Sometimes I have to comb through the recesses of YouTube to find junked videos and forgotten footage that is just amazing. Sometimes it comes to me. I am the YouTube Treasure Hunter. Every week, I brave spider videos, footage of tornadoes and the occasional inexplicable zit-popping upload to find some of the rarest jewels YouTube has to offer.
Oh, there’s gold in them thar hills, but sometimes you just have to wade through a ton of crap to get to it.
This week’s treasure? The Oscars are getting better about making sure nominated stuff doesn’t just pop up online pell mell and give people some added culture. Okay, it isn’t the Oscars proper who run this, but it happens around Oscar time when I try to watch all the films. Fortunately for all of us, the ABSOLUTE BEST of the Oscar short animated films has popped up for free on YouTube. It’s a fantastically beautiful and adorable story about a hungry puppy. This is absolute gold — and thus deserving of YouTube Treasure Hunter status (as well as Oscar status). To tell you more than that would cheapen the magic. Just watch, be dazzled, and when the Oscars are announced tonight, it will give you a dog to root for. Literally. And if you want to see the rest of the field, feel free to rent it on Vimeo (like I did).