Adam and Dog director hints at his next projects

One of the more delightful discoveries this year for me, movie-wise, was the animated short film Adam and Dog.

Produced in 2011 and nominated for an Oscar earlier this year, the film re-imagined the story of Creation and the Fall from a unique perspective — that of the first dog — and had a wonderfully understated, naturalistic style.

Director Minkyu Lee, who made the film independently while working as a storyboard artist at Disney, also gave a number of really interesting interviews in which he talked about the artistic, scientific and religious ideas that inspired his film.

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Adam and Dog and expressions of Grace

If you haven’t seen the Oscar-nominated animated short Adam and Dog yet, you really should. It’s a beautiful, inspired and, in its own way, challenging take on the story of the Garden of Eden, as seen from the limited — but still keenly felt — perspective of the world’s first domesticated canine.

I loved it from the moment it was first posted online two weeks ago, and I saw it again a couple days later, this time on the big screen, where it was screened as part of the touring Oscar Nominated Short Films program.

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The Oscar-nominated story of man’s first best friend

It turns out one of the five nominees for this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Short is a version of the story of Adam and Eve, as told from the point of view of a dog. Adam and Dog actually won the Annie Award for Best Animated Short one year ago — beating such better-known films as Pixar’s La Luna, Disney’s The Ballad of Nessie and Warner’s I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat — but it somehow didn’t get much exposure or qualify for the Oscars until this year. And now that the Academy is casting its final votes, the entire short film has been released online:
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