The 2012 Oscars: Best Animated Film Oscar Buzz

A couple of days ago I discovered this article on /Film listing the eighteen films that are eligible for this year’s Best Animated Film Oscar. Because there are eighteen eligible films, this opens up the category for five nominees, up from last year’s three. Here’s the full list:

  1. Rango
  2. Kung Fu Panda 2
  3. Puss in Boots
  4. Rio
  5. Cars 2
  6. Hoodwinked Two! Hood Vs. Evil
  7. Gnomeo & Juliet
  8. Mars Needs Moms
  9. Winnie the Pooh
  10. The Adventures of Tintin
  11. Arthur Christmas
  12. Happy Feet Too
  13. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  14. The Smurfs
  15. Alois Nebel
  16. A Cat in Paris
  17. Chico & Rita
  18. Wrinkles

Of course, many of these have no chance of getting nominated. (I know we’re all rooting for The Smurfs, but I don’t think it’ll happen, guys. The Academy just doesn’t know good Smurf puns when they hear ’em.)  My thoughts on the Oscars as a questionable institution aside, looking at a list of notable animated films from this year just makes me realize how fantastic the last couple of years were for animated features. 2009 brought us Coraline, Up, and The Princess and the Frog while 2010 saw How to Train Your Dragon and the fantastic Toy Story 3. This year we have Rango, clearly the best film on this list (excluding the four foreign films at the end, which unfortunately I haven’t seen.) And…Kung Fu Panda 2, I suppose? Winnie the Pooh was all right, if you hadn’t seen the excellent Winnie the Pooh films from the ’90s. 

I’m not sure what happened this year, but I feel the animated films that made it to theaters weren’t up to par with those of the last two years. Pixar’s plans for a Monsters Inc sequel called Monsters University and DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming attempt to capitalize on the wonderful, somewhat underrated How to Train Your Dragon with a sequel don’t exactly fill me with hope for the future, either.

Also, I’m placing my bets for Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2, either Puss in Boots or The Adventures of Tintin, Cars 2 (it may have been sub-par, but it’s still Pixar), and one of the foreign films as this year’s nominees. The nominees will be announced January 24th, 2012 at 8:30 AM EST, so I’ll be sure to check back in with my thoughts after everything has been made official.

via Germain Lussier on /Film

One Comment:

  1. I agree with you on how the animation industry this year just seemed so… Blargh. I do suspect it's one of those "lulls" though; I mean, I just cannot wait for Brave to come out next summer.

    Of that list though, I'd like to see Rango come on top; and it's not because I dislike Cars (A lot), it's the fact that both Pixar and Dreamworks are just coping out with sequels and spin-offs as of late.

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