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The Independent Critic

Nicky Phelan
Kathleen O'Rourke
Running Time
6 Mins.


 "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty" Review 
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In this 6-minute short, a petrified young grandchild is forced to listen Granny's rather deranged take on the classic "Sleeping Beauty" fairy tale. A unique mix of traditional and CG animation, Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty has the sort of dark humor that one takes out of the original Grimm's fairy tales. The film's transition from 2D animation to 3-D is seamless, though the 2D scenes are arguably a bit more fascinating mostly owing to the eerie Granny and her faux menacing look. Director Nicky Phelan gives the film a nice color palette, though writer Kathleen O'Rourke's script is a tad flat and really doesn't go anywhere.

While the film's dark humor and intertwining of traditional and contemporary animation styles will likely win a few Academy fans, Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty faces stiff competition this year and at least two of the other nominees this year feature outstanding scripts on top of their innovative animation.