Mr Hublot is a withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, scared of change and the outside world. Robot Pet's arrival turns his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion.
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OCD sufferer Mr Hublot lives in a frightening, fully automated world from which he hides, working from home. One day he spies an abandoned robot dog about to be crushed with the garbage and rescues it. The dog makes Mr Hublot very happy but it grows to an enormous size, forcing Mr Hublot to embrace a welcoming change as they move to larger premises.Written by
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While the story is very slight, the animation and imagination are superb.
This year's crop of Oscar-nominated animated shorts is unusual. In the past, normally there are 2 or 3 films which are exceptional and I would be happy seeing any of them win. This year, however, "Get a Horse!" is so superior that I would be incredibly shocked if it did not win. Now I normally prefer shorts from small film companies--as I want to encourage the non-corporate players and an Oscar is a great way to do it. But Disney simply outdid itself and the rest just pale in comparison.
Of the rest of the crop, I think "Mr. Hublot" and "Room on the Broom" are the best of the rest. While "Room on the Broom" is more of a complete film (combining a nice story with good animations), "Mr. Hublot" is the best (aside from Disney's) when it comes to animation style, quality and artistry. I really want to see more films from the folks who made this--they have incredible animations.
As far as the story goes, I don't want to give too much away. The story is set in a weird alternate reality that is a combination of steam punk and a bizarro futuristic world. Mr. Hublot seems to have a lot of problems with obsessive-compulsive behaviors (though in this world, I might also!). Into this very ordered world comes some disorder in the form of a robo-dog. I cannot really say more--because it's indescribable.
The bottom line is that this film is a visual treat. I strongly doubt it will win the Oscar but it clearly deserved the nomination.
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