938. La Luna – Enrico Casarosa

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SUMMARY: A young boy learns the family business of sweeping fallen stars from the surface of the moon.

WHY IT’S HERE: Pixar’s whimsical ‘La Luna’ tells the story of a young boy learning the family business of sweeping up fallen stars from the moon’s surface. It’s a simple premise told with much wit and charm, as we’ve come to expect from Pixar at its best. What struck me about ‘La Luna’ was how much it reminded me of the prestige wide-eyed cartoon shorts of the early 30s, when whimsy and sentiment dominated over gags and violence. I was always a gags and violence man myself but as an animation lover I have a soft spot for these cartoons as well and ‘La Luna’ did a breathlessly brilliant job of recreating the style and mood of those early animated classics without being overt or unsubtle about it. Chalking up another Oscar nomination for Pixar, ‘La Luna’ remains one of their most prestige and enigmatic shorts.

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