Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Best Animated Picture by the Numbers

When it comes to animated features, this year has been huge. So big, in fact, that there are actually 20 films under consideration for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. There haven't ever been this many in the category's short history (it began in 2001), in fact the only time its come close was in 2003, when Miyazaki's Spirited Away led a pack of 15 other eligible cartoons. As was the case with that year, this year's ceremony will then expand the usual list of three nominees to five. On top of the 10 Best Picture nominees this year, this means we can expect a seriously supersized Oscars.

Here are the possible contenders:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Astro Boy
Battle for Terra
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Disney's A Christmas Carol
The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Mary and Max
The Missing Lynx
Monsters vs. Aliens
Planet 51
The Princess and the Frog
The Secret of Kells
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
A Town Called Panic

Out of those, I'd say some are definite write offs. Don't place bets on Alvin and the Chipmunks or the Tinker Bell sequel, but don't write off relative unknowns like Australia's Mary and Max or the vibrant Secret of Kells. There have been quite a few worthwhile animated features this year, and even no frills comedies like Monsters vs. Aliens have been better than the average Dreamworks showing. My prediction, though, is that a few are definites. Coraline's whirlwind use of stop-motion is something the Academy can't ignore. Up, as Pixar's latest emotional masterwork, is a no-brainer. Same goes for Ponyo, since no one can ignore what Miyazaki brings to the table. My other two guesses, though I have yet to see them, are Fantastic Mr. Fox and Disney's The Princess and the Frog. The former because it's Wes Anderson's aesthetic in complicated stop-motion, the latter because the film is being heralded as the rebirth of the Disney 2D animated fairy tale. But, again, the Academy is known for their upsets, and we have yet to see what the upcoming month will bring.

What would you like to see nominated?

1 comment:

  1. I unfortunately haven't been able to see some of these as you mentioned above that look incredible like Kells but I would rather see something like Coraline over Up. That was your usual Pixar success, it's time to share the awards.



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