The Oscars are just around the corner & we thought this would be the right time to take a look at the Best Animated Feature Film nominees for the year.
This year the Oscars are featuring animated films that are not from the big studios, but have the potential to give them a run for their money. So let’s take a look at the nominations this year & why or why not could they take the coveted honour home.
Big Hero 6
Disney has always held a special place at the Oscars. Its latest offering, Big Hero 6, features a cute, inflatable robot, Baymax, who teams up with unlikely characters to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Source: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Oscar hit: Will Big Hero 6 continue Disney’s winning streak after Frozen last year? There is a high chance, with Oscar having shown a preference for stories of caring robots in the past (remember Wall-E in 2008?).
Oscar miss: Having lost at the Golden Globe, the Annie Awards & the BAFTAs this year, Big Hero 6 stand in the face of a huge challenge at the Oscars.
A feature produced by Laika Entertainment in collaboration with Focus Films, this is about a young boy’s adventures while saving his friends. The animated feature is an adaptation of Alan Snow’s popular novel ‘Here Be Monsters’.
Source: Universal Pictures UK
Oscar hit: Although written off by trade critics, the film found favour with the animation community for its animation style & craft. Will it also find favour with the Oscar jury? We shall have to wait & see.
Oscar miss: Although appreciated for its craft, the film left a lot to be desired from the screenplay. Scattered historical references and glaring loose ends could just be the reasons for Laika to miss this ‘golden’ opportunity.
How to Train your Dragon 2
DreamWorks Animation, in conjunction with Mad Hatter Entertainment, has come up with its latest production, a sequel to the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
Source: DreamWorks TV
Oscar hit: Possibly one of the most anticipated, and the biggest, hit of the year, this sequel is clearly a favourite with moviegoers & Oscar gurus alike. Will it be the second sequel film in Oscar history to win after Toy Story 3 in 2010?
Oscar miss: “Show, don’t tell” is the golden rule of cinema. Yet, there is more talking than actions in this film about dragons & Vikings. Also, its efforts to make sure that audience is up to date with the first film as well, makes it redundant in parts. Would being a standalone film have been a better idea? We shall find out soon.
Song of the Sea
Cartoon Saloon, in collaboration with Big Farm productions & the Irish Film Board, are responsible for the unlikely nomination of ‘Song of the Sea’. The movie talks about the magical adventures of a little Irish girl with special powers.
Source: Film Festivals and Indie Films
Oscar hit: Standing out in the sea of big studios, literally, this reinterpretation of Celtic mythology is proving to be a stiff competition. The fact that it utilises traditional hand-drawn animation, adds to its charm for the viewers.
Oscar miss: Constant overlap of reality & fantasy in the story world makes it a little difficult for the audience to use their imagination. It almost feels as if Tomm Moore & Will Collins (co-writer) guide the audience every step of the way. May be letting the Oscar jury use their imagination would have increased its chances at the awards.
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
A Japanese movie produced by Studio Ghibli & Dentsu, in partnership with the Nippon Television Network, the movie is about a tiny girl who was found in a shoot of bamboo & grows up to be a princess.
Source: MOVIECLIPS Trailers
Oscar hit: A stiff competition to everything that big studios stand for in the animation industry, this feature from Studio Ghibli has made waves in the industry circuit throughout the year. An adaptation of a 10th century folk tale, and rendered in stylised ink & water colour, this story is different from all that we have seen throughout the year. The Oscar may choose to honour this story of living life fully in the present moment.
Oscar miss: Although from the house of Studio Ghibli, this is by no means quintessential Ghibli. Loops in the screenplay, leading to an incomplete story with hints of magic, but no real magic, all could make this feature lose the run.
Who’s your favourite in the Oscar run? Tell us in the comment box below.
P.S: We leave you with a ‘cool’ memory of the last year.