Short Film: “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” (2008)

Ah, Grandmas. They’re warm and cuddly, right? They’re wise and experienced. They tell histories and bedtime stories. The sympathize with the young folk, even when they complain that the young folk are too loud. They’re very sweet. Right? Right?

Well, not Granny O’Grimm, so much. She comes by her name honestly. Oh, she’d very much identify herself with the above description, most certainly. But perhaps the only thing we can truly identify about her is that she loves telling bedtime stories. In fact, she seems to take this one personally…

Granny O’Grimm’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ apparently won a bunch of awards and stuff:

Galway Film Fleadh, IRL — Winner Best Animated Short
Palm Springs, LA — Runner up, Audience Choice Award
Denver Starz, U.S. — Winner, People’s Choice Award
Dam Short Film Fest, U.S. — Runner-up, Audience Award
Irish Film & TV awards, IRL — Winner Best Animation
Omaha Film Festival, U.S. — Best Animated Short, Audience award
Heart of Gold, AUS — Winner, Best Comedy
Cinegael Montreal – Winner, Audience Award, Best Short
Newport Beach – Winner, Outstanding Achievement in Short Films
Chicago Irish Film Festival, US – Audience Award, Best Short (2nd Place)
Cinegael Montreal, CAN – Audience Award, Best Short
Cineanima Short Film Festival, POR – Special Mention, Best Short Film
Academy Awards, USA – Best Animated Short Film nomination
Cartoons on the Bay, IT – Best Short Animation & Best Animated Character
Digital Media Awards, IRE – Best Animation

As it happens, it was made by a bunch of people:

Directed by Nicky Phelan
Written & Performed by Kathleen O’Rourke
Produced by Darragh O’Connell
Concept by Kathleen O’Rourke and John Walsh
Music by Gregory Magee

The tech-savvy Granny herself has a website.

And the short film. Which I will now show you. For your enjoyment. Really! It’s six minutes, and pretty clever and funny. You may even giggle, chuckle, or *snerk*. (And I don’t use asterisks lightly!)

(I’m not sure where I was going with that asterisk remark. Please forgive me; it’s past midnight and I’m up far beyond my bedtime. My St. Patrick’s Day review is overdue, as are some other things, so….please enjoy this short, slightly bitter, film to tide you over. ‘Kay? Thanks!)


  1. Have to say this really made me laugh. Thanks for posting!

    1. David says:

      It’s amusing, ain’t it? You’re welcome!

  2. Urania says:

    Yup, laughed! I think Granny’s story may well rival Blue Beard for it’s sleep-inducing qualities (or lack thereof). As a wee lass, I discovered Blue Beard in my book of fairy tales one night before bed, not knowing at all what I was getting into. “Oh, hey, I haven’t read this one yet.” That was one of those pull up all the blankets and sweat yourself to sleep nights. Eep.

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