Last Updated: 3:30 PM, February 10, 2012
Posted: 1:29 AM, February 10, 2012
The most popular part of this annual series (there are separate programs for live-action and documentary shorts) offers five delightful animated shorts (plus some bonus shorts not available for preview).
Arguably the biggest crowd-pleaser of the short films, which all have minimal or no dialogue, is Pixar’s “La Luna,’’ featuring two men and a little boy awaiting the arrival of the moon (with a terrific score by Michael Giacchino).
From Louisiana comes the intricately designed “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore,’’ enveloping the audience in the truly fantastical world of reading.
The prolific National Film Board of Canada sponsors a pair of nominees, the gorgeous “Wild Life,’’ set in that country’s early 20th-century wilderness, and the bilingual “Dimanche/Sunday,’’ centering on one day’s exploits of a small boy.
Rounding out an uncharacteristically North American-centric slate of animated Oscar-nominated shorts, Great Britain offers “A Morning Stroll,’’ a blackly hilarious sci-fi story about a chicken that takes place in New York City over the course of an entire century.