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Old 02-21-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Disney/Pixar's newest short film, "La Luna" (Just saw it!)

So if you haven't heard by now, "Cars 2" did not get nominated for an Oscar this year making it the first Pixar film to fail to do so since the Oscars started to honor animated features. But that doesn't mean PIXAR will go home empty-handed this year. They have a new, brilliant, animated short film called, "La Luna" that will debut ahead of "Brave" in theaters this summer. La Luna is nominated for Best Animated Short Film. I had the chance to see La Luna, as well as all of the other Oscar-nominated Short films tonight, and I urge you all to do see if you live near an art-house screening them. SPOILER ALERT (HIGHLIGHT BELOW TO READ)


Without further-adeiu, I am going to reveal the details of La Luna.
It is a 7-minute, silent animated film (unless you count grumbles). It tells the story of a grandfather, father and son that are set out in the middle of the ocean in the middle of the night. The father and grandfather are very disagreeable. They are positioning the son's hat to their liking, the grandpa wears his hat pointing up so he fixes the son's hat like that. The father likes wearing his hat pointing down so he changes his son's hat in that direction. The son looks up to both of these men and mimics their movements while they sit in the boat. A huge glowing planet begins to rise in the background. The dad starts setting up a ladder and has the boy climb up it till he reaches the top, the gravity pulls him onto the glowing planet. The others follow up to him. There are thousands of glowing stars, which we learn are "shooting stars" and this is the planet they crash on to. The grandpa and dad start to brush the stars away, the dad is using a broom and the grandpa is using a rake. They both try to teach the son to brush using their methods. A giant star crashes into the planet and all of the men are mesmerized by it. (so was I, the animation is gorgeous here, some of PIXAR's finest). The Grandfather and father try to get it out of the whole it has become wedged in, both trying their own stubborn methods. The boy looks at the star and analyzes it, turns his hat backwards, climbs to the top of the star and strikes it with a hammer, bursting the giant star into hundreds of smaller stars. The three of them then continue to brush up the stars, the little boy using a pitchfork, not a rake or a broom. The three are then go back to the boat and sail away, above them shining is a quarter moon (the stars have all been pushed to make one quarter of the moon glow instead of a full moon). We then learn a couple things at the end, this planet that the shooting stars are crashing on is the moon. The moon becomes a half moon, quarter moon, full moon, etc because these men are in charge of re-arranging the glowing stars to make it that way. The boy has become an individual. By putting his hat backwards, he is not wearing it like his father or his grandfather. He thought outside the box by going from the top of the Giant Star and cracking it, instead of trying to lift it fro the bottom. He decide to use his own method to sweep up the stars at the end.

MORAL: Pixar teaches us to be individuals. We can look up to people and have heroes, but there's nothing wrong with being ourselves. Be unique, think outside the box, sometimes you might end up saving the day.
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