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Oscar Nominees: The Animated Short Films

One of my favorite things to do each Oscar season is to track down all of the nominated short films. The films are currently making the rounds of selected theaters, but many of them are also available right now online — and today, I have video from all five animated shorts!

This year's cast of animated characters includes a mischievous bunny, octopi in love, and a man taking a sentimental journey through his old house. Maybe watching these shorts will help you fill out your Oscar ballot! Check them out:

Oktapodi
How adorable are these octopi? In Oktapodi, these two cuties help each other escape the clutches of a tyrannical restaurant cook. But, even once they're out of the kitchen, their battle to stay together is not over. You hear that? It's animated sea creatures battling adversity. Watch the whole thing right now:


To check out the other four, just

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La Maison en Petits Cubes
The main character of this Japanese film has been building an addition on top of his original house, which is almost completely under water. In the film, he dons scuba gear to float through his old home and relive memories with his family. Here's a clip:


Lavatory — Lovestory
This Russian film is a story about love and the random nature of when it strikes. The main character is a lonely female restroom attendant who discovers she has a secret admirer and searches frantically for his identity. Watch the whole thing here:


Presto
If you've seen Wall-E, then you've already seen Presto, the latest Pixar short. The star is a slightly evil rabbit who cooks up a way to get revenge on his neglectful magician master. You can buy this one on iTunes or watch it all right now:


This Way Up
In this quirky short, disaster strikes a father-and-son team of undertakers when a boulder squashes their hearse. They must then make their way across the country in a crazy travel caper with nothing but a coffin and each other to keep them amused. Here's the trailer:


Photos courtesy of Magnolia Pictures and Source

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nealtucker nealtucker 7 years
Just found it again! Much better quality, too.http://cinemascopian.com/2009/02/05/watch-the-oscar-nominated-animated-shorts/Cheers!
nealtucker nealtucker 7 years
Just found it again! Much better quality, too. http://cinemascopian.com/2009/02/05/watch-the-oscar-nominated-animated-shorts/ Cheers!
nealtucker nealtucker 7 years
I found the full length "This Way Up." It's here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/filmnetwork/A43425308 . The quality is pretty blocky if you watch it full screen. If you can watch it smaller, the quality is much better. Thanks for finding the others! Cheers
amofoz amofoz 7 years
Does anyone know what the sign says at the end of the Lavatory Lovestory?? I'm dying to know!
Fixe Fixe 7 years
Presto and Lavatory were hilarious!! Presto was my favorite :)
Fixe Fixe 7 years
Okatpodi was the cutest one!!! :)
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 7 years
Oktapodi was adorable, and so was Lavatory Lovestory. My favourite was Presto though. Pixar (right?) always makes the best animated shorts. And that last one looks kinda cool too.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 7 years
Oktapodi was adorable, and so was Lavatory Lovestory. My favourite was Presto though. Pixar (right?) always makes the best animated shorts. And that last one looks kinda cool too.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 7 years
Thanks, Buzz. Enjoyed seeing all of these, especially Oktapodi!
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
My local theater is screening the shorts, but not until the weekend of the Oscars. I can't wait!
nylorac nylorac 7 years
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nylorac nylorac 7 years
i loved the ocktapodi and the lavatory-lovestory!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
OMG, love the oktapodi! The expression on the pink one's face when she slingshots herself up to the seagull is so pricelessly defiant.
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