Spike of Spike and Mike talks about the Oscar-nominated shorts.
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Among the nominees for best animated short was "Let's Pollute," a film showcased by the San Diego based Spike and Mike: A New Generation. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando says we're lucky to get a first look at some of these awards contenders at this animation festival.
Since 1977, Spike and Mike have been highlighting great animation from around the world, many of which nab Oscar nominations for best animated short. Festival director Spike Decker says he was not surprised to see Geefwee Boedoe's "Let's Pollute" got a nod.
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His character design, his story, his humor, his timing is perfect. I just didn't know if someone would find fault with the obvious environmental issue, which sometimes falls into a political arena.
Pixar's "Toy Story 3" is one of the films up for Best Animated feature. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando says the San Diego based Spike and Mike animated film festivals introduced local audiences to the early Pixar films.
Spike and Mike have been highlighting the best in animation for decades.
Pixar's John Lasseter has had his animated shorts "Luxor, Jr." and "Tin Toy"
screen at previous Spike and Mike festivals of animation. Those films then went on to receive Oscar nominations. Festival director Spike Decker says an Oscar nomination can be very important to an animated film's future.
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Yeah it will definitely get shown more. It gives the individual animator a great opportunity in the job market, what then can come out of it like a first look deal and can be developed out of that sort into features, series, etc.
Lasseter's short "Tin Toy" eventually became "Toy Story," and the third installment of the franchise will be competing for gold on February 27th.