oscar animated shorts 2019 shortlist

Best Animated Short has long been a category overlooked by audiences — maybe they’re too experimental, too niche, too idiosyncratic. But perhaps the largest reason they’re overlooked is because no one has seen them. Apart from Pixar and Disney animated shorts, which reach the highest audiences thanks to their placement in front of theatrical releases, Oscar-nominated animated shorts often suffer from engagement scarcity, nearly always kept offline even after the shortlist is announced. This was an exclusive strategy that hurt the directors, but also hurt the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which only alienates its audiences by presenting awards to films no one had seen.

But this year, we’re seeing a dramatic shift for the first time. This year, all the shorts on the Oscar animated shorts 2019 shortlist are available online for everyone to see. The filmmakers and studios have each released their films online, allowing audiences to finally see what the Academy is voting for — and maybe get a more accurate Oscar pool going this year.

Check out all the films (via CartoonBrew) below the jump.

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bao recipe

Are you ready to cry? And if you’ve already seen Pixar’s heartwarming story of parental connection, are you ready to cry again? Bao, Pixar‘s acclaimed animated short that made history for being directed by the studio’s first female shorts director, is now available watch online — for one week only. So if you’re craving a good cry, or maybe just want to appreciate your parents more, watch Bao now.

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domee shi feature

Domee Shi has already made history as the first female director to helm a Pixar short, and now she’ll be shattering a few more glass ceilings at the notoriously male-run animation studio. The director behind the lovely, Oscar-contending Pixar short Bao confirmed that she is working on her feature film debut with Pixar’s backing.

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bao recipe

Did Pixar’s heartwarming and magnificent animated short Bao have you craving the love of your absent child, or better yet, dumplings? If it was the latter, then you’re in luck because Pixar has released the Bao recipe that director Domee Shi learned from her own mother. Unfortunately, this recipe probably won’t solve any feelings of abject loneliness surrounding a child who has left the nest. But hey, at least you’ll have delicious food!

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Funko Bao Figure

Fans are undoubtedly excited about Pixar’s long-awaited sequel Incredibles 2. It’s been 14 years since the original film hits theaters, and box office projections have the superhero family raking in somewhere around $110 million. With another month and a half of marketing to go, there’s a good chance that number could rise. That means a lot of people will be seeing another one of Pixar’s delightful projects.

As is tradition, Pixar will have a new animated short attached to Incredibles 2. The short this time is titled Bao, and we’ve already gotten a look at the movie about an empty-nesting Chinese mom who gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life. We’ve seen what that adorable dumpling looks like in a clip that debuted not too long ago, and Funko has made it so you’ll be able to bring that cute little dumpling baby home with you too. Read More »

Bao clip

Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 arrives in theaters this June, but before we reunite with the superheroic Parr family, we’ll be treated to a brand new Pixar short film called Bao. Now the first Bao clip has made its way online, and if there’s such a thing as a trigger warning for cuteness, I’m implementing it now. Warning: watching this may cause squeals of delight or maybe an involuntary “awww” to escape from your mouth. Read More »

bao first look

Pixar’s newest short film, Bao, looks so good that you could just eat it up. And you can now get a Bao first look, with the first images from the Pixar short that will air in front of Incredibles 2 dropping on the internet.

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There’s something magical about watching a Pixar short. You go into one without any clue what to expect except for something truly spectacular — whether it be a feat of technological prowess, a wacky creative experiment, or a peek into another culture.

It sounds like the new Pixar short is a combination of all three. Bao, the Pixar short set to screen in front of Incredibles 2 this summer, will follow a lonely empty-nester mother who is delighted when a baby dumpling comes to life.

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