written by Bob Degus for the Oscar Travelogue blog
For more than a decade, I’ve been a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Short Film and Feature Animation Branch. Each year I look forward to our fall screenings where we get to see the finest short animated films from around the world and select the five nominees. It’s like attending the best film festival in the world.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending the day with the filmmakers of three of the nominated shorts — “Oktapodi,” “Lavatory Lovestory,” and “La Maison en Petite Cubes” — as they were welcomed into and toured the “birthplace” of American animation – Walt Disney Studios.