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Directed by
Geefwee Boedoe
Written by
Geefwee Boedoe, Tim Crawfurd, Teddy Newton
Vocal Work by
Jim Thornton
Running Time

 "Let's Pollute" Review 
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A surprising nominee for the 2011 Best Animated Short Academy Award, Geefwee Boedoe's Let's Pollute is a contemporary satire made in the style of the old school 50's and 60's educational films in which pollution is essentially celebrated and becoming better polluters is the focus.

While there's nothing particularly wrong with the film, Let's Pollute feels a bit slight and ordinary amongst the other nominees for the 2010 Oscar, including Day & Night, which was directed by this film's co-writer Teddy Newton. While this is Boedoe's first directorial credit, he's been around Hollywood quite awhile and has writing credits for The Hunchback of Notre Dame and A Bug's Life.

Let's Pollute
may, on a certain level, suffer from the same thing as did the Coen Brothers with their film The Hudsucker Proxy - that is, perhaps, Boedoe has nailed the look and the feeling of the film so well that it comes off as not particularly involving with animation that certainly pulls off the appearance of an older educational film but, really, is that truly Oscar worthy anymore?

Jim Thornton's narration is fine, lending the film even further credibility an Boedoe certainly wins points for remaining consistent within his vision for the film. When the Oscar-nominated shorts make their appearance in theatres later this month, it's entirely likely that most of the shorts will result in plenty of "oohs" and "aaahs," while Let's Pollute will likely result in not much more than an "Interesting."
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