If this short is eligible for the Oscars this year it has the potential to blow the field out of the water. Less than four minutes in length and I was moved to tears. This is Glen Keane’s first project for Google/Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects Group, Keane has worked as a supervising animator on many Disney films – if you didn’t know that going in it would be evident as you watch the spacial freedom, the journey through time and the metamorphic traditional animation at play.
There are quite a few reasons to include this short. First, James Franco reads this version of Ginsberg’s “Howl” in this film. As Entertainer of the Year last year things he’s involved with get y attention. However, there’s also the fact that a poem is being artistically rendered as an animated piece in several small sections. The other sections, this is merely part one, and more information on the film can be found here.