Time Twisted Tales & “Pear Cider” Highlight Oscar Nominated Shorts (Animation)

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What the best short films lack in running time, they make up for in emotional impact and – especially in the animation category – stunning artistry. Take “The Present,” a four-minute, boy-and-his-dog vignette with a gut-punch of a finale (no, the dog doesn’t die!), or “The Missing Scarf,” a trippy, existential fable that clocks in at under seven minutes. This year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Short Film push the boundaries even further, featuring a first-ever nomination for a Virtual Reality film (“Pearl”), and Pixar at both its lightest (“Piper”) and darkest (“Borrowed Time”).

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