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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French Roast: A Big Mystery’s Brewing in the Fancy Parisian Café

French Roast: A Big Mystery’s Brewing in the Fancy Parisian Café

French Roast is a subtle, gently humorous animated short film directed by the French filmmaker Fabrice O. Joubert.  The delightful film has been deservedly well received at film festivals around the world, culminating in receiving the Best of Show Prize at the annual Siggraph 2009.  French Roast is a Best Animated Short Film Nominee for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

The film is set entirely inside a small Parisian café, where a rather aloof cigar-smoking gentlemen is about to pay the check when he suddenly discovers that his wallet has disappeared.  In an attempt to stall for time, he decides to order some more coffee.  Very many cups of coffee later, with his bill quickly mounting up, he’s still rooted to the same spot in mortification, when a little old lady sitting next to him appears to have ample cash to donate to a wild looking vagrant.  Her bag is stuffed full of banknotes and looks quite inviting.  But events quickly take a turn for the worse when the police arrive.  Aside from revealing the gradual evaporation of the lead character’s unfriendly pomposity, one of the key directorial touches in the film is restricting the action very largely to one view of the café tables with a large reflecting window behind them upon which the wider action accumulates.

French Roast: A Big Mystery’s Brewing in the Fancy Parisian Café

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