Oscars 2014: Short takes on animated shorts

"Keep it short" is the key requirement for those who hope to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. We've just got time for a short look at tonight's nominees:


"Feral" by Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden is the story of a wild boy, threatened by wolves, who is rescued in the nick of time by a passing hunter. Whether he'll let himself be tamed is another question.


"Get a Horse!" by Lauren MacMullen and Dorothy McKim looks (at first) like a old-time black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoon. Peg Leg Pete's abduction of Minnie is pure cartoon convention. But Mickey's rescue attempt will prove to be anything but.


"Mr. Hublot" by Laurent Witz and Alexander Espigares is a joint entry from France and Luxembourg. It tells the story of an eccentric man's adventures in a strange, post-industrial world.


"Possessions" by Shuhei Morita is based on a bit of old Japanese folk wisdom, as a hunter who takes refuge in an abandoned hut finds its hundred-year-old objects inside coming to life.


"Room on a Broom": is a witch's brew of a tale from Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, based on the children's book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler -- with guest appearances by a cat, a dog, and one very determined dragon. With a voice cast that features Simon Pegg, Gillian Anderson, Rob Brydon, and "Blue Jasmine" Oscar-nominee Sally Hawkins.


However much room there is on that broom, there will only be room for ONE Animated Short winner on the Oscar stage tonight.

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