Germany won’t be absent from the 2014 Academy Awards as two young German directors, Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, will be walking down the red carpet for their animated short film “Room on the Broom”, which was nominated for an Oscar on January 16.
Their 26-minute film is based on the best-selling children’s book, known in Germany as “Für Hund und Katz ist auch notch Platz”, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It is a story about a friendly witch who welcomes a group of animals to take a ride on her broom, despite her cat finding it quite annoying, to find lost items. When the broom is destroyed by a fire-breathing dragon, the group of animals join together to save the day.
Obviously thrilled at receiving the nomination, Land and Lachauer told Post Magaize, “We tried not to think about the possibility of getting nominated and kept telling each other, this won’t happen…and now…it really did happen! We would like to thank the Academy in the name of the whole team that worked incredibly hard on making this film. This nomination means a lot to us and we’re so happy our film made it this far.”
Despite having a running time just under 30 minutes, “Room on the Broom” was in production for 18 months, which is a considerable amount of time for a film of its length. The directors explained though that with animated films everything is built from scratch, and every movement has to be constructed. It is a long and expensive process for a such a small team.
Even if “Room on the Broom” does not take home the Oscar on March 2, the two German filmmakers are just happy with the international exposure that they and their film will be receiving just from being nominated. While this is the first Oscar nomination for Lachauer, Lang received a nomination in 2011 for his animated short “The Gruffalo.”