Le Maison en Petits Cubes is a 2008 Japanese animated short film which is the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
An aged widower has to add additional levels on his house because the town is flooded. He eventually starts to reminisce about his past. The main problem I’ve had with the film has to be its pacing which is fittingly slow, but still too slow. The film is frankly incredibly boring. And I wanted more from it in terms of storytelling as well.
However, I liked the main character and his recollections. And I absolutely adored its technical aspects with a superb animation that is filled with great detail and very interesting, muted colors. I found the score to be its strongest aspect as it is so incredibly moving and it can instantly bring you a melancholic feel which is perfect for the story as well. I liked this movie overall and I do think it is artistic, but it is still too dull and slow and it did not deserve its Oscar. ‘Presto’ should have gotten the award that year and even ‘Oktapodi’ is more deserving in my opinion