• I’ll meet you halfway…

All this month we’ll be reviewing the Oscar nominees for the best animated, live-action, and documentary short films, alternating daily between categories. Check back Monday for the next installment.

This puppet animation from the UK reminded me of one of my favorite books from childhood, Round Trip by Ann Jonas, whose illustrations revealed different images when you turned them upside down. One read the book to the end, flipped it over, then continued the story back to the first page. Jonas captured perfectly (to my young eyes, anyway) the feeling that places you saw on the first leg of a trip have subtly changed when you see them on your way home. Writer-director Timothy Reckart employs similar images here to illustrate a more grown-up phenomenon—that of a marriage that succeeds in spite of fundamental differences between the two partners.