Sunday, January 22, 2012

Een Griekse tragedie (1985)

1 Nomination, 1 Win

Win: Best Short Film, Animated - Linda Van Tulden and Willem Thijssen

In a year in which the breakthrough "Luxo Jr." and the wildly dark "The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil" were both nominated for Best Animated Short, it seems inconceivable that "Een Griekse tragedie" could win the Academy Award. This isn't to say there's anything wrong with the film; it's a cute little short about three Grecian statues holding up the ruins of an ancient building as it crumbles.

Yet despite a strong premise, the story doesn't go anywhere surprising. The best animated comedy shorts take a funny premise, and push the humor further and further in increasingly creative situations. "Een Griekse tragedie," however, is pretty much a one note joke.

On a purely visual level, "Een Griekse tragedie" features pleasant animation, but is nowhere near as exciting as the kinetic, energetic animation of "The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil" or the revolutionary computer animation of "Luxo Jr."

"Een Griekse tragedie" is an enjoyable little film, but it is hard to fathom how it won the Academy Award over two far superior shorts.

Remaining: 3142 films, 869 Oscars, 5406 nominations

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