Animated Short Oscar Nominees Heavy on Travel Themes

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on March 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

For those who are invested in travel in one way or another, this bit of news should make you happy. As reported at NatGeo’s Intelligent Travel, several of the five nominations and two honorable mentions for the Animated Shorts category at the recently held Academy Awards had a common theme: the idea of growth through physical and internal journey.

Day & Night is a Pixar release featuring the voice of Wayne Dyer. Two opposites — Day and Night — come together and, although initially start off on the wrong foot, come to appreciate their differences, which in turn leads them to learn about their similarities.

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In The Gruffalo,  a little mouse faces his fears and braves the predator-laden woods to search for a hazelnut tree. He uses his quick wits to outsmart a fox, snake, and an owl before meeting a real “gruffalo” (which the mouse had made up to scare the other predators off).

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The winner of the Oscar, The Lost Thing, is an Australian short in which a boy finds a strange creature on a beach and jumps through hoops to find where it belongs. A review on imdb.com says:

It is a simple story which reflects on human natures diminishing observation and appreciation of a world out side the day to day pathway we are all forced to travel by both greater authority and selfish ambition.

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Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) uses different animation media to showcase a traveler’s journey through the country. From the looks of this clip, it’s a traveler’s journal set in motion.

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We’d like to extend hearty “Thank You” to the Academy from the travel community!

Image: Loren Javier / Flickr

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