This Sunday as we tune in to the 87th Academy Awards, there is one Best Animated Short Film Nominee that genuinely deserves the win, FEAST, by Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed. It already won an Annie Award on January 31.
If you’ve seen Big Hero 6, you know the short film to which I am referring. The short film features a Boston Terrier named Winston, who love to eat. His human spoils him with junk food and leftovers. His dog bowl always is a feast–until the day, Winston’s human begins a relationship with a waitress who has the human on a much healthier diet, leaving Winston with his dog food and vegetables!
There is a breakup, and we all know when we are hurting, food is our comfort. So it is true with Winston’s human, without the waitress he reverts to eating junk food. Winston is happy until he realizes his human is depressed. Winston takes a piece of parsley and rushes out the door, down the street to the restaurant, where he finds the waitress.
FEAST is Patrick Osborne’s debut as an animation director. He did animation on Disney’s BOLT, worked on Tangled, and the Oscar-winning short “Paperman.”
Osborne is no stranger to food. He is quite the foodie, three years ago he used an app called 1secondeveryday, to film one-second videos of meals he ate over several months. As he watched and listened to those one-second clips, he realized all the meals connected, and he noted the space around and below the table. This was the inspiration for a puppy aging around the table as part of the family.
Before FEAST, Osborne was co-head of animation on Disney’s Big Hero 6.
Osborne pitched the idea of FEAST to a new program Disney Animation formalized, allowing pitches from any Walt Disney Animation Studios employee. Osborne’s FEAST was given the green light in October 2013 and completed three days before the given deadline of June 10, 2014.
One of the things that make FEAST stand out to me is that it is done with solid blocks of color. The camera is focused on Winston and the food, while the humans are out of focus. The food really is the central focus, and it seems to tell the story.
FEAST is an adorable short film with a few personal things in the background, the dress worn at the wedding is the same as Osborne’s wife’s–in fact, the whole ceremony is very much what theirs was. There is a scene where there’s an old Nordic Track piled with laundry, just like the one Patrick Osborne grew up with at his house.
A fun fact about Patrick, he was a box model for Care Bear toys when he was smaller.
Take a moment to watch FEAST and delight in Osborne’s creation as a first-time animation director. It’s truly a great story that has so much in each scene if you only pay attention.