Tag: best animated feature

2020 Oscars Challenge: [21] “Toy Story 4” — Two Nominations

“Toy Story 4” is a Disney/Pixar film, so just by that fact alone it’s a front-runner. The company has a great track record for winning. However, sequels from the animation company are not always a guarantee. One thing that stands out to me is that “Klaus” swept at the Annie Awards. Yes, that’s a different voting body and the Academy members are much more general and may just gravitate toward “Toy Story 4” because of its name. But, I do believe “Klaus” or possibly even “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” has a chance to upset.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [14] “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” — Best Animated Feature

As far as the experts are concerned, “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is dead last in the Best Animated Feature category, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Dreamworks and Dean DeBlois were able to bring all three of their “How To Train Your Dragon” films to the Oscars, and that’s a win in and of itself.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Klaus” — Best Animated Feature

If the exclusion of “Frozen II” in the category is any indicator, there is definitely a chance for upset in this category.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [11] “Missing Link” — Best Animated Feature

Currently, the experts have “Toy Story 4” as the front-runner in the Best Animated Feature category, with “Klaus” ranked as the runner-up. That places “Missing Link” right in the middle. The leg up “Missing Link” has, however, is that it took the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature in what many consider an upset. Now, the Golden Globes are in no way, shape, or form a predictor in this category, but it does lead me to believe it has a better shot than experts lead on.

2020 Oscars Challenge: [7] “I Lost My Body” — Best Animated Feature

The nomination for “I Lost My Body” seems to be its win of the year, as it really hasn’t won anywhere this awards season. “Toy Story 4,” “Missing Link,” and “Klaus,” on the other hand have won gold in several different places over the season.

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Oscars Shortlist: 32 Animated Features Vying for Nominations at 92nd Academy Awards

These thirty-two Animated Features are the final in contention for the 92nd Academy Awards. Some of these have not had their required seven-day qualifying run in Los Angeles, like “Frozen II,” “Klaus,” and “Spies In Disguies,” which have not released yet, but do have tentative release dates. Dreamworks has “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and “Abominable” in contention while Pixar has … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 32 Animated Features Vying for Nominations at 92nd Academy Awards

2019 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” – Best Animated Feature

“SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE”Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney RothmanProducers: Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina SteinbergWriters: Phil Lord and Rodney RothmanEditor: Robert Fisher Jr.Composer: Daniel PembertonProduction Company: Columbia PicturesDistributor: Sony PicturesRelease Date: December 14, 2018Budget: $90 millionRun-time: 117 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: When New York teenager Miles Morales … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [37] “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Ralph Breaks The Internet” – Best Animated Feature

“RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET”Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer Directors: Rich Moore and Phil JohnstonProducer: Clark SpencerWriters: Phil Johnston and Pamela RibonCinematography: Nathan Detroit Warner and Brian LeachEditor: Jeremy MiltonComposer: Henry JackmanDistributor: Walt Disney PicturesRelease Date: November 21, 2018Budget: $175 millionRun-time: 112 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: While enjoying life in his own arcade game, Ralph is distraught to learn that Vanellope’s Sugar Rush game … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [35] “Ralph Breaks The Internet” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Mirai” – Best Animated Feature

“MIRAI”Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito Director: Mamoru HosodaProducers: Nozomu Takahashi, Yūichirō Saitō, Takuya Itō, Yūichi Adachi, and Genki KawamuraWriter: Mamoru HosodaEditor: Shigeru NishiyamaComposer: Masakatsu TakagiProduction Company: Studio ChizuDistributor: GKIDSRelease Date: November 29, 2018Run-time: 98 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Four-year-old Kun is overwhelmed by the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. Although he wants to love her, Kun is jealous of the attention she receives and … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [17] “Mirai” – Best Animated Feature

2019 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Isle Of Dogs” – Two Nominations

“ISLE OF DOGS”Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson Director: Wes AndersonProducers: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy DawsonWriter: Wes AndersonStory By: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi NomuraCinematography: Tristan OliverEditors: Ralph Foster and Edward BurschComposer: Alexandre DeplatDistributors: Fox Searchlight PicturesRelease Date: March 23, 2018Run-time: 101 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Twenty years in the future, the Japanese city of … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [14] “Isle Of Dogs” – Two Nominations

2019 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Incredibles 2” – Best Animated Feature

“INCREDIBLES 2”Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle Director: Brad BirdProducers: John Walker and Nicole Paradis GrindleWriter: Brad BirdCinematography: Mahyar Abousaeedi and Erik SmittEditor: Stephen SchafferComposer: Michael GiacchinoProduction Company: Pixar Animation StudiosDistributor: Walt Disney StudiosRelease Date: June 15, 2018Run-time: 118 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: The Parr family – father Bob, mother Helen, teenage daughter Violet, tween son Dash and toddler Jack-Jack – are frustrated … Read More 2019 Oscars Challenge: [5] “Incredibles 2” – Best Animated Feature

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Oscars Shortlist: 25 Animated Features submitted for 91st Academy Awards

“Ana y Bruno” “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” “Early Man” “Fireworks” “Have a Nice Day” “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” “Incredibles 2” “Isle of Dogs” “The Laws of the Universe – Part I” “Liz and the Blue Bird” “Lu over the Wall” “MFKZ” “Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms” “Mirai” “The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl” “On Happiness Road” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” “Ruben … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 25 Animated Features submitted for 91st Academy Awards

2018 Oscars Challenge: [44] “Coco” – 2 Nominations

“COCO” Lee Unkrich and Darla K. Anderson Director: Lee Unkrich Producer: Darla K. Anderson Writers: Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, & Adrian Molina Editors: Steve Bloom & Lee Unkrich Composer: Michael Giacchino Distributor: Pixar Animation & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: November 22, 2017 Run-time: 105 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Twelve-year-old Miguel Rivera loves to play the guitar, despite his family having banned … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [44] “Coco” – 2 Nominations

2018 Oscars Challenge: [40] “Ferdinand” – Best Animated Feature

“FERDINAND” Carlos Saldanha and Lori Forte Director: Carlos Saldanha Producers: John Davis, Lisa Marie Stetler, Lori Forte, and Bruce Anderson Writers: Robert L. Baird, Tim Federle, Brad Copeland, Ron Burch, David Kidd, and Don Rhymer Editor: Harry Hitner Composer: CJohn Powell Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 15, 2017 Run-time: 108 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Ferdinand, a gentle giant of a bull, is the beloved … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [40] “Ferdinand” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [32] “The Breadwinner” – Best Animated Feature

“THE BREADWINNER” Nora Twomey and Anthony Leo Director: Nora Twomey Producers: Anthony Leo, Tomm Moore, Andrew Rosen, and Paul Young Writers: Anita Doron and Deborah Ellis Composers: Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna Distributors: GKids Release Date: November 17, 2017 Run-time: 94 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Eleven-year-old Parvana adores her schoolteacher father, who tells her fables from Afghanistan’s past. After her father is arrested by the Taliban, … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [32] “The Breadwinner” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Loving Vincent” – Best Animated Feature

“LOVING VINCENT” Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart Director: Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman Producer: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, and Sean M. Bobbitt Writers: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, and Jacek Dehnel Editors: Dorota Kobiela and Justyna Wierszynska Composer: Clint Mansell Production Company: BreakThru Productions & Trademark Films Release Date: September 22, 2017 Run-time: 94 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: In the summer of 1891, Armand Roulin is … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [25] “Loving Vincent” – Best Animated Feature

2018 Oscars Challenge: [7] “The Boss Baby” – Best Animated Feature

“THE BOSS BABY” Tom McGrath and Ramsey Naito Director: Tom McGrath Producer: Ramsey Ann Naito Editor: James Ryan Composer: Hans Zimmer & Steve Mazzaro Production Company: Dreamworks Animation Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March 31, 2017 Run-time: 97 minutes FILM SYNOPSIS: Seven-year-old Tim is unamused when his parents bring him a baby brother, especially when he discovers that the suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying infant can … Read More 2018 Oscars Challenge: [7] “The Boss Baby” – Best Animated Feature

2017 Oscars Challenge: [2] “The Red Turtle” – Best Animated Feature

“THE RED TURTLE” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki Original Title: “La Tortue Rouge” Directed by: Michaël Dudok de Wit Written by: Michaël Dudok de Wit & Pascale Ferran Music by: Laurent Perez del Mar Production Company: Studio Ghibli Distributed by: Wild Bunch & Sony Picture Classics Release Date: September 23, 2016 FILM SYNOPSIS: A sailor stranded on a deserted island builds a … Read More 2017 Oscars Challenge: [2] “The Red Turtle” – Best Animated Feature

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Oscars Shortlist: 27 Animated Features Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

“The Angry Birds Movie” “April and the Extraordinary World” “Bilal” “Finding Dory” “Ice Age: Collision Course” “Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Kung Fu Panda 3” “The Little Prince” “Long Way North” “Miss Hokusai” “Moana” “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” “Mune” “Mustafa & the Magician” “My Life as a Zucchini” “Phantom Boy” “The Red Turtle” “Sausage Party” “The Secret Life of … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 27 Animated Features Shortlisted for 89th Academy Awards

2016 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Boy And The World” – Best Animated Feature

BOY AND THE WORLD Alê Abreu FILM SYNOPSIS: Despite his family’s poverty, young Cuca lives a satisfying life, full of wonder at his rural surroundings, until his father goes on a train trip and disappears. While searching for his father, Cuca meets a wide variety of people as he journeys from a farming camp to the ocean and a large factory and then back … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [38] “Boy And The World” – Best Animated Feature

2016 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Inside Out” – Best Animated Feature

INSIDE OUT Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera FILM SYNOPSIS: When 11-year-old Riley and her parents move to a new city, it’s up to Riley’s five main emotions — Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust — to help her adjust. Joy and Sadness are accidentally launched on a journey through Riley’s brain to preserve her core memories, and as the duo races back to Headquarters, … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Inside Out” – Best Animated Feature

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2016 Oscars Challenge: [26] “Inside Out” – 2 nominations

“INSIDE OUT” {click each category for individual look} // Produced by Jonas Rivera // Directed by Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen // // Dated Viewed: Saturday, February 6th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  16 films – 23 days //

2016 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Shaun The Sheep Movie” – Best Animated Feature

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Mark Burton and Richard Starzak FILM SYNOPSIS: Shaun and his fellow sheep are disgruntled with the Farmer’s adherence to his rigid schedule, which leaves no room for spontaneous fun, but when he goes missing in the Big City, the flock and sheepdog Bitzer leave their rural home to hunt for their pal, all the while eluding a power-mad animal containment … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [23] “Shaun The Sheep Movie” – Best Animated Feature

2016 Oscars Challenge: [22] “When Marnie Was There” – Best Animated Feature

WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura FILM SYNOPSIS: After lonely young Anna is sent to live in Hokkaido with her relatives, she spends her time drawing and exploring her rural home. Anna is befriended by a mysterious blonde girl named Marnie who lives in an isolated mansion, and as their bond grows, Anna becomes obsessed with uncovering the secret of Marnie’s … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [22] “When Marnie Was There” – Best Animated Feature

2016 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Anomalisa” – Best Animated Feature

ANOMALISA Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran FILM SYNOPSIS: Michael Stone, a middle-aged motivational speaker who is grappling with an existential crisis, attends a customer service convention in Cincinnati to give a speech. At the hotel, he meets and falls for Lisa, a seemingly ordinary woman who sparks his imagination and energizes him to reexamine his life. Charlie Kaufman is an Academy favorite, … Read More 2016 Oscars Challenge: [12] “Anomalisa” – Best Animated Feature

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [13] How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Best Animated Feature

Being one of the more successful entries coming out of Dreamworks, it really is no surprise of the success that the sequel, “How To Train Your Dragon 2” has had this year, and rightfully so. In the original film, a young Viking boy named Hiccup finds that he’s not keen to the life of killing dragons that his father and the village has set … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [13] How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Best Animated Feature

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2015 Oscars Challenge: [8] Song Of The Sea – Best Animated Feature

“Song Of The Sea” could be one of the cutest movies I’ve ever seen. Most of the credit for that goes to the adorable little girl character Saoirse and the coy humor she presents. Along with this incredible character, every frame of the film is gorgeous, with deep, rich colors and a dynamic, hand drawn animations that catch the eye. Telling the story of … Read More 2015 Oscars Challenge: [8] Song Of The Sea – Best Animated Feature

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Oscars Shortlist: 20 Animated Features & 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

The animated feature films have been narrowed down to twenty. Three to bank on are “Big Hero 6” because of the Disney factor, “The Lego Movie” which is widely popular this year and making a run for the animated film to beat, and “How To Train Your Dragon 2” which is also popular and following the original that was nominated for an Oscar as … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 20 Animated Features & 10 Animated Shorts Shortlisted for 87th Academy Awards

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [42] The Wind Rises – One Nomination

Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki In the very last film of my Oscar challenged I viewed the sub-titled and animated feature “The Wind Rises”, set to be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film. Marking his third nomination with previous nods for “Howls Moving Castle” (2005) and even a win for “Spirited Away” (2002), the Academy does love to honor Miyazaki and could even pull off an … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [42] The Wind Rises – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [31] Ernest And Celestine – One Nomination

Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner Having made it to a preview screening of this foreign animated film in the theaters, I can easily say that the audience loved it. Adults and children alike were cracking up at the well timed and well drawn jokes throughout the course of this film. As a bear and mouse attempt to be friends in a segregated world where … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [31] Ernest And Celestine – One Nomination

2014 Oscars Challenge: [15] Despicable Me 2 – Two Nominations

Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri The first “Despicable Me” was not nominated for an Academy Award, but this sequel from Universal Pictures has not only captured the box office but the Oscar voters as well. Expanding off the original film, former super villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell) turned foster father of three is taken captive by the Anti-Villain League to consult … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [15] Despicable Me 2 – Two Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [14] The Croods – One Nomination

Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson What more could you ask for from an animated children’s film? “The Croods” relies on an against the norm leading lady in Eep (voiced by the talented Emma Stone), a young cave woman with broad shoulders, wild hair, and a boisterous personality, playing against the stick figure women portrayed in Disney films. The animation and voice acting … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [14] The Croods – One Nomination

2014 Oscars Challenge: [2] Frozen – Two Nominations

Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho Anyone looking for a safe pick for Best Animated Feature should look no further. Touting the Disney brand, “Frozen” is sure to be a favorite upon Oscar predictors, looking at just the Disney track record alone. With a return to form for the animation studio, complete with two Disney princess additions and several memorable musical numbers, … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [2] Frozen – Two Nominations

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Oscars Shortlist: 19 Animated Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: NINETEEN ANIMATED FEATURE FILMS These are your Animated Feature films up for contention. With a mixed bag between U.S. and foreign films, box office smashes and flops, or soon to be released, these are the films that have the chance to make the short list and become an Oscar nominated film. With “The Wind Rises” being announced as likely to be … Read More Oscars Shortlist: 19 Animated Features Shortlisted for 86th Academy Awards

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For Your Consideration 2013: Despicable Me 2

The first “Despicable Me” may not have gotten nominated for an Academy Award in 2010-2011, but “Despicable Me 2” has a huge chance of getting the nod. Up against fellow animated films like “The Croods” and “Monsters University”, “Despicable Me 2” goes into the For Your Consideration section with mostly positive reviews and a box office of almost $1 billion dollars, meaning people have … Read More For Your Consideration 2013: Despicable Me 2

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [5] Brave – One Nomination

BRAVE If you look at the statistics of Pixar winning awards, the results are staggering. Pixar has earned 26 Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, and eleven Grammy Awards, including six Best Animated Feature Awards (“Finding Nemo”, “The Incredibles”, “Ratatouille”, “WALL-E”, “Up”, and “Toy Story 3”). So to say “Brave” shouldn’t be at the top of your list for Best Animated Feature is ill-advised. … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [5] Brave – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [4] Frankenweenie – One Nomination

FRANKENWEENIE “Frankenweenie” cleaned up at the critics awards this year, alongside “ParaNorman” as the overall favorite of the year. But will this translate into an Oscar or will Pixar’s “Brave” take the top prize like we know it should. Whatever ends up taking Best Animated Feature, no one can take away Tim Burton’s passion project about a boy’s best friend, Sparky, the dog, which … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [4] Frankenweenie – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [2] ParaNorman – One Nomination

PARANORMAN Consider 2012 the year of stop animated films, with three of the five nominations for Best Animated Feature going to that genre of animation. With overlapping techniques and themes, including the horror genre in both “ParaNorman” and “Frankenweenie”, and the strong influence of the subject of science in both the “Frankenweenie” and “The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”, it might be a tough call … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [2] ParaNorman – One Nomination

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2013 Oscars Challenge: [1] The Pirates! Band Of Misfits – One Nomination

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS Peter Lord is no stranger to the Academy Awards. Known for directing the stop animated clay creations “Wallace & Gromit”, Lord has won three Academy Award nominations for his short films including two wins (“The Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave”), and one Academy Award for his feature film, “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”. To count … Read More 2013 Oscars Challenge: [1] The Pirates! Band Of Misfits – One Nomination

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For Your Consideration 2012: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

With “Brave”, “Wreck-It Ralph”, and “Rise of the Guardians” pegged as the clear front-runners, almost no one has Madagascar 3 on the top of their list for Best Animated Feature. As we saw with “Rio” last year, Best Original Song is always a possibility, but with none of the previous installments of the “Madagascar” franchise ever even being nominated at the Academy Awards, it … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

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For Your Consideration 2012: The Lorax

Chris Renaud is no stranger to Dr. Seuss adaptations, with “Horton Hears A Who” also under his belt, and he’s no stranger to the Academy Awards, with a nomination in 2007 for an Animated Short by the name, “No Time For Nuts”, starring the “Ice Age” character, Scrat. With an ever expanding pool of animated films, “The Lorax” teeters on the top tier of … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: The Lorax

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For Your Consideration 2012: Rise Of The Guardians

“Rise Of The Guardians” fights an uphill battle against the Pixar giants and their summer release, “Brave”, along with Disney’s box office hit “Wreck-It Ralph”. What helps this Dreamworks labor of love is a score from composer extraordinaire, Alexandre Desplat, and a visual consultant in one of the best cinematographers in the world, Roger Deakins. For your consideration in all categories Best Picture of … Read More For Your Consideration 2012: Rise Of The Guardians

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [30] Puss In Boots & Animated Feature

[16 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[14 DAYS TO OSCARS] With “The Adventures Of Tintin” out of the picture in the Best Animated Feature category, its replacement as runner-up against “Rango” was left wide open. With two questionably received animated foreign films and “Kung Fu Panda 2”, the clear second place finisher seems to be “Puss In Boots”. Personally, “Rango” fails to live up to … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [30] Puss In Boots & Animated Feature

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [20] A Cat In Paris & Animated Feature

[26 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[22 DAYS TO OSCARS] Unless it is going to be a French-love year (I’m talking about “The Artist” being a front-runner for Best Picture), I do not see “A Cat In Paris” winning the Best Animated Feature. People were surprised to see “Chico & Rita” and “A Cat In Paris” get nominated, both being foreign films that are more … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [20] A Cat In Paris & Animated Feature

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [19] Rango & Animated Feature

[27 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[22 DAYS TO OSCARS] Without “The Adventures of Tintin” in contention, “Rango” basically has a lock on this category. Unless “Puss In Boots” can rally an upset, “Rango” is the odds-on favorite. Since “The Adventures of Tintin” won the Golden Globe award in this same category, there is no drawing a favorite from that. Personally, my pick would have … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [19] Rango & Animated Feature

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [16] Chico and Rita & Animated Feature

[30 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[23 DAYS TO OSCARS] Kudos to the Academy this year, for recognizing two foreign films in their Best Animated Feature category. The votes could have easily gone to features like “Cars 2” or “The Adventures of Tintin” (which I wholly expected), but instead, went off the beaten path to “Chico & Rita” and “A Cat In Paris”. Though I … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [16] Chico and Rita & Animated Feature

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2012 Oscars Challenge: [8] Kung-Fu Panda 2 & Animated Feature

[38 OUT OF 46 FILMS REMAINING]-[29 DAYS TO OSCARS] In 2008, the first “Kung Fu Panda” was released by Dreamworks and was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. Though the film lost to Disney/Pixar’s endeavor, “WALL-E”, the fact that it got nominated was praise-worthy enough. Now, in 2011, “Kung Fu Panda 2” does a repeat, this time with four competitors, two … Read More 2012 Oscars Challenge: [8] Kung-Fu Panda 2 & Animated Feature

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Rio”

All I know about “Rio” is that 20th Century Fox had a field day with marketing the film with Angry Birds when it came out. From the trailer, the animation looks up to par with the productions that Disney/Pixar put out, so your guess will be as good as mine when it comes to picking from the eighteen animated films nominated this year. “Rio” … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Rio”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Winnie The Pooh”

Though I have yet to see “Winnie The Pooh”, I am throwing my vote into this film being nominated for Best Animated Feature. Of the eighteen animated feature up for consideration, “Winnie The Pooh” just has a charm about it that I believe deserves to be nominated. This may change once I see it, or once I see some of the other films nominated, … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Winnie The Pooh”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Cars 2”

This year’s Disney/Pixar installment, you can place your bets on this one getting nominated for the Oscar. The original “Cars” was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 79th Academy Awards and lost to “Happy Feet”. The funny thing is “Cars 2” faces “Happy Feet Two” this year in the pool of eighteen animated films up for consideration, and in my opinion, “Happy Feet … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Cars 2”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “The Adventures of Tintin”

An animated film produced by Peter Jackson, directed by Steven Spielberg, and scored by John Williams seems a hard film to top. How this film will not get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film I do not know. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES including BEST PICTURE & BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM** Produced by Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “The Adventures of Tintin”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Puss In Boots”

Considering the amount of press “Puss In Boots” has gained since its release on top of the huge numbers it is pulling in the box office, I would not at all be surprised if “Puss In Boots” found a nomination at this year’s Academy Awards. If you remember, “Shrek” was the first film to ever win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Puss In Boots”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Kung Fu Panda 2”

The first “Kung Fu Panda” was a great film, funny and charming, witty and action-ey, but not award-worthy (though it was nominated at the 2008 Oscars against “Bolt” and “WALL-E” for which the latter won). Since I have not seen the newest sequel, I cannot speak for sure, but unless it is incredibly better than the original, I do not see it as an … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Kung Fu Panda 2”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Rango”

Easily one of the best animated films of 2011, “Rango” is also one of the eighteen animated films up for consideration for the Academy Awards. I wholly expect the film to get a Best Animated Feature Film nomination if nothing else. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION IN ALL CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST ANIMATED FEATURE & BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR** Produced by Gore Verbinski • Graham King … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Rango”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Arthur Christmas”

Another film that I have no desire to see, “Arthur Christmas” finds its way into the pool of eighteen animated films up for consideration for the Academy Awards this year. Though I am positive it will be better than “Happy Feet Two”, the advertisements still do not sell me enough to get behind it (though, I am stating all of this without having seen … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Arthur Christmas”

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For Your Consideration 2011: “Happy Feet Two”

One of the eighteen animated feature films up for consideration for Best Animated Feature, I really hope “Happy Feet Two” is not nominated because I really do not want to watch it. Its box office will probably not prove very successful and the franchise is not a very popular one, so I assume I will be in the clear. However, contrary to popularity, the … Read More For Your Consideration 2011: “Happy Feet Two”

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2011 Oscars Challenge: The Illusionist

2011 Oscar Challenge: “The Illusionist” (2010)
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2011 Oscars Challenge: Toy Story 3

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2011 Oscars Challenge: How To Train Your Dragon

2011 Oscar Challenge: “How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)
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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Secret Of Kells

THE SECRET OF KELLS Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year The aesthetics of the Secret of Kells were phenomenal. The animation was spot on, with gorgeous scenes and brilliant animations. The score was exceptionally well done, with upbeat Celtic tunes and the fairy chanting of the young lady doing the voice of Aisling. The voices were well chosen despite the voice … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Secret Of Kells

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2010 Oscars Challenge: The Princess and the Frog

THE PRINCESS & THE FROG Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year (2) Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Where do I begin with The Princess & The Frog? What happened to Disney films? Before viewing Princess & The Frog, I revisited two Disney classics, Aladdin and The Lion King. Now yes, they are classics and therefore rule … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: The Princess and the Frog

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Fantastic Mr. Fox

FANTASTIC MR. FOX Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Stop motion animation at the medium’s finest. Easily fell in love with this film. Fox brings all the elements of a good film together in one package, leading in great voice actors, great screenplay, and great animation. George Clooney tops off as the voice of Mr. Fox, only leading a cast of … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Fantastic Mr. Fox

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Coraline

CORALINE Up For: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Wholeheartedly did not enjoy the viewing of this film. Personal preference for stop motion animation, the story was nothing spectacular. Not sure if there was a lack of Animated Features this year, but Coraline was far from anything enjoyable. The film “9” (though I have not viewed it yet) seems like it had more … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Coraline

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2010 Oscars Challenge: Up

UP Up For: Best Motion Picture of the Year Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Best Achievement in Sound Editing Best Animated Feature Film of the Year First things first, Up deserves every award it wins this year. Up was by far the best Disney-Pixar film I have seen to date. Combine … Read More 2010 Oscars Challenge: Up