Animated film Fox and the Whale is among 10 short animated films to have advanced the voting process for the 2018 Academy Awards. Robin Joseph, the Toronto-based director of the film, financed the short on his own, spending a whopping $40,000 from his personal savings. The film is definitely from humble beginnings – Joseph’s girlfriend, Kim Leow, was the animator, keeping the entire production a close-knit affair.
The movie is about a fox traveling through a unique terrain in search of a mysterious whale, a plot which Joseph describes as “the pursuit of curiosity” and his place in the film industry during the time of production.
He further explains that the dreamy visuals seen in the film (land, water, and starry skies) were inspired from a visit to Salt Spring Island in 2008.
If selected, Fox and the Whale will be one of five nominees in the 90th Academy Awards. The final decision will be announced on January 23, 2018, and the award ceremony itself is scheduled for March 2018. Here’s a look at the other short films competing for the nomination among Fox and the Whale:
– Lou (Pixar Animation Studios)
– Cradle (University of Southern California)
– Life Smartphone ( China Central Academy of Fine Arts)
– Dear Basketball (Glen Keane Productions)
– Garden Party (MOPA)
– In a Heartbeat (Ringing College of Art and Design)
– Lost Property Office (8th in Line)
– Negative Space (Ikki Films)
– Revolting Rhymes (Magic Light Pictures)