February 09, 2012 at 03:00 PM EST

On Feb. 10, this year’s Oscar-nominated short films are headed to a movie theater near you. But what can you expect of the mini-movies that the Academy has recognized this time around?

We’ve gathered the trailers for all of the nominated films, divided into three categories: Animated, Live Action, and Documentary. Read below for a brief description of each, and make your own judgment on whether you’ll be adding a little more culture to your weekend by taking in these stellar shorts. (If it’s Oscar-nominated, it has to be good, right?)


A Morning Stroll (U.K./7 minutes)

Director: Grant Orchard

Synopsis: A quirky cartoon about a New Yorker and his early morning encounter with a chicken, which plays out over the course of a century.

Dimanche/Sunday (Canada/9 minutes)

Director: Patrick Doyon

Synopsis: A boy’s adventures on a typical Sunday toe the line between ordinary and extraordinary.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (USA/17 minutes)

Directors: William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

Synopsis: A freak storm (think Wizard of Oz meets Hurricane Katrina) sends a young writer into a colorful, vibrant world of magical books. Humorous, beautiful, and, at times, heartbreaking.

(You can watch the entire film here: http://vimeo.com/35404908 )

La Luna (USA/7 minutes)

Director: Enrico Casarosa

Synopsis: Pixar’s short tells the tale of a little boy whose Papa and Grandpa take him to work for the first time in an old wooden boat far out at sea, where he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work.

Wild Life (Canada/14 minutes)

Directors: Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Synopsis: At the turn of the 20th century in Calgary, an Englishman’s letters home are much more positive than the actual reality of his situation.

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