A Year in Shorts Day 34: "The Crunch Bird"
What… what is this? Why is this? Why would anyone make this? Why would they watch it? And why, oh why, did they give it an Oscar? I have no answers to these questions, but let’s look at The Crunch Bird anyway.
Released in 1971 and directed by Ted Petok, The Crunch Bird is yet another short built around a single joke. These shorts are always hit or miss, but it's hard to think of one that misses quite as hard. It probably doesn't help that the central joke would barely be funny to tell on its own, and it's even worse when you add ugly animation and aggravating voice acting.
The Crunch Bird is easily the worst short we've covered on The Great Oscar Baiter so far, and I don't think it's an exaggeration to call it one of the worst films to ever win an Oscar. Yes, even worse than Suicide Squad.
Ultimately, The Crunch Bird is just a terrible film. I guess it's mercifully short, but even at just under two minutes it still feels far too long. Admittedly, I haven't seen the two shorts it was going up against that year, but I can not imagine in a world where either of them were less than deserving than this. I can not recommend avoiding it enough.
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