La Maison en Petits Cube

Discussion in 'Specific Anime Discussion' started by valondar, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. valondar

    valondar New Member

    Posted by valondar on Feb 23, 2009
    [sadht=Tsumiki no Ie]La Maison en Petits Cube[/sadht][sadhl=2318]la-maison-en-petits-cube[/sadhl][sadhdc][/sadhdc]

    I figure this is worth starting a thread for, though I know most people aren't all that interested in anime shorts and on the surface this doesn't look like it'd be one of the exceptions. No cool goth-styled action like Comedy or teenage romantic melodrama like Voices of a Distant Star and whatnot. Nope, it's all about the pain and loneliness of being elderly and feeling abandoned. Fun!

    But more to the point: This just won the Academy Award for best animated short.

    So let's recap, shall we, the amount of anime that has won an Academy Award for anything?

    Spirited Away
    La Maison en Petits Cubes

    And that's it. Think about that, grasshopper.

    Does it deserve the award? Well, hell yeah. It's astonishingly well animated, it has some nice music, and it's pretty damn poignant, especially for a short.

    Will it find an audience? I'm not sure if this short's fans would ever really extend beyond the people who are likely interested in watching it already or have already done so. The director and studio achieved no modest amount of critical acclaim for Tortov Roddle, which is probably one of the best anime that nobody's seemed to have watched, so I'd expect somewhere in that area of viewership. But who knows - maybe the simple fact of the golden man adorning the shelf of this wonderful little thing will prick up some ears.

    Is it the best anime short ever? Well I won't go for those arguments and their circular notions. Let's just leave it at the hopefully uncontroversial assertion that it's a damn good one. I felt moved in a twelve minute span. My tastes naturally incline more towards the dark beauty of Koji Yamamura but I think this one has a direct emotional connection that will appeal to many people.

    Do you need to watch this? Well if it sounds boring to you then I'm not that sure I can change your mind, but hey, maybe you watch it anyway?
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009
  2. Exhale

    Exhale New Member

    Posted by Exhale on Feb 23, 2009
    It looks interesting (saw a sample). I wonder if it will be available in english soon or is it a nonverbal short?
  3. valondar

    valondar New Member

    Posted by valondar on Feb 23, 2009
    It's nonverbal.
  4. Cythraul

    Cythraul New Member

    Posted by Cythraul on Feb 24, 2009
    Well, I've got my hopes up. Hope there will be a torrent soon.
  5. alexander

    alexander New Member

    Posted by alexander on Feb 24, 2009
    Went through the Oscar list yesterday. The homepage for Okuribito was down, so I couldn't look at the trailer.

    (in all it's more problematic that WallE and Dark Knight weren't nominated for the big awards. Same disussion every year. I just ignore the Academy)
  6. Kari5

    Kari5 Active Member

    Posted by Kari5 on Feb 24, 2009
    La Maison En Petits Cubes

    I just finished watching it, and I LOVED it. And it also made me cry my eyes out ;3; . There's no words, but the meaning is easy to understand. I don't often watch shorts like this, but I thought, what the heck-it's only 12 minutes. I'm so glad I watched it.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009
  7. ForgottenSon

    ForgottenSon New Member

    Like Kari5, I watched this last night and loved it. I was moved to tears.
  8. chii

    chii chii is chii

    Posted by chii on Feb 24, 2009
    one of the best shorts i've watched :)
  9. valondar

    valondar New Member

    Posted by valondar on Feb 24, 2009
    Knowing the sheer amount of shorts you've watched that really means something; and it's nice all round to see this get some much needed love.

    I'd have to say between this and Tortov Roddle I have nothing but love for Kunio Kato; he has a real gift not just for breathtaking beauty but telling a story in silent shorts. I'd go so far as to all round say he's one of the very best directors in anime shorts. I'll have to look out for more of his stuff.

    Well, I guess that confirms it: Avatar is anime after all! ;)
  10. Kazemike

    Kazemike New Member

    Posted by Kazemike on Feb 25, 2009
    Wow... Beautiful

    I didn't see the others contestants but I can guess why this is the one who won...
    Great work!
  11. vivafruit

    vivafruit New Member

    Posted by vivafruit on Feb 26, 2009
    Thanks for writing up that little mini-review, Valondar. It got me off my ass to actually watch the short, and I'm very glad I did.
  12. cassiesheepgirl

    cassiesheepgirl POPEE BELIEVER

    I've just finished watching it, and I was welling up at just HOW beautiful it is. It is the best anime short that I've watched and probably one of the best animated shorts that I have ever seen. It was so beautiful. Happy, sad, lonely and nostalgic all at once. Best of all it manages to completely convey all of that in just 12 minutes without having to rely on verbal communication.

    *much Kunio Kato love*
  13. alexander

    alexander New Member

    Posted by alexander on Mar 6, 2009
    (you forgot the cubes in the [SADHL template)

    I wouldn't call it sad. Maybe his daughter would like to take him in but he doesn't want to leave his house. It's one of the tallest underwater towers, and he's still going strong.

    Loved how 2:10 he picks up his pipe like glasses.

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