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On the heels of the discovery that both Aardman Studio's The Pearce Sisters and the National Film Board's Madame Tutli-Putli have both been put on-line in their entirety, I started sporadically collecting together a selection of Oscar-winning animated shorts that have been put up on YouTube, beginning with Balance, a fantastic film I saw at a festival in the early nineties and have never been able to shake off.

A week later, this is what you get:
1931-1932: Flowers and Trees
1932-1933: Three Little Pigs
1934: The Tortoise and the Hare
1935: Three Orphan Kittens
1936: The Country Cousin
1937: The Old Mill
1938: Ferdinand the Bull
1939: The Ugly Duckling
1940: The Milky Way
1941: Lend a Paw
1942: Der Fuehrer's Face
1943: The Yankee Doodle Mouse
1944: Mouse Trouble
1945: Quiet Please!
1946: The Cat Concerto
1949: For Scent-imental Reasons
1950: Gerald McBoing-Boing
1951: The Two Mouseketeers
1952: Johann Mouse
1953: Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom
1954: When Magoo Flew
1955: Speedy Gonzales
1956: Mister Magoo's Puddle Jumper
1957: Birds Anonymous
1958: Knighty Knight Bugs
1959: Moonbird
1960: Munro
1963: The Critic
1964: The Pink Phink
1965: The Dot and the Line
1974: Closed Mondays
1978: Special Delivery
1980: The Fly
1983: Sundae in New York
1986: A Greek Tragedy
1989: Balance
1990: Creature Comforts
1991: Manipulation
1992: Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase
1994: Bob's Birthday - Part 1, Part 2.
1996: Quest
1998: Bunny
1999: The Old Man and the Sea - Part 1, Part 2.
2000: Father and Daughter
2003: Harvie Krumpet
2006: The Danish Poet - Part 1, Part 2.

Nominated this year: Moya Lyubov (My Love), (sans subtitles, sorry), and Peter & the Wolf.

As a bonus, here's Atom Films Academy Award Hall of Fame, which spans from stunning achievements such at The Cathedral to downright clever fun like Aardman's Adam.

edit: someone's pointed me to this torrent link, Top 100 Animated Shorts 1906 - 2006.

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What a treat -- thank you for these! I'll be going through them bit by bit. I remember "Balance" from the early 90's too.

You're more than welcome. I'm glad someone appreciates it. When I get to a certain level of insomnia tired, I can concentrate on tracking down links, but anything that requires higher cognitive functions than that just isn't going to happen well.

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I'm probably pretty done, actually. Sorry! That was a lot of searches.

Ah-hah, but people (as I had secretly hoped) have been adding in the comments! Win!

What about The Man Who Planted Trees?

Well... wasn't on YouTube... :\

It might be somewhere else on-line, but I decided putting a limit to my searches would make certain I eventually went to bed.

Brilliant. I remember I saw an animated short fest back when Quest was making the rounds. That's one that's stuck with me ever since.

Thank you very much for that... I have been a fan of this category and I never thought of looking on Youtube...

Most of them deserved the Award undoubtedly... I still regret that More didn't win in 1998 though... it's one of the most beautiful shorts I have ever seen...

you can see it on the official site


thank you very much! this is amazing

I remember both 'Balance' and 'Creature Comforts'. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. If I may, the 2007 winner for best animated short was an NFB film (yay, NFB!), called 'The Danish Poet'; it's also at YouTube in two parts:

Part One - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3aZS9EyN94

Part Two - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5-5Qk7BVn4&feature=related

Thanks for this.

More shorts

Well, I'm breaking away from YouTube for some of these, but here are some of the ones not listed above:

1981: Crac (http://www.veoh.com/videos/v1438790K7ZZcbdA)

1984: Charade (http://en.zappinternet.com/video/hiwYfuJyoP/Charade)

1985: Anna & Bella (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuMm60nep6c)

1987: L'Homme qui plantait des arbres (The Man Who Planted Trees) (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2926032018049266053)

1988: Tin Toy (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3oofp_tin-toy-un-bebe-pursit-un-jouet-dan_fun) (Wow, Pixar has come a long way)

1995: Wallace and Gromit in A Close Shave (http://www.veoh.com/videos/v110264965NGsFgm?&autoWatch=true) (Five minute preview, although it appears you can watch the whole thing if you download Veoh TV -- didn't do it, so can't vouch for it)

1997: Geri's Game (http://www.metacafe.com/watch/347611/funny/) (There is a YouTube version, but this one is better quality)

2001: For the Birds (http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=19676191)

2002: The Chubbchubbs! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu8_JxwbL9I)

2004: Ryan (http://www.videosift.com/video/Chris-Landreth-Ryan-Oscar-winning-animated-short)

That's all I could find for now. Most that I couldn't find between 1980-2007 were either too long to be online or too famous (Aardman) to be found.

Re: More shorts

tin toy is actually more than meets the eye. Pixar is responsible for developing 3D technology as we know it today. Prior to tin toy, all 3D was essentially mathematically perfect meshes etc. The baby from tin toy was the first time any one had ever created a human 3D figure... or a "realistic" organic object.

in short, Pixar has come a long way but don't forget that Pixar has always set the bar. At the time, there had never been anything remotely better in the world of 3D animation. Pixar rules.

Re: More shorts

1962: Substitute (Surogat) Yugoslavia/Croatia
Only ex Yugoslavian film (of any kind) which won an Academy Award.


Re: More shorts

"Surogat" - Dusan Vukotic was first non-American who won Oscar for animated film

Re: More shorts

you can find it here
hope it helps a little

Special Delivery is gone :(

Thank you

I really appreciate you posting these. I have been watching one with lunch pretty much everyday. Thanks to others as well for posting in the comments. Watching short stories during the day is truly recreational.


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