KITBULL ANIMATED ANIMAL OSCAR NOMINATION

Kitbull is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category
Kitbull is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category

It already has 40 million views on YouTube, but do you think Kitbull, the animated animal Oscar nomination, actually has a chance of winning? The fans certainly believe it’s possible. Well, very soon we will know which of the five contenders in the category Best Animated Short Film came out of top. And, in the meantime, millions of us are anxiously watching the countdown to the 2020 Academy Awards ceremony that will take place this coming Sunday.

A single frame from Kitbull, the impactful Oscar contender in the Best Animated Short Film category
A single frame from Kitbull, the impactful Oscar contender in the Best Animated Short Film category

This short is very special for a number of reasons. Primarily, it tells the story of a distrustful stray kitten struggling to survive alone. We see a dog (pitbull) suffering at the hands of a sadist. However, their fates take an unexpected turn. Viewers witness an unlikely friendship developing between the two. Then, finally, human compassion shines through. All of this in the space of just nine minutes!

The kitten gets close in an attempt to comfort the injured dog
The kitten gets close in an attempt to comfort the injured dog

Interesting Kitbull Facts 

1. Pixar Animation Studios are renowned for their pioneering digital animation. However, for this film, a product of their SparkShorts program, every single frame is hand-drawn and hand-painted.

This artist draws a rough sketch directly onto the screen
This artist draws a rough sketch directly onto the screen

2. Kitbull features 2-D animation instead of the usual 3-D.

In Kitbull, the animated animal Oscar nominated short film, KITten and pitBULL plan their escape
In Kitbull, the animated animal Oscar nominated short film, KITten and pitBULL plan their escape

3. There is sound but not a single spoken word.

In this shot the human who eventually cares for these creatures is barely visible
In this shot the human who eventually cares for these creatures is barely visible

A Voice For The Vulnerable

Through no fault of their own, community cats and kittens, also known as feral cats, are homeless. Nevertheless, they deserve and have the right to live. Rounding them up for slaughter, or poisoning them, are barbaric solutions to prevent population explosion. The Trap/Neuter/Return program is humane and, what’s more, it works. Also, another reason why animal lovers and activists are outraged is because of laws stating that to feed these defenseless creatures is a crime.

As you may or may not know, Pit Bull is not a recognized breed. Now, what  commonly occurs is that any dog with a bulldog- or bull terrier-like head, pure bred or otherwise, is discriminated against and horrendously abused. “Pit Bulls” are exploited to satisfy human greed in the form of dog fighting. It is our duty to report such operations so they can be shut down. Without exception and whenever rehabilitation is possible, these fighting dogs, breeding bitches and bait dogs absolutely deserve a second chance.

Kitbull Is A Call To Action 

There is no doubt that the purpose behind Kitbull, this impactful Oscar contender, is to create greater awareness of the tragic circumstances that affect the dogs and cats in our very midst. What brings about change. And how everyone can help right these wrongs in our society.

Kitbull Animated Animal Oscar Nominee

To Sum Up

Kitbull teaches us about selflessness and compassion as well as making a connection and having a relationship. Animal to animal. Between the same kind, or a different species. Animal to human. Human to animal. Enjoy the film! Spread the word!

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!  

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