• A vintage train platform, tastefully given the Disney treatment.

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 tomorrow for the next installment.

John Kahrs, a veteran animator for Pixar, makes his directorial debut with this 2-D animation for the Walt Disney Studios, which evokes old-school Disney storytelling while exhibiting the lifelike detail that distinguishes Pixar’s output. It takes place in late-40s Manhattan, and the filmmakers show great care in depicting the city as it appeared in that era. That the film was designed in black-and-white only enhances the surface realism, as do the approximations of shallow focus, backlighting, and other celluloid effects. (You can watch the whole thing here.)