So far I've watched the shorts & War in Space:
Pegasus -- Definitely my favourite of this month's shorts. For me, it tells the story of the life cycle of technology: Devised as a solution to a problem, it is first worshiped as a savior. Once introduced, adoption spreads and it begins to dominate the landscape. Eventually the original problem is largely forgotten, but now life must be organized around the now-ubiquitous technology. Actually, although I've written "technology" here, I think the film tries to blur the distinction between art & technology and the parable works equally well for either. If that's the intended theme, I think the film is a bit lacking in showing how this happens, but maybe that's the point -- technology, once introduced, has a life of its own and we can't anticipate how it will act on the world. I gave it 77 (T8)
Apel -- I really like the visual style, although I don't think I could watch it for much longer than the 7-minute running time. Unfortunately I can't find anything to justify calling this any more than an animator's study of student film-level "anti-fascist" tropes. I can't really call it a failure, because there's nothing to fail. But I can call it a 38 (T2).
Enchanted Square -- I have to say it takes chutzpah to make a cartoon about a branded, mass-produced toy having the power to bring sight to the blind. And the idea that a blind kid has to be told to use her touch & hearing to imagine the world makes about as much sense as telling her she can pull her hand away if she touches a hot stove. Raggedy Ann reveals herself as a monstrous nightmare when she starts singing, sending Billie into a hallucinatory delirium, culminating in her apparently *running across the street* to her mother in the real world. Raggedy Ann is one twisted doll. However, much like Raggedy Ann herself, I enjoyed watching Billie dance around in her delusional fantasy world, so I'll give this a 53 (T4).
Wakusei Daisenso / War in Space -- Well, I enjoyed it. This is like a live-action anime -- the Roman-themed enemies, the goofy weapons, the scantily-clad 17-year old (!)... I got some laughs out of the scenes when the aliens are revealed -- when they storm the base, and also when the Emperor of the Galaxy appears on-screen with his yeti friend. I'll happily give it a 58 (T5).