The Lady and The Reaper: Patiently Awaiting Death

The Lady and The Reaper: Patiently Awaiting Death

The Lady and The Reaper is an acclaimed animated short film by the Spanish director Javier Recio Gracia, which was just named a 2010 Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Short Film.  The film tells the tale of a sweet old widow who is living alone on her farm, waiting for the arrival of death so she can be with her beloved husband once again.  One night, while asleep, the lady’s life fades out and she’s invited by the grim reaper to cross death’s door.  But just when she is about to do so, the old lady wakes up inside a hospital ward and discovers that, unfortunately, she’s been saved from death’s door by an arrogant doctor. The doctor then wages what he thinks is a heroic battle against the grim reaper, attempting to recover the old lady’s life at any cost.

The Lady and The Reaper: Patiently Awaiting Death

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Granny O’Grimm’s Horrible Tale of Sleeping Beauty

Granny O’Grimm’s Horrible Tale of Sleeping Beauty

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty is an acclaimed, hilarious animated short directed by Nicky Phelan, which is a 2010 Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Short Film.  The other Nominees are French Roast, Logorama, A Matter of Loaf and Death and The Lady and the Reaper.

Granny O’Grimm turns the age-old traditions of bedtime stories and fairy tales topsy-turvey.  Cleverly crafted as a mixture between a conventional fairy tale and a horror story, this animated short is a wickedly wonky re-telling of a tale that makes us laugh at the same time that its sense of bitterness makes us  reconsider the cost of marginalizing our elderly in a world that’s obsessed with youth and beauty.  It’s both amusing and terribly sad that Granny’s best attempts to be a gentle loving grandmother telling a bedtime story go so very far astray as she gets caught up in her own angry bitterness.

Granny O’Grimm’s Horrible Tale of Sleeping Beauty

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