Day & Night (2010)

Day & Night (2010) Poster

 

Genre: Short, Animation, Comedy

Director: Teddy Newton

Writer: Teddy Newton

Rating: ★★★★½

Day & Night was attached to the feature film Toy Story 3, another one of Pixar’s short films its adorable and rather funny. Two characters, a sunny joyful “Day” and a rather dark moody “Night”, each with their own unique characteristics and qualities. When Day accidentally stumbles over Night sleeping he’s confused, he looks like Day but he doesn’t have the same qualities. Both are confused and angered but after getting off on the wrong foot the two become friends, realising with each other they can see their worlds from a whole new perspective.

They are just simple drawings and its simple cartooning but flawlessly achieved, the characters being outlines but it’s the inside that’s wonderful showing the different scenes. Day has daylight scenes whilst Night has night-time, showing the wonders of both and how butterflies turn into fireflies. The director and writer Teddy Newton deserves so much credit, not only to think of such a great concept but to execute it with perfection showing its loud and bold message. With only the expressions of two faces the message is clear, to embrace people’s differences and enjoy them. No wonder such a beautiful, amazing creation got nominated for the 2010 Oscars, once again simply magical.

View it for yourself and let me know what you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRuURW_UXfw

Paperman (2012)

Genre: Short, Animation, Comedy

Director: John Kahrs

Writers: Clio Chiang and Kendelle Hoyer

Staring: Kari Wahlgren, John Kahrs

Rating: ★★★★

Disney’s Oscar winning short animated film is brilliant. A collaboration of a series of black and white hand-sketched images merged together with animation shows a interesting story that has that magical “Disney” touch and feel. The short film of just over six minutes showing a boy meets girl story. After a meeting at the train station following an incident with some paperwork young urban office worker George (voiced by John Kahrs) falls for Meg (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) but just like his paper she flies away on the train. After seeing her across his office George attempts to attract the attention of Meg by letting fly a series of paper-planes but faces obstacles, will he meet her again?  

The way that director John Kahrs and writers Clio Chiang and Kendelle Hoyer captures such feel and emotion with limited dialogue, colour and characters is purely amazing. The feeling is something that you are used to and expect from Disney and so are the animation, absolutlely flawless. No surprise it won the 2012 Oscar, a six minutes of your life you can easily afford to waste watching a wonderfully crafted piece of short animation. Simply magical.

Pixar Shorts!

After seeing the magical craze and the impact that “The Blue Umbrella” has had on viewers recently, I’ve decided to challenge myself to watch and review as many Pixar Short films as I can! I would love it if you could view them, comment and get involved and you can find them on my blog under the new category “Pixar Shorts”. Thanks guys, also a quick thanks to for the comments, likes, follows and support on my blog – Liam