films “A la Francaise,” “The Missing Scarf,” and “The Blue Umbrella.”
Unfortunately, the dates to view the nominated documentary shorts have already passed, but you can still check out the animated and live action short films.

The Animation program will be showing Sunday, March 16 at 12 p.m. The Live Action program will be showing Sunday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for members and students; and $10 for nonmembers.