Although stop-motion animation has reached renewed levels of popularity, few of the puppet-driven tales can match the eccentric originality of the relationship drama “Head Over Heels.” After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge literally can no longer see eye to eye: They've grown so far apart that he lives on the floor while she resides on the ceiling. When Walter tries to rekindle their romance, it disturbs the strange equilibrium of their household and forces them to decide how far they are willing to reach out to save their marriage. British filmmaker Timothy Reckart deserves kudos for not falling back on easy answers with his touching clay-crafted short.
The most emotionally resonant and visually striking of the nominees, “Adam and Dog” marks the directorial debut of Disney animator Minkyu Lee. Set in the Garden of Eden, his poignant and painterly meditation on companionship, jealousy and devotion traces the initial meeting between the first man and his best friend.
The 85th Annual Oscars will be handed out Feb. 24 and air on ABC. As part of its Oscar Tune Up, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is showing all five nominated animated short films at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 22-23 and 12:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 24 at its Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive. For more information, go to www.okcmoa.com/see/films.
— Brandy McDonnell