Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films 2014:
Directors: Laurent Witz & Alexandre Espigares
Company: ZEILT Productions, WATT Frame
Mr. Hublot moves at a far more leisurely pace than (Disney’s) ‘Get a Horse’ and has no dialogue. However, this largely aids the film rather than hindering it. The short follows a little mechanical man who lives in a Victorian era steampunk-like society. But Mr. Hublot largely chooses to ignore the beautifully rendered CGI/ stop-motion animated landscapes around him. Instead, he focuses intently on his work, preferring the company of his typewriter indoors rather than socializing with others. One day, his work is disrupted after he discovers a small robotic puppy abandoned outside his apartment. Mr. Hublot takes pity on the creature and adopts it. Eventually the puppy grows into a huge dog, and Mr. Hublot is faced with a difficult decision: Should he keep his pet / only friend and allow it to disrupt his work? Or should he get rid off it?
Mr. Hublot is a charming short. Although the story is a bit familiar, the short’s animation is very distinctive and Mr. Hublot’s apparent OCD is very relatable in our day and age.