Vying for this year’s Best Animated Short Film are Pixar’s “Lou” (about schoolyard bullying) and Kobe Bryant’s controversial “Dear Basketball” (the legendary Lakers’ retirement poem directed by Disney hand-drawn legend Glen Keane). They are joined by “Negative Space,” a French stop-motion work about the bond between father and son over suitcase packing; “Revolting Rhymes,” the British-German CG adaptation of Roald Dahl fairy tale poems (the third nomination for Magic Light Pictures, including “The Gruffalo”) starring Dominic West as the Big Bad Wolf; and “Garden Party,” a CG amphibian romp through a crime scene (from the French MOPA animation school).
Here are the nominated animated shorts ranked in order of likelihood to win:
“Revolting Rhymes” (Director: Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, Magic Light Pictures)
“Dear Basketball” (Director: Glen Keane, Glen Keane Productions)
“Negative Space” (Director, Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, Ikki Films)
“Lou” (Director: Dave Mullins, Pixar Animation Studios)
“Garden Party” (Director: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, MOPA)