Bear Story

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Bear Story
Film poster
Directed byGabriel Osorio Vargas
Produced byPato Escala Pierart
Screenplay byDaniel Castro
Story byGabriel Osorio Vargas
Music byDënver
CinematographyGabriel Osorio Vargas
Edited byPato Escala Pierart
Punkrobot Studio
Release date
May 2014 (Chile)
Running time
11 minutes

Bear Story (Spanish: Historia de un oso) is a 2014 Chilean animated short film directed by Gabriel Osorio Vargas. The screenplay was co-written with Daniel Castro and the film was produced by Pato Escala Pierart. The story is inspired by the director's grandfather, Leopoldo Osorio, who, after the Chilean coup d'état, was imprisoned for two years and then forced to live in exile for the duration of the dictatorship.[1][2] The film was a critical success, winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It is the first Chilean winner of an Academy Award and the first Latin American animation to win and/or get nominated for an Oscar.[3][4][5] [6]


The film opens with a bear working on the parts of a mechanical diorama featuring a bear similar to himself, a female bear, and a child bear. Carrying the figures of the mother and child, he looks into an empty child's room before having tea in his kitchen. Upon noticing the time, the bear puts the two figures into the diorama and cycles out to the village square where he sets up his diorama and announces his business by ringing a bell. A bear child notices him and, after receiving a coin from his father, runs to see the diorama.

The diorama shows the bear's life, starting with himself, his wife, and his child living together happily in an apartment. When a circus arrives, militant looking figures wielding batons violently subdue and capture animal residents. The bear protects his family but is beaten and taken away. In the circus, he is forced to ride a small bicycle and is kept locked and chained in a cage. As other tricks are added to his act, such as juggling and riding a unicycle, he is required to perform a daredevil jump. Still thinking of his family, the bear performs the jump so well he flies out of the circus tent, escaping captivity and returning home. Weeping at the sight of his wrecked home, the bear's wife and child appear and hug him.

The diorama ends and the child gives the bear a coin, receiving a pinwheel from him before rushing off to return to their parent. The bear watches them go, glancing at the photograph of his family that he keeps in his pocket watch. He then rings his bell again.[7]


A Fantastic Woman was the first Chilean live-action film to win an Academy Award, two years after Bear Story's win.[8]


Award Date of ceremony Category Result Ref
88th Academy Awards 28 February 2016 Best Animated Short Film Won [9]
24th Arizona International Film Festival 26 April 2015 Best Animated Short Won [10]
17th RiverRun International Film Festival 26 April 2015 Best Animated Short Won [11]
46th Nashville Film Festival 20 April 2015 Best Animated Short Won [12]
24th Florida Film Festival 18 April 2015 Audience Award for Best International Short Won [13]
39th Cleveland International Film Festival 29 March 2015 Best Animated Short Award Won [14]
16th DC Independent Film Festival 5 March 2015 Best Animation Won [15]


  1. ^ Bear Story Archived 2016-10-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ A Short Animated Film by UDLA Professors, "Bear Story," Wins 2016 Oscar Laureate International University
  3. ^ Coggan, Devan (January 13, 2016). "John Krasinski, Guillermo del Toro, Ang Lee to announce Oscar nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Ford, Rebecca (January 14, 2016). "Oscar Nominations: The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media, LLC. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Bear Story" winning Best Animated Short Film -Oscars on YouTube
  6. ^ BEAR STORY OSCAR REACTION!!!!!-Punkrobot Studio on YouTube
  7. ^ 2016 Historia De Un Oso: Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming: Internet Archive
  8. ^ The Power of A Fantastic Woman's Oscar Win in Chile-The Atlantic
  9. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (28 February 2016). "Oscars: 'Bear Story' Wins Best Animated Short". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  10. ^ "2015 Arizona International Film Festival Best of Category". Arizona International Film Festival. AZMAC Arizona Media Arts Center. Archived from the original on 14 May 2015.
  11. ^ Staff (26 April 2015). "RiverRun Announces 2015 Awards". Camel City Dispatch. Camel City. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Announcing Short Film Award Winners". Nashville Film Festival. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  13. ^ "2015 Florida Film Festival Announces Grand Jury & Audience Award Winners". Orlando, Florida: Florida Film Festival. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  14. ^ Sharf, Zack (30 March 2015). "39th Cleveland International Film Festival Winners Announced, Including Debra Granik's 'Stray Dog'". IndieWire. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  15. ^ Staff (5 March 2015). "DCIFF Announces Awards for the 2015 Festival".

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