The Gruffalo's Child
A follow up to the 2009 animated feature and adapted from the childrens' book by Julia Donaldson & Alex Scheffler. The Gruffalo's child explores the deep dark wood in search of the big bad mouse and meets the Snake, Owl & Fox in the process. She eventually finds the mouse, who manages to outwit her like the Gruffalo before!
"Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts" at Columbus' Gateway Film Center - Part 8 of 8.
I really didn't like this. It was the longest of the shorts at 27 min! I thought it was just miserable. I didn't like any of the characters, I didn't like the animation style, the plot didn't make any sense, and the rhyming and voices were very annoying. I'm glad I don't have to ever see this again.
(part of the Oscar Animated Shorts & Honorable Mentions feature)
When the title card said this was 27 minutes, I groaned. But then you see that it's packed with stars, and is the the only animated short with voice work... and then you see that the craft is head and shoulder's above most of the other nominees, and I am just baffled that this wasn't nominated in place of a few of the others, especially Fresh Guacamole and even more especially Adam and Dog.
Kids would love this one, the character and production design is superb, Sendak-y on purpose.
To finish off I'll mention that this year the short films were hosted by the directors of last years winning film. These…
Watched a second time because it was convenient and sociable. It holds up better than I thought.
I'd want my kids to have this on their viewing rotation while growing up.
The animated short category is generally the most experimental Oscars get. Even the two big studio entries this year, THE LONGEST DAYCARE and PAPERMAN, are silents. So the program's inclusion of this pretty generic, non-nominated GRUFFALO sequel - boasting star voices and glossy (though less so than the original) CGI - feels like an unnecessary acquiescence to formula.
Now this is how you do computer animation! Though it does take a little getting used to, the animation is a lovely showcase of the mythical tendencies of the deep woods. I was especially impressed with the footprint animation. Its story is simplistic and fablelike, carrying its childish demeanor with charm and versatility, with plenty of vivid characters along the way. It does a great job for the type of film it is.
A cute adaptation of the children's book.
Overly long and filled to the brim with annoying voice work, The Gruffalo's Child tells an simplistic children's book tale that doesn't really give too much for the audience to take away from the story.
If I had a child, this story would be one of those, that I would let them see every day <3