SUMMARY: A reminiscence about a grandmother who ironed shirts for the King of Norway.
WHY IT’S HERE: Canadian animator Torill Kove’s debut effort ‘My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts’ is a real charmer. With a colourful, simple cartoon style and friendly, conversational narration, it tells the fun story of the filmmaker’s grandmother, with many diversions and fanciful, unlikely touches. The style is perfect for the feel of the short and makes it one of the most agreeably sweet nominees of all time. To many this may seem like a comparatively no-frills film but the storybook simplicity of the artwork and the good-natured narration are irresistible and the fact that shorts like this are so rare in the 21st century makes it a nostalgic but paradoxically timeless treat.