Harvie Krumpet Oscar Academy Award Short Animated Film Winner 2004. "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them .....and then there are others" GREAT!! This is beyond doubt an amazingly touching piece of work. Wonderful script, great animation, truly inspiring and sad at the same time. No surprise its so well viewed ! This 23-minute claymation tells the story of a Polish-born immigrant living in Australia. Harvie is retarded, and eventually fills a notebook (which he keeps hanging around his neck like a pendant) with the "Fakts" of life he's discovered. Harvie's life story is a woeful tale of lead-poisoned mine workers, thalidomide babies and the wacky antics of oh-so-funny Alzheimer's patients. Mildly humorous (and also mildly offensive at times), "Harvie Krumpet" is narrated by Geoffrey Rush (who won his own Oscar for his performance as another retarded protagonist in the 1996 film Shine).
Michael Wells, Artist