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Why Disney’s Short Film ‘Feast’ Is the Oscar Frontrunner (Video)

Why Disney's Short Film 'Feast' Is the Oscar Frontrunner (Video)

Disney’s latest animated short, “Feast,” which highlights the importance of food and is uniquely told from a winsome dog’s POV, is the Oscar frontrunner for its engaging story and distinctive look (check out the teaser below). It opens with the Oscar-contending “Big Hero 6” Marvel mash-up on November 7.

“Feast” is a big leap forward from both the Oscar-winning “Paperman” and last year’s Mickey Mouse-nominated “Get A Horse!” Director Patrick Osborne (head of animation on “Paperman” and co-head of animation on “Big Hero 6”) utilizes a quick-cutting, mockumentary style and a look comprised of warm colors, flat shapes, and shallow depth of field.

Winston has a great life with his master and best friend, James, stuffing himself with scrumptious plates of food until a girlfriend, Kirby, comes between them. Winston’s perspective is further accentuated by low angles and floating particulate matter. It’s like a minimalist’s approach to “Lady and the Tramp.”

“Feast” was spawned by Disney’s artist-driven Spark program four years ago in which Osborne and production designer Jeff Turley created a new technique in 20 days for applying hand-drawn lines to CG characters in motion, which first led to “Paperman.” A more crucial influence, though, was a series of dinners Osborne shot with his GoPro over the span of several months. The fact that they were one-second snapshots of various plates of food made a big impression on John Lasseter. But so did the idea of marrying the concept to the dog’s POV.

 

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