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(France, 11 minutes, directed by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares)
The winner for this year's Oscar for Best Animated Short is set in a bizarrely charming steampunk-ish robot world. "Mr. Hublot" features a fussy but lovable title character (slyly named after the luxury Swiss watch brand) whose world runs like clockwork ... until he spies a stray robot dog in the street. Will he adopt the poor mechanical mutt? You know the answer already, and the results are predictably heartwarming, yet not without some genuine surprises. Brimming with gorgeous details, this CG masterpiece will yield new pleasures on multiple viewings—good news for parents who download it, because your kids will be watching it repeatedly.