585. The Man Who Planted Trees – Frederick Back

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SUMMARY: The story of a shepherd who single-handedly reforests a desolate valley.

WHY IT’S HERE: Frederick Back, one of the great animators of the modern era, submitted another masterpiece in the half hour ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’. The story of a shepherd who single-handedly reforests a desolate valley, ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’ is a visual feast of smooth, incredible hand-rendered animation and it is perfectly married to the touching story to create one of the most famous Oscar winning animations of the 80s. Generally regarded as Back’s masterpiece, I prefer the more upbeat ‘Crac’ but ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’ is undeniably a work of brilliance and Back more than deserved his second Oscar win for achieving the feat of making two of the greatest animated shorts of all time within a few years of each other.

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