26 February 2017 | Michael_Elliott
Good Animated Short
Pear Cider and Cigarettes (2016)
*** (out of 4)
Out of the five Oscar-nominations for Best Animated Short, this one here clocks in the longest and it's certainly the most adult one. Robert narrates the story of his best friend, Techno, who is pretty much that wild child that most people have a friend like. It turns out that Techno's wild partying days have finally caught up with him and he needs a liver transplant, which takes the two friends to China.
This here certainly isn't the best short from the five selections but it's an entertaining one. The film clocks in at 35-minutes, which is pretty much longer than the other four combined but it's got some very good images throughout and I thought the story itself was totally captivating. There's no question that once you started watching the picture that director-writer Robert Valley managed to hold your attention and as the film plays on you really start to wonder and care about the Techno character.