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Wednesday Round-Up: Pixar's 'George and AJ,' Fido Awards, Haneke at BFI

November 25, 2009 | 10:33 am

Pixar's "Partly Cloudy" might be getting all the buzz these days, but the studio has another animated short making the rounds online. A spinoff of the blockbuster "Up," the new release "George and AJ" follows the film's rest home employees on their own brief adventure after Carl Frederickson's house goes aloft. Pixar's supplemental shorts, which have included "Jack Jack Attack" ("The Incredibles"), "Burn-E" ("WALL-E") and the Oscar-nominated "Mike's New Car" ("Monsters, Inc."), have garnered their own praise and "George and AJ" should not disappoint. In fact, Get The Big Picture is on record as saying that it should've been the Best Animated Short contender, not "Partly Cloudy," which accompanied "Up" in theaters. Check it out for yourself. 

"Up's" canine star, Dug, was the focus of his own companion short, "Dug's Special Mission," which appears on the "Up" DVD and Blu-ray. He also took top honors at the 2009 Fido Awards, which honors the best performances by dogs -- both real and CGI -- in films. Dug clinched the Blockbuster Bowser Award (nope, not making this up), easily besting such tough competition as the Scotties in "Coraline" and Clint Eastwood's pal Daisy in "Gran Torino." Other big winners of the evening, which was held at the BFI Southbank in London: the 14 golden retrievers who played the title mutt in "Marley and Me," who took the Romcom Rover Trophy, and Staffordshire bull terrier Syrus, who appeared in person, so to speak, at the event, to receive his Mutt Moment Award for Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank," the Jury Prize winner at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.  

On a more serious note, the British Film Institute is launching its tribute to director Michael Haneke with a series of screenings that kicks off Sunday with his harrowing "Funny Games" (they've included Haneke's U.S. remake on a double bill) and concludes on Dec. 17 with his Palm d'Or-winning "The White Ribbon," which is the official German submission for Best Foreign Film at the 82nd Academy Awards.

-- Paul Gaita

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