If there is something we need to acknowledge, it is the importance that animation has acquired nowadays due to the work of the Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro who won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film at the 2023 Oscar Award Ceremony. This film was produced with the stop-motion technique that requires a lot of dedication to capture the frame-by-frame movements of the figurine, something that the youngest son of another Mexican filmmaker, Olmo Cuarón, is very aware of, and he is the promise of new talent for this technique. Just like Guillermo del Toro said, this type of filmmaking can be used to tell endearing stories for all audiences.
Alfonso Cuarón, one of the most talented Mexican filmmakers, was also present at the night of the award ceremony and was accompanied by his two children Tess Bu and Olmo Cuarón on the champagne-coloured carpet. In this occasion, he was nominated for “Best Short Film” with his production “Le Pupille,” regrettably the Oscar went to the film “An Irish Goodbye.” We recall that Alfonso Cuarón has more than ten nominations to the Academy Award, including “Best Director” for his work in “Gravity” (2014) and “Roma” (2019).
We cannot speak about animation without mentioning the work of Olmo Cuarón, the youngest of this dynasty of Mexican filmmakers. At an early age he showed interest for short films and production; currently he has his own YouTube channel where he shares his short films, and we can appreciate his great creativity. Just like Guillermo del Toro, he has engaged in the stop-motion technique, for example, his latest short film, “The Ones Who Crave Candy” has earned him hundreds of compliments for his notable talent.
Olmo Cuarón shares with his followers in his social media accounts his drawings and rough drafts and thus, we have no doubt that we will soon see him walking down the red carpet next to other Latin-American talents such as Guillermo del Toro, Iñárritu and his father Alfonso Cuarón.
In short, animation is now front and centre of the film industry thanks to the work of personalities such as Guillermo del Toro and the emerging talent of Olmo Cuarón. Surely, we will continue seeing more productions and interesting projects in this area in the near future.