Thanks to kc dyer, I discovered this Oscar nominated, animated short called Granny O'Grimm. (Are you watching the Oscars this Sunday? I'm a bit 'meh' about them this year, having seen very few of the films. Call me crazy, but I'm not willing to use our infrequent date nights for an evening of watching body parts blown to bits in THE HURT LOCKER or baseball bats to the head in INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, as a fer instance. But of course I'll watch the Oscars with a Scotch in hand.)
From Granny's website:
We all know the Grimm fairytales. Granny's are grimmer...
Once upon a time there was a granny who dreamed of being the best granny in the whole world. Unfortunately, this granny was tormented by a lifetime of rage against the world and everyone in it. Luckily, nobody noticed what an angry old woman she had become because they took no notice of her one way or another. But there's only so much anger one old woman can repress before it BURSTS OUT FROM THE DEPTHS OF HER SOUL IN A SCREAMING FIREBALL OF BITTERNESS AND RESENTMENT!
Apparently Granny O'Grimm will be an animated series in 3D and 2D. Be still my heart.
Just stop what you're doing and have a look HERE. (Go to the bottom of the page and double click "The Film".) It's brilliant and it'll be the best five minutes you spend today, I guarantee it especially if you know a granny who is less sugar and spice and more sour daiquiri. I had one grandmother we called The Nana Who Never Said No, and another we called The Nana Who Spanks Us But Only When We Deserve It. That Nana gave my middle sister a whoopin' when she climbed up on a chair and picked off all the browned tips of a lemon meringue pie. I fully supported the whoopin', btw; those brown bits are the best part. As nice as the other Nana was, it was tradition to gently ram her with the car and back her into the garage wall like a frightened deer glaring into the headlights each time we left her home after Sunday dinner, but that's another story for another day.
See what Granny has to say about her Oscar nomination HERE.
The other nominees in the short animation category are:
French Roast by Fabrice O. Joubert (just the trailer):
Logorama by Nicholas Schmerkin HERE (just a snippet but I'm not blown away):
Another Wallace and Gromit by Nick Park, this time in A Matter of Loaf and Death (trailer only, and while I love Nick Park, I mean love him, to me this is the same old, same old):
And The Lady and the Reaper by Javier Recio Gracia. Very, very dark humour and a biting commentary on death and the heroic efforts we go to to preserve life. Can't say I cared for it, but if you want to see for yourself, the full short is HERE:
Take it from me. Granny O'Grimm is the best by a mile.