Friday, November 18, 2005

10 Animated Films Eligible for Oscar Consideration

According to The Guardian the following animated films are in consideration for nomination for next year's Oscar awards.

  1. Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Wererabbit.
  2. Valiant
  3. Corpse Bride
  4. Robots
  5. Madagascar
  6. Steamboy
  7. Chicken Little
  8. Hoodwinked
  9. Howl's Moving Castle
  10. Gulliver's Travel

Of these ten movies only three will be official nominees for the upcoming Oscars, and of them I am really only opposed to Robots on an aesthetic level. I haven't seen Valiant, Hoodwinked, or Gulliver's Travels so I won't comment on them. As for Howl's...Miyazaki's films always seem to dominate, but they also always seem to have been released earlier than should make them eligible for consideration at a particular Oscars. Gulliver's Travel hasn't been released stateside yet, but Miyazaki's film had its first international release in 2004. Disney has done a great job with most of the Miyazaki films they have distributed, but it seems to me that their "perrenial" anime is just their way of stacking the deck in their favor. To be fair...Howl's isn't as good as Miyazaki's other work, but given the Academy's tendency to desire to "appear" sophisticated I predict that the Oscar nods will go to...

  1. Wallace and Gromit
  2. Howl's Moving Castle
  3. Steamboy

My choice among these three would be W&G, but if Steamboy (originally released in Japan in 2004 and played at the Austin Film Festival in 2004 with Sony attempting a Disney) wins I won't be disappointed. But the way that W&G masterfully recaptured the tropes of the old Universal horror films into work of genuine comic genius is what makes it my choice.

What do y'all think? Anyone seen Gulliver's?

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